In the period between 1740 to 1850, the systematization of the entire process of making and selling books through a network of printers, publishers, booksellers, writers, readers, and critics led to the evolution of the book trade into a profit-making machine. The resulting professionalization and commodification of literature created not only professional authors and critics, making authorship itself undergo significant change, but set up an entirely new way of conceiving of reading, writing, and selling literary materials. The changing nature of books, media, information and communication defined the literary culture of the period and was central to the establishment of national identity.
Heidegger's famous essay "The Question Concerning Technology" begins with the claim that "technology is not equivalent to the essence of technology." In his terms, the essence of technology precedes any particular, historical, concrete manifestation of technology, any particular device and constitutes the "technologicalness" that pervades every particular piece of technology. In order for people not to be "unfree and chained to technology," he argues, we must consider technology's essence, rather than only pursuing or evading, loving or hating particular developments in the endless stream of new devices.
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, in Monster Theory: Reading Culture, argues that the "monstrous body is pure culture. A construct and a projection, the monster exists only to be read." Our current fascination with monsters has called forth creatures from the dark: werewolves, vampires, fae, and zombies. If the monstrous reflects our cultural anxieties, what is it that our constructed heroes—whether super or ordinary—reveal? If the monstrous is a projection of culture, might our heroes or the rise of the 21st century geek also be read in a similar way? Do they contain the antidote to society's collective fears?
Miranda, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed scholarly e-journal on the English-speaking world is currently seeking articles to complete its thematic issue on new types of film adaptations. Each thematic issue includes a wide range of articles on the social and cultural practices of the English-speaking world. Please visit our webpage at http://www.miranda-ejournal.fr/1/miranda/index.xsp
MP: An Online Feminist Journal seeks contributions for our blog.
Blog posts can address feminism(s), feminist issues, women's issues, and / or gender issues grounded in any disciplinary and / or theoretical perspective. Writers can take any perspective so long as it is well argued and well written, and that information is cited where necessary.
Within this large scope, we do have some general guidelines:
Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood/ Pedagogies of the Reversed Maternal Image (Collection)
Editor: Catalina Florina Florescu, PhD
Call For Papers - MEDIASCAPE - Spring 2012 – "History and Technology in Cinema, Media, and Visual Culture"
MEDIASCAPE, UCLA's open-access peer reviewed journal for film, television, and digital media, is now accepting submissions for its next issue. This next issue considers the theme of History and Technology in Cinema, Media and Visual Culture. Guidelines for submissions to individual sections are below.
As the MLA returns to Boston, that "Citty upon a Hill" which John Winthrop hoped would become "like a watered Garden" in the wilderness as his people imitated the primitive charity of Adam and Eve, it seems appropriate to ask: What place do antebellum aspirations to edenic perfection have in the new American Studies?
What makes a house a home? What makes a home a good investment? What makes a real estate "bubble" burst? Who "owns" the streets? The water? The land? What makes this land your land, my land, or our land, from California to the New York Island, or beyond? How do you "occupy" Wall Street? How can you "walk for the cure"? American mythologies and narratives are traditionally reliant upon the presumed availability of space (the frontier thesis) and American identity typically defined through the occupation, subjugation, conquest, or mastery of space.
Special Topics panel for the Rocky Mountain MLA conference in Boulder, Colorado. Ocotober 4-6, 2012.
This session explores ways that the Empire has been represented, valorized, and critiqued. How has the Empire informed culture production and how have literature and film influenced popular opinions about the Empire?
250-word abstract and bio to:email@example.com by March 1.
Conference website: http://rmmla.wsu.edu/default.asp
This graduate student conference seeks to foster interdisciplinary discussion among scholars studying the American, European, and African continents as well as those engaged in global and transnational projects. Research incorporating new methods for researching the Atlantic with the aid of digital materials and methodologies is particularly welcome. The Atlantic Studies Workshop invites submissions of abstracts from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Journal Announcement and Call for Submissions
Monsters and the Monstrous
Volume 2, Number 1, Special Issue on Monstrous Memory
The Editors welcome contributions to the journal in the form of
articles, reviews, reports, art and/or visual pieces and other forms
of submission on the following or related themes:
Calling All CREATIVE WRITERS For
The TAU 2012
The Tau is the Lourdes University journal of art, poetry, and other creative work.
Be a part of the first Lourdes edition as a university!!
1st Global Conference
Immersive Worlds and Transmedia Narratives
Tuesday 13th November – Thursday 15th November 2012
* The Novel
* The Film
* The Television Series
* The Graphic Novel
* The Facebook Page
* The Tweets
* The Fan-Sites
* The Video Game
* The You-Tube Clips
* The Smart Phone
* The Convention
* The Theme Park
* The Merchandising
Call for Papers for the Archaeological Review from Cambridge
Archaeology and Cultural Mixing: Creolization, Hybridity, and Mestizaje
Volume 28.1, April 2013
Theme editor: Paul van Pelt (firstname.lastname@example.org)