Michael P. Branch suggests in his 2001 essay "Saving all the Pieces" that "a full understanding of the American land and its various literary representations will require that scholars of environmental literature dedicate themselves to the preservation and restoration of the many rare, corrupted, or otherwise 'endangered' texts upon which that full understanding may ultimately depend." This panel will explore the migrations between, energies exchanged, and limitations observed in recent developments by ecocritics, textual editors, and book historians. What might an ecocritical textual criticism (or a textual ecocriticism) look like?
The college English Association invites papers on any aspect of the short story, from its history to its present practice, theories of the short story, individual authors, movements or schools of short story writing, pedagogy, close readings of individual stories, and so on. As the theme of the conference is "Nature," widely defined, papers may of course address stories set in natural surroundings, employing imagery or symbols from the natural world, etc.
AUGUST 5-8 2013, DURHAM, UK:
LINES, LEGACIES, ANNIVERSARIES
2013 marks 3 significant anniversaries for readers and scholars of Thomas Pynchon: 50 years since the publication of his first novel, V., 40 since his most acclaimed work, Gravity's Rainbow, and 250 years since the arrival of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon on American shores (the start of the surveying project that would divide a nation and, of course, the subject of Pynchon's metahistorical novel, Mason & Dixon). In light of this, International Pynchon Week 2013 will be held at Durham University in the UK from the 5th to the 8th of August. The location of the conference has a special resonance as Jeremiah Dixon was born and buried in County Durham.
Stet, the online postgraduate journal of the English Department at King's College London, is now accepting submissions from current postgraduate students for its third peer-reviewed publication. In this issue, we will present articles from an international pool of students on the concept of dis/orientation. We seek to explore the question of how we are and have been located or dislocated in space, time, and history. Which parts of our personal, social, cultural, geographical, genetic, or technological landscape orient us? What incidents construct our conception of ourselves and our environments?
CALL FOR PAPERS
NETWORKING KNOWLEDGE: JOURNAL OF THE MECCSA-PGN
'(IM)PERSONAL DESIRES: PORNOGRAPHY, SEXUALITY AND SOCIAL NETWORKS OF DESIRE'
UPSTAGE, a peer-reviewed online publication dedicated to research in turn-of-the-century dramatic literature, theatre, and theatrical culture, is seeking submissions for its Winter 2012-13 issue. This is a development of the pages published under this name as part of THE OSCHOLARS, and is now an independently edited journal in the Oscholars group published by Rivendale Press at www.oscholars.com, as part of our expanding coverage of the different cultural manifestations of the fin de siècle. UPSTAGE is indexed by the Modern Language Association.
Theodor Adorno famously contended that "Even in a legendary better future, art could not disavow remembrance of accumulated horror, otherwise it's form would be trivial." How then, is one to think a better future in (post)colonial societies, while attending to the horrors of violent and unjust pasts? This collection seeks to address this question.
International conference/ Call for papers
The Department of English Literature and Culture invites paper proposals for the international conference, "Concepts of Community in Contemporary British and Irish Literature and Culture", which will be held at the University of Mannheim, May 31st and June 1st, 2013.
This panel will examine the significance and radical potential of queer self-representation.The personal continues to be political, and for queer constituencies whose representation by a dominant mainstream has been either absent, negative, or consistently rife with limiting stereotypes, self-representation becomes crucial. However, while queer self-representation may engage with such negative representation, it is not limited to this function.