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SAMLA 2012: Beyond the Pleasure Principle?

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 12:47pm
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Comparative Literature Division
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We are seeking proposals for the Comparative Literature regular session at this year's South Atlantic Modern Language Association meeting in Durham, NC from November 9 to 11.

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Beyond the Pleasure Principle?

As Lionel Trilling once noted, justifying art by the pleasures it gives has fallen into disrepute since the 18th century. Wordsworth already registers this defensive posture in his Lyrical Ballads preface when he asks that the "necessity of producing immediate pleasure [not] be considered as a degradation of the Poet's art," but rather that artists pay "homage … to the grand elementary principle of pleasure, by which [man] knows, and feels, and lives, and moves."

[UPDATE] Brave Words: Literature and Student Veterans (MLA 1/3-1/6/13)--DEADLINE EXTENDED

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 8:45am
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2013 Modern Language Association annual convention in Boston, January 3-6, 2013
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***DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 3/21/12***

I am seeking 5-7 roundtable participants for a discussion of the various ways veterans in the classroom enrich, challenge, and complicate engagement with classic literary texts, e.g. Heart of Darkness, The Aeneid, The Red Badge of Courage, Whitman's "Drum-Taps," etc. Topics may include text selection, discussion strategies, writing assignments, or managing interactions between veterans and non-veterans. 250-word overviews of proposed discussion topic, along with a 2-page CV, to Liam Corley by March 21, 2012: wccorley@csupomona.edu

UPDATE: Extended Deadline for Edith Wharton Society Research Awards; 3/31

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 6:44pm
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Edith Wharton Society
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Extended Deadline: Mar. 31, 2012

The Edith Wharton Society announces two research awards for 2012-13:

1. Edith Wharton Collection Research Award

Deadline: March 31, 2012

Each year the Edith Wharton Society offers an Edith Wharton Collection Research Award of $1500 to enable a scholar to conduct research on the Edith Wharton Collection of materials at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

Prospective fellows for the 2012-2013 award are asked to submit a research proposal (maximum length 5 single-spaced pages) and a CV by the deadline to

Religious Lives: Catholic Culture in the Early Modern World, Friday 18–Saturday 19 May 2012

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 5:55pm
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St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
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Written, spoken, painted, or performed, the life stories of Catholic men and women – particularly members of religious orders – dominated the culture of early modern Catholicism. This conference will address the growing body of scholarship devoted to understanding biographies and auto-biographies as they appeared in various forms within religious communities and Catholic society at large. These include institutional chronicles, canonization documents, festive decorations,images and pictorial cycles, and musical pieces, in addition to auto/biographical texts and spiritual testimonies – to name only a few.

Princeton Comparative Poetics Colloquium: Poiesis and Techne

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 2:35pm
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Kathryn Stergiopoulos
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CALL FOR PAPERS

"Poiesis and Techne"
Seventh Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetics Colloquium
Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Saturday, May 5, 2012

On Saturday, May 5, 2012, the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University will host a colloquium in comparative poetics titled "Poiesis and Techne." We invite graduate students at any stage in their work to submit proposals for a twenty-minute paper presentation.

Voice and Modernist Spectacle (Proposed panel for MSA 14, Las Vegas, Oct. 18–21, 2012)

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 2:11pm
full name / name of organization: 
Sara Bryant
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CFP: Proposed panel on Voice and Modernist Spectacle
MSA 14, Las Vegas (Oct. 18–21, 2012)

Visuality and visibility are central to definitions of spectacle; however, spectacles are rarely silent or voiceless. This panel will consider modernist spectacles wherein voice plays a primary or significant role, whether in concert with or separate from the visual and other senses.

Possible topics might include, but aren't limited to:

—Modern sound technologies and technologized voice.
—The modernist sensorium; modernism or modernity and the senses.
—Embodied and/or disembodied voice in film or theater.
—Voice and political spectacle.
—Spectacles of failure: faltering or weakened voice, "choking," blundering.

Undergraduate Research in Literary and Cultural Studies

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 11:29am
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Constellations-Undergraduate Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies

Call for Papers

Constellations is a new journal of undergraduate research in literary and cultural studies, produced in the Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. Our first issue is available here:

www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/constellations

The journal aims to provide a forum for critical work by undergraduates demonstrating the possibilities of the field. We welcome diverse and provocative approaches to a wide range of literary-cultural topics.

[UPDATE] Modernist Lives, Precarious Lives (MSA 14, October 18th-21st, Las Vegas)

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 10:03am
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Walt Hunter/ University of Virginia
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Although much recent criticism in modernist studies has focused on the everyday and the ordinary, this panel proposes instead to look at the precarious. The term precarity has been heard more and more frequently in the disciplines of political philosophy, economics, anthropology, and critical theory, but it has only begun to make its way into literary studies. Current discussions of precarity are shaped by the work of Paulo Virno, who describes it as "the chronic instability of forms of life," and by Judith Butler, who conceives of precarity as a shared vulnerability on the basis of which we might found a tentative community.

[UPDATE] 13-14 December 2012 The 20th METU British Novelists Conference: Salman Rushdie and His Work

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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 10:02am
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The 20th METU British Novelists Conference: Salman Rushdie and His Work

The 20th METU British Novelists Conference: Salman Rushdie and His Work

13-14 December 2012
Ankara, Turkey

Website: http://www.britishnovelists.metu.edu.tr
Contact name: Elif Öztabak-Avcı (elifo@metu.edu.tr)

The Department of Foreign Language Education at Middle East Technical University invites abstracts for its 20th METU British Novelists Conference: Salman Rushdie and His Work. Abstracts (about 250 words) for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of Salman Rushdie's work will be considered. Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Modernist Lives, Precarious Lives

updated: 
Friday, March 16, 2012 - 10:01am
full name / name of organization: 
Walt Hunter/ University of Virginia
contact email: 

Although much recent criticism in modernist studies has focused on the everyday and the ordinary, this panel proposes instead to look at the precarious. The term precarity has been heard more and more frequently in the disciplines of political philosophy, economics, anthropology, and critical theory, but it has only begun to make its way into literary studies. Current discussions of precarity are shaped by the work of Paulo Virno, who describes it as "the chronic instability of forms of life," and by Judith Butler, who conceives of precarity as a shared vulnerability on the basis of which we might found a tentative community.

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