category: twentieth century and beyond

WSQ Special Issue: Ruin

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Women's Studies Quarterly
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wsqassociate@gmail.com

Call for Papers: Ruin
Guest Editors: Sarah Chinn and Rupal Oza

This issue of WSQ explores the multiple valences of ruin. While ruin clearly follows from disaster – from economic collapse to earthquakes to floods to volcanic eruptions to political and social unrest – it is also highly gendered: what is more easily ruined, after all, than a virtuous woman’s reputation?

Ruin can exist in the singular as a catastrophe and in the plural as an aesthetic, architectural, and historical pleasure. Mourning at a ruin can entail grief and also nostalgia for a world before disintegration and decay. Ruin suggests both temporal and spatial change, evoking a time and a place before as well as meditating on the here and now.

The specter of ruin generates strategies to forestall it: protectionism towards women and children, as well as other marginalized populations; economic bailouts to prevent the possibility of collapse; the closing down or limiting of borders; emergency warning systems; militarization and weaponization of society. And yet in this issue we also hope to pose a sometimes unthinkable question: what is so bad about ruin? Why do we fear the collapse of systems that might in fact be currently unworkable or even destructive?

[UPDATE] COSMOPOETICS: Mediating a New World Poetics

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University of Durham, UK
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cosmopoetics@googlemail.com

COSMOPOETICS: Mediating a New World Poetics

An International Conference - 8-10 September, 2010
Department of English Studies – Durham University, UK

Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2010

Lord Dunsany Essay Collection

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Tania Scott and Douglas Small, University of Glasgow
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tania.e.scott@googlemail.com

Lord Dunsany- New Readings
Collected Essays

Contributions to a volume on Thomas Pynchon (proposals due June 15)

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Profils américains
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bfryd@univ-poitiers.fr

Profils américains is a French collection published by the Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée at the University of Montpellier (http://www.pulm.fr/+-Profils-americains-+).

[Update] Inhabited by Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold Deadline June 21, 2010

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Dr. Nancy Barta-Smith and Dr. Danette DiMarco, Slippery Rock University
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nancy.barta-smith@sru.edu; danette.dimarco@sru.edu

Inhabited by Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold

Publishing an Edited Collection: The Process Explained

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Belinda Wheeler/ Midwest Modern Language Association Conference November 4-7, 2010
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bwheeler@siu.edu

This is a roundtable session that aims to explain the process of proposing, collecting, publishing, editing, and marketing an edited collection of essays, particularly as a book.

Female Editors Shaping Modernism

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Belinda Wheeler/ Midwest Modern Language Association
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bwheeler@siu.edu

Female editors and their important roles shaping modernist texts are often overlooked by scholars.

Revisiting Haiti in the Light / Works of Aimé Césaire

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The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) - November 5-7, 2010, Atlanta GA
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hadrien01@hamline.edu

Revisiting Haiti in the Light / Works of Aimé Césaire

Metaphysical Thought in SF and Utopia, Society for Utopian Studies, Milwaukee, October 28-31, 2010 (June 21 deadline)

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Gib Prettyman
contact email: 
cgp3@psu.edu

Papers are invited for one or more panels that explore relationships between the broad genre of sf and utopia and the broad category of metaphysical thought and belief.

The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature (14-16/7/2011), London Notre Dame Centre, UK; deadline 15/9/2010

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Susan Felch, Emily Griesinger, Mark Knight, Emma Mason and Susannah Monta
contact email: 
HospitableText@calvin.edu

The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature, 14-16 July 2011, London Notre Dame Centre, UK.

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