Papers that explore the underpinnings of making and/or experiencing fictional worlds are welcome. Topics may range from new work on techniques of representation, mimesis, make-believe, reality effects, and illusion, to how formal features translate into aesthetic experience. Papers focusing on the cognition of representational art, or on the psychological or phenomenological dimensions of literary experience are also welcome. Submit 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2012 to Elaine Auyoung (firstname.lastname@example.org). Special sessions are subject to approval; all panelists must be members of the MLA.
"Am I on the spectrum?" asks Abed Nadir, a character on the show Community. He then provides an answer: "None of your business." His joke presumes that the audience will understand this reference to the autism spectrum, and Community introduces the topic of Asperger's Syndrome in its pilot episode. Since the publication of Temple Grandin's work on autism in 1986, there has been a textual explosion of work on Asperger's Syndrome and the autism spectrum. Changes to the DSM-V will replace Asperger's Syndrome with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a broadening that could threaten the culture that aspie/AS-identified people have produced in the form of literature and visual media. This volume would explore representations of autism within popular culture.
Abstracts, approximately 250 words, and current CV by 15 March 2012
Papers sought interrogating the theoretical usefulness of concepts like "border-crossing," "transnational," "cosmopolitan," "frontier," etc. How has these terms' analytical applicability evolved or been challenged?
Proposals deadline: 1 July 2012
Confirmed plenary speaker: Elena Gualtieri (University of Groningen)
Clement Greenberg once famously said, "photography is closer today to literature than it is to the other graphic arts". Yet what makes photography so close to literature? And what about the interactions between literature and other visual arts? Are some combinations indeed more productive than others? And what happens when literature and the visual arts meet?
In 2012 the University of Exeter will invite undergraduate and postgraduate students to study on credit rated pathways within our world class departments. A top ten UK University that is renowned for research-led teaching, the International Summer School at the University of Exeter offers students from around the world the opportunity to learn while enjoying one of the most beautiful areas in Great Britain.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(Submission Deadline: February 23, 2012)
Interdisciplinary English Studies
Red River Graduate Student Conference
North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
March 23-24, 2012
*Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gail Houston, University of New Mexico
The English Graduate Organization at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, invites you to consider issues of interdisciplinary scholarship grounded in literature, rhetoric, linguistics, writing studies, cultural studies, and communication studies at this year's Red River Graduate Student Conference. Other topics related to language, writing, and culture are also welcome.
The programme for the 'Performing Wales' conference, to be held between 30 March and 1 April 2012 in Gregynog Hall, Newtown, Wales, UK is now available.
Please contact Dr Alyce von Rothkirch for a conference leaflet (incl. booking form) or print this message (email@example.com).
In our inaugural issue we wish to address the diversity of meanings available to this e-journal's title—Exegesis. Though exegesis traditionally applies to the interpretation of a religious text, it has also been applied to secular literature in an attempt to understand an author's intended meaning. We view the broader concept of the term exegesis as a critical explanation of a work of literature across the disciplines. To this end, we invite articles, reviews, and creative pieces that provide any type of exploration of the meaning of a text.
Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
The guest column for this issue should provide a general discussion of one or more of this issue's themes as they present themselves in literature and/or history.
Volume 2, Issue 2: Revolutions & Reversals
We are currently experiencing a worldwide rejection of corruption in government: widespread revolution in the Middle East, the tea party, the occupy movement. We would like for this issue to speak to these shifting attitudes in the way we approach and think about authority and social structures. We particularly encourage literary criticism that takes up as one of its primary goals the examination of the following in literature: authority, politics, government, familial structure, utopia, dystopia, gender, social norms, etc.
Diesis Volume 2, Issue 2:
Revolutions & Reversals
Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2012
The Editorial Board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities (ISSN 2161-3095), a journal of literary criticism particularly interested in giving voice to undergraduate and graduate students, is inviting submissions to its third issue. This issue takes up authority, social structure, and the construction of desired realities in literature as its primary focus.