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Engendering the Victorian Female Poet

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Friday, May 18, 2012 - 9:11am
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Sophie Lavin
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There has been a historic tide of scholarship arguing the merits of Victorian poetry written by women. From Aurora Leigh to "Goblin Market," nineteenth-century female poets created a canon of verse that questioned gender categories and troubled the status quo. While scholars from Oliphant to W.M. Rossetti added valuable interpretations that legitimized the genre, contemporary critics such as Armstrong, Tucker, and Prins have used modern lenses to probe the subtleties inherent in the work of a "poetess." This roundtable will discuss the ways gender is mapped onto and inherent in nineteenth-century female poetics.

Nineteenth-Century Eco-poetics, 2013 NeMLA, March 21-24, Boston, MA

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Friday, May 18, 2012 - 9:09am
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Sophie Lavin
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How does nature operate in nineteenth-century poetry? From Arnold's "Scholar-Gypsy" to Leopardi's "La Ginestra," nineteenth-century poets privileged the nature motif in their verse. While literary critics have queried these poetic projects by focusing on Empire, religion, gender, and form, few scholars have explored eco-critical approaches to this global canon. This panel will consider poems where science interrogates landscape, faith interacts with nature, and industrialization pocks the pastoral. We will begin by exploring how the systematic and organized study of nature—and the advent of the natural sciences—impacted verse forms.

Call for papers for an edited volume "Women`s rights in the XXI century"

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Friday, May 18, 2012 - 7:07am
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Caroline Schultz

Call for papers for an edited volume "Women`s rights in the XXI
century"
Deadline for abstract submissions: June 5, 2012.
Deadline for final chapters: July 15, 2012.

Each chapter should combine theoretical considerations & practical
problems affecting women.

We welcome chapters devoted to the following topics (but not limited
to):

The Elegiac Mode: Contemporary Transformations in Elegy Studies (9/30/2012; NeMLA 3/21-24/2013, Boston, MA)

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 4:10pm
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Dr. Clare Emily Clifford / Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

The Elegiac Mode: Contemporary Transformations in Elegy Studies
44th Annual Conference, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, MA

The Elegiac Mode: Contemporary Transformations in Elegy Studies

Essay Collection Book Proposal: Disgust in Early Modern English Literature (abstracts due June 30, 2012)

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 4:03pm
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Natalie Eschenbaum / University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
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Ashgate Press has expressed sincere interest in publishing this edited collection of essays on disgust in early modern English literature. The book will examine how and why early modern English individuals experienced repulsion, and how and why they expressed this repulsion in poetry, plays, and prose. The study of disgust in early modern literature is essential and overdue, and dovetails nicely with important work currently being done on the five bodily senses. As other disciplines (e.g. anthropology, psychology, history, philosophy) have discovered, to be disgusted is to be human, and to be disgusted in certain ways, by certain things, is to identify with a particular culture.

Comics Forum 2012

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 1:56pm
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Comics Forum
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Multiculturalism and Representation: A Conference on Comics

15 -16 November 2012, Leeds

Women's Autobiography in French: Reappearance and Magnification of Nuclear Scenes

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 12:59pm
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44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Boston, Massachusetts. Host Institution: Tufts University
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This panel explores the reappearance and magnification of fragmented memories in women's autobiography. Often reflecting real-life trauma, these scenes recur in their elusiveness and hinder every final reconstruction of the original episode. What is the effect of repetitive inscriptions of the same event? Is any type of appropriation even possible? What form of desire does the amplification of past events represent? Is writing alone capable of pointing toward future possibilities? Please send 250/300w abstracts to Anna Rocca at arocca@salemstate.edu

Modernism and the Environment

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 12:48pm
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2012 SAMLA Convention

In the past two decades, there has been a surge of literary and critical environmental works. Although ecocriticism has been a flourishing field of inquiry for some years now, literary critics are just beginning to explore literature and the environment from postcolonial perspectives. Postcolonial eco-/environmental criticism, albeit belatedly, has become a burgeoning field in the past few years. However, most eco-/environmental critics are heavily focused on contemporary environmental texts, so little or no attention has been paid to the aspects of nature in British or in Anglo-phone modern literature. Nature or the environment is rarely considered a part of the imperial colonial process in analyzing modern literary works.

Women's Autobiography in French: Reappearance and Magnification of Nuclear Scenes

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 12:38pm
full name / name of organization: 
44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Boston, Massachusetts. Host Institution: Tufts University
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This panel explores the reappearance and magnification of fragmented memories in women's autobiography. Often reflecting real-life trauma, these scenes recur in their elusiveness and hinder every final reconstruction of the original episode. What is the effect of repetitive inscriptions of the same event? Is any type of appropriation even possible? What form of desire does the amplification of past events represent? Is writing alone capable of pointing toward future possibilities? Please send 250/300w abstracts to Anna Rocca at arocca@salemstate.edu

Travel/Migration/Exile in H.D. and/or Her Circle

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 12:28pm
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The H.D. International Society

The H.D. International Society invites paper submissions for the 2012 South Atlantic MLA Conference (SAMLA) in Durham, NC, Nov 9-11, 2012. The conference theme is "Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile." The panel's focus will mirror that of the conference at large; we welcome papers focusing on H.D. and/or her circle that address travel, migration, and/or exile in some way. By June 15, 2012, please submit brief abstracts (250-300 words) and a one-page bio to Rebecca Walsh (rawalsh@ncsu.edu) and Celena Kusch (ckusch@uscupstate.edu).

A Remembrance of Things Smashed: Trauma, Narrative, and the American Civil War (NeMLA 2013 panel)

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 12:12pm
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Daniel Irving / Stony Brook University
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With 2013 marking the 150th anniversary of several critical Civil War battles, most notably the Battles of Vicksburg and Gettysburg, this panel aims to explore narrative representations of trauma, whether cultural or individual, in literature of and about the American Civil War. Given that authors have dealt with the memory of trauma in different ways – some directly addressing the war and its psychological impact, others alluding to the traumatic aftermath of battle in stories not directly referencing the war itself – and considering the different literary traditions stemming from the war (literature from Northerners, Southerners, and the descendents of slaves), there are many questions worth asking.

LCMRS 2012 (10/13/2012-10/14/2012)

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:38am
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The Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance Scholars
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The Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance Scholars will hold its annual meeting this fall at Tulane University in New Orleans on October 13-14, 2012. The Consortium welcomes scholars from across the gulf coast region in addition to the initial core group from Louisiana universities and colleges.

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