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Call for Research Papers on English Literature,Language,Literary Theory

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 10:39am
Interactions Forum Pune India (New Academia Journal)

Vol.1 Issue 3: July 2012

CFP: Midwest MLA, November 8-11, 2012 - "Writing the Ineffable: Mystic Literature and the Limits(?) of Language" [UPDATE]

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 1:04am
Morgan Shipley / Michigan State University

In The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James informs us that the mystical state operates in an ineffable realm and, as such, language remains incapable of accurately narrating or textualizing the mystical experience. And yet, mystical literature has attempted to find expression for what, ostensibly, can be described as an absence, a lack, a debt within the normative structures of communicative and discursive language. If the mystical experience inhabits a landscape beyond the limits and borders of language, how do writers find the words to describe the ineffable? How do form, word-play, negative dialectics and deconstructive tendencies help structure, out of an absence, a mystic analysis or language of unity?

Call For Master's Level English and Cultural Studies Papers

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 5:16pm
The Wide Net: A Master's Level Journal of Literature and Cultural Studies

The Wide Net, the country's first journal of exclusively Master's level research in English and cultural studies invites submissions for its summer issue: Bread and Circuses.

"Bread and Circuses": the possible catchphrase of all politics. The Romans used it in its most literal sense, yet our tribunes and senators still defer to its symbolic significance. While we constantly worry about our bread in these depressed economic times, we are also constantly subjected to a 24-hour view of the gladiatorial arena of our cultural circus. For our second issue we want to examine the contemporary cultural relevance of the phrase.

"Renaissance Que(e)ries: Un-disciplining the early modern body"

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 11:44am
NeMLA 2013

In the recent anthology Shakesqueer (2011), Madhavi Menon claims, "Reading Shakespeare as queer rather than queered challenges the rule of chronology and identity that has thus far kept his poems and plays from exercising queer agency." This panel takes up Menon's urge to reconsider the relationship between queer theory and the early modern, welcoming papers that read early modern literature, both Shakespeare and beyond, as a body of queer texts, rather than historically distant productions at which we might look through a contemporary queer lens.

Book chapters for the interdisciplinary volume "Hip-Hop from the East of Europe"

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:05am
Milosz Miszczynski / UCSD

The book responds to the vivid development of hip-hop culture in the Eastern and Central and Eastern European states and shows how a universal model of hip-hop serves as a contextually situated platform of cultural exchange with a number of meaningful and important functions and implications. The volume takes up the challenge of showing how hip-hop became an intrinsic element of urban environments in this part of the world, what impact it has on the mainstream culture and what functions it serves in different contexts. The book's content, besides tracking hip-hop's development, exhibits and explains hip-hop's functions and receptions of hip-hop in the national cultures in the spheres such as lifestyles, social structure, politics or consumer trends.