Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively. This panel seeks papers on literary works from any genre, region or time period that consider the treatment of architecture as background, foreground, structural model or other component of the literary work or works in question.
In what ways does literature reinforce, contest, and amend the discourse of American exceptionalism? Exceptionalism in its simplest form refers to a range of nationalist beliefs that together locate the United States as exemplary in relation to other nation-states. Although not coined until 1929 and not popularized until the postwar period, exceptionalism appears in different forms throughout American history, from John Winthrop's "city upon a hill" to Harry Truman's "leader of the free world" to, most recently, George W. Bush's "nation with a mission." The latter's declaration of the ongoing Global War on Terror in September 2001 has provoked further debate among scholars on the enduring legacy of exceptionalist claims.
University of Kent, 27-28 June 2013
Interdisciplinary journal CASCA enables authors to publish papers in various areas of social sciences, culture and art. The journal publishes scientific papers and book reviews thematically related to literary theory, history of art, philosophy, anthropology, history, archeology, sociology, culturology, politicology, communicology, etc.
We are interested in publishing scientific and expert papers, book reviews, exhibition reviews, web portals, etc.
Initiated in English speaking countries, in the last few years studies in cognitive poetics have increased and spread significantly. Many traditional issues of literary theory, such as the construction of text worlds, characterization, narrative focalization, the role of emotions in literary reading and the cognitive function of figures of speech, have been framed and approached within a cognitive perspective.
Link to CFP: http://melancholyandpain.liv.ac.uk/?page_id=2
- Dr Nick Davis, University of Liverpool
- Professor Chris Eccleston, University of Bath
- Professor Ronald Levao, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Dr Mary Ann Lund, University of Leicester
- Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Bristol, The University of the West of England
- Professor Andrej Stancak, University of Liverpool
- Professor Susan Wolfson, Princeton University
Hotels and Inns in Britain and in the United States in the Long Nineteenth Century
We invite submissions for a collection of essays on the hotel in literary works, in journals and correspondences, in travelogues, or in other texts written or published during the long nineteenth century. Our predominant focus is on literary and cultural studies.
The American Humor Studies Association seeks papers for a panel, "Humor in the Digital Age," for the 2013 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference at the Marriott Atlanta from November 8-10. This panel will examine how the rise of new media (including social media and blogs) has created new contexts for the production, distribution, and exhibition of American humor. We welcome papers on humor and comedy as they are employed in viral videos, blogs or vlogs, web series, webisodes, parodies, participatory culture online, memes, or remixes.
Euro-Balkan University (Skopje, Macedonia)
in cooperation with
Faculty for Media and Communications at Singidunum University (Belgrade, Serbia)
Announces the CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for the
OHRID SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2013
SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR SEXUALITIES, CULTURES, AND POLITICS
(August 15-21 2013, Ohrid, Macedonia)
- Didier Eribon (School of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the University of Amiens, Paris, France)
- Antke Engel (Institute for Queer Theory, Hamburg/Berlin, Germany)
- Tomasz Sikora (Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland)
Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist
General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)
We welcome contributions that examine the problematic of excess in comparative studies and literary theory. What constitutes excess today? What does it name? Who defines it? How do literature and art manage or register excess? How is excess connected to the task of interpretation? Is excess still synonymous with transgression and subversion? Have its connotations changed under the sway of neoliberalism? Topics of interest could include: