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[UPDATE] Wyndham Lewis: Networks, Dialogues and Communities

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Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 11:25am
Nathan Waddell / Institute of English Studies / Wyndham Lewis Society

Plenary Speakers: Dr Sara Crangle, University of Sussex (UK); Dr David James, University of Nottingham (UK); Dr Scott W. Klein, Wake Forest University (USA)

This conference's remit is to explore the numerous ways in which the modernist writer and painter Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) belonged to cultural networks of influence and inheritance.

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference (PAMLA), October 19-21, 2012, Seattle University, deadline: April 22

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Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 1:47am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

The 110th annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference will take place from October 19 to 21, 2012, at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington. We are happy to announce a call for papers for a special session panel on "Neo-Nostalgia: Re-evaluating Nostalgia in Literature and Cultural Studies:"

Neo-Nostalgia: Re-evaluating Nostalgia in Literature and Cultural Studies

SAMLA 2012: Beyond the Pleasure Principle?

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 12:47pm
Comparative Literature Division

We are seeking proposals for the Comparative Literature regular session at this year's South Atlantic Modern Language Association meeting in Durham, NC from November 9 to 11.

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Beyond the Pleasure Principle?

As Lionel Trilling once noted, justifying art by the pleasures it gives has fallen into disrepute since the 18th century. Wordsworth already registers this defensive posture in his Lyrical Ballads preface when he asks that the "necessity of producing immediate pleasure [not] be considered as a degradation of the Poet's art," but rather that artists pay "homage … to the grand elementary principle of pleasure, by which [man] knows, and feels, and lives, and moves."

Princeton Comparative Poetics Colloquium: Poiesis and Techne

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 2:35pm
Kathryn Stergiopoulos

CALL FOR PAPERS

"Poiesis and Techne"
Seventh Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetics Colloquium
Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Saturday, May 5, 2012

On Saturday, May 5, 2012, the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University will host a colloquium in comparative poetics titled "Poiesis and Techne." We invite graduate students at any stage in their work to submit proposals for a twenty-minute paper presentation.

[UPDATE] Modernist Lives, Precarious Lives (MSA 14, October 18th-21st, Las Vegas)

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 10:03am
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] 13-14 December 2012 The 20th METU British Novelists Conference: Salman Rushdie and His Work

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 10:02am
The 20th METU British Novelists Conference: Salman Rushdie and His Work

The 20th METU British Novelists Conference: Salman Rushdie and His Work

13-14 December 2012
Ankara, Turkey

Website: http://www.britishnovelists.metu.edu.tr
Contact name: Elif Öztabak-Avcı (elifo@metu.edu.tr)

The Department of Foreign Language Education at Middle East Technical University invites abstracts for its 20th METU British Novelists Conference: Salman Rushdie and His Work. Abstracts (about 250 words) for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Salman Rushdie's work will be considered. Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Modernist Lives, Precarious Lives

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 10:01am
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.

Contemporary Spectacles of the Modern (MSA 14 - October 18-21, 2012)

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 8:11am
Chris Coffman / University of Alaska Fairbanks

What happens when modernist cultural products return in or persist into the present? For a proposed panel for the 14th annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association in Las Vegas (October 18-21, 2012), I seek papers from a broad range of methodological and disciplinary perspectives on "contemporary spectacles of the modern." Possible topics may include, but are not limited to: contemporary productions of avant-garde and modernist performances; contemporary rewritings of modernist texts for performance; contemporary celebrations of or retrospectives of the work of modernist writers or visual artists; or modernist landmarks preserved and functioning as tourist spectacles.

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