What does Rome have to do with Cupertino? Or the bulky and unwieldy technology of the book scroll with the sleekness of the iPad? Although posing the question may seem absurd, the answer is – a great deal. Ancient book scrolls were unrolled at one end and rolled up at the other end as one read; as a result, it was far easier to access the beginning and end of a text than the middle. A similar process occurs when reading texts on a computer screen: unless one knows to search for a particular string of text, the opening and closing sections of a document are the easiest portions to access. What will this mean for processes of reading and translating, especially in societies that do not stress memorization?
The Citizen-Subject Revisited
Call for Papers: Upcoming Special issue
Women's Fiction, New Modernist Studies, and Feminism
Editor: Anne Fernald
Deadline for Submission: 1 March 2012
Too often, students of medieval English literature unnecessarily categorize Old and Middle English as completely disconnected, highlighting Beowulf and Chaucer as the exemplary markers, with little in between. This panel seeks instead to explore moments of interaction across the spectrum of earlier and later medieval English literature. Examples may include parallel literary forms, English identities, linguistic developments, and the ways that they interact with historical, religious, and social frameworks.
Alone Together/Together Alone
16th Annual UCLA Graduate Student Conference October 6-7 2011 With Keynote Speaker Tom Conley (Harvard)
"Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies." Sherry Turkle, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (Basic Books, 2011)
Human-Animal Relationships in Literature in the Nineteenth Century
TITLE: Nuclear Criticism and the "Exploding Word"
Chairperson: Michael Blouin, Michigan State University
Conference on the Literary Essay at Queen Mary and the London Review Bookshop, London, July 2-3
This July 2-3, there will be a conference on the literary essay from
Montaigne to the present, which will be taking place at Queen
Mary and the London Review Bookshop, featuring Adam Phillips, Andrew O'Hagan, Geoff Dyer, Jeremy Treglown, Karl Miller, Hermione Lee, Gillian Beer, Markman Ellis, Peter Howarth, Ophelia Field, Felicity James, Uttara Natarajan, Stefano Evangelista, Adam Piette, Kathryn Murphy, and Sophie Butler.
Tickets and details available at:
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'Unexpected Agents: Considering agency beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)'
A One-day Postgraduate symposium at the University of Birmingham (English Dept.), June 24th 2011
Keynote Speaker: Sarah Kember (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Online Registration: https://www.bhamonlineshop.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&...
Dissecting the Lower Sensorium: Understanding Smell, Taste, and Touch in Renaissance Literature
This NeMLA seminar (March 15-18, 2012 in Rochester, NY) will examine Renaissance drama and poetry via the history of the lower sensorium—the senses of smell, taste, and touch. Though the lower senses were often relegated to a secondary position in medical and philosophical texts, they defined every moment of a subject's daily movements through his or her world. From the taste of the bread and beer that comprised most meals to the overwhelming range of smells that filled every crevice of the early modern city, men and women understood and maneuvered their bodies, encounters, desires, and labor through the three senses comprising the lower sensorium.