In explaining what inspired 1984, George Orwell wrote that what “frightens [him] much more than bombs” is imagining a future in which “some ruling clique controls not only the future but the past.” The retroactive curation of memory is an oft-undertaken project, practiced in ways as particular as the redaction of a text like Guantanamo Diary, and as absolute as the omission from history of the story told by Chester Himes’ If He Hollers Let Him Go, in which Robert Jones is punished for a crime he did not commit by being forced to enlist in the Army in order to fight, and likely die, in World War II.
twentieth century and beyond
Professor Stephen Farrall, Dr David Jeffery and I are putting together an edited collection entitled 'Thatcherism Today'. The collection considers the legacy of Thatcherism (specifically the -ism, not Thatcher herself) in the 21st century.
The book is divided into four sections, one of which is "Citizens and Societies".
We are currently seeking abstracts for chapters which fit in the "Citizens and Societies" section. We would particularly welcome chapters which address the extent to which the current Conservative Party membership is Thatcherite, but this is not essential. All proposals should address the central theme of Thatcherism as it exists today: we will not consider papers that do not.
We are inviting paper submissions for the "Literary Border-Crossings" seminar at the ACLA convention (Washington, DC, 7-10 March 2019).
How does poetry model, resist and press against the material transformation of cities and urban regions? How do poems engage with urban change as it shapes the movement of people, commodities, and ideas, and as it curates affective experience and interior lives?
At a time when urban areas house the majority of the global population, and in which their continued uneven (re)development and decay perpetuates the stratification of access to material, social and economic resources, we are interested in how poetry across historical periods and geographies responds to, synthesizes, and participates in the transformation of the urban built environment.
Following the success of its previous ACLA seminar “The Story of Memory: Remembering, Forgetting, and Unreliable Narrators” held in March 2018, this seminar invites paper proposals to discuss how memory is represented and imagined diversely in the works of literature, art, and film from different cultural contexts. Living in an age saturated with memory and forgetting, we see the protagonists unsettled by their lost memory in films and novels: Memento (2000), The Bourne Identity (2002), Remainder (2005), The Amnesiac (2007), Amnesia (2014), The Girl On the Train (2015), The Buried Giant (2015), etc.. These amnesic protagonists, haunted by déjà vu they can never make sense of, often experience trauma and violence.
One Writer’s Beginnings Reconsidered
2019 marks the 35th anniversary of Eudora Welty’s memoir One Writer’s Beginnings (Harvard UP, 1984). Loved and admired by a diverse readership, this book centers on the circumstances that sparked Welty's passion to become a writer. Originating from her presentations as inaugural speaker in Harvard’s Massey Lectures in American Studies (then the "Lectures in the History of American Civilization” ), the book chapters are based on her three lectures --“Listening,” “Learning to See,” and “Finding a Voice” --and they focus on Welty’s childhood and family life in Jackson, Mississippi.
Confluence is a national, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal published by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) that reflects the best scholarly and creative work produced within and beyond AGLSP member institutions. Originally conceived as the premier showcase publication for work produced by faculty, students, and alumnae/i of AGLSP member programs, the Journal now accepts submissions from any institutions and areas of interest that reflect the interdisciplinary engagement that is constitutive of a liberal education.
Special Issue (2019) of The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies ('Lewis and the Post-War, 1919-1921')
In his autobiography Blasting and Bombardiering (1937), Lewis memorably assessed the world in which he found himself on returning from the western front: 'We were all in the post-war, but that period produced nothing but a lot of sub-Sitwells and sheep in Woolfe’s clothing, and we were not of it. I call us here "the Men of 1914".' The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies seeks 7- to 10,000-word essays that engage with Lewis’s post-war writing, activities, and social networks. We are particularly interested in essays that:
‘Modernism and Multiple Temporalities’
The Second Annual International Conference of the Modernist Studies in Asia Network (MSIA)
12-14 September 2019
Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Prof. Laura Marcus (Oxford)
Prof. Douglas Mao (Johns Hopkins)
Prof. Aaron Gerow (Yale)
Call for Papers
The Don DeLillo Society is seeking papers for a panel on "DeLillo and Privacy" for the 47th Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900: