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[UPDATE] 21st Century British Fiction Symposium

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 7:31pm
Birkbeck, University of London

This event will now take place over two days. The CFP has been extended to the 23rd March 2012. Full details below -

Twenty-First Century British Fiction – A Symposium
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th May 2012, Birkbeck, University of London
Keynote speakers: Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway) & Dr. Joseph Brooker (Birkbeck)


Twenty-First Century British Fiction seeks to consider and promote current perspectives on the fiction of British writers in the twenty-first century.

"Prison and Literary Production" October 19-21, 2013, PAMLA

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 3:52pm
Seth Michelson, Presiding Officer / 110th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

This special seminar aims to expose, contest, and reformulate relationships between incarceration and literary production in the hemispheric Americas.

Possible seminar topics include the politics of prison writing, the aesthetic limitations of representation of prison life, the impact of incarceration on literary production, and the impact of literary production from or about prison on the conditions of incarceration. Papers might also suggest redefinitions of the "literary" through prison writing, as well as reconceptualizations of imprisonment through such literary production.

Transatlantic Studies Association Conference CFP

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 2:08pm
Transatlantic Studies Association

Transatlantic Studies Association
Annual Conference
University College Cork, Ireland,
July 9-12, 2012

The Chairman of the TSA, Prof Alan Dobson (University of Dundee and St. Andrews University) and Professor David Ryan (UCC) would like to extend an invitation to the 2012 Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference.

Panel proposals and individual papers are welcome for any of the general or sub-panels. A 300 word abstract of proposal and brief CV to panel leaders or to Alan Dobson and David Ryan by 30 April 2012.

[UPDATE] Wyndham Lewis: Networks, Dialogues and Communities

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

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?

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.


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

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


"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)

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.