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ICLA Convention, Paris, July 2013: Why Comparative Literature (Seminar)--Proposals Due 06/01/2012

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 10:16am
International Comparative Literature Association

Why Comparative Literature?

The loose boundaries of comparative literature have continuously raised questions about the scholarly value and practical use of the field. This seminar proposes to explore the significance of comparative literature as academic discipline where the worth of global literatures in the field of humanities is persistently challenged by the pragmatic orientation of public opinion.

Brave New World and its Legacies

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - 9:21am
David Bradshaw / Worcester College, University of Oxford

Friday 12 October 2012

Institute of English Studies, London University

When Brave New World first appeared in 1932 it caused a sensation. It was obvious that Aldous Huxley was intent on testing the boundaries of propriety (sailing especially close to the wind in terms of sexual and religious obscenity), but what kind of novel had he published? A satire, like his earlier novels; a horrified warning of things to come, or a vision of how things might be, for better or for worse, following a number of scientific, political and social adjustments to the Britain of his day?

/UPDATE/: " 'FOUR-FOOTED ACTORS': LIVE ANIMALS ON THE STAGE " / University of Valencia, Spain / 12-14 December 2012

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Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 6:42pm
Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.

[UPDATED] Being More than Ambivalent Towards Race: Class in Contemporary African American Literature

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 2:54pm
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

In keeping with the theme of "Debt" for the 2012 Midwestern MLA conference, this panel is interested in the class implications that contemporary African American literature offers its readership. Since the first letters written in African American literature, money has had a central place in claims for independence, subjectivity, and resistance. How has this understanding of subjectivity and resistance changed in a late twentieth/ twenty-first century context? To what extent is contemporary African American literature invested in the American dream of financial well being that characterized earlier writing?

UPDATED: Those That Came Before: Black Literary Indebtedness

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 2:52pm
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

In "The Site of Memory," Toni Morrison claims that as an African American writer her literary heritage is the autobiography, the slave narrative. Quoting Harriet Jacobs, Morrison claims that a central trope of the slave narrative is occlusion, leaving the unspeakable unspoken. However, for Morrison, a writer heavily indebted to her formerly enslaved precursors, "the exercise is very different. [Her] job becomes how to rip that veil drawn over "proceedings too terrible to relate." Morrison pays her literary debt to these authors by revealing that to which they were unable. In what ways do 20th and 21st Century black American authors struggle with or against their 19th Century literary heritage? Or even their early twentieth century heritage?

The Literature of Hurricane Katrina (essay collection)

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:59am
Mary Ruth Marotte, Associate Professor of English, Graduate Director, University of Central Arkansas

Seeking critical essays (20-30 pages in length) on works of fiction that feature the disaster of Hurricane Katrina within the narrative.

Samuel Beckett Summer School

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 3:35pm
Stephen Wilmer Trinity College Dublin

Following the successful launch of the inaugural Samuel Beckett Summer School last July, Trinity College Dublin is delighted to announce that this year's school, whose patron is Edward Beckett, will take place on campus from July 15 - 21, 2012. The weeklong celebration of the Nobel-Prize-winning Irish writer is designed to draw scholars, students and enthusiasts from around the world to explore his work in the very location where Beckett, as a student, began his distinctive intellectual and creative life.

MPCA/ACA 2012: Harry Potter Panel (October 12-14, 2012)

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 3:09pm
Orlando Dos Reis / Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association

The Harry Potter area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association invites panel and paper proposals for its annual conference. The conference will be held from October 12-14, 2012 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

Proposals and abstracts of about 250-300 words on any aspect of Harry Potter are welcome, although topics focusing on Pottermore or Harry Potter within the context of literary history are of particular interest this year.

Please submit proposals and abstracts to the Area Chair. Electronic submissions should be sent to Orlando Dos Reis, Kansas State University at dosreis@ksu.edu. Deadline for submissions is May 30, 2012.

BIG DATA AND UNCERTAINTY IN THE HUMANITIES September 22, 2012, University of Kansas

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 2:44pm
The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas

BIG DATA AND UNCERTAINTY IN THE HUMANITIES September 22, 2012, University of Kansas

This conference seeks to address the opportunities and challenges humanistic scholars face with the ubiquity and exponential growth of new web-based data sources (e.g. electronic texts, social media, and audiovisual materials) and digital methods (e.g. information visualization, text markup, crowdsourcing metadata).

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