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?
Jewish Music and Germany after the Holocaust
Edited by Tina Frühauf and Lily E. Hirsch
This panel seeks papers about modernist and/or postmodernist film versions or adaptations of Shakespearean or Renaissance plays. We will examine how these films negotiate between contemporary cultural/ideological concerns (expressed in the films) and those of Shakespeare's time (expressed in the plays). Papers about non-Anglophone film adaptations are also welcome, especially if they deal with (post)modern concerns. Please send 200-300 word abstracts to Phillip Zapkin, , by 30 Sept. 2011.
NeMLA 2012 will be hosted by St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, from 15-18 March. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Rochester.
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond,Virginia
OmniRichmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia (804) 344-7000
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Caribbean Literature for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at
We welcome individual and panel presentation proposals that address Caribbean literatures in general, including—but not limited to—the following possiblethemes:
A new and exciting move toward 'object-oriented studies' is underway among historians and literary scholars, including medievalists. Such studies (colloquially known as 'thing theory') see 'things' neither as mirrors of human activity or will, nor deictic signs pointing to inner lives of human characters. Rather such an approach wishes to examine the 'network of relationships' between subjects and objects. Moreover, it has been argued that medieval literature has much to offer such studies, as objects have a degree of autonomy in medieval literature that is lacking in later texts, having been bullied out of the focal field by Enlightenment empiricism.
Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Avenue, New York, New York)
November 10-11, 2011
Desire: From Eros to Eroticism
The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.
Keynote speaker: Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)
Call for Papers, CEA 2012 | BORDERS
43rd Annual Conference | March 29-31 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia
Submission deadline: November 1, 2011 at http://cea-web.org/
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English
studies, welcomes proposals for presentations for our 43rd annual conference.
Submission: August 31 - November 1, 2011
Please see the submission instructions at http://cea-web.org/