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Queer Wharton-- Edith Wharton Society Panel at the MLA (9-12 January 2014)

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 6:18pm
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Meredith Goldsmith/Edith Wharton Society
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Queer Wharton. A panel organized by the Edith Wharton Society at the 2014 MLA (9-12 Homosexuality and homosociality in Wharton; queer authors, intertexts, and aesthetics in Wharton's writing; Wharton's relations with gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals; queering Wharton's travel writing and memoirs.
Submit 250-word abstracts and c.v.s to Meredith Goldsmith by March 15, 2013 (mgoldsmith@ursinus.edu).

MLA 2014 (Chicago, 9-12 January 2014) Special Session: "Situating the Self: Immigrant Auto/biography"

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 2:57pm
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MLA 2014

MLA 2014 (Chicago, 9-12 January 2014)
Special Session: "Situating the Self: Immigrant Auto/biography"

This panel seeks papers which investigate the various ways auto/biography might allow the immigrant subject to negotiate the gendered and religious contexts which shift – often dramatically – with movement from one national and social space to another. How does the immigrant auto/biographer use narrative to situate him or herself in such fluid settings? How is narrativization of a life story a useful tool for adapting to new environments?

CFP: Vonnegut and Attention - a satellite workhop of The Arts of Attention Conference 2013 [September 12-14, 2013, Budapest, HU]

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 1:09pm
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Károli Gáspár University

The works of Kurt Vonnegut prominently feature issues connected to attention through tropes and topics as well as through literary technique: it is a core motif in many of his writings, and is of key importance with regard to his style. This workshop invites contributed papers approaching the notion of attention in the Vonnegutian œuvre through literary theory, philosophy,anthropology, and psychology among others. We are particularly interested in contributions presenting interdisciplinary investigations.

CFP: Vonnegut and Attention - a satellite workhop of The Arts of Attention Conference 2013 [September 12-14, 2013, Budapest, HU]

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 12:11pm
full name / name of organization: 
Károli Gáspár University

The works of Kurt Vonnegut prominently feature with issues connected to attention through tropes and topics as well as through literary technique: it is a core motif in many of his writings, and is of key importance with regard to his style. This workshop invites contributed papers approaching the notion of attention in the Vonnegutian œuvre through literary theory, philosophy,anthropology, and psychology among others. We are particularly interested in contributions presenting interdisciplinary investigations.

Panel: Randall Jarrell at 100

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 7:48am
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MLA 2014 and MLA Executive Committee on Children's Literature

"All that I've never thought of - think of me!"

In commemoration of Randall Jarrell's 100th birthday (May 6, 1914), The Modern Language Association division of Children's Literature is soliciting papers that shed new light on his work. We seek papers that discuss Jarrell as a children's literature author, a poet, a critic, a novelist and an essayist. We are especially interested in papers on his work as a teacher, his collaborations, translations and influence.

Please send an abstract (400-500 words) and a 2-page CV by Friday, March 8, 2013 to Tali Noimann (cnoimann@bmcc.cuny.edu)

The Pleasures and Politics of Popular Erotic Fiction (Edited Collection)

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 7:29am
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Dr Kristen Phillips, Claire Trevenen, Curtin University (Bentley, Western Australia)

The publication of EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey in 2011 marks a particularly visible moment in what appears to be a proliferation of erotic fiction, written by and for women, since the end of the twentieth century. More than just an instance of a particular genre of fiction, Fifty Shades has spawned considerable discussion of the significance of 'women's popular erotic fiction' generally.

[UPDATE] Second Call for Papers: Flann O'Brien Conference Rome 2013

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 5:15am
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"Problems with Authority: The II International Flann O'Brien Conference" (Università Roma Tre, 19-21 June, 2013).

"Problems with Authority: The II International Flann O'Brien Conference" (Università Roma Tre, 19-21 June, 2013).

Second Call for Papers Updated Deadline: 1 March 2013
http://www.univie.ac.at/flannobrien2011/rome2013.html

Keynotes:
Jed Esty (University of Pennsylvania)
Carol Taaffe (Author of "Ireland Through the Looking-Glass: Flann O'Brien, Myles na gCopaleen & Irish Cultural Debate")
Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp)

Performers:
Mikel Murfi (Director of "John Duffy's Brother")
Mark O'Halloran (Award-winning screenwriter of "Adam and Paul" and "Garage")

[UPDATE] Writing and dramatising the body : violence, discordance and reconfiguration - 21-22 March 2013 - Lille, France

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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 3:33am
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Charles de Gaulle University, Lille, France

Should violence be considered as one of the experiences the body undergoes in literature or as an ordeal which elicits the very question of what this body is – a body which is mapped in language and speech. As a result of the violence that it undergoes, inflicts or self-inflicts, the body grapples with something which is not simply outside itself: it discovers its own foreignness, its own discordance. It rebelliously slips through the categories in which one attempts to contain it, but it also defies the biological body to which it cannot be reduced. What does a body do when, for no apparent reason, it breaks, splits, is pulled asunder, petrified? What happens when the part usurps the whole or the whole body is reduced to nothing, mere refuse?

CFP Transnational Comics (MLA 2014)

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Friday, February 8, 2013 - 8:19pm
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Modern Language Association (MLA)
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Call for Papers for a proposed panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, 9-12 Jan. 2014, in Chicago. Jointly sponsored by the MLA Division on Literature and Other Arts and the MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives.

MLA 2014 CFP Adoption and Disability

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Friday, February 8, 2013 - 7:17pm
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Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture
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Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture panel invites 15-min. papers that explore connections between adoption and disability (literary and cinematic representation included). Abstracts (<500 words) and a brief CV (2pp.). by 1 March 2013; Marina Fedosik (mf107@nyu.edu).

Washington Irving: The Fantastic in the Time of Nations

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Friday, February 8, 2013 - 5:47pm
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Scott Sprenger / Arnaud Huftier / Otrante: journal of fantastic art and literature
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Call for contributions:
Otrante : arts et littératures fantastiques
Volume 36: "Washington Irving: le fantastique au temps des nations"

The ways in which Washington Irving's fiction was inflected by European gothic literature has been the subject of a number of previous studies. Critics have been especially interested in explaining how his adaptations of gothic themes to the early American context contributed to the formation of an American identity by its insistence on the frictions between local superstitions and imported ones. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow or Rip Van Winkle, emblematic of Irving's work, can easily be interpreted in this light, but at the risk, perhaps, of a simplification.

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