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The Indian Novel and the State

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Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:24am
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

This panel will take up the question of state power as it relates to the aesthetics of the 20th- and 21st-century Indian novel. How do the form and content of the novel inform our understanding of Indian political histories as they emerge from the encounters between the state and its others? In seeking an answer to this question, this panel will attempt to understand the literary discourse of state-led development and its aesthetic claims as they come into contact with counter-discursive forms of identity and belonging. Possible topics include but are not limited to: the postcolonial bildungsroman, the role of autobiography in nationalist discourse, national realism, and subaltern imaginings of the state.

Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference 2019

updated: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 9:29am
Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, November 17, 2018

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference
July 6 - July 7, 2019
Imperial College, London (UK)

Proposals are invited for presentations at the 22nd Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, to be held Saturday July 6 – Sunday July 7, 2019.

Proposals for presentation of critical work about creative writing or for creative presentations (e.g. readings) are equally welcome. Call closes: November 17 2018 

Great Writing regularly includes research, teaching and creative writing practice topics. And more! In this 22nd year of the conference, the range of topics is likely to be as vibrant as ever.

Biological Alterity in Utopia/Dystopia, 1516 to the present

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:05am
MLA International Symposium
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 31, 2018

Biological Alterity in Utopia/Dystopia, 1516 to the present

Modern Language Association (MLA)

International Symposium: “Remembering Voices Lost”
Lisbon, Portugal, July 23-25, 2019

Current and Future Ecocriticisms of the Americas

updated: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 9:53am
Charlotte Rogers
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 20, 2018

CFP for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment biannual conference in Davis, CA from June 26-29, 2019.

Panel title: "Current and Future Ecocriticisms of the Americas

NeMLA 2019: Vonnegut, History, and Making America Great (Again?)

updated: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:20am
Kurt Vonnegut Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

This session is a part of the 50th annual NeMLA convention in Washington, D.C., which will be held March 21-24, 2019. Abstracts must be submitted through NeMLA's database: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17463

Kurt Vonnegut is well-known as a satirist, often critiquing, or at the very least complicating, American ideological assumptions and governmental policies and procedures. His work often challenges traditional notions of history and identity. At times, his commentaries are explicit, and at others, they are implied or metaphorical. 

Transnational Beat Generation

updated: 
Monday, July 30, 2018 - 1:31pm
Amy L. Friedman / NeMLA 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Transnational Beat Generation

Rage et Impuissance: Contemporary French Fiction and the Cigarette's Fall from Grace

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:33am
Northeast MLA (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

In his Lettre sur les aveugles, Diderot shares the discovery that the cane of the blind is not a crutch, but a privileged organ of sensory perception, structuring the encounter with external reality and shaping its internal representation. Bernard Pivot may have had the same powers in mind when he compared the cigarette of Françoise Sagan to this cane: the writer can't see, and therefore can't write, without it. How has the mythical literary status of the cigarette fared in the decades since the first tobacco-control laws? How is smoking represented in an era of growing panic about addictions, as well as persistent unease about the role of government in promoting and enforcing good health?

'Maybe (S)he Had Some Authority': Celebrating the Works of Black Women Writers

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:31am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 50th Anniversary Convention
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

This year’s NeMLA convention is historic: the organization celebrates five decades of cultivating scholarship and pedagogy in literary studies. Equally historic is the fact that 2019 is an anniversary year for pivotal texts by Black women writers. It marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Broadway debut of Lorraine Hansberry’s critically acclaimed play A Raisin in the Sun (1959), and the fiftieth anniversary of Maya Angelou’s first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). Moreover, 2019 is also the fortieth anniversary of Octavia Butler’s now canonized fictional slave narrative Kindred (1979).

The récit de filiation in Contemporary (French) Literature

updated: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:31am
NeMLA 2019 - March 21-24, 2019, Washington, D. C.
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

The récit de filiation is a growing genre which can be divided into a number of subgenres. In the récit de filiation, the author seeks to position themselves within a lineage which is usually, though not exclusively, familial. The process involves a quest for additional information that is incorporated into a narrative which is both diachronic and retrospective. Subgenres include the récit de filiation ouvrière (Martine Sonnet); the historian récit de filiation (Stéphane Audoine-Rouzeau, Ivan Jablonka); the récit de filiation d’immigration (Doan Bui); the figurative récit de filiation (Pierre Michon, Amin Maalouf).

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