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[UPDATE] Online Literary Journal looking for poetry and short fiction

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 3:39pm
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Ishaan Literary Review (An Online Journal of Poetry and Short Fiction

Ishaan Literary Review publishes works of poetry and short fiction. Our submission period for Issue #2 (Summer 2012) is: March 10 - June 16, 2012.

We are looking to "feature" two to three writers whose work really impresses us.

We publish (roughly) 50% invited authors and 50% blind read/peer reviewed authors twice a year (Winter and Summer). We encourage you to submit a good range of work to give you a better chance of being published with us.

To Submit:

All submissions should be sent to our email address: ishaanlitreview@gmail.com

[UPDATED] Being More than Ambivalent Towards Race: Class in Contemporary African American Literature

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 2:54pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)
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In keeping with the theme of "Debt" for the 2012 Midwestern MLA conference, this panel is interested in the class implications that contemporary African American literature offers its readership. Since the first letters written in African American literature, money has had a central place in claims for independence, subjectivity, and resistance. How has this understanding of subjectivity and resistance changed in a late twentieth/ twenty-first century context? To what extent is contemporary African American literature invested in the American dream of financial well being that characterized earlier writing?

UPDATED: Those That Came Before: Black Literary Indebtedness

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 2:52pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)
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In "The Site of Memory," Toni Morrison claims that as an African American writer her literary heritage is the autobiography, the slave narrative. Quoting Harriet Jacobs, Morrison claims that a central trope of the slave narrative is occlusion, leaving the unspeakable unspoken. However, for Morrison, a writer heavily indebted to her formerly enslaved precursors, "the exercise is very different. [Her] job becomes how to rip that veil drawn over "proceedings too terrible to relate." Morrison pays her literary debt to these authors by revealing that to which they were unable. In what ways do 20th and 21st Century black American authors struggle with or against their 19th Century literary heritage? Or even their early twentieth century heritage?

The Literature of Hurricane Katrina (essay collection)

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:59am
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Mary Ruth Marotte, Associate Professor of English, Graduate Director, University of Central Arkansas
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Seeking critical essays (20-30 pages in length) on works of fiction that feature the disaster of Hurricane Katrina within the narrative.

Re-membering Identity in African Literature (SAMLA, November 9-11, 2012)

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:49am
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Matthew Durkin/ Duquesne University
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Using Ngugi wa Thiong'o's idea of "re-membering," this panel addresses the act of (re)constructing identity in African Literature. Re-membering, as Ngugi argues, acts through indigenous languages as language is the source of cultural memory. Harnessing ideas from African - including the diaspora - literature, theatre, and/or cinema, papers can focus on the usage of language, as well as ritual, community, and any cultural marker as a re-membering act. Is it possible, as Ngugi claims, to completely re-member a cultural history or is history too powerful to overcome? Has European colonialism seeped into African culture to such an extent as to deny a return to a historical past?

Identity, Place and Environment in Literature for Young People: A One Day Colloquium Sept 29th, 2012

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:03am
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University of Chichester
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Plenary Speaker – Ré Ó Laighléis author of Terror on the Burren, Battle on the Burren.

In ecocriticism, literature for young people has been an under-represented area. However, authors such as David Almond, Ré Ó Laighléis and Melvin Burgess have been writing about the relationship between the human and the 'more than human' in a number of highly acclaimed novels. The aim of this colloquium is to bring together writers, academics and students who are interested in the ways in which identity, place and environment feature in literature for young people.

We now invite papers and proposals that might relate, but are not restricted to, the following themes:

• Representations of nature in literature for young people;

SAMLA Special Session: Memoir as Fiction, Fiction as Memoir, Nov 9-11, 2012

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 10:06am
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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Ligers and Tiglons and Bores, Oh My? What chimeric beast results when fiction writers write "memoir" (Vladimir Nabokov, J.M. Coetzee, et al.)? when nonfiction writers write fiction (James Frey, Catherine Millet, etc.)? In keeping with this year's SAMLA conference theme of memoir, this session welcomes papers on any aspect of the modern or postmodern autofiction or roman à clef. Abstracts required. Due date: 15 June 2012. Send to Luke Whisnant, whisnantl@ecu.edu.

CFP - Gothic Antipodes: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 22-23 January 2013

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 9:11am
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Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA)
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The Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA) welcomes papers for its inaugural conference, to be held at Stamford Plaza Hotel, Auckland, on 22-23 January 2013.
Keynote speaker: Professor Ken Gelder (University of Melbourne).

The conference will be organised in the spirit of the Association. GANZA is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together scholars, students, teachers and professionals from a number of Gothic disciplines, including literature, film, music, fashion, architecture and popular culture. It is the aim of the Association to not only place a focus on Australasian Gothic scholarship, but also to build international links with the wider Gothic community as a whole.

[Update] Special Issue on the Temples of Bengal: Extended Deadline

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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 4:24am
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Chitrolekha International Magazine on Art and Design
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Special Issue on the Temples of Bengal: Deadline Extended till 30 May, 2012

We are happy to announce that the next issue of Chitrolekha Magazine (Vol. II, No. 1) is going to be on the Temples of Bengal (from the Ancient Period to the 19th Century). Since we want to bring out a collection having holistic approaches to the topics, we have selected this vast area, which can be explored from many interdisciplinary perspectives and multidisciplinary positions. We seek submission on the following areas:

SAMLA Convention 2012 (Durham, SC): Postmodern Theory, Science Fiction and Race

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 5:55pm
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SAMLA
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In Science Fiction Culture, Camille Bacon-Smith comments that: "…when the ethnographer asks the question, 'What does postmodern culture look like?' the obvious place to find the answer is the science fiction community." As a genre that embraces the impossible, sci-fi/fantasy is fast becoming recognized as a genre well suited to demonstrate the cultural contradictions postmodern theory highlights.

Samuel Beckett Summer School

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 3:35pm
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Stephen Wilmer Trinity College Dublin
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Following the successful launch of the inaugural Samuel Beckett Summer School last July, Trinity College Dublin is delighted to announce that this year's school, whose patron is Edward Beckett, will take place on campus from July 15 - 21, 2012. The weeklong celebration of the Nobel-Prize-winning Irish writer is designed to draw scholars, students and enthusiasts from around the world to explore his work in the very location where Beckett, as a student, began his distinctive intellectual and creative life.

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