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[UPDATE] 31 OCTOBER DEADLINE: A Brand of Fictional Magic: Reading Harry Potter as Literature, 17-18 May 2012

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 10:03am
School of English, University of St Andrews

Call for Papers (NEW Deadline: 31 October 2011):
A Brand of Fictional Magic: Reading Harry Potter as Literature

A two day conference hosted by
the School of English, University of St Andrews
17-18 May 2012, Kennedy Hall, St Andrews, Scotland

The relentless success of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (1997-2007) evokes words like phenomenon and catastrophe. With the conclusion of the film franchise and the launch of, the series is receiving increased academic consideration in conferences, articles, and monographs. However, relatively little work has been done directly engaging with the series as a literary text. This conference attempts to begin redressing that lack.

Shakespeare at the Opera

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 10:00am
Joshua Cohen, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

NEMLA Convention 2012

Session Title: Shakespeare at the Opera

The panel examines operatic adaptations of Shakespeare plays. How do Shakespearean operas serve as 'readings' that illuminate facets of the plays on which they are based? How do different treatments of Shakespeare shed light on the historical and cultural conditions that produced the operas? How can studying Shakespeare as opera function as a miniature historical lens om Shakespearean reception across the centuries? Send 300 to 500-word abstract to

[UPDATE] Revenge of the Queers: Ethics and the Politics of Resentment (Sept. 30)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 8:08am
NEMLA 2012, March 15-18

rom 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?

Post-Empire Imaginaries? Anglophone Literature, History and the Demise of Empires; Bern, Switzerland, May 18-20, 2012

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 6:20am
Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English (ASNEL) Annual Conference; University of Bern, Switzerland; Conveners: Barbara Buchenau and Virginia Richter

This conference addresses the key role that empire retains in European and North American consumer culture despite decades of postcolonial challenges to imperial control.

Gender and Popular Fiction

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 11:10pm
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture Presents
Issue 11.3
Gender and Popular Fiction, Edited by Cameron Leader-Picone and Matthew Schneider-Mayerson
with articles by Jan Goggans, Ashley Barner, Erin Hollis, Linda Ledford-Miller, and K.C. Harrison
We also are still accepting abstracts for the following two special issues:
Games and/as Resistance (Nov 1)
"(In)Securities " (Nov 15)
See website for further details.

Call for Papers - Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism (20 January 2012)

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 9:57pm
Brigham Young University

Criterion seeks original, well-researched, and intellectually rigorous essays written from diverse critical perspectives and about texts from any time period or literary tradition. Submissions are peer-reviewed by a selection board at BYU, and final decisions are made by the journal's two Editors-in-Chief in consultation with a faculty advisor. Essays may be submitted on a year-round basis, but Criterion is currently soliciting submissions for its 2012 issue, scheduled for publication in April of 2012. The submission deadline for the 2012 issue is 20 January 2012. Essays received after this deadline will be considered for the 2013 issue.

[UPDATE - ABSTRACT EXTENSION] Novelty, Game-Changing, and Genre-Breaking - October 28-29, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 4:20pm
University of Florida English Graduate Organization

Nothing New Under the Sun?
Novelty, Game-Changing, and Genre-Breaking

2011 University of Florida English Graduate Organization Conference

October 28-29, 2011, at the University of Florida

Keynote Speaker: Richard Flynn (Georgia Southern University)

The English Graduate Organization of the University of Florida invites papers across disciplines concerning the idea of novelty in literature, film, rhetoric or the production of art. By interrogating the causes and effects of novelty in the life of an artist, scholar or artistic movement, we hope to destabilize the boundaries around the "old" and "new" and trace the lingering impact of these game-changers across both time and disciplines.

"This is the End": Transformations and New Beginnings

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 3:54pm
Organization of Graduate Students of English-Northern Arizona University

Peaks Interdisciplinary Conference 2012
Featured Theme:
"This is the End": Transformations & New Beginnings

Rumors of the end of the world have existed for as long as humans have been able to articulate fear. The year 2012 has provided us with yet another instance of this phenomenon. This year's conference will highlight our ideas about endings, beginnings, and rebirths in all of their various forms. We hope to see visions of Armageddon, conceptualizations of endings or changes in art, media, and culture, and new explorations of beginnings and endings in language studies, education, and the sciences.

February 24th and 25th
Kickoff on February 23rd
NAU University Union