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CFP for Edited Collection: Unveiling Fashion: Gender, Islam, and Global Modernities (Abstract Deadline: July 31, 2012)

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Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 8:25pm
Ellorashree Maitra / Nida Sajid

This collection of interdisciplinary essays will trace the historical trajectory of the production, circulation, and consumption of Muslim femininity and fashion from early modernity to the era of transnational globalization. The essays will collectively work through the politics of zenana (feminine) fashion, to unravel how dress and appearance have historically constituted complex, embodied performances of Muslim feminine identity and community in the global arena. Our goal is to investigate the aesthetic and political impact of discourses of modernity in the fashioning of Muslim women's bodies, dress, and lives in multiple geographical sites from the early modern period through the post-9/11 era.

[UPDATE] "Government is Good": Infrastructure in American Literature and Film (CFP) MMLA, November 8-11 2012

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Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 5:29pm
Michael J. Blouin

Today (as in the past) the role of government is hotly contested; there are debates surrounding the scope of health care reform, libertarian calls for drastic cuts, and urges from both sides of the aisle to "streamline." Concurrently, recent scholars, including notably Bruce Robbins and Michael Rubenstein, have sought to understand better how cultural products help one to negotiate where government should – or should not – go. These literary critics are loosely positioned under the title "government is good." Building from the trend, this panel will seek to examine the complex ways literature and film reflect anxieties and/or hopes concerning topics such as infrastructure, welfare, and more broadly, communal interdependence.

"By the Author of David Simple": New Approaches to Sarah Fielding (ASECS; April 4-7 Cleveland, OH)

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Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 3:11am
Stephanie Harper Recine / California State University, Northridge

Just past her 300th birthday, the popularity of Sarah Fielding is increasing; yet, her life and writing tend to be overshadowed by the critical reception of her brother, Henry. This panel seeks to advance the conversation surrounding Sarah Fielding, especially as it relates to new approaches on themes of gender, nature, and trauma in her work. Furthermore, papers which focus on teaching Fielding are encouraged.

[DEADLINE EXTENDED] Friendship and States of Debt in Early Modern English Literature (Midwest MLA 2012)

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Friday, June 15, 2012 - 3:13pm
Andrew Kranzman / Michigan State University

This panel examines how discourses of friendship intersect with 'states of debt' in early modern literature and culture. The valence of the term 'state' invokes an array of social relations, conditions, and practices that are doubly compounded through the addition of the term 'debt.' For instance, while 'state' may refer to community, nation, condition, or communicative practices, 'debt' conjures notions of obligation, affective and/or economic bonds, social contracts, oaths, and acts of incorporation or release. Likewise, the connotative richness of 'friend'/'friendship' underscores a variety of intimate, social, and political relationships and responsibilities situated in overlapping networks of kinship, community, and nation.

ELN 51.1 (Spring/Summer 2013): "General Issue: State of the Field"

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Friday, June 15, 2012 - 9:57am
English Language Notes (ELN)

Call for Papers:

ELN 51.1 (Spring/Summer 2013): "General Issue: State of the Field"
English Language Notes
Contact email: eln2@colorado.edu
Deadline: October 1, 2012

Since its founding in 1963, English Language Notes, under the sponsorship of the University of Colorado, has provided a respected forum for criticism and scholarship in every field of English studies to a broad audience of academics and general readers. It has been unique both in its breadth of audience and subject matter and in its emphasis on shorter articles of wider interest than typical scholarly writing.

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