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NeMLA Boston, March 21-24, 2013: New Approaches to The Jazz Age

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 7:18pm
Nancy Von Rosk, Mount Saint Mary College

Both Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and the upcoming release of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby highlight the continuing influence of the literature of "The Jazz Age." This panel seeks to deepen our understanding of "The Roaring Twenties" and to offer new approaches to its literature. Topics might include new approaches to Fitzgerald and/or Hemingway, The Harlem Renaissance, Gender and Politics, Working Class and/or Immigrant Writers, and the intersections between visual and literary art. Send abstracts of 250 words to

Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2012.

NeMLA (Boston Mar. 21-24, 2013): On the Road before _On the Road_: Transatlantic Travel Narratives, 1850-1918

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 6:47pm
Leslie Simon, chair (Utah Valley University)

The poetics of the road trip are frequently associated with literature of the twentieth century: from Steinbeck's tragic-epic account of automobile displacement, to Kerouac's celebration of carefree vagabondism, to McCarthy's apocalyptic vision of our permanent expulsion from home, writers of the unprecedentedly mobile last century have examined the rewards and costs that accompany the call of the road. These examinations recall the early-nineteenth-century Romantic idealization of travel as a form of spontaneous self-discovery through the individual's surrender to, and fusion with, the sublime forces of nature.

18th and 19th Century British Women Writers Conference 2013 "Customs," Apr 4-6, 2013

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 4:03pm
Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Association

The 2013 British Women Writers Conference will center around the theme of "Customs." Customs are often thought of as the habits or social norms that dictate behavior, sometimes so rigidly that they appear to be laws. Conversely, though, "custom" can refer to a product or service tailored to the "customer's" individual specifications, or the taxes or duties on imports/exports, the governmental department charged with implementing such fees, or the place in which all items entering a country from foreign parts are examined for contraband.

"Cinema Chauceriana": A Collection of Essays

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 3:18pm
Tison Pugh & Kathleen Kelly

"Cinema Chauceriana" will explore the representation of Chaucer and his literature on film, as well as the surprising dearth of this corpus in comparison to other narrative artists of the English literary tradition (e.g., Shakespeare, Dickens, the Brontë sisters, Henry James). We envision the collection as comprising two primary sections, with the first explicitly theorizing this lack of cinematic representation and the second analyzing various representatives of Cinema Chauceriana, including Powell and Pressburger's "A Canterbury Tale" (1944), Pier Paolo Pasolini's "I Racconti di Canterbury" (1972), Brian Helgeland's "A Knight's Tale" (2001), and the BBC "Canterbury Tales" (2003), among others.

Rendering Romance in Word and Image--Medieval Assoc of the Pacific, San Diego CA, Mar 21-23, 2013

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 3:04pm
Carol Harding/ Medieval Association of the Pacific

We invite conference papers for the 2013 Medieval Association of the Pacific conference to be held in San Diego, March 21-23. This particular panel session explores any feature(s) of manuscripts concerning word and/or image in medieval romance texts. How do images in a manuscript help us understand the romance text? its characters, setting, readership or patronage? Does a romance text form a visual or rhetorical relationship with other texts bound within the same manuscript? Are there heretofore unremarked rhetorical passages or patterns that conjure an imagined visual world in the romance text?

CFP: Motor Culture and the Road, SW/TX PCA/ACA, Ann. Conf. Feb, 13-16, 2013, Proposals Due: Nov. 16, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 2:48pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association 34th Annual Conference, February 13-16, 2013, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Area: Motor Culture and the Road, Chair: Stacy Rusnak
Deadline for Submissions: November 16, 2012

Motor Culture and the Road relates to a wide variety of areas of cultural significance in the global context. By expanding the concept of "motor" to mobility in general, and increasing our understanding of the road as both a liberating and confining space, we can explore our ever-shifting notions of identity formation.

SWTX welcomes scholars at all levels. Graduate students are encouraged, and SWTX awards a number of monetary awards for the best graduate papers

The (New) Politics of Transitional Spain: Bodies, Culture and the Movida - NeMLA 2013 Convention Boston, MA; March 21-24, 2013

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 1:06pm
The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This panel invites 20 minute contributions on any aspect of the Movida Madrileña and cultural backdrop of the Spanish transition from dictatorship to democracy. Topics may include: punk, sub and counterculture theory, body politics, visual arts, questions of identity (inherited and fabricated), relationships between various media, and the importance of language and aesthetic appearance in the assertion of modernity and transitional culture. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to or

UPDATE Calls for Edited Collection: Ethnic Perspectives on Ethnic Literatures: A Contemporary Critical and Theoretical Reader

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 12:49pm
Editors: J. Stephen Pearson and Carrie Louise Sheffield

Inspired by Simon Ortiz's "Towards a National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity in Nationalism" and Jace Weaver, Craig Womack, and Robert Allen Warrior's American Indian Literary Nationalism, this collection will be a site for emerging as well as well-known ethnic critics and theorists to illustrate where they see their respective fields heading and construct perspectives outside of western ideologies. This collection will include 5 key areas: African American, Asian American, Latin American, Native American, and Arabic American literature and criticism. The first four areas represent the larger areas of ethnic studies in the academy today and will provide a necessary counter-point to the predominantly western (i.e.

CFP: Essays on Housework and Popular Culture (Due 10/15/2012)

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 11:28am
Elizabeth Patton, New York University and Mimi Choi, Ryerson University

Home Sweat Home: Perspectives on Housework and Modern Domestic Relationships. Under contract with Scarecrow Press (imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group)

Editors: Elizabeth Patton, Doctoral Candidate -- Media, Culture and Communication, New York University; Mimi Choi, MA -- Literatures of Modernity, Ryerson University

Contact e-mail:

4th Global Conference: Experiencing Prison (May 2013: Prague, Czech Republic)

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 8:59am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

4th Global Conference
Experiencing Prison

Sunday 12th May – Tuesday 14th May 2013
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference marks the continuation of a project dedicated to the study of the experience of imprisonment.

The Condemned Playground: Aldous Huxley and his Contemporaries

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 7:49am
University of Oxford, English Faculty & Balliol College

The Condemned Playground:
Aldous Huxley and his Contemporaries
Balliol College, Oxford University
8-11 September 2013

Scheduled to coincide with the centenary of Aldous Huxley's arrival at Balliol College as an undergraduate, this major international conference seeks both to reassess his diverse oeuvre, and to bring new attention to a constellation of writers whose work developed in dialogue with literary modernism. The conference, which incorporates the Fifth Annual International Aldous Huxley Symposium, will look broadly at Huxley's engagements with fellow British and American writers and with some of the key movements of his time.