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"Mise-en-Scène: Crime" (special issue)

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 4:32am
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies (Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University)

Vol. 38 No. 1 (March 2012)
Submissions due August 15, 2011

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In the beginning was murder. Then came drama: the hair-tearing (or eye-gouging) discovery of one's own overweening hubris, the inconsolable grieving over the loss of the most basic sense of humanity, and, simply, more killing. Indeed, murderers are significant figures in what Erich Auerbach would call "scenes of drama from European literature": Cain, Oedipus, Medea, the parricides in Dante's inferno, and Shakespeare's army of villains. Acts of killing in these literary texts not only contribute to the excitement of the drama, but also make imperative a rethinking of social order, justice, morality, state power, and human-God relations.

Psychopathology and Modernism (MLA 2012; Abstract Deadline 03/15/2011) [UPDATE]

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 5:52pm
Adam Meehan / University of Arizona

This is a proposed special session for the 2012 MLA convention.

Do the conditions of modernity engender psychopathological behavior? Do the changes wrought by industrialization cause new types of psychological stress? Do they bring about madness? How do characters in modernist fiction and/or poetry react to these changes?

This panel seeks papers that examine pyschopathology in single or multiple works of modernist fiction and/or poetry. While psychopathological tendencies are not unique to (post) industrial society, this panel will investigate how modernity (particularly in the transition from pre-industrial to [post] industrial, rural to urban, etc.) may lead to certain types of psychopathological behavior.

[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: The American imagetext

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 3:28pm
University of East Anglia, UK

EXTENDED CALL FOR PAPERS
'To fasten words again to visible things': the American imagetext

A two day conference held by the American Studies department at the University of East Anglia, UK, 18th-19th June 2011

Keynote speakers:
WJT Mitchell:
'The Historical Uncanny:  Phantoms, Doubles, and Repetition in the War on Terror'

Miles Orvell:
'The Talking Picture:  Speech, Silence, and Ventriloquism in the Discourse of Photography'

Mourning, Roland Barthes (MLA 2012 Proposed Special Session)

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 10:56am
Alina Opreanu / Harvard University / (MLA 2012 in Seattle)

With the recent publication of Roland Barthes' Mourning Diary, we rediscover his greatest loss. How does Barthes rewrite mourning? How do we read his grief?

250-word abstracts by 15 March 2011.

This CFP is for a PROPOSED special session at the 2012 MLA in Seattle. The session is not guaranteed.

African Studies Area

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 1:30am
Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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MIDWEST POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

2011 Milwaukee, WI!

The African Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, WI from Friday 14 October to Sunday 16 October, 2011.

The area seeks papers whose topics address any aspect of popular culture on the African continent.

Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to:

[UPDATE] Faulkner in the Media Ecology (11/24-26, 2011)

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 10:33pm
University of New South Wales

Under the auspices of the Modernism Studies Centre in Australia, the School of English, Media, and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, will host the 'Faulkner in the Media Ecology' conference, on November 24-26, 2011.

Significations

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 6:16pm
Cal State University of Los Angeles English Graduate Students Association

[Note: This CFP is only aimed towards graduate students in the California State University system]

The Cal State L.A. EGSA is proud to organize Significations, an annual academic conference meant to foster graduate level exploration in the fields of literature, composition & rhetoric and creative writing as well as cultural studies, critical theory, film, gender studies and visual & performing arts.

The conference will take place on Saturday, April 30th, 2011. Students are invited to enter seminar length papers considering any period or genre of literary, linguistic, and visual culture.

Contemporary US/Canadian/Mexican Dystopian Fiction Anthology

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 5:14pm
Grubisic, Baxter, and Lee

Call for Submissions

At century's end and after, a dystopian mood - what Peter Fitting
calls "the sense of a threatened near future" - has been evident in
daily life and, of course, national literatures. Seeking to explore
literary iterations of that mood, the editors of 'After NAFTA:
Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature' encourage submissions
about a variety of literary genres - novels, short fiction, or graphic
novels (written in English or translated) - published by Canadian,
American, and Mexican authors between 1994 and 2010.

The editors of After NAFTA have an agreement for publication with
Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

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