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[UPDATE] CFP: The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 8:34am
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

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?

Production and Consumption in Victorian Literature and Culture

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 5:04am
The Victorian Network

The fifth issue of, guest edited by Dr Ella Dzelzainis (Newcastle University), is dedicated to a reassessment of nineteenth-century investments in concepts of productivity and consumption. Accelerating industrialisation, the growth of consumer culture, economic debates about the perils of overconsumption as well as emerging cultural discourses about industriousness, work ethic and the uses of free time radically altered the ways in which Victorians thought about practices of production and consumption. Literary authors intervened directly in these economic and social debates while also negotiating analogous developments within a literary marketplace transformed by new forms of writing, distributing and consuming literature.

Call for Articles: Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities (Submission Deadline October 1st)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 11:57am
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities

Diesis Volume 1, Issue 2: the Other Issue

Submission Deadline: October 1st, 2011

The Editorial Board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities would like to welcome you to submit to its second issue. This second issue will continue the inaugural issue's study of identity, concentrating this time on the diesis, or double dagger, which indicates a footnote or point of reference.

Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs CCWWP Conference 2012 Creative Writing in the 21st Century: Research and Practice

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 10:45am
Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs CCWWP

Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs CCWWP Conference 2012
Creative Writing in the 21st Century: Research and Practice
Humber Lakeshore Campus, Toronto
Thursday, May 10th – Sunday, May 13th , 2012
Keynote Speakers: Joseph Boyden, Nicole Brossard, David Fenza, Erin Mouré, Yvette Nolan, and Tim O'Brien

The Function of Ecocriticism at the Present Time

Monday, July 4, 2011 - 11:05am
Journal of Ecocriticism

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of
Journal of Ecocriticism

"The Function of Ecocriticism at the Present Time"

Critique, even that which finds little to love in its object, is rarely cynical. Critics are by definition optimists. Even those who enjoy nothing more than shredding a text or a rival strand of thought do so under the sign of hope: for interpretive clarity, for historical accuracy, for alternative perspective, and so on. And in the end, isn't some version of utopia, grand or small, at stake in all critical acts? Why else criticize if not to forward, even backhandedly, a glimpse of the world one wishes to see?

Children's Media

Sunday, July 3, 2011 - 11:08pm
Interdisciplinary Humanities

The spring 2012 issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities will focus on children's media. We will be looking for scholarly articles and nonfiction essays that explore works produced for children or works that focus predominantly on children: video games, picture books, fantasy works, hip-hop music/poetry, illustrated works, anime, film, and children's poetry, to name a few. These various media are relevant to children and have become an important part of twenty-first century scholarly study. We ask that all essays be interdisciplinary in nature and that they do not exceed 6,000 words. Please send inquiries and submissions to either Dr. Wynn Yarbrough at or to Dr.