This project seeks to explore aspects of prayer as a performative act in European culture during the late medieval and early modern period, considering these findings in light of the most current theoretical and anthropological perspectives. An intentionally interdisciplinary effort, it will draw together studies of literature, material culture and religious anthropology. The project intends to answer the following questions:
The conference will explore all aspects of the theme to ask: Why are some writers neglected? How can we read the position and problem of writing that is no longer published? What is at stake during the movement from page to other mediums? With the dawn of the kindle, what about the materiality of books, journals, newspapers? Has the role of small imprints changed, and what are the implications of print on demand? What happens at the margins of the printed? Rediscovery of neglected writing, the re-branding of second-hand books as desirable retro objects and an ever increasing number of film and television adaptations bring questions of the legacy and future of twentieth-century writing into ever-sharper focus.
To submit: http://ucb-cluj.org/submissions/
Call for Submissions!
The UC Berkeley Undergraduate Journal is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural Fall 2011 issue! We are looking for critical articles with subject matter that falls under the wide banner of Comparative Literature, from international literary trends to literary comparisons between two specific cultures to theoretical literary discourse. The (rolling) deadline to submit is June 15, 2011. Any undergraduate is encouraged to apply. Additional information for non-US students is at the bottom of the page.
From Diane DiMassa's caffeinated homicidal heroine in Hothead Paisan to Lee Edelman's sinthomosexual who "chooses not to choose the Child," revenge – if only phantasmatic – invigorates queer narratives, theory, even politics. And given that oppression breeds resentment, it is no intellectual leap to consider why revenge becomes a popular trope. But is there something inherently queer about revenge? Could we envision distinctly queer forms of revenge? Or is such an essentialist application of "queer" its very antithesis?
The conference will address interdisciplinary practices across the social and human sciences. Are encouraged to register and attend this Conference all academics, researchers or scholars.
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The etymology of the word "corruption" (lat. Co-rruptum) indicates either an alteration, or an act of seduction, but in any case it leads toward a rupture. In a broader meaning, corruption is understood as the behavior of a person who derails another one from his/her way, customs or duties, through the promise of money, honors or security. History shows that this phenomenon has generally been manifesting in different kinds of cultures and societies starting with the most ancient times. Today corruption is still a reality, generated by the particular economic, cultural and political conditions in both developing and developed countries.
We are currently seeking student-written articles and creative works that examine the role of place in literature, composition studies, folklore, cultural studies, language studies, and gender studies.]
Linda Flower complicates the idea of "place" as only a silent object of discourse in her introduction to City Comp, saying that "writing is not merely situated in and shaped by its time and place, but … the writer's sense of that time and place is the source of meanings, motivations, and identities." Whether discussing the city or country, we recognize the importance of place, both the physical space and the encoded values associated with it, in reflecting and creating identity and ideas.
This panel seeks papers on Latin American theatrical works as mediums of socially accepted resistance and politically charged art forms. The panel will consider proposals analyzing plays and performances that challenge governments, inequities, and the status quo. What is it about these plays that connect them so profoundly with human rights? How is society represented in these dramatic texts? Proposals submissions and inquiries should be sent electronically (Microsoft Word Format, 250 words)
For years, scholars have demonstrated the debt that Kyd, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and other playwrights owe to Seneca's work. Such foundational criticism has often pointed to Seneca's plot devices, characterization, language, and form that inspired later Renaissance dramatists. However, recent scholarship demonstrates Seneca's effect on early modern subject construction and performance conditions. This panel aims to continue and extend current reconsiderations of Seneca's influence on early modern drama by gathering papers that "rethink" Seneca's works and influence in light of feminist, queer, post-colonial, and materialist theoretical perspectives.
Call for Papers
Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century (working title)
Editors: Kelli Marshall and Gabrielle Malcolm / Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing