As Donna Haraway puts it, "when were love and knowledge not co-constitutive?" How, then, does fan culture work in the plurality of linguistic, cultural, and geopolitical conditions facilitated by new media, and specifically the online environments which define contemporary fandom experience? What are its canons? Who actively reads fandom's texts, and what does that literacy entail? And whose purposes do these questions serve?
In 1927, exactly one hundred years after Goethe first used the term "Weltliteratur," Walter Benjamin returned to Berlin from Moscow. He had spent his time there reporting on developments in Russian literature and film, and he arrived to find that his German translation of Marcel Proust's Within a Budding Grove had been published to strong reviews. Such multi-lingual and multi-national literary undertakings are central to Benjamin's entire corpus. While not a major figure in most narratives of world literature, Benjamin's involvement and theoretical interest in questions of translation, media, and cultural history suggest ways of placing him in these important contexts. But how do we read Benjamin's own reading?
Call for Papers: Two-day Symposium
'Nabokov and Morality'
University of Strathclyde, 5th & 6th May 2011
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Michael Wood (Princeton)
Papers are invited for a two-day symposium at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow on the 5th & 6th May 2011. The event will involve 15-20 speakers over two days and be based on papers/presentations of 20 minutes each plus 10 minutes for questions. Both days will conclude with a roundtable discussion.
UNC Charlotte's English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) is proud to announce its 11th annual conference and call for papers. Our conference is the largest and longest running student-led conference in the southeast. This year, come and see how the rules of the game are changing.
The UNC Charlotte English Graduate Student Association invites faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates to submit an original essay or presentation for the annual spring semester conference.
The Music Theatre/Dance (MT/D) Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) announces its call for papers for the "Bruce Kirle Memorial Emerging Scholarship Panel in Music Theatre/Dance" for the 2011 ATHE conference in Chicago, IL (August 11-14, 2011). This annual panel is held in memory of Dr. Bruce Kirle, a longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance focus group. Dr. David Savran will serve as the respondent. Dr. Savran is the Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in American Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center as well as the editor of The Journal of American Theatre and Drama. His most recent book, Highbrow/Lowdown: Theater, Jazz, and the Making of The New Middle Class, was published in 2009 by the University of Michigan Press.
Currently, a number of analysts are thinking about what constitutes, assembles, or traces "objects." While Bruno Latour (2005), Manuel DeLanda (2006), Andy Clark (2008), Graham Harman (2009), Cary Wolfe (2010), et al. might not agree on what objects "are," they're all interested in shifting away from the transcendental ego in ways that evade the "modern constitution" or the "bifurcation of nature." And we're interested in how this move -- and all its concomitant effects -- might influence not literary theory, but literary criticism.
Gilles Deleuze defines an assemblage as a multiplicity that "is made up of many heterogeneous terms and which establishes liaisons, relations between them, across ages, sexes and reigns — different natures." Such a form of organization, he argues, is the product of the interactions between the various bodies — physical, psychical, social, economic, linguistic — that compose it. The inherent dynamism of the assemblage is mirrored in the work of those who have theorized it; the concept remains notoriously diffuse and unstable. Following Manuel DeLanda's recent work, we are eager to reconstruct and refine assemblage theory.
CALL FOR PAPERS in ADAPTATION
The Adaptation Section of the 2011 National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Conference
Wednesday, April 20, through Saturday, April 23
Marriot Rivercenter San Antonio, and Marriot-San Antonio Riverwalk
Proposal deadline—December 8th, 2010
Adaptation as Process
"[A] mode of writing is an act of historical solidarity…it is the relationship between creation and society, the literary language transformed by its social finality, form considered as human intention and thus linked to the great crises of History." - Roland Barthes