One of the notable features of William T. Vollmann's work is its ability to defy simple classification. Whether through its excessive display of language, genre, and experiential "research," as well as its sheer page count, footnotes, and glossaries, Vollmann's expanding oeuvre eludes the usual conceptual categories we might draw upon to understand it. This can be both exhilarating and frustrating, as one of the primary strengths of Vollmann's texts also makes them difficult to deal with critically and pedagogically.
Call for papers: Graduate Student Conference on Translation Studies
"Reading Between the Lines: Interdisciplinary Dialogue in an Expanding Field."
April 27-28, 2013
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The graduate students in the Comparative Literature program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are pleased to announce the first biennial Amherst Graduate Student Conference in Translation Studies, to be held on at UMass Amherst from April 27-28, 2013.
Call for contributors
We are currently commissioning contributions to a proposed Companion to American Gothic, to be published in 2015 by a major UK academic publisher as part of a new series of Gothic companions.
Proposals for chapters of 5500-6500 words (including notes) are invited. Early career researchers are encouraged to submit, but we welcome proposals from all American Gothic scholars.
Chapters are required that offer critically erudite, authoritative, and cogently written surveys and analyses, focused on appropriate examples, addressing the following topics:
European Ghosts, American Witches: Early American Gothic Realism / Romance
Slavery and the Gothic
Romantic Gothic: The American Tradition
Françoise Lionnet is a professor at UCLA in Comparative Literature, French and Francophone Studies, and Gender Studies, as well as the current director of the African Studies Center and Program Co-Director of UCLA's Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities: Cultures in Transnational Perspective. She is a leading scholar in Francophone and comparative literary studies, and has published groundbreaking work in the fields of feminist literature, postcolonial studies, autobiography, and African, African-American, Caribbean and Mascarene Island studies. She is the former president of the American Comparative Literature Association.
March 1, 2013
English Literature and Translation Studies:
An interdisciplinary/international postgraduate conference
9-10 May 2013
Cankaya University, Ankara
Translation and Interpreting Studies and English Language and Literature Departments at Cankaya University in Ankara warmly invite our colleagues/students to send proposals for a 20-minute paper on English Literature and Translation Studies. This conference welcomes papers centering upon English Language, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Literary Translation, English Literature and Culture, American Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature and Literary and Cultural Theories.
Modernity, Ideology, and the Novel
For the June 2013 issue of Modern Horizons we invite essays that explore the various philosophical, literary, artistic, and political aspects of modernity, ideology, and the novel.
Dissidences is concerned with the problems of literary and cultural theory and the study of the Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures of all periods. The journal emphatically encourages the submission of essays conceived at the crossroads of critical inquiry and theoretical discussion, and it has a pluralistic policy regarding the perspectives to be explored in those essays.
Dissidences, an online journal, is now accepting submissions for its current and forthcoming issues. Articles and book reviews are published immediately after they are approved (submission-publication time: 40 days). You may find the journal here:
Paul Taylor (Philosophy / African American and Diaspora Studies, Penn State): author of Race: A Philosophical Introduction
Lisi Schoenbach (English, University of Tennessee Knoxville): author of Pragmatic Modernism
IAAS Postgraduate and Early Career Scholar Conference
January 19 2013
Trinity College, Dublin
Transnationalism holds particular resonance for American studies. Emerging from fragmented narratives of diaspora and fluid borders, it forms part of the foundational mythology of the United States. The term has a long history of use in racial dialectic, but its resonances permeate every aspect of contemporary (inter)national, cultural and economic identity.
5th Global Conference
Monday 9th September – Thursday 12th September 2013
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom