Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.
Using Ngugi wa Thiong'o's idea of "re-membering," this panel addresses the act of (re)constructing identity in African Literature. Re-membering, as Ngugi argues, acts through indigenous languages as language is the source of cultural memory. Harnessing ideas from African - including the diaspora - literature, theatre, and/or cinema, papers can focus on the usage of language, as well as ritual, community, and any cultural marker as a re-membering act. Is it possible, as Ngugi claims, to completely re-member a cultural history or is history too powerful to overcome? Has European colonialism seeped into African culture to such an extent as to deny a return to a historical past?
Following the successful launch of the inaugural Samuel Beckett Summer School last July, Trinity College Dublin is delighted to announce that this year's school, whose patron is Edward Beckett, will take place on campus from July 15 - 21, 2012. The weeklong celebration of the Nobel-Prize-winning Irish writer is designed to draw scholars, students and enthusiasts from around the world to explore his work in the very location where Beckett, as a student, began his distinctive intellectual and creative life.
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University College Cork
(National University of Ireland, Cork)
College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Journal Announcement and Call for Submissions
Monsters and the Monstrous
Volume 2, Number 2, Special Issue on Monstrous Pedagogy: Teaching and Reading the Twilight Saga
As we approach the release of the final cinematic installment of the Twilight Saga we want to focus on monsters and pedagogy and in particular the relation between "Twilight and the Classroom". How do we teach Twilight? Why do we teach Twilight? Should we teach Twilight?
The Editors welcome contributions to the journal in the form of articles, reviews, reports, art and/or visual pieces and other forms of submission on the following or related themes:
We are seeking innovative critical essays on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure for a volume of critical essays to be published by Presses Universitaires de Rennes (peer-reviewed publication) in November 2012.
The volume will feature essays in English and in French and is entitled "Lectures de Mesure pour Mesure de William Shakespeare" (Critical Readings of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure) and will be the latest in a series of "Lectures de William Shakespeare" (see http://www.pur-editions.fr/detail.php?idOuv=2505 for a sample of the collection)
We invite papers of high literary standards by scholars in the field of Indian Writing in English to contribute to a book to be published by McFarland & Co., Inc., USA in 2013. We encourage only Poststructuralist / Postmodernist / Cultural / Postcolonial / Globalization perspectives. Papers focusing the works of Amitav Ghosh, Anita Rau Badami, Chrostopher Cyrill, Shani Mootoo, Bapsi Sidhwa, Gita Mehta, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Sujata Bhatt will be preferred.
Proposals will be accepted for this panel until May 15.
This panel welcomes any paper on allegory as either a strategy of interpretation or a mode of literary construction. Especially encouraged are papers engaging with allegory in unconventional or theoretically challenging ways: finding allegory in unusual places; interrogating long-held assumptions; rethinking historical or contemporary critical discourse. Genre and period are open.
Please contact the organizer, Brenda Machosky, with inquiries or submissions. 50-word abstracts and 500 word proposals will also need to be submitted through the PAMLA conference site.
IBBY UK/NCRCL MA CONFERENCE, 10 NOVEMBER 2012
University of Roehampton, London.
Call for Papers on the theme of 'Beyond the Book'