[DEADLINE EXTENDED]In her 2008 Massey Lectures, Margaret Atwood calls debt "that peculiar nexus where money, narrative or story, and religious belief intersect, often with explosive force." Today, we are facing an explosion of discourses foregrounding financial debt. Whether in the Euro Zone Debt Crisis, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, or rising student loan debt, narrative and debt cannot be decoupled, nor can they be detached from a given political or affective investment. In addition to the obvious economic concerns, we are also interested in widening the discussion of debt: How do literature and cultural products help us make sense of these issues?
Writing Commons, an online community for writers, is currently seeking composition articles, which will be peer reviewed and, if accepted, published in its digital open text. To view a list of currently needed titles, please visit the following site:
This event will now take place over two days. The CFP has been extended to the 23rd March 2012. Full details below -
Twenty-First Century British Fiction – A Symposium
Friday 11th and Saturday 12th May 2012, Birkbeck, University of London
Keynote speakers: Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway) & Dr. Joseph Brooker (Birkbeck)
CFP DEADLINE EXTENSION MARCH 23RD 2012
Twenty-First Century British Fiction seeks to consider and promote current perspectives on the fiction of British writers in the twenty-first century.
The Nabokov Society announces its CFP for two sessions (one guaranteed) at the MLA 2013 (Boston, MA).Deadline is hereby extended to March 23.
Nabokov and American Literature. Papers on Nabokov as an American writer; his interest in specific American literary figures (Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, etc.), in American landscapes and settings, or in American culture, broadly conceived; his role in the American canon. 300-word abstracts by 23 March 2012 to Christopher A. Link (email@example.com).
This will be the guaranteed panel at MLA next January.
This special seminar aims to expose, contest, and reformulate relationships between incarceration and literary production in the hemispheric Americas.
Possible seminar topics include the politics of prison writing, the aesthetic limitations of representation of prison life, the impact of incarceration on literary production, and the impact of literary production from or about prison on the conditions of incarceration. Papers might also suggest redefinitions of the "literary" through prison writing, as well as reconceptualizations of imprisonment through such literary production.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Transatlantic Studies Association
University College Cork, Ireland,
July 9-12, 2012
The Chairman of the TSA, Prof Alan Dobson (University of Dundee and St. Andrews University) and Professor David Ryan (UCC) would like to extend an invitation to the 2012 Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference.
Panel proposals and individual papers are welcome for any of the general or sub-panels. A 300 word abstract of proposal and brief CV to panel leaders or to Alan Dobson firstname.lastname@example.org and David Ryan email@example.com by 30 April 2012.
Multilingualism in American Literature
Plenary Speakers: Dr Sara Crangle, University of Sussex (UK); Dr David James, University of Nottingham (UK); Dr Scott W. Klein, Wake Forest University (USA)
This conference's remit is to explore the numerous ways in which the modernist writer and painter Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) belonged to cultural networks of influence and inheritance.
Virginia Woolf Miscellany, Issue #84—Fall 2013
Vara Neverow and Kristin Czarnecki
Woolf and Animals
From the animal nicknames she shared with loved ones to the purchase of "a beautiful cat, a Persian cat" with her first earnings as a writer; from the cawing rooks in To the Lighthouse to the complex life of Flush to the disturbing animal imagery in Between the Acts, animals play a key role in Woolf's life and writing. We invite submissions discussing animals in Woolf both fictional and actual. We also welcome articles that align Woolf with animal elements in the work and lives of others. Please send papers of up to 2500 words to: Kristin Czarnecki and Vara Neverow by February 1, 2013.
We are putting together an edited collection, tentatively titled Staging Women's Lives in Academia. The subtitle, yet to be figured out, will indicate that our focus is upon women in literature and languages. The book, under serious consideration at Rutgers University Press for its new Higher Education Studies series, will focus upon nodal points of professional (graduate school, pre- and post- tenure, mid- and later- career, and retirement) and personal life for women in academia. We have two key premises: that choosing not to continue down the traditional path of academic life stages is as significant as following it, and that the usual conflation of academic and age-specific life stages is deeply gendered.
DARWIN DAY 2012: FALSE MYTHS
CALL FOR ARTWORKS
The theory of evolution by natural selection formulated by Charles Darwin in the second half of XIX century represented one of the most important advancement in scientific knowledge, as a major paradigm shift in human Weltanschaung. Since its apparition, however, false myths and misinterpretations of the evolution theory have appeared, which suggested both an exploitation and a strong opposition of Darwin's ideas.
The 110th annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference will take place from October 19 to 21, 2012, at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington. We are happy to announce a call for papers for a special session panel on "Neo-Nostalgia: Re-evaluating Nostalgia in Literature and Cultural Studies:"
Neo-Nostalgia: Re-evaluating Nostalgia in Literature and Cultural Studies
23rd Annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE)
African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
On the campus of UNCG in Greensboro, NC
October 18-19, 2012
Theme: "New Approaches to Black Leadership in the African Diaspora"
The work of Spenser, and the idea of him, have inspired poets since the late sixteenth century. His recognized poetic descendants include both the obscure, such as Giles and Phineas Fletcher, and the very great: John Milton, John Keats. But Spenser has not been submissively admired. Generations of poets have been attracted to his creative world – his language, his challenging stanzaic forms, his allegory – but at the same time critical of it: from Philip Sidney's doubts about The Shepheardes Calender to William Hazlitt's dismissal of the allegory in The Faerie Queene, part of the response to Spenser has been vigorous disagreement, or, in Harold Bloom's terms, "misreading". This panel aims to consider Spenser's restless poetic legacy.
CFP--"Death and Eros"
full name / name of organization:
SCMLA--Christianity and Literature Session
Now accepting abstracts for the SCMLA Christianity and Literature panel. The focus of the SCMLA conference is "Death and Eros," so papers that consider this topic from a Christian perspective will be given preference. However, all topics exploring Christianity and literature will be considered.
Abstracts should be 300 words long and are due by March 29th, 2012.
The SCMLA conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from November 8-10 at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel on the River Walk.