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Special Issue on SF, Fantasy, Myth (_American Literature_) (31 May 2010)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 9:05pm
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_American Literature_ (Duke University Press)
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American Literature (Duke University Press)
Special Issue on SF, Fantasy, and Myth
http://www.duke.edu/~gc24/americanliterature.html
DEADLINE: 31 May 2010

More than one commentator has mentioned that science fiction as a form is where theological narrative went after Paradise Lost, and this is undoubtedly true…The form is often used as a way of acting out the consequences of a theological doctrine….Extraterrestrials have taken the place of angels, demons, fairies and saints, though it must be said that this last group is now making a comeback.
—Margaret Atwood, "Why We Need Science Fiction"

(Re)Constructing the American West -- SAMLA 2010 (11/5-11/7)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:47pm
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SAMLA 2010 (11/5-11/7)
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In his essay "Walking," Henry David Thoreau says, "We go eastward to realize history and study the works of art and literature, retracing the steps of the race; we go westward as into the future, with a spirit of enterprise and adventure." Similarly, in All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren's protagonist remarks on a trip westward, "For West is where we all plan to go some day." Yet, Warren's west is starkly different from Thoreau's. The myth of the American West has provided a geographical space for philosophers, writers, artists, and filmmakers to interrogate, personal as well as cultural, ambivalence towards the promises of Manifest Destiny, the American Dream, capitalism, individualism, diversity, and community.

East West Literary Relations, PAMLA 2010 (Deadline: Apr 5)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 7:51pm
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PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

This panel accepts a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical concerns related to the study of Asian and Euro-American literatures. We welcome the study and cross-disciplinary use of visual texts and/or media, as well as traditional author-centered research.

[UPDATE] Literature and Psychoanalysis Symposium: "Playing Doctor: Performance, Trauma, and the Ethics of Psychoanalysis"

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 1:13pm
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Literature and Psychoanalysis Reading Group, Department of English, University of Toronto
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*Deadline for proposals this Friday, March 26!*

Keynote Speaker: Professor Naomi Morgenstern, University of Toronto.
"The University in Crisis: Teaching, Transference and Tenure in David Mamet's Oleanna."

Presented by the Studies in Psychoanalysis and Literature Reading Group
and GRIT: The Group for the Reading of Incredible Theory
May 21, 2010
Department of English
University of Toronto

Call for Papers

Early Modern Exclusions, 14 Sept. 2010 (Deadline CFP: 14 May)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:21pm
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Centre for Studies in Literature & Centre European and International Studies Research, University of Portsmouth
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The Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL) and the Centre European and International Studies Research (CEISR) at the University of Portsmouth are pleased to announce a one-day, multi-disciplinary conference on "Early Modern Exclusions" to be held on September 14, 2010.

[UPDATE!] Reweaving the Rainbow: Literature & Philosophy, 1850-1910

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:59am
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University of Exeter, UK
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**CFP deadline extended! It is now Friday, 16th April 2010 **

Reweaving the Rainbow: Literature and Philosophy 1850-1910

University of Exeter, 10th - 11th September 2010

Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof. Michael Wood (Princeton)

Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line
Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine --
Unweave a rainbow...
(Keats, Lamia, 229-237)

African American Literature and the "Post-Racial," African American Literature Section at the M/MLA in Chicago, Nov. 4-7, 2010

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Monday, March 22, 2010 - 4:23pm
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Gregory Laski
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Presumably heralding a new era of colorblindness or the end of racism more generally (if not both), the term "post-racial" has acquired a great deal of currency recently, not only in political discourse but also in academia. What does the African American literary tradition contribute to our current conversation about the "post-racial"? How might we define the term? Is the "post-racial" the product of our particular historical moment or does it have a longer genealogy? What are the problems and/or possibilities associated with the "post-racial"? This panel seeks papers that address these (or related) questions from the perspective of African American literature, culture, or theory of any era.

Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversities

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Monday, March 22, 2010 - 10:50am
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Darren Kerr and Donna Peberdy/Southampton Solent University

CALL FOR PAPERS

Tainted Love
Screening Sexual Perversities

Original proposals are sought for an edited collection on the representation of sexual perversities on screen. The screen has a long history of providing a space in which taboo sexual practices and perversions have been played out in multiple and diverse ways. Matters of taboo and perversity are too often located within discourses of moral panic, degeneracy, deviance and disease, which present those who enact such sexualities as modern folk devils. The contemporary screen has explicitly and expressively interacted with such discourses and debates.

Critical Theory: Violence and Reconciliation 24th September 2010

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Monday, March 22, 2010 - 6:24am
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Graham Matthews and Lara Cox/University of Exeter

Call for Papers:
The Second Annual Critical Theory Conference
Critical Theory: Violence and Reconciliation
Date: 24th September 2010, University of Exeter
Keynote Speakers: Professor Michael Dillon (Lancaster) and Professor Scott Wilson (Kingston) Introduced by Professor Regenia Gagnier (Exeter)

"The International Critical Reception of A Thousand and One Nights in the fields of humanities" 13-14 April 2011

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Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 7:16am
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Al al-Bayt University / Jordan
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The Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Al-Albayt, in collaboration with the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie is honored to invite you to participate in the Second Jordanian International Francophone Conference entitled "The International Critical Reception of A Thousand and One Nights" in the Fields of Humanities to be held at the University of Al-Albayt on 13-14 April 2011.

* Languages of participation: French, English and Arabic.

30/04/2010 Sexuality Across the Disciplines

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Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 2:45am
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Department of Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Binghamton

The Comparative Literature Department of SUNY Binghamton
welcomes abstracts for its interdisciplinary graduate
conference, Sexuality Across the Disciplines, to be held on
Friday, April 30, 2010 at SUNY Binghamton. This conference
seeks to consider the intersections between literature and
other humanities and social sciences fields, including
anthropology, sociology, philosophy, art history, history, and
how these fields interpret, understand, and/or engage issues
of sexuality.

Feminist Responses to Sigmund Freud, Critical and Creative Work, April 30 Deadline

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Friday, March 19, 2010 - 10:25pm
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Blossombones

Call For Submissions: The Freud Issue

Open reading period: February 1st – April 30th

Blossombones is seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction and critical prose that represent a feminist or woman-centered response to the work of Sigmund Freud, with particular emphasis on alternative models of the psychoanalytic process posed by women.

We ask that women only submit work for the summer 2010 issue.

The Freud Issue will be guest-edited by Kristina Marie Darling.

Mis/Appropriation - Oxford English Postgraduate Conference

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Friday, March 19, 2010 - 10:20pm
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Faculty of English, University of Oxford
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This year's Oxford English Postgraduate Conference will take place on Friday 4th June. Proposals are invited on the theme of Mis/Appropriation in and of literary contexts. Please see the attached poster, or visit our website at http://users.ox.ac.uk/~jesu1838/.

The conference gives PhD students the opportunity to present their research to a wide audience. Proposals may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

Critical theory Session, PAMLA 2010 [4/5/10]

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Friday, March 19, 2010 - 3:22pm
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Asst. Prof. Jami Bartlett, U.C. Irvine / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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This year's Critical Theory session invites proposals on charismatic theory, on the ways that critical approaches to literature and other arts become trends.

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