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House and Home in 20th Century American Film and Literature (conference 4/2011; abstract due 9/30/2010)

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 3:01pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

From Blanche Dubois' Belle Reve to Esperanza Cordero's house on Mango Street, houses—and the affiliated, if more abstract, idea of home—figure prominently in 20th century American literature and film. The 20th century, after all, is characterized by both inter- and intra-national migrations which have, invariably, entailed the loss of one home, followed by the acquisition of another. Moreover, the 20th century has seen a steady increase in both actual home ownership and the imaginative importance of owning a home. At the start of the 20th century, 46.5% of Americans—less than one in two—were homeowners but, by 2000, that number had risen to 66.2%, or two in three.

Conference on Shakespeare's 'Winter's Tale' - December 3-4, 2010

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Monday, May 31, 2010 - 1:35pm
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Centre de recherches Anglophones (CREA)

The Centre de Recherches Anglophones (CREA) of the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, with the support of SEAA 17-18 and the French Shakespeare Society, will hold an international conference on Shakespeare's 'Winter's Tale' on December 3-4, 2010 in Nanterre (France).

We welcome paper proposals dealing with: text and contexts; form and performance; interpretive challenges.

Proposals (20-30 lines long, in English or French) should be sent to the organisers by July 10: anny.crunelle@u-paris10.fr and yan.brailowsky@u-paris10.fr

The papers will be published by the university press early 2011.

2011 British Women Writers Conference: "Curiosities" (March 31- April 3, 2011)

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Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 12:58pm
18th and 19th Century Women Writers Association (BWWA)

The 19th Annual 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference The Ohio State University Columbus, OH "Curiosities" March 31- April 3, 2011 Call for Papers: The theme for this year's conference is "Curiosities." We encourage submissions that consider how the concept of curiosity—in its dual meaning of intellectual pursuit and particular material objects—influenced the lives and work of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers, and continues to drive our scholarship today.

The New Creative Writing: Bringing Forward a New Era of Instruction

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:31am
Principal editors: Dianne Donnelly, Patrick Bizzaro, Gary Hawkins

The status of genre writing has been redefined for us in the work of Gunther Kress. Kress reminds us that writing involves more than the alphabetic notion that we write poems, stories, plays and essays. In fact, communication is large, contains multitudes, to paraphrase Whitman; it involves visual and aural elements as well as traditional writing. As a result, even those of us who have not technologized our classes have felt the need to revise our courses (and our assignments) accordingly to include more and more of what our students bring with them as prior knowledge and experience to our classes. There is new teaching to be done, and we must bring forward a new era of instruction in creative writing.

[UPDATE] GLITS Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference: PARADOX (REGISTRATION is open; conference 26 June 2010

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 5:08am
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Registration for the GLITS Goldsmiths Literature Seminar Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference, is open. Admission is free.

The second annual conference is to be held at Goldsmiths College in London, UK, Saturday 26 June 2010. The keynote speaker is Christopher Norris.

The focus of the event this year is paradox, the strange territory between reason and intuition, involving the simultaneous processes of grasping and letting go of the doxa.

"RAVENNA" 3 is ONLINE

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:25am
http://www.oscholars.com/Ravenna/Ravenna3/toc.htm

I am pleased to announce the publication of the third volume of "Ravenna", an online interdisciplinary journal devoted to the relationship between nineteenth-century Britain and Italy. "Ravenna" is edited by Elisa Bizzotto and Luca Caddia and published by Steven Halliwell at The Rivendale Press as one of THE OSCHOLARS group of fin de siècle journals under the general editorship of David Charles Rose.

http://www.oscholars.com/Ravenna/Ravenna3/toc.htm

This issue includes the following articles:

- Fabio Camilletti, "Veils. A Reading of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 'St. Agnes of Intercession'";

Reading Jacqueline Wilson

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:07pm
Helen Day, University of Central Lancashire

Creator of Tracy Beaker and one of Britain's top writers for children, there's hardly a young person in the UK that hasn't heard of Jacqueline Wilson. The most borrowed author in Britain's libraries, over 30 million copies of Wilson's books have been sold in the UK alone and they have been translated into 34 different languages. Amongst her awards are the Smarties Prize, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Royal TV Society Best Children's Fiction Award. Jacqueline was Children's Laureate from 2005-07 and was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to literacy in schools. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson when she was awarded a DBE.

