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Ecocritical Approaches to Francophone Literatures, Due 09/30/11

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 11:58am
43rd Annual NeMLA Convention, March 15-18th, 2012 in Rochester, New York

Since its emergence ecocritical discourse has exhibited a tendency toward parochialism in its primary focus on Anglophone and American literatures and ecologies. Recent ecocritical work has turned toward the global and the theoretical. Nevertheless, significant gaps remain—particularly in regard to ecocritical scholarship on Francophone literatures. This panel proposes to address that gap.

[REMINDER] Tra i libri degli altri. Il lavoro editoriale fra strategie di mercato e progetto culturale

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 2:37am
Osservatorio sul romanzo contemporaneo- Graduate School in Literary, Linguistic and Philological Studies

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Intellettuale editore, curatore editoriale, consulente, editor: sono molti i nomi con cui viene indicato il ruolo di chi trasforma il manoscritto nel prodotto editoriale vero e proprio, il libro. Questa incertezza terminologica registra i cambiamenti nel lavoro editoriale dal Dopoguerra a oggi e manifesta la permeabilità di un ruolo, quello dell'editor, svolto in tempi e modi diversi da gran parte degli intellettuali italiani del Novecento.

[UPDATE] Espionage: Love and War. Aphra Behn Society. ASECS March 23-25, 2012

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Monday, August 22, 2011 - 5:47pm
ASECS 2012/ Aphra Behn Society

Spies, allegations of spying, voyeurism, double agents, and the buying, trading, and coveting of intelligence abounds in the work of the former royal spy, Aphra Behn. Both morally dubious and exceptionally effective, spies are deployed, in disguise or in the person of a bosom friend, as a means to win battles of love and war. The Aphra Behn Society invites paper proposals on espionage, in all its permutations, in women's literature and art, 1660-1830. How do the women of this period investigate and participate in various forms of espionage? How do their texts explore the uses of espionage, and anxieties over the potential infiltration of the spy into private spaces, and the communication of intelligence to external or hostile parties?

Re-visioning: Isn't there already a film version of this book?

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Monday, August 22, 2011 - 4:56pm
NeMLA 2012, Rochester, NY, March 15-18

Conference Panel:
Television and comics serials get 'rebooted' and filmic versions of classics pile up in seemingly endless succession. Re-adaptations must acknowledge the visual heritage of the adaptations that came before them, while also asserting some sort of uniqueness - a return to the source text or a resituating in time and space: an 'update.' This panel will interrogate the need for such re-imaginings. What makes a character or world ripe for re-envisioning, and what shapes the way that re-envisioning occurs?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Calls for Papers: Mystery/Detective Fiction Area

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Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 6:42am
Southwest/Texas and and American Popular Culture Association

Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2011

Conference hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
300 Tijeras Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Further conference details are available at http://www.swtxpca.org

Proposals are now being accepted for panels in the mystery/detective section area. Professionals, independent scholars, teachers, graduate students, and others are encouraged to submit 200-250 word abstracts for individual presentations or 500 word proposals for panel presentations on subjects ranging from the classic detective/mystery to the marginalized, innovative, and/or speculative.

Possible areas include, but should not be limited to:

September 15th 2011 -- "Animal Narratives in Old English Poetry" -- International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo 2012

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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 7:12pm
Erik Wade / Oregon Medieval English Literature Society (OMELS)

Animals frequently appear as symbols or allegories in medieval literature. This panel, however, seeks to recover the original animality that is lost when we dismiss the animals as transparent allegories. We might know what the animals mean for the narrative, but why does the story use animals—and why these particular animals—in order to convey such meanings? Papers can potentially combine animal studies, close-reading, and historicism to examine the portrayals of animals as animals in medieval literature. Papers could consider such wide-ranging topics as:
The micro-narratives of animals in the midst of larger medieval tales (such as the weasels in the Volsungsaga or beasts of battle in heroic poetry).

Caribbean Literature (11/1/2012, 3/29-31/2012)

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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 4:11pm
Laura Barrio-Vilar / College English Association

CEA 2012

March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond,Virginia

OmniRichmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia (804) 344-7000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Caribbean Literature for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at

We welcome individual and panel presentation proposals that address Caribbean literatures in general, including—but not limited to—the following possiblethemes:

[UPDATE] Thing Theory and Object-Oriented Studies in Medieval Contexts [International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 20

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 5:00pm
Anthony Adams

A new and exciting move toward 'object-oriented studies' is underway among historians and literary scholars, including medievalists. Such studies (colloquially known as 'thing theory') see 'things' neither as mirrors of human activity or will, nor deictic signs pointing to inner lives of human characters. Rather such an approach wishes to examine the 'network of relationships' between subjects and objects. Moreover, it has been argued that medieval literature has much to offer such studies, as objects have a degree of autonomy in medieval literature that is lacking in later texts, having been bullied out of the focal field by Enlightenment empiricism.

[UPDATE] The Apocalypse in Literature and Film - October 1, 2011

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 8:35am
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

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