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The Novel and the Fragment

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 10:59am
Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This panel will examine how fragmentary form and non-linear narrative operate in post-1945 novels in English in order to ask how an experimental, fragmentary form poses key problems and possibilities for the development of the novel within a contemporary literary landscape. Considering that size and depth are features commonly associated with the novel, complications arise within the form when certain novels are dominated by fragmentary segments, are small in size, or made of precious materials. The topics of this panel include, but are not limited to, novels by poets; the fragment in literature; formalisms; narrative theory; theories of the novel; the contemporary literary canon.

Women's Writing and Environments: The 5th International CWWA Conference, 3-5 July 2014, Melbourne Australia

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 2:35am
Dr Jessica Wilkinson/ Contemporary Women's Writing Association

Conference website:

The 5th biennial CWWA conference, 'Contemporary Women's Writing and Environments' recognizes and investigates the importance of environments to women's writing, and the contribution women's writing makes to current thinking about environments. Taking an expansive view of 'environment', the conference will unite practitioners and scholars in discussion of the ways in which contemporary women's writing engages with places, spaces, homes, cities, nature, workplaces, communities, publics, literary spheres and virtual worlds.

Session on Canadian Literature - MMLA

Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 8:07pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

This permanent section invites papers on any aspect of Canadian Literature. Proposals related to the conference theme of "art and artifice," are encouraged, although this theme can be broadly construed. Please note the approaching deadline for abstract submissions.

Please send 250-word abstracts and CV by June 15, 2013 to Nathan Jung,

For more information, please see the conference website:

Chair: Nathan Jung, Loyola University Chicago,

[UPDATE] June 25th Deadline Extension- Irish Studies Panel at SAMLA

Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 6:28pm
SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)

In keeping with the theme of this year's conference, we welcome papers that focus on the ways Irish identity, space, and memory are shaped through conventionally understood literary genres (poetry, fiction, drama, memoir) as well as work from related fields, including but not limited to art, critical theory, folklore, and film studies. This panel seeks to address recent trends in scholarship and the ways Irish identity (systemic or individual) and space is constructed and defined.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Sarah Dyne, Georgia State University, by the extended deadline of June 25, 2013 at

[UPDATE] Smart, Sincere, and Quirky Auteurs – SAMLA (Atlanta, 11/8 to 11/10)

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 11:04am
Pete Kunze (Louisiana State University)

I seek papers for a panel on auteurship in recent Hollywood cinema, especially films that have alternately been called the "New Sincerity" (Collins), "smart" (Sconce), "Mumblecore" (Masunaga), "post-pop" (Mayshark), and "quirky" (MacDowell).

The Photographic Moment in Literature; SAMLA 2013; Nov 08-10; Atlanta

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 1:34pm
Elizabeth Howie and Tripthi Pillai, Coastal Carolina University

This special session invites papers that explore the interplay of literature and photography, particularly as manifested in the photographical logics operating within the literatures that predate the advent of photography. What is the place of the ocular (the photographical/the photographic image) in literature? How are self-reflexivity, interiority, memory, and subjectivity performed as photographic moments within literature? What does the insertion of a photographic moment suggest in terms of interruptions, digressions, or linear movements within a novel? How does the stillness of a moment in a play borrow or differ from the stasis of a photograph? What, if any, are the coincidences of poetic and photographic lenses?

Representations of Gender and Sexuality in John Dos Passos's Writing

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 8:00am
John Dos Passos Society

Like his modernist contemporaries, John Dos Passos engages themes of gender and sexuality. But unlike many of his contemporaries, his works may allow for relatively progressive readings of gender relations, understandings and representations of homosexuality, media-centered representations of the sexualized body, etc. Such progressivism may be due to his inherently activist stance during his writing career. However, merely writing during the first half of the 20th century may dictate a certain amount of problematic representation.