Categories of criticism that were initially developed following the birth of nation-states have long served their (mostly academic) purposes well -neatly ascribing whatever was remarkable in the arts or literature of the Americas to the familiar and accepted factors of "national origins" or national history, with scholarly classifications and modes of cognition duplicating, as on library shelves, the attendant territorial boundaries of countries.
Ecocriticism has been a flourishing field of inquiry for the past three decades. However, literary critics have only recently begun to explore literature and the environment from postcolonial perspectives. In an attempt to theorize postcolonial environmental criticism, this panel examines the intersections of postcolonialism and environmentalism in the context of contemporary globalization. With the intensification of globalization in the 1990s, there has been an explosion of local environmental movements in the global south protesting neoliberal agendas, such as development, modernity, and progress, often collaboratively implemented by national governments and international finance.
Don't Tell Me to Do the Math: Geometrical False Starts and Non-Linear Logics in Literature
American Comparative Literature Association University of Toronto, Canada April 4 - 7, 2013.
Do digital platforms change the way we remember? How will the myriad tracks we leave behind online shape the historical practices of the future? When and how do digital technologies in the classroom move from being novel experiments to transparent modes of teaching? How does digitization reshape archives and archival methodologies? How does metadata contribute to forgetting and the shape of memory? How do we define and put into practice the growing field of Digital Humanities?
Financial crises have bedeviled America since its founding, as historian Scott Reynolds Nelson reminds us in his new study A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters. In the nineteenth century, America experienced major panics at almost exactly 20-year intervals: 1819, 1837, 1857, 1873, and 1893. Then, as now, financial crises shattered complacency, upended conventional wisdom, and discredited narratives of teleological progress or expansion.
"The Location of Transnational Literature"
Seeking paper proposals for a seminar on "The Location of Transnational Literature" at the 2013 ACLA Conference.
ACLA 2013 Seminar: "Refiguring the Divide: Artistic Responses to Partition in Palestine/Israel"
Chana Morgenstern (Brown University), Michal Raizen (The University of Texas at Austin)
**Paper proposals due 15 November 2012**
Refiguring the Divide: Artistic Responses to Partition in Palestine/Israel
We welcome papers concentrating on 'spaces' that could be considered 'monstrous' or are in some way capable of creating 'monstrosity.' Spaces may be real or imagined, literal or metaphorical, psychological or material. Literal places may include sites of trauma, genocide, or biological experimentation; dystopias; colonized regions; mythical lands; etc. Psychological spaces may include memory, neurosis, philosophy, etc. Monstrosity may be perceived as depravity; social or sexual taboos; hegemonic power in the form of racism, classism, sexism; etc. Papers may challenge, call to light, or reinforce perceptions of monstrosity.
Call for Papers: Alfred Hitchcock
Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
34th Annual Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 13-16, 2013
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
330 Tijeras Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 USA
Submission Deadline: November 16, 2012
Conference Website: (updated regularly)
Call for Papers, Deadline November 15th, 2012
American Comparative Literature Annual Convention (ACLA), University of Toronto, April 4-7, 2013
Translating the City: Cartographies of Cultural Contact and Change