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Literature and Politics

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:59am
University of Brighton, UK

CALL FOR PAPERS

Literature and Politics:
A study day on the politics of teaching literature and
the teaching of political literature

University of Brighton
24 September 2010

{UPDATE} Nationalism and Legitimacy (September 10-11, 2010)

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:03am
University of Nancy 2 (France), CRESAB Research Group, co-organized with the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism

Call for Papers

Nationalism and Legitimacy, 10-11 September 2010
Nancy-Université, France

The notion of legitimacy is essential to the study of nationalism. As Anthony D. Smith has argued, "For nationalists, the nation is the sole criterion of legitimate government and political community. […] [T]oday no state possesses legitimacy which does not also claim to represent the will of the 'nation', even where there is as yet patently no nation for it to represent."

Terror and the Cinematic Sublime

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 10:55am
Todd Comer

Jean-Francois Lyotard writes, "We have paid a high enough price for the nostalgia of the whole [...] let us be witnesses to the unpresentable; let us activate the differences and save the honor of the name." How are "nostalgia" and the "whole" linked to terror and to the cinematic form? And how does film--if at all--confront the "unpresentable?" What is the "ethical" nature of this confrontation? Do death, birth, and God remain unpresentable today or have they also fallen prey to a nostalgic closure? Papers on the Coens, Christopher Nolan, Tarantino, Peter Weir, and less mainstream directors are of particular interest.

[FINAL CALL] ESSAY PRIZE: K MANSFIELD AND DH LAWRENCE: 1 MAY 2010

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 8:08am
Susan Reid / Katherine Mansfield Society

CLOSING DATE: 1 MAY 2010

Final call for submissions to the Katherine Mansfield Society prize essay competition, which for 2010 is open to all and will be on the subject of: KATHERINE MANSFIELD AND D. H. LAWRENCE.

Comparative studies in English, of approximately 5,000 words, should address any aspect of the literary relationship between Mansfield and Lawrence and consist of original, previously unpublished research.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £300 and the winning essay will be considered for publication in Katherine Mansfield Studies (the peer-reviewed journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society).

Paroles gelées Call for Articles: "The Branded City / La Ville marquée" April 30, 2010 (UCLA French Graduate Student Journal)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 11:37pm
Paroles gelées Journal of French and Francophone Studies, UCLA Graduate Student Journal

PAROLES GELÉES
Journal of French and Francophone Studies

UCLA
CALL FOR ARTICLES
The Branded City / La Ville marquée
Throughout history, cities have been contact zones where the past, present and future coexist, where urban and suburban meet and where (im)migrants, ex-patriots, urban explorers, and local inhabitants mix anonymously.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED Atlantic World Literacies: Before and After Contact--October 7-9, 2010 (abstracts due APRIL 2, 2010)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 10:00pm
Atlantic World Research Network, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

For this international, interdisciplinary conference, we seek papers that explore how different kinds of literacy, broadly defined, developed around the Atlantic Rim

before the Columbian era; consider the roles of writing, communication, and sign systems in the era of discovery, colonization, and conquest; and/or examine how transatlantic encounters and collisions birthed new literacies and literatures, and transformed existing ones. We will consider aural and visual communication, along with varied metaphorical, cultural, and technological "literacies."

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

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 9:05pm
_American Literature_ (Duke University Press)

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
SAMLA 2010 (11/5-11/7)

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
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
Literature and Psychoanalysis Reading Group, Department of English, University of Toronto

*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
Centre for Studies in Literature & Centre European and International Studies Research, University of Portsmouth

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
University of Exeter, UK

**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
Gregory Laski

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
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.

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