Derived from "bawd," a word of uncertain etymology associated with practices of female prostitution, "bawdy" describes something that is boisterously or humorously indecent. Considering that one of the earliest known works of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, with its many descriptions of the randy exploits of a Sumarian prince, can be considered bawdy, one might suggest that bawdiness is an intrinsic quality of literary discourse. From Rabelais's laughing pregnant hags, to Rochester's copious odes to genitalia, and Joyce's "obscenities" in Ulysses, the bawdy has titillated centuries of readers.
This panel wishes to reassess, and bring to the fore, the important role of the love treatise within Renaissance literature. In fact, recent new studies show that the genre of the love treatise, situated within its own historical moment and cultural context, functioned as a unique hybrid text in which different traditions - literary, philosophical and medical- were elaborately intertwined to explain the genesis and anatomy of love. Thus, by undertaking a comparative study of the Renaissance love treatise, this panel will explore the varying discourses that once informed this hybrid genre.
43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
March 15 - 18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
The Television Department at Columbia College Chicago invites undergraduate scholars to submit papers to the The Watercooler Journal. This peer-reviewed journal is a cross-disciplinary online source that focuses on nearly any topic involving the critical study of television programming. Papers may address the medium as a whole, specific television programs, transmedia, fan studies, social and/or cultural implications, individual episodes within a series, etc. Please visit http://www.thewatercoolerjournal.tv to read papers that have been accepted.
*Deadline extended to September 16, 2011*
Savagism and Civilization
"In plain truth, these men are very savage in comparison of us; of necessity, they must either be absolutely so or else we are savages; for there is a vast difference between their manners and ours." - Michel Montaigne, "Of Cannibals"
We are seeking participants for a panel at the April, 2012, C19 Conference, to be held at U.C. Berkeley, which will examine a range of perspectives on the relationship of aesthetics to notions of democracy and community in 19th-century American literature and art. As recent studies in US literature and culture – from Sianne Ngai's Ugly Feelings to Russ Castronovo's Beautiful Democracy – have shown, aesthetics addresses questions of passivity and activity, association and isolation, which were central to the conception and experience of 19th-century community.
33rd Annual Conference-February 8-11, 2012
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
Proposal submission deadline: December 01, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Papers are now being accepted on topics related to European popular culture and literature. All approaches, areas, and time periods are welcome.
Levinas and Criticism, a Society for Critical Exchange panel, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention, Rochester NY, 15-18 March 2012
This session will explore connections between the thought of Emmanuel Levinas and criticism of literature and other forms of media and culture, involving attention to language, ethics, alterity, and other key aspects of Levinas's work.
Abstracts for 20-minute papers by 30 September 2011 to Scott DeShong, email@example.com.
The relationship between the humanities and nuclear issues has re-emerged continuously in contemporary thought. The proposed collection seeks essays that interrogate the role of the humanities in addressing the nuclear question in a post-Cold War world. During a 1984 conference at Cornell University, theorists gathered to try and articulate the goals of Nuclear Criticism; famously, Jacques Derrida spoke out on the issue, linking literature to the very principles of atomic energy. Rather than a temporary fad, Nuclear Criticism has re-surfaced at various moments in theoretical circles of the last half-century.
CFP for edited collection: Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction
Editors: Gerry Canavan and Kim Stanley Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Abstracts due August 31, 2011
Final essays due Summer 2012
We are seeking proposals for an edited collection tentatively titled Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction, with completed essays due in Summer 2012. We seek contributions that touch on any aspect of the relationship between ecological science, environmentalism, and SF, with particular attention to such topics as: