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Western Theory and Chinese Text: From Life Aesthetics to Environmental Aesthetics

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 5:15am
Dai Xun/Department of Chinese, Southwest University, Chongqing, China, 400715

Mike Featherstong's "the aestheticization of everyday life" spreads in China, and again arises the dispute of the legality of western theories in China, and in fact it is a puzzle that how to deal with the relationships between Western theory and Chinese text. The aestheticization of everyday life and consumerism are closely linked and is an international phenomenon and has enjoyed a long history. Li Yu's life aesthetics grows up in China. On the one hand, it has something in common with Featherstong's theory, and on the other, both are different. The former has much more contents than the latter.

The Differences of Thinking Mode between Chinese and Western Hermeneutics

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 3:45am
Deng Xinhua/Department of Chinese, China Three Gorges University, Yi Chang, P. R. China, 44302

There is an obvious binary opposition between subjectivity and objectivity in the thinking mode of western hermeneutics. If we think that writer's intention and reader's interpretation are same importance, and we will find that almost various western hermeneutics always centers on texts and interpreters. Hans-Georg Gadamer and Eric Donald Hirsch are the typical representatives of the theoretical tendencies. Yi-yi-ni-zhi(以意逆志)and Shi-wu-da-gu(诗无达诂)contain dialectical spirit which is basic principle of ancient Chinese hermeneutics. Yi-yi-ni-zhi means that reader infers writer's original intention from his own experiences, and Shi-wu-da-gu means the poem cannot be elucidated totally.

The influence of Tony Kushner on 21st Century Dramatists

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 12:43am
Shaw University

Almost twenty years ago Tony Kushner raised the rafters with his epic Angels in America and this gave just cause for playwrights to recognize that Kushner was now the new benchmark and, as Arthur Miller said, attention must be paid. The HBO televised Angels gave many admirers and aspirers an opportunity to see the play more so than even its many nationwide productions. The influence of Kushner and his plays has reached into the context and subtext of a mindset that reconsidered what plays can do as art, and as socio-political activism reflected in both traditional and tradition-defying new drama.

Atenea - Humanities & Social Sciences 8/8/2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 11:09pm
Revista Atenea: A Bilingual Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences

Atenea, a multidisciplinary bilingual journal on the humanities and social sciences, features essays, books reviews, and some fiction and poetry.
ISSN 0885-6079
Indexed by MLA.
The editorial board invites submission of essays and book reviews to be
considered for publication in the next open topic issue
issue (December 2012).
Submissions in either English or Spanish are welcome (see the guidelines below):

Representations of Age, 31 May 2012 (ASTR/TLA, Nashville, 1-4 Nov. 2012)

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 4:57pm
American Society for Theatre Research / Theatre Library Association


Papers are sought for this Working Session of the annual conference of the American Society for Theatre Research, taking place in Nashville November 1-4.

The rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of Age and Aging Studies opens onto gerontology, sociology, bioethics, anthropology, and a wide range of approaches springing from the humanities and arts, especially in Europe. However, as reflected at the recent European Network in Age Studies (ENAS) conference, the theatrical representation of Age and Aging has just begun to emerge as a major subject of critical inquiry.

"Infamous Form" (EC/ASECS 11/1-11/3, Baltimore)

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 2:50pm
East Central/ American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Samuel Johnson may have been wrong about the staying power of Tristram Shandy, but it's nevertheless clear that some of the eighteenth century's oddest works didn't "do long." Prompted by renewed attention to these oddities, this panel seeks papers that theorize the experimental novel of eighteenth-century Britain. Must the experimental novel be defined against the emergent realist novel? What texts might comprise the experimental canon? What contemporary discourses (scientific? philosophical? commercial? political?) might help us to understand these forms? (Papers that reject the term "experimental novel" with disgust also welcome!)

"The Politics of Fantasy in XX-XXI Century Latin American/Peninsular Literature and Cultural Studies"

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 1:28pm
South Atlantic Modern Language Association

Phallogocentric discourse minimazes imagination, fabulation and fantasy as a matter for women and children, but Fantasy is powerful, liberating and therefore dangerous to those who fear change. The porpouse of this session is to rescue Fantasy and confront the legalistic yoke of Reason. Papers in English and Spanish are welcome. Send submissions to Deadline August 30, 2012
SAMLA 2012, Location Duraham, NC

CFP: Academic Mystery (Deadline: 6/6/12)

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 1:30am

We seek proposals for a collection of critical essays on the academic mystery (e.g., campus mystery, college mystery, university mystery, Oxford mystery—though we are also interested in exploring the definition of the genre itself through intersections with literary suspense, bibliomystery, etc.)

Literary Science: Approaches to Teaching Literature with Scientific Themes and Contexts [SAMLA / Nov. 9-11/ Durham, NC]

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 4:26pm
Paul Tolliver Brown

This panel investigates how to effectively teach literature that contains strong scientific elements. Literature actively participates in the ongoing rhetoric of scientific inquiry and discourse and gives voice to the promise and fears associated with technological advancement. Many literary works engage very particular aspects of theory and practice from fields such as neurobiology or quantum physics while others engage with the rhetoric associated with science and/or its misinterpretations (Social Darwinism for Evolution or relativism for Relativity, etc.).

Performance and Migration: Questions of Methodology and Historiography

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 4:20pm
American Society for Theatre Research Working Group

What is the relationship between performance and migration? Performances that narrate the experiences of people on the move, whether refugees or asylum seekers, immigrants following established diasporic routes, or seasonal laborers undertaking journeys fueled by a globalized economy, have appeared of late in a variety of aesthetic and social practices from the work of Los Angeles-based Teatro Jornalero sin Fronteras to Fire and Ice's "Asylum Monologues" in the UK to Théâtre du Soleil's Le Dernier Caravansérail. Yet an emphasis on the contemporariness of the relationship between performance practice and migration risks obscuring the broader implications of this phenomenon.

REMINDER: Call for Papers: Sex, Courtship and Marriage in Victorian Literature and Culture

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 3:55pm
The Victorian Network

Victorian Network is an MLA-indexed (from 2012) online journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best postgraduate work in Victorian Studies.

The sixth issue of Victorian Network, guest edited by Dr Greta Depledge (Royal Holloway), is dedicated to a reassessment of nineteenth-century constructions and understandings of sex, courtship and marriage. Although the heteronormative and companionate marriage was vital for economic and reproductive reasons - as well as romantic impulses - recent scholarship has illuminated its status as but one of several diverse paradigms of marriage/sexual relationship accessible to the Victorians

UPDATE: Growing Up Asian American in Children's Literature, Proposed Edited Collection - Deadline Extended to June 1, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 11:32pm
Ymitri Mathison, Ph.D.

"Growing Up Asian American in Children's Literature" seeks to explore some of the major issues Asian American children and adolescents face growing up in the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century. Defining the term Asian American inclusively, it will include all the "Asian" ethnicities from the Asian continent, the Pacific Rim, and also from around the world. Asian Americans are either lumped under one monolithic umbrella with their individual ethnicities reduced to the catch-all terms of "Asian," "Chinese," or "Indian, " or, frequently, South Asians and Middle Easterners are excluded from the Asian category altogether.

RSA 2013 (San Diego): The Ironies of Alchemy

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 7:21pm
Chad Engbers / Calvin College

The Ironies of Alchemy in Early Modern English Literature
Renaissance Society of America
San Diego
April 4-6, 2013

The Ironies of Alchemy in Early Modern English Literature

Chaucer's "Canon's Yeoman's Tale" is the first great satire of alchemy in English literature, but in its final lines it nevertheless suggests that the Philosopher's Stone is a genuine secret deeply hidden in the knowledge of Christ. As Stanton Linden observes, Chaucer's sustained ridicule of alchemy is thus accompanied by the suggestion that the opus alchymicum is not entirely a fool's errand.