Edward Said has been called a great many things: humanist, critic, professor of terror. Practitioner of deconstruction, however, has never numbered among them.
In a letter to his friend Axel Kaun, Samuel Beckett once described the “terrible materiality of the word surface” that faces every writer as they set pen to page. Their goal, Beckett claims, is to puncture this surface, boring holes into the word so that a different materiality “lurking behind” it might seep through. When the word is filled with holes, when what is said is ineffable and indescribable, it is no longer subordinated to its representative function. Rather, the word reveals its own sense and sensuousness, its materiality entirely distinct from that of its referent. The “sounding of impossible bodies” of the voices of the dead in M.
Call for Papers: ‘Utopian Spaces’ Graduate Conference, Simon Fraser University Vancouver, BC November 23-25, 2018 Deadline for Submissions: August 31, 2018
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: GEOFF MANN, AJAMU NANGWAYA, SHERRYL VINT PLENARY PANEL: PATRICIA BARKASKAS, TIFFANY MULLER MYRDAHL, JERRY ZASLOVE; MODERATOR KIM BEAUCHESNE
Language, Literature, Culture and Politics: Marx’s Bicentenary Conference
Department of English& Humanities, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
November 30-December 1, 2018
This session is a part of the 50th annual NeMLA convention in Washington, D.C., to be held March 21-24, 2019. Abstracts must be submitted through NeMLA's database: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17458
This roundtable explores graduate student labor concerns, especially in light of recent and widespread labor struggles and unionization movements on campuses.
We have found the recent debates that pit formalism against historicism to be rather dissatisfying. This seminar holds that the way out of this false dichotomy is through Marxism. We seek to understand how Marxism and related political positions offer a fruitful engagement with literary and aesthetic form precisely because of their political perspectives. Moreover, from the standpoint of Marxism, we are interested in how social and historical issues are formal issues in aesthetics.
In this Author-meets-Reader roundtable, Martine Sonnet will discuss her work alongside 3-4 scholars working on French-language filiation narratives. Filiation narratives reflect an effort to recover aspects of one’s family history which were not transmitted to the author. The quest for information, garnered through various possible sources, is then incorporated into the narrative. We invite scholars working either on a filiation narrative subgenre or on Sonnet’s work in particular. Papers may be delivered in French or English.
NeMLA Annual Convention - Washington, D.C., March 21-24, 2019