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Satire's Double-Edged Irony MLA, Seattle, 5-8 January 2012

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 8:51am
American Humor Studies Association

Seeking papers that explore the often ambiguous nature of satire's object, the lines that blur between satire and celebration, and the difficulty of predicting or controlling audience response.

Recent studies, such as "The Irony of Satire," suggest that perception of satire's object often rests in the reader's or viewer's own biases. This panel is interested in exploring the implications of this ambiguity in the production, deployment, and teaching of satire. How does this affect satire's admittedly subversive purpose? Is this satire's power, its limitation, or both?

250-word abstract by 15 March 2011

[UPDATE] Second Call for Papers- Rupture Symposium 2011 (abstracts due 1 March 2011)

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Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:38pm
The Division of English / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in association with the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences [CLASS], is organizing a three-day Contemporary Conference from 24 to 26 June, 2011. The Rupture Symposium, as part of this conference, deals specifically with the subject of "rupture" in literature.

CFP: PAMLA Conference, Scripps College, Claremont, CA (November 5-6, 2011; Paper Proposal Deadline 3/25)

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Monday, February 7, 2011 - 9:37pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference is being held November 5-6, 2011, at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. PAMLA has over a hundred approved sessions on a wide range of literary and language topics. For the list of sessions, guidelines for how to propose a paper, and the online paper proposal form, please go to: http://www.pamla.org/2011/

For any questions about PAMLA, please email PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin: svonkin@netzero.com

No(bodies): Ghost Children in Juvenile Literature (15 March 2011)

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Monday, February 7, 2011 - 2:44pm
ChLA Sponsored Session for MLA 2012 Conference

ChLA Sponsored Session for MLA 2012 Conference

No(bodies): Ghost Children in Juvenile Literature

This panel seeks to explore the figure of the ghost child in children's and young adult literature. Trapped in a permanent state of childhood/adolescence, the ghost child, through its lack of body, does not physically mature, thereby experiencing a stasis that is both tragic and frightening; however, in many texts the ghost child undergoes some type of transformation that allows it to "grow up" in perhaps alternative ways. Papers might consider, but are not limited to, what the ghost child suggests about the following:

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