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Transnational, Global, and/or World Literatures? Charting the Integration of Comparative Praxis in the Humanities; 3/15-18/2012

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Monday, July 11, 2011 - 11:28am
Katie Yankura, Michael Swacha

What is meant by the term "transnational literature," and how, if at all, would we characterize it as distinct from or interchangeable with the term "world literature?" What pedagogical and institutional concerns are at stake in these terms? This roundtable aims to foster a meta-conversation concerning the recent turn in the humanities towards "transnational," "world," and "global" approaches. Such issues have gathered attention in recent years as literature programs seek alternate modes of critical practice in a globalizing world, as language programs face institutional consolidation, and as the humanities in general attempt to chart new ground in order to remain "relevant" in a shifting academic climate.

Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon

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Monday, July 11, 2011 - 6:06am
Martin Paul Eve, University of Sussex

Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, a new Open Access, peer reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon and adjacent fields, seeks articles, reviews and letters for publication.

Thomas Pynchon is an American writer of novels, short stories and occasional journalistic pieces whose influence upon the contemporary American writing scene is virtually unparalleled, leading Harold Bloom, in recent correspondence, to write: "certainly he is still the most important writer alive". Topics for consideration could include, but are by no means limited to:

Alfred Hitchcock - Albuquerque, New Mexico February 8-11, 2012

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Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 10:11pm
Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association - 33rd Annual Conference

Call for Papers: Alfred Hitchcock

Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
33rd Annual Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 8-11, 2012
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
330 Tijeras Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 USA
Phone: 1-505-842-1234
Submission Deadline: December 1st, 2011

Conference Website: (updated regularly)

Panels now forming for presentations on the films and career of Alfred Hitchcock. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations.

UPDATE: Performing South Asia at Home and Abroad

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Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 9:17pm
South Asian Literary Association (SALA)

PERFORMING SOUTH ASIA AT HOME AND ABROAD

South Asian Literary Association (SALA), Seattle 2012

Keynote Guests: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Charles Johnson

Date: Wed., January 4, 2012 at 9:00am – Thurs., January 5, 2012 at 5:00pm

Venue: Hyatt Place Downtown, 110 6th Avenue North (at Denny Way)

Update on 'Poetic Optimism ...': The new deadline is 15 August 2011

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Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 4:55pm
Dr Maryam Farahani-Dr Nick Davis

We are developing a collection of articles for a special issue journal of Studies in the Literary Imagination entitled 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'. This collection will explore the meaning and application of poetic optimism in relation to the question of social identity from 1794 to 1878.

Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality and History Conference, 27 April 2012

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Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 4:44am
University of Exeter

Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality and History Conference

University of Exeter, 27th April 2012

Keynote Speakers:

Stefano-Maria Evangelista (University of Oxford)
Ian Jenkins (British Museum)

Statuary has offered a privileged site for the articulation of sexual experience and ideas, and the formation of sexual knowledge. From prehistoric phallic stones, mythological representations of statues and sculptors, e.g. Medusa or Pygmalion, to the Romantic aesthetics and erotics of statuary and the recurrent references to sculpture in nineteenth- and twentieth-century sexology and other new debates on sexuality, the discourse of the statue intersects with constructions of gender, sex and sexuality in multiple ways.

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