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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
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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

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.

The Cognitive Turn in Contemporary American Literature

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:34am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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A growing number of sub-disciplines in literary studies engage cognitive studies and neuroscience. Affect studies, trauma studies, and memory studies are only some of the theoretical products of literary scholars' engagement with brain studies. This panel welcomes papers that explore cognitive and neuroscientific precepts as they emerge in contemporary American fiction and non-fiction.

The Cognitive Turn in Contemporary American Literature

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:29am
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association
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A growing number of sub-disciplines in literary studies engage cognitive studies and neuroscience. Affect studies, trauma studies, and memory studies are only some of the theoretical products of literary scholars' engagement with brain studies. This panel welcomes papers that explore cognitive and neuroscientific precepts as they emerge in contemporary American fiction and non-fiction.

Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture June 9th

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:00am
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Words, Beats & Life
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Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture is a peer-reviewed, hybrid periodical of art and hip-hop studies published by the 501(c)(3) non-profit, Words Beats & Life, Inc. The Journal is committed to nurturing and showcasing the creative talents and expertise of the field in a layout that is uniquely hip-hop inspired. We publish issues twice a year with the intention of serving as a platform where the work of scholars and artists can appear in dialogue with one another. Since 2002, Words. Beats. Life has devoted its pages to both emerging and established intellectuals and artists.

Examining Past and Defining Present - The Black Literary Aesthetic in the USA, Canada, and Caribbean

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 1:21am
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Paine College - School of Arts and Sciences

CALL FOR PAPERS
Examining Past and Defining Present
The Black Literary Aesthetic in the USA, Canada, and Caribbean
April 11 – 13, 2013

Paine College - School of Arts and Sciences
Contact: Dr. Emily Allen-Williams, Dean

Keynote Speaker
Amiri Baraka
Founder of the Black Arts Movement

2012 SAMLA Session, Deadline June 15: The Fragmented Form(s) and Context(s) of Modernist Poetics

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 10:57pm
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Travis Martin / University of Kentucky
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This session will explore poetic Modernism in terms of form and context, examining its simultaneous subversion and incorporation of what came before. Papers are invited to deal with the evolution of the craft demonstrated by major poets like Eliot, Pound, and Yeats or later poets such as Auden, MacNeice, and David Jones. Alternatively, we invite papers on poetic forms as a reflection of or reaction to the destabilized rhetoric used in the liberal and conservative political maneuvers leading up to WWI.

[UPDATE] 27th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: SYSTEMS OF CONTROL / MODES OF RESISTANCE, Nov. 1-3, 2012

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 10:44pm
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Robert Kilpatrick / University of West Georgia
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NEW DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS--June 29, 2012

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Russell Berman (Stanford University)

How do various systems of authority (e.g. literary, political, sexual, cultural, economic, linguistic) seek to control individuals, groups, or cultural movements? How do individuals, groups, or cultural movements engage in resistance to subjection?

The Fragmented Form(s) and Context(s) of Modernist Poetics

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 9:46pm
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Travis Martin / SAMLA
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This session will explore poetic Modernism in terms of form and context, examining its simultaneous subversion and incorporation of what came before. Papers are invited to deal with the evolution of the craft demonstrated by major poets like Eliot, Pound, and Yeats or later poets such as Auden, MacNeice, and David Jones. Alternatively, we invite papers on poetic forms as a reflection of or reaction to the destabilized rhetoric used in the liberal and conservative political maneuvers leading up to WWI.

MMLA: The Short Fiction of George Saunders [respond by June 4, 2012]

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 8:44pm
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Brendan Beirne New York University
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Topic: The Short Fiction of George Saunders

This panel explores the work of George Saunders, author of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, In Persuasion Nation, and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. By engaging with the aesthetic, cultural, and/or philosophical dimensions of Saunders' narrative fiction, this session will develop critical approaches to Saunders' work, and contextualize the author's significance for the contemporary moment and the short story form.

Although the conference theme of Debt is particularly apt in the case of George Saunders, respondents may also wish to consider the significance of issues such as…

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