LUICD Graduate Conference 2011: Imagining Europe - Perspectives, Perceptions and Representations

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 11:18am
Leiden University Institute for Cultural Disciplines

'Qui parle Europe a tort. Notion géographique'. Otto von Bismarck's elliptic remark, scribbled in the margin of a letter from Alexander Gorchakov in 1876, would go on to become one of the most often-quoted statements about Europe. But was Bismarck right? Is Europe nothing but a geographical notion? Even the briefest glance at history shows that more often than not perceptions and definitions of Europe go beyond the mere geographical demarcation of a continent. In 1919, for instance, Paul Valéry imagined Europe as a living creature, with 'a consciousness acquired through centuries of bearable calamities, by thousands of men of the first rank, from innumerable geographical, ethnic and historical coincidences'.

Central European Authors--April 7-10, 2011--New Brunswick, NJ

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 6:55pm
NeMLA

In "The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts," Milan Kundera observes that Central Europe is rarely perceived as an important region in Europe. Indeed, he attests that the nations that create Central Europe 'have never been masters of either their own destinies or their borders.' As such, the countries that form Central Europe have been viewed as extensions of thriving European countries, such as Germany. Yet, the subordination of Central European countries to either Western or Eastern European nations has had drastic impacts on the writers that emerged from this region, as they have been forced to write in non-native languages, have endured political oppression, and weathered several political upheavals.

CFP: Introductory Issue of Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities [Submission Deadline July 19]

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 6:19pm
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities

Summer 2010 Introductory Issue of Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities.

Article Submission Deadline: July 19th

Open Call for Articles

The editorial board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities welcomes submissions for our introductory issue. A diesis (or double dagger) is a typographical symbol that indicates a footnote or point of reference within a written work. Diesis seeks to act as a point of reference in the study of the maturation and diversity of socially and biologically constructed performances of identity through a variety of critical lenses. Essays that explore authorial, literary, and socio-political identities across time, space, and genre are particularly encouraged.

Label Me Latina or Latino

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 5:31pm
Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez, NeMLA

As a nation, we tend to homogenize Hispanics; even the term itself is problematic, due to the fact that it removes the specificity belonging to each Spanish-speaking nation and the cultures within it. As a multicultural nation, there is much to learn from Latinos and as our society expands to include these unique cultures, I hope this panel in Latina/o Studies will do its part in effacing stereotypes and prejudices that sadly, are still common-place today.
Papers that address the languages and/or identities of Latinas/os in literature, theatre, or film are welcome. Suggestions: the diverse histories, cultures, identity politics, migration patterns, or other aspects of Latina/o populations in the United States.

[UPDATE] Shakespeare Quarterly: Shakespeare and Performance (Jan 2011)

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 2:16pm
Sarah Werner / Folger Shakespeare Library

The study of Shakespeare and performance has grown rapidly in recent years, and now encompasses the examination of different periods, cultures, and media. This special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly solicits submissions examining why we study performance and how we study performance. What are the important issues facing the study of Shakespeare and performance today? How might such study differ from the study of other categories of performance? How might it differ from other studies of Shakespeare? Different categories of submissions are being solicited for this special issue:

[UPDATE] short essays: literature, justice, law, teaching and social change June- August

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 11:22am
Changing Lives Through Literature

Changing Lives Through Literature is a nationally recognized alternative sentencing program for criminal offenders founded in 1991 on the power of literature to transform lives. CLTL sentences criminal offenders to a series of literature seminars instead of traditional probation. Studies have confirmed that program graduates are half as likely to commit additional crimes than their counterparts in the justice system.

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