This panel considers the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois, as discussions commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of his death in 2013 take place internationally. For Du Bois, abolition (often neglected in narratives of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation) persists as an exemplar of an ethics of collective dissent: a "moral battle" that "cannot be truthfully minimized or forgotten." C.L.R. James, Toni Morrison, and Angela Davis (through Black Reconstruction) also draw upon the specter of abolitionism for an ongoing practice of dissent.
The Difference of Joyce
The VI James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome
Conference Date: February 1-2 2013
Abstracts due: December 9, 2012
During Captain Cook's 1769 transoceanic voyage, he collected a rust fungus in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. That rust fungus was carried around the globe until it returned across the Atlantic and the American midwest to arrive at Purdue University's herbarium where it remains to this day. The journey this rust fungus took reflects the global nature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, full of circulations between continents and islands, specimens and texts, peoples and cultures. Purdue's Early Atlantic Reading Group invites you to celebrate this interconnectedness through a graduate student colloquium exploring the material and miscellany, pictures and people, literatures and locations of the early Atlantic world.
Jonathan Franzen: Identity and Crisis of the American Novel
University of Córdoba, Spain, 18-19 April 2013
"Samuel Beckett and the 'State' of Ireland" III
August 1-3, 2013.
University College Dublin
22–23 March 2013
University of Malta
Dr Stefan Herbrechter (Coventry University)
'Life itself is a quotation.'
'We, not Hamnet who died young, nor Susanna and Judith, who survived their father, are Shakespeare's true children.'
– C. Kegan Paul
'But now all my life grows to be story and there is nothing of my own left to me.'
– Susan Barton in Coetzee's Foe
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