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Awkward Austen - Essay Collection

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 6:17am
Andrew McInnes and Francesca Scott

'Captain Wentworth should be allowed some credit for the self-command with which he attended to her large fat sighings over the destiny of a son, whom alive nobody had cared for' (Persuasion, 1817).

'Mrs. Hall of Sherbourn was brought to bed yesterday of a dead child, some weeks before she expected, oweing to a fright.—I suppose she happened unawares to look at her husband' (Letter to Cassandra, 1798)

'And pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked' (Letter to Fanny Knight, 1817).

Shakespeare and Performance (January 31, 2012)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 7:59pm
Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formally Early English Studies

The 2012 volume will focus on "Shakespeare and Performance." We are interested in articles that consider any aspect of performance in historical or contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights. The following list is of possible topics, but should not be considered exhaustive:

Comparative performance in England

Comparative performances in England and other countries

Street performance

Provincial performance

Performance of Guilds

Women and performance

Boy's companies

Current productions of early modern plays

Shakespeare Festivals

Playing spaces

Actors and the text

Theatrical Gesture

Curiosities - Feb. 17, 2012

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 3:51pm
Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference

What makes an object, a person, or a pursuit a "curiosity"? Are curiosities abnormal and rare? Are they always the extraordinarily strange, or can they be an everyday oddity? Enmeshed in a larger set of notions that often pit the social against the individual, the normative against the taboo, and the expected against the surprising, curiosities generate questions about desire, taste, knowledge, and inquiry.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 3:37pm
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini

International Conference


Organized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca/Pistoia

In association with
Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française (Venice)
Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (Montréal)

Literature and Madness, PCA/ACA, 11-14 April 2012, Deadline 15 December 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 2:13pm
Russ Pottle, Area Chair, Literature and Madness Section of the Popular Culture Association

The Literature and Madness section of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting 15-20 minute papers for the upcoming year's annual PCA/ACA conference in Boston, MA, scheduled for 11-14 April 2012. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 December 2011.

Transgressive and Transgression

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 8:17am
British Association for American Studies and Irish Association for American Studies

Discourses of American Exceptionalism pivot effortlessly around the fulcrum of America's position as an idealised other to the normative standard: the 'city on the hill' as disjointed from the normative valley below. However, contemporary American scholarship has been so bold as to tackle the 'othered' identities and constructs considered anti-social or nihilistic (as opposed to 'exceptional') by virtue of their disconnect which have long peopled the American narrative. Such demarcations beg the question as to what exactly denotes 'exception', and what denotes 'deviance' or even 'eccentricity'. What does it mean to be 'transgressive' in the context of an America which privileges the concept of 'exception'?

[UPDATE] General Call for papers on Popular Culture - Niagara Falls May 10-12, 2012

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 10:33pm
Popular Culture Association of Canada

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present.

Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).