In response to the sustained scholarly focus on the material aspects of eighteenth century culture, the core concern of this interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and French) conference will be reactions to instability in the material realm, including but not limited to the emergence of an affective public sphere; a revaluation of labour; cosmopolitanism; sensibility; the new spiritualism; political radicalism and rights discourse; supernaturalism and the rise of the gothic; and anti-slavery and anti-imperial movements. Papers on these and any topics related to the material and the immaterial in the period will be welcomed.
I'm seeking article submissions for a volume of critical essays, which will be published by Cambridge Scholars Press. The collection will focus on twentieth-century female writers' responses to the work of Sigmund Freud with a particular emphasis on alternative models of the psychoanalytic process posed by women. The book will move beyond critiques of Freud and his influence on twentieth century ideas about gender, demonstrating instead the ways women writers have reclaimed agency through the artistic process. With that in mind, the essays selected for publication will address the following topics:
Woolf's novels and essays often sustain a central tension between individuals' freedoms or agency and what they perceive groups to demand of them. For example, A Room of One's Own displays the tensions between intellectual freedom and the mind of the crowd, while Orlando wrestles in ambushes set up by means of unstable identity categories. This approved special session looks for papers that discuss Woolf's concerns about the impact of group life on her characters, or that place her literary agonists in proximity to group-driven events and trends between the wars.
Negation and Negativity: Theory, Form, and Representation
June 3, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
Sianne Ngai, UCLA Department of English
Joseph Bristow, UCLA Department of English
"You know nothing? Do you see nothing? Do you remember
Those are pearls that were his eyes.
"Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head?"
-T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land
From surrealism to social networks to the "real" housewives of New Jersey, it's no secret that reality is socially constructed. "Reality"—-as a state of mind or as an embodied experience—-has historically been positioned in opposition to such realms of infinite possibility as dreams, fantasy, and imagination. In fact, far from being a state of stability and sanity, reality is often treated as that which must be escaped. But escape to what?
When an author writes a literary text either wholly or partly in dialect, he or she is making a conscious choice to represent something other than the standard language. This conference invites papers that explore this process. We welcome papers from across different periods, different genres and different geographical locations, including regional, social and world dialects. Questions that might be addressed include, but are not restricted to:
Afroeurope@s/Afroeurope@ns is an international research and development group funded by the Spanish MINSTERIO DE CIENCIA E INNOVACIÓN, FFI2009-08948. The group is holding its third international conference in Cádiz, Spain from 28-30 September 2011. The venue will be La Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Cádiz. This third conference will be a focus for the many strands of this dynamic field of study, and aims to include presentations on both established and emerging research areas of a trans- and multidisciplinary nature. We recognise that this field cannot be confined to traditional textual representations and forms of expression and so we encourage submissions from a wide range of disciplines.
"Discovering the Fantastic": A creative writing component of "Curious, if True: The Fantastic in Literature" Graduate Student Conference 2011
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia
March 10-12, 2011
The historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts of the fantastic in literature are the focus of this year's graduate student conference at the University of Victoria. The fantastic crosses many formal and generic barriers in literature, and challenges the historical concept of the novel as a realist production. The conference invites graduate students who are writers of the fantastic to contribute their creative work as a complement to the academic presentations and research papers also offered.
The 19th annual
Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (MCLLM)
will be held April 1-2, 2011
at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb,Illinois.
Dr. Emily Auerbach, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
author of Maestros, Dilettantes, and Philistines (1989) and Searching for Jane Austen (2004); Director of the UW Odyssey Project; and Project Director of the "Courage to Write" radio series.
This year's theme is The Power of the Humanities. Inspired by Dr. Auerbach's keynote address and her work across the humanities, the organizers encourage research that examines the influences of language and literature that have significantly altered those disciplines and people's lives.