What is meant by the term "transnational literature," and how, if at all, would we characterize it as distinct from or interchangeable with the term "world literature?" What pedagogical and institutional concerns are at stake in these terms? This roundtable aims to foster a meta-conversation concerning the recent turn in the humanities towards "transnational," "world," and "global" approaches. Such issues have gathered attention in recent years as literature programs seek alternate modes of critical practice in a globalizing world, as language programs face institutional consolidation, and as the humanities in general attempt to chart new ground in order to remain "relevant" in a shifting academic climate.
Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, a new Open Access, peer reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon and adjacent fields, seeks articles, reviews and letters for publication.
Thomas Pynchon is an American writer of novels, short stories and occasional journalistic pieces whose influence upon the contemporary American writing scene is virtually unparalleled, leading Harold Bloom, in recent correspondence, to write: "certainly he is still the most important writer alive". Topics for consideration could include, but are by no means limited to:
Call for Papers: Alfred Hitchcock
Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
33rd Annual Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 8-11, 2012
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
330 Tijeras Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 USA
Submission Deadline: December 1st, 2011
Conference Website: (updated regularly)
Panels now forming for presentations on the films and career of Alfred Hitchcock. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations.
PERFORMING SOUTH ASIA AT HOME AND ABROAD
South Asian Literary Association (SALA), Seattle 2012
Keynote Guests: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Charles Johnson
Date: Wed., January 4, 2012 at 9:00am – Thurs., January 5, 2012 at 5:00pm
Venue: Hyatt Place Downtown, 110 6th Avenue North (at Denny Way)
We are developing a collection of articles for a special issue journal of Studies in the Literary Imagination entitled 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'. This collection will explore the meaning and application of poetic optimism in relation to the question of social identity from 1794 to 1878.
A Conference in Honor of Barbara Hodgdon (Abstract Submission Deadline August 30, 2011)
Held by the Early Modern Colloquium
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
October 15, 2011
Keynote speaker: Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)
Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality and History Conference
University of Exeter, 27th April 2012
Stefano-Maria Evangelista (University of Oxford)
Ian Jenkins (British Museum)
Statuary has offered a privileged site for the articulation of sexual experience and ideas, and the formation of sexual knowledge. From prehistoric phallic stones, mythological representations of statues and sculptors, e.g. Medusa or Pygmalion, to the Romantic aesthetics and erotics of statuary and the recurrent references to sculpture in nineteenth- and twentieth-century sexology and other new debates on sexuality, the discourse of the statue intersects with constructions of gender, sex and sexuality in multiple ways.
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
Vol. 38 No. 1, March 2012
Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2011
This call is for a panel to be proposed for the 2012 Cultural Studies Association Conference at the University of California, San Diego, March 28-April 1, 2012. The panel will explore the ways in which the representation of addiction or compulsive behaviors constitute individual subjects as variously othered. Some questions presenters might answer include: What comes of the intersection of addiction and, for instance, disability, race, class, gender, sexuality, or other markers of difference?
Pennsylvania Literary Journal (ISSN#: 2151-3066) is a printed peer-reviewed journal that publishes critical essays, book-reviews, short stories, interviews, photographs, art, and poetry. Three issues, starting with the Summer 2010 Issue, "New and Old Historical Perspectives on Literature," are on sale through Amazon and other distributors. PLJ is also available through the EBSCO Academic Complete database in full-text. It is listed in the MLA International Bibliography, the MLA Directory of Periodicals, Genamics JournalSeek, and Duotrope's Digest.