Clerks, bureaucrats, copyists, scriveners, archivists, bookkeepers – they are, along with the repositories of written facts they work and sometimes live in, organs of the greater corpus of the archive. This human machinery of archons (Derrida) is hidden in full display, at once peripheral and essential to the archive, managing its material flows, embodying the Law, maintaining and guarding the archive’s very possibility of existence.
twentieth century and beyond
Since the nineteenth century to the present, fragmentary writing has been widely deployed in literature and philosophy (i.e. Ernst Bloch, Schlegel, Mallarmé, Adorno, Maurice Blanchot, Kafka, Beckett etc.) as a strategy to disrupt the idea of totality by and through writing. Fragmentary writing as an incomplete totality, bears absent voices and traces and alludes to a whole.
The Material Turn in Comparative Literature: The Old and the New, A Conversation
By the turn of the twentieth century, the ‘new astronomy’ had developed into a proper scientific discipline, with its own sets of instruments, its own journals, its own jargon, and its own interpretative authority. With the acceleration of new discoveries and insights into stellar phenomena, the emerging mass media ensured that this astronomical knowledge fascinated an even wider audience in the late 19th and early 20th century. At the same time, literature across Europe responded to the fascinating astronomical developments in a variety of modes, styles, and genres.
Call for Proposals: Literature, Film and the Politics of Health
Edited by Sarah Blanchette and Neil Brooks
Published by Anthem Press
ANTHEM SERIES ON THE POLITICS AND LITERATURE OF GLOBAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOM
DIÁLOGO: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Latinx and Latin American Studies
Special Issue on Latinx Detective Fiction
A Browner Shade of Noir: Latinx Detective and Mystery Narratives in Literature and Popular Culture
JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism—an academic journal published by Michigan State University Press—announces a call for articles and reviews for our fifteenth year of issues.
For our coming issues, we are particularly interested in articles that address anarchism, Black Bloc activism, Antifa, and ecological radicalism.
CFP for panel proposal to the annual meeting for MELUS (The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) from 2-5 April 2020 in New Orleans, LA.
The MELUS conference theme (Awakenings and Reckonings: Multiethnic Literature and Effecting Change–Past, Present, and Future) calls for comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of representations and imaginings of the past, present, and future as they relate to race, ethnicity, citizenship, and diaspora.
This will be an edited collection to be proposed for publication in the ChLA Centennial Studies series, which celebrates classic children’s texts, books that have stood the test of time and played a significant role in the development of the field. The editor invites chapter proposals of 350-500 words from a range of theoretical perspectives about The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams.
The history of literature and film is strewn with the brutalized bodies of women, queer people, and trans and non-binary people. Sometimes condemned, sometimes celebrated, such violence can occupy a central place in the meaning-making of the artistic work, but it might also serve only to reveal the character traits of perpetrating villains and rescuing heroes. This seminar aims to explore the effects of gendered and sexualized violence in literature and film and to theorize our approaches to its study. Are there ways to incorporate violence into literature and film that are more ethical or effective than others, and by what measures? Are there ways to analyze violence in literature and film that are more productive than others, and by what measures?