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Literary Darwinism and Social Justice

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Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 1:38pm
NeMLA

Call for Papers

Literary Darwinism and Social Justice Panel

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NY – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

NeMLA: "Narrated Objects: Literature and Material Culture in the Americas"

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Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 11:47am
NeMLA

This panel will address the relationships between literature and materiality in the cultural production of the 19th and 20th. The topics of the panel include, but are not limited to: subject/object relationship; commodity fetishism; materiality and visuality; forms, surfaces, and their boundaries; the text as an object; thing theory. Please send 300-500 word abstracts (English or Spanish) to Laura Gandolfi, gandolfi@princeton.edu.

Deadline: September 15, 2010
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
CV

Silent and Ineffable: Functions of the Unsaid in Literature and the Humanities. Nov. 26-27th, 2010

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Friday, June 18, 2010 - 10:26pm
National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan

"Love, and be silent," Cordelia says in Act One. To some, Cordelia's verbal intransigence toward Lear marks her as proud and stiff-necked, to others as truth incarnate. Without doubt, it is her silence that sets the drama into motion, and the question of whether it issues from a refusal or from an inability to speak constitutes an interpretive crux of Shakespeare's play. Cordelia's silence can be taken to exemplify countless other instances where the meaning, structure and intensity of a literary work hinge on the significance of that which remains unsaid.

Thinking Comparatively in Contemporary Literature - NeMLA, Apr. 7-10, 2011 (abstract due Sept. 30, 2010)

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Friday, June 18, 2010 - 1:40pm
Cornelius Collins / NeMLA

How might interpretive juxtapositions between such divergent modes as fiction and nonfiction, literary and nonliterary, and verbal and visual articulate some of the current ambivalence about method in the discipline of literary studies? Papers welcome on all aspects of comparative thinking by period, genre, or media in relation to 20th/21st century literature. Abstracts and short vitae to Cornelius Collins, Rutgers University (corneliuscollins (at) rocketmail.com).

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

Please include with your abstract:

CFP: Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference 2nd Futurist Theory and Fiction: Fear, Horror, and Terror(ism) University of

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Friday, June 18, 2010 - 12:48pm
Lee Baxter & David Briggs / SETS department of University of Guelph

Stephen King once stated: "everything we do has a history. No matter where you come in on any situation, you are not coming in at the beginning." King's observation diagnoses a primary function of horror fiction: to remind contemporary audiences of their placement within this historical, gothic continuum. Horror narratives may, as Robin Wood famously suggested, reflect "our collective nightmares" but this collective is by no means limited to the contemporary moment for fleshing out these nightmares. Horror implicates readers and viewers by exhuming the past—monsters return, bodies rise from graves, and ghosts haunt the present. Furthermore within the Gothic imagination new terrors lurk beyond our social and technological horizons.

The Dark Spectacle: Landscapes of Devastation in Film and Photography

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 3:17pm
Culture and Space Journal: International Journal of Social Spaces. Special edition.

In Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag writes that "to find beauty in war seems heartless," but that "the landscape of devastation is still a landscape." She points out that the "classical operation of the camera" is to beautify, whereas the contrary operation of "uglifying" is a more modern response. Inspired by Sontag's compelling narrative, this collection of essays addresses the representation of unsettling subject matter (war, political conflict, crime, executions, etc) in a variety of visual media.

In Memory of Radio: Modernity, (Post) Metropolis and American Writing [Proposal Deadline: 9.30.10]

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:24pm
2011 Northeast Modern Language Association Convention (April 7-11, 2011])

2011 NeMLA Seminar Session seeks papers examining exchanges between American writers & the contemporary metropolis, from the late 20th- century to the present. Asking where & how American writers locate and/or represent urban space, we pose new questions at the intersections of American urban geography & literature: Is Detroit an exurb of Alabama? When will the Camden renaissance begin? Where do we catch the last train for Newark?

Seminar looks to reframe discussions of 21st-century American cityscape and its engagement with literature, theory & geography, by bringing consideration to notions such as displacement and the local. Send queries and abstracts to Michael Antonucci by 9/30/10

Althusser and Political Theory

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:28pm
Décalages, a Journal of Althusser Studies

Décalages, a Journal of Althusser Studies, is planning a special
issue on Althusser and Political Theory. We accept articles in
English, Spanish, Italian and French. For information concerning
submitting an article, please go to our website: www.decalages.net.
The deadline for submission is October 1, 2010.

Twentieth-Century Blake

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:14pm
Jon Gagas / Temple University

Recent scholarship has explored William Blake's influence on a number of twentieth-century writers, from W.B. Yeats to Philip K. Dick and Laura Moriarty. This panel seeks to find new links between Blake and the twentieth-century writers with whom he is most often associated – Yeats, Huxley, and Lawrence, among others – and to put Blake's art in dialogue with other artists, including graphic novelists, filmmakers, and non-Anglo-American writers. Submissions that address Blake's relationship to issues in twentieth-/twenty-first-century philosophy, such as subject formation, vitalism, and posthumanism, will also be considered.

CFP Narrative Conference (April 7-10, 2011)

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:10pm
International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN)

The 2011 Narrative Conference is sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis and the International Society for the Study of Narrative and will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 7-10, 2011. The Narrative Conference is an interdisciplinary forum addressing all dimensions of narrative theory and practice. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of narrative in any genre, period, discipline, language, and medium. Deadline for receipt of proposals: October 30, 2010.

Precious and Push-- Black Camera (IUPress)

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 10:41am
Black Camera Journal

Black Camera invites submissions for a special issue or section of a future issue devoted to a critical assessment of the Film Precious and the Novel Push by Sapphire (upon which Precious is based) to be published in Fall 2012.

[UPDATE] Literature and the Sacred (EXTENDED deadline for abstracts: July 23rd; conference: October 14–16th, 2010)

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 10:20am
Literature and Belief, a semiannual publication of the Center for the Studies of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University

The conference will include sessions on Literature, the Sacred, and Texts; Literature, the Sacred, and the Environment; and Literature, the Sacred, and Philosophy. Within this context both literature and the sacred are defined quite broadly, and presentations on any topic, theme, or perspective within those general categories are welcome. Participants are also encouraged to propose their own category-specific sessions if necessary.

The conference will be held Thursday, October 14th, through Saturday, October 16th, at the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University.

Presentations should run approximately 15 minutes. Selected presentations from the conference will be published in a 2011 conference-specific issue of Literature and Belief.

Poster Presentations: SAMLA 2010

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 8:25am
SAMLA

In addition to traditional paper sessions and roundtables, through the poster presentation session, SAMLA welcomes visual presentations as well. The subject matter for the proposal may be in any area related to languages and literature, including the special focus: "The Interplay of Text and Image." This topic invites presentations that explore the cross fertilization between text and image through a variety of traditional and modern means--including film, art, illustration, photography, and visual rhetorics. The topic especially lends itself to the "poster presentations" session because of the emphasis on the visual. Please know that while there is a special focus, we welcome and encourage proposals outside of this topic area as well.

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