Derived from "bawd," a word of uncertain etymology associated with practices of female prostitution, "bawdy" describes something that is boisterously or humorously indecent. Considering that one of the earliest known works of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, with its many descriptions of the randy exploits of a Sumarian prince, can be considered bawdy, one might suggest that bawdiness is an intrinsic quality of literary discourse. From Rabelais's laughing pregnant hags, to Rochester's copious odes to genitalia, and Joyce's "obscenities" in Ulysses, the bawdy has titillated centuries of readers.
This special issue of the peer-reviewed journal "Interdisciplinary Humanities" will consider articles, essays, interviews, and creative works by authors who write or produce works for children. Video games, picture books, fantasy, hip-hop, children's poetry: the various media that are relevant to children and have become part of twenty first century humanities warrant study and exploration for teachers and scholars in the humanities. Send inquiries and submissions to Dr. Wynn Yarbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Dr. Lee Ann Westman at email@example.com
*Deadline extended to September 16, 2011*
Savagism and Civilization
"In plain truth, these men are very savage in comparison of us; of necessity, they must either be absolutely so or else we are savages; for there is a vast difference between their manners and ours." - Michel Montaigne, "Of Cannibals"
The University of Brighton Faculty of Arts brings together a day of creative workshops, discussions and screenings on storytelling for Film and TV as part of Cine City's Brighton Film Festival. With three strands offering the best ideas in drama, documentary and the academic, the focus is on stories that sell, writing that works and thinking that matters.
Workshops and Panel Sessions
33rd Annual Conference-February 8-11, 2012
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Proposal submission deadline: December 01, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Papers are now being accepted on topics related to European popular culture and literature. All approaches, areas, and time periods are welcome.
This panel will address the relationships between nudity and the obeserver in the Greek mythology. It will examine the connection between the ancestral version of these myths and the (re)view of them in current contexts (literature and art). Please submit 200-300 words abstract by 30th September to: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPSTAGE, a peer-reviewed online publication dedicated to research in turn-of-the-century dramatic literature, theatre, and theatrical culture, seeks submissions year-round. This is a development of the pages published under this name as part of THE OSCHOLARS, and is now an independently edited journal in the Oscholars group published at www.oscholars.com, as part of our expanding coverage of the different cultural manifestations of the fin de siècle.
Topics may include, but are not limited to, the work of Shaw, Schnitzler, Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, von Hofmannsthal, and their contemporaries in Western and Eastern Europe and beyond.
Comparative Caribbeans: an Interdisciplinary Conference*
This is why we stay with poetry. And despite our consenting to all the indisputable technologies; despite seeing the political leap that must be managed..., the full load of knowledge to be tamed..., at the bow there is still something we now share: this murmur, cloud or rain or peaceful smoke. …We cry our cry of poetry. Our boats are open, and we sail them for everyone.
– Édouard Glissant
UCLA CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WOMEN announces:
THINKING GENDER 2012
22nd Annual Graduate Student Research Conference
Call for papers
Spies, allegations of spying, voyeurism, double agents, and the buying, trading, and coveting of intelligence abounds in the work of the former royal spy, Aphra Behn. Both morally dubious and exceptionally effective, spies are deployed, in disguise or in the person of a bosom friend, as a means to win battles of love and war. The Aphra Behn Society invites paper proposals on espionage, in all its permutations, in women's literature and art, 1660-1830. How do the women of this period investigate and participate in various forms of espionage? How do their texts explore the uses of espionage, and anxieties over the potential infiltration of the spy into private spaces, and the communication of intelligence to external or hostile parties?