Why do we feel when we read? From catharsis in tragedy to laughter in comedy, many types of art can be categorized by the sensual reaction we have while we experience them. But our understanding of these reactions can at times seem limited to the biological. Our senses do not just perceive the physical; they serve physiologically liminal roles which govern our interactions with the world surrounding us. This conference will investigate both the role of sense in perceiving the textual and the sensory aspects of texts. Topics will include the five physical senses, affect and sensibility, and the ways in which relationships with other people and environments are conducted and understood through the senses.
SCRIPT 1.2 will feature a special section concerned with the Voynich manuscript and other "cryptotexts."
The peer-reviewed Pennsylvania Literary Journal, http://sites.google.com/site/pennsylvaniajournal, is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2010 Special Issue, "New and Old Historical Perspectives on Literature." In the 1980's Stephen Greenblatt developed "New Historicism." Despite H. Aram Veeser's 1989 anthology, The New Historicism, and numerous other publications in this field, one is left puzzled about why a historical examination of literature is "new." Essays should either strive to define new or old historicism, or should practice a historical evaluation of literature.
The Kurt Vonnegut Society
Call for Papers
The Kurt Vonnegut Society (www.vonnegutsociety.net) invites proposals for papers to be presented at two sessions of the 2010 American Literature Association in San Francisco, CA, May 27-30. Presenters need not be members of the Kurt Vonnegut Society (though we certainly hope they will join). Please send a 250-word abstract for 15-minute presentations, along with a brief CV, to Robert Tally at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2010.
The Student Journal for Everyday Criticism (SJEC) is a new collaborative, peer-reviewed and freely-distributed quarterly academic journal dedicated to the publication of work in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. Our primary concern is the intersection of Critical Theory and praxis: Does Theory inform one's perception of the everyday, and if so, in what ways? Does an understanding of Critical Theory lead to a better understanding of the world? Can the study of Theory lead one to effect change in the everyday? In short: What is Theory good for?
Call for Papers
2010 Marxist Literary Group, Institute on Culture and Society
Special Topic: "The Dialectic"
Deadline for Proposals: February 15, 2010.
The 2010 Marxist Literary Group's Institute on Culture and Society (MLG-ICS) will convene this summer in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 15-20, on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University. The (particularly timely) special topic of the 2010 ICS will be "The Dialectic."
Polygraph 23—Call for Papers
"Parties, Factions, Organizations"
The ESSE (http://www.essenglish.org/) has accepted the IALJS proposal for a seminar at their Tenth International Conference of the European Society for the Study of English at the University of Turin, Italy, August 24-28, 2010 (http://www.unito.it/esse2010/home/index.php?contenuto=home).
CFP: Session Proposal for 2010 Meeting of ASA
The Nature of Culinary Choices: Foodways and the Environment
Special Topic of Issue 30: Nineteenth-Century Literature
Organized by Department of English graduate students at UAA, the 15th annual Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric welcomes proposals in literary studies, composition/rhetoric, linguistics, history, and other related fields. This year's conference explores hybridity constructed within overlapping intersections of history, identity and technology. We draw its meaning from Homi Bhabha's discussion of the forms, entities, or
Housekeeping (1980) – winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award;
Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution (1989);
The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998);
Gilead (2004) – winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award; and
Home (2008) – winner of the Orange Prize.
We are seeking scholarly essays of 15,000 words by August 1, 2010 on any aspect or approach to a work by Marilynne Robinson. We encourage submissions on the following suggested topics for an essay collection to be released in 2011:
Research in African Literatures.
Call for Papers, Special Issue on "Asian African Literatures in Africa and its Diaspora"
Guest Editor: Gaurav Desai, Tulane University
Call for Proposals:
"Deconstructing the Gods: Towards a Post-Religious Criticism"
Third Annual Brooklyn College Graduate English Conference
April 10, 2009, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
If one were asked to provide a single explanation for the growth of English studies in the later nineteenth century, one could do worse than reply, 'the failure of religion.' -- Terry Eagleton
Literature would begin wherever one no longer knows who writes and who signs the narrative of the call - and of the "Here I Am"- between the absolute Father and Son. -- Derrida