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14th issue of the journal Trans-: "CONTEMPORARY UTOPIAS"

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Monday, April 2, 2012 - 2:54pm
Revue TRANS- de Littérature Générale et Comparée

Claudio Magris' 1999 work, Utopia e disincanto, begins with his observation that the present moment pleasures in apocalyptic pessimism. This pessimism is tied to the death of the myth of the Revolution, confirmed by the fall of communism. If there is a question of irrelevance, it is that of utopias. Current conversations in literary theory deal with finding definitive criteria for "dystopias" or "counter-utopias," ideas which are very much in vogue in the science fiction genre. Apocalyptic narratives, or post-apocalyptic narratives, have been invading bookstores as well as movie screens – as seen most recently with Lars von Trier's latest film, Melancholia. One could say that this is symptomatic of the state of contemporary art.

Bollywood and the Crises of Representation: Terrorism, Us, Them, and 9/11

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Monday, April 2, 2012 - 2:04pm
South Asian Cinema-Victoria College

Popular Indian cinema has witnessed a steady rise in the production of movies related to terrorism and threat to national security since 2001. While critically and aesthetically examining the perpetual threats that India lives under, these movies have successfully captured the jingoistic fervor and pride that have repeatedly trumped such adversity. In addition, Bollywood's focus has interestingly shifted from cross-border terrorism to the global terrorism revolving around America and her allies, their insurgencies in the Middle East and the subsequent tremors felt everywhere, especially by Indian expatriates.

Books Available for Review - Book Submissions Welcome - Open Deadline

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Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00pm
Anaphora Literary Press

Book Reviews: The Pennsylvania Literary Journal is looking for academics with tenure-track appointments to write book reviews of recent titles that have been released in their field of interest. Several academic publishers, including Harvard UP, Pearson, Random House, Penguin, Cambridge UP, Duke UP, and SUNY, have agreed to send free books to writers in exchange for the reviews. Unlike with other journals - it is up to you to find the book you want to read and that is helpful for your current research and to send a specific request to PLJ that will be forwarded to the publisher (if the author is qualified to write about the topic).

"Class, Labor, and Spatial Logics in the American West" Panel CFP for WLA 2012

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Monday, April 2, 2012 - 10:35am
Andrew Husband

That the American West is a highly classed and politicized space is no critical revelation. Scholars such as Stephen Tatum, Reginald Dyck, and Renny Chistopher have drawn attention to the complex interface of class, labor, space, and place in the context of the region's tumultuous cultural and literary history. In light of this history and the conference's primary theme "Western Crossroads: Literature, Social Justice, Environment," this panel seeks to uncover the intersections made at the junction of class, labor, politics, social justice, and the environment in the West. We are accepting presentation abstracts of 250 words for consideration. Possible subtopics include but are not limited to:

[UPDATE] Modernist Lives, Precarious Lives (MSA 14, Oct. 18-21, 2012; Deadline extended)

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Monday, April 2, 2012 - 8:13am
Walt Hunter/ University of Virginia

Although much recent criticism in modernist studies has focused on the everyday and the ordinary, this panel proposes instead to look at the precarious. The term precarity has been heard more and more frequently in the disciplines of political philosophy, economics, anthropology, and critical theory, but it has only begun to make its way into literary studies. Current discussions of precarity are shaped by the work of Paulo Virno, who describes it as "the chronic instability of forms of life," and by Judith Butler, who conceives of precarity as a shared vulnerability on the basis of which we might found a tentative community.

[UPDATE] The Ethics and Poetics of Genre Literature, 15-16 mars 2013

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Monday, April 2, 2012 - 3:17am
University Paul Valery Montpellier 3, France

International Conference : « The ethics and poetics of genre literature »
March 15-16 2013
Université Paul Valéry- Montpellier 3
Organized by EMMA (Etudes Montpelliéraines du Monde Anglophone)
With the support of the Société de Stylistique Anglaise (SSA)

The Spectacle of Modern Military Movements

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Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 3:55pm
Katherine Thorsteinson

From the trenches to the atom bomb, the modernist period was disturbingly defined by new military realities, ideologies, and mythologies that spread the globe. New forms of conflict and revolution were not limited to the battlefield, however. Militarism affected everything from art and literary movements to class, race, and gender relations. Consider for example the militant poetic ideals of Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, or Virginia Woolf's exploration of military fashion as a form of masculine spectacle, or the effects of Hemingway's war experiences on his narrative style. In what ways might these modern military movements be conceived as a form of spectacle?

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