Samuel Johnson may have been wrong about the staying power of Tristram Shandy, but it's nevertheless clear that some of the eighteenth century's oddest works didn't "do long." Prompted by renewed attention to these oddities, this panel seeks papers that theorize the experimental novel of eighteenth-century Britain. Must the experimental novel be defined against the emergent realist novel? What texts might comprise the experimental canon? What contemporary discourses (scientific? philosophical? commercial? political?) might help us to understand these forms? (Papers that reject the term "experimental novel" with disgust also welcome!)
"The hooly blisful martyr for to seke," is the alleged goal for the pilgrimage that structures Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. What remains under-discussed is the actual goal of the Canterbury pilgrimage, or any other medieval pilgrimage: the pilgrims seek not "the hooly blissful martyr" himself, but things related to him—hair shirt, body parts, or any other object related to the saint and available for view. Devotion in the Middle Ages (Christian and non-Christian) took a tangible, material form that was considered equally important as the saints, deity, or feelings of devotion itself. Such material manifestations of devotion continued to evolve throughout the Middle Ages and beyond.
Keynote Speaker: Stephen Cheeke (University of Bristol)
This panel explores ecopoetics in the long eighteenth-century. The age of Enlightenment tends to be cast as a time when natural-historical discourses attempted to order and categorize the natural world in its entirety. Conquest generated imperatives to reduce, collect, classify, and master the natural world; natural sciences, in turn, propelled conquest. As natural history shaded into anthropology at mid-century, theories of racial essence, in support of colonial projects, became more firm.
Proposals deadline: 1 July 2012
Confirmed plenary speakers: Elena Gualtieri (University of Groningen), Mette Gieskes (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Clement Greenberg once famously said, "photography is closer today to literature than it is to the other graphic arts". Yet what makes photography so close to literature? And what about the interactions between literature and other visual arts? Are some combinations indeed more productive than others? And what happens when literature and the visual arts meet?
Papers are invited on Joyce's engagements with visual culture in any aspect.
InVisible Culture, Issue 19
The 5th Biennial Philosophy and Literature Conference at Purdue University
Theme: "Truth, Thought, and Technology"
October: Friday & Saturday, 19th & 20th, 2012
The negotiation of Latin@ identities within space—cities, universities, homes, exile, —requires an understanding of ethnicities, language(s), religion(s), social class, gender, as well as the psychological spaces where one needs to defend him/herself in the face of a pejorative labels from the dominant group or from a more powerful member of one's own group. How do Latino/a authors represent their worlds through the use of space whereby each character or voice must negotiate his/her identity markers within a specific space to claim "self-recognition"?
Papers that address any aspect of Latino/a identity in narrative, poetry or theatre are welcome for this panel.
Call For Papers
The Rodopi Press Dialogue Series seeks proposals for new writings to be included in a volume of critical essays devoted to President Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father. The volume seeks essays in the following areas:
● The relationship between President Obama's writing and emergent scholarly interest in "post-race" American culture/President Obama's memoirs in the context of cross-cultural or bi-national writings by Americans or other ethnic groups or Americans born outside the United States
A Few Lines Magazine, a print and web journal, is now looking for submissions for its fifth issue. We are a widely read journal with strong roots in Southern California. Poets from all over North America, as well as all over the world, have been published in all of our past issues, and we are seeking to expand our audience and body of contributors.
We accept poetry of most flavors and fiction that is expertly crafted. Our reading time is around one month and we read year-round, so the turnaround is quite fast.
So send us your work - we'd love to have the chance to review it. We encourage contributors to first become familiar with our work. All of our issues are free as PDF downloads. For more information, please go to
The aim of this conference is to explore the role of live animals on the stage, from the early modern era to the present time. Papers dealing with visual or textual representations of performing animals, typologies of animals in the theatre, the hybridisation of the drama with the circus, the zoo and the cinema, as well as the semiotic transfer of animal roles from the text to the stage are particularly welcome. Corollary topics may also include, but are not limited to:
Tabletop Board Games and the Televisual Imagination
Call for Papers: SCMS 2013
[panel proposal for next year's Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Chicago (March 6 - 10, 2013)]
Although crime fiction is often looked down upon as pure diversion if not dismissed as a mass product, it continues to attract an ever-growing readership. Some will inevitably cast suspicion on a so-called form of paraliterature thereby overlooking the fact that a mere encounter between reader and text must be valued as an aesthetic experience worthy of attention. Crime writing contributes to throwing the reader into the thick of a narrative, demanding his full investment, whether as a sleuth or the repository of the dramatic tensions which build up as the plot unravels.
In the aftermath of World War II, the global configuration of societies underwent significant changes triggered by a complex mechanism of opening and closing: while the Western world
capitalized on its condition as depositary of traditional human values, the Eastern world gave in to left-wing ideologies that encircled the individuals and reshaped their identities. This
dichotomy that has been perpetuated for more than half a century also influenced the sense of Otherness. As Thomas Pavel remarked in his Fictional Worlds (1986), the political borders
became a threefold matrix: the mutually permeable (US and Canada), highly selective (Russia and China), and impenetrable (Israel and Syria). Under these circumstances, the individual