The underside or lower surface (OED) is the space of the unseen—the obverse or negation. As negative space, the underside remains hidden lurking below the surface, which is present through its absence from visibility. In French poststructuralist philosophy, the underside is Jacques Derrida's différance—the difference and deferral of meaning based on distinction among signifiers (i.e. /a/ vs. /e/). The /a/ is indistinct from /e/ and is unknown until it comes into being through its written form. In American ecocriticism, the underside is Timothy Morton's notion of dark ecology—the perverse or anomalous in the ecology of nature. Deformity, asymmetry, allure, and deception mark the terrain of the underside in nature. Behind the rose, there are thorns.
Conference: Northeast MLA Conference March 17-20, 2016 at Hartford, Connecticut
Panel: Roots of Ecocritical Praxis: 19th-century Anglophone
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2015
Chair: Dewey W. Hall, Professor of English
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Fragments of Identity in Popular Fiction and Film
November 6, 2015
Texas A&M University- San Antonio
One University Way
San Antonio, TX 78224
Deadline for Abstract Submission: September 14, 2015
The English Graduate Student Committee at Texas A&M University-San Antonio is pleased to announce the inaugural graduate and undergraduate English conference. The conference theme is "Fragments of Identity in Popular Fiction and Film." This conference will take place at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on November 6, 2015.
ACLA 2016 Seminar Proposal
March 17th-20th, Harvard University
The 2016 Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference
January 16–17, 2016
New York, NY
Ethics, Politics, and the Critique of Modernity
As Carolyn Dinshaw would remind us, time is a product of multiple styles of representation. Time can be recursive (the seasons), or it can map one temporality onto another (the liturgy). It can even be imagined as moving towards its own ending (the apocalypse), either by the slow ticking of days or the rush of a visionary leap, one that moves from the time of the present to the end times.
CFP: Edited Collection New Approaches to the Jazz Age.
From the BBC's Downtown Abbey and Dancing on the Edge, to HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, the Jazz Age's presence in recent popular culture has been striking and pervasive. This edited collection aims to complicate familiar images of this iconic period and to better understand its persistent presence "in our time." Essays, for example, that situate well-known figures in new contexts or highlight the significance and contributions of the period's lesser-known figures are especially welcome.
The Wild Irish: The Irish-American Experience
November 20-21, 2015
Valley Forge, PA
A collection of essays and scholarly articles analyzing the work of late 20th century existential and outlaw poets living or dead will be published in 2017. The list of names includes those largely ignored by academics because of the obscure nature of their less categorizable creative work. We seek articles, literary criticism, reviews, private collection catalogs, student essays, and some anecdotes or narratives describing encounters with the poet/artist or writing/art that are not strictly pejorative. Photos and video are welcome. The anthology will collect secondary works about the listed artists.
The conference will include a wide variety of sessions and topics on possible connections among (and tension between) literature, aesthetics, theory, and belief, broadly defined. Sessions will include—but not limited to—
•Creative writers discussing connections among (or possible conflicts between) aesthetics and faith in either their own work or the work of others.
•The analysis of literary texts or cultural artifacts that in some way explore or embody one or more aspects of religious belief or practice, broadly defined.
Following Foucault's description of sodomy as "that utterly confused category," literary scholars like Jonathan Goldberg and Alan Bray, among others, have continued to theorize the ways in which sodomy denotes no fixed set of bodily acts, but rather persists as a mobilizable category with social, political, and juridical valences. Sodomy necessarily persists, that is, in excess of the material bodily configurations it purports to police. Even so, much prevailing scholarship nonetheless returns to anal penetration as a presumptive and primary figuration in the discourse of sodomitical, disorderly, and/or illicit sexual acts.
D.W. Griffith released his epic film Intolerance in 1916 within a contemporary context of social reform, increasing immigration, perceived challenges to religious liberty, and concerns over the corruptive influence of motion pictures. Also (and especially following Birth of a Nation in 1915), Griffith's film may be read as a response to the controversies surrounding the art of the motion picture (as his essays "The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America" and "A Plea for the Art of the Motion Picture" attest). This panel seeks to reassess Intolerance on the occasion of its centennial and consider its relevance in today's cultural / political / social climate. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:
iDMAA Conference: Call for Papers DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
The International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa) is pleased to announce its thirteenth annual conference, this year taking place at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. ETSU sits on 340 beautiful acres in the shadow of Buffalo and Cherokee Mountains and is home to many unique programs including Bluegrass & Old Time Music, Storytelling, and Appalachian Studies.
iDMAa seeks proposals for paper presentations and panels centering on this year's conference theme, Breaking Barriers.
Footprints of Orpheus: Cult, Topoi, and Character in Medieval and Early Modern Britain