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Laugh so you don't cry? Contemporary Encounters of the Tragic and the Comic

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 8:25am
Department of Germanic and Romance Studies University of Delhi

Tragedy and Comedy, the two classical literary forms, on the one hand continue to capture the imagination of readers and audiences across the world even today, and on the other, have generated a lot of critical debates around them. From Aristotle's classical distinction between tragedy as a higher form and comedy as an ugly, distorted, and lowly one, not to be taken seriously, to Nietzsche's notion of tragedy, and call for its rebirth, as a joyous affirmation of life against the terror and absurdity of existence and then to Milan Kundera's assertion that "the art of the novel came into the world as an echo of God's laughter," our notions of the tragic and the comic have certainly undergone a dramatic shift.

CFP: Food Panel @ PAMLA 2012 With Pens And Forks: A Frank Look At American Food Writing

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 4:31am
Lyndsey Lefebvre, Cerritos College

CFP: Food Panel @ PAMLA 2012
With Pens And Forks: A Frank Look At American Food Writing

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association - Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, October 19-21, 2012

The power of current food journalists, such as Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan, have influenced the quest for Americans to figure out ways to write about the plate for over a century. Considering the power of the food publishing industry, many voices are starting to influence the way that Americans cook, dine, and choose their foods.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers, International Conference on Children's Literature: The Child in the Book

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 4:04am
Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association and English Department of Soochow University

Children's literature as a field of academic study has grown steadily in Taiwan over the past several years. Many other Asian nations have also seen a concerted interest in both the production and criticism of literature for young people. This interest has given rise to the creation of the Taiwan Children's Literature Research Association (TLRCA), a distinctly Taiwanese organization in the process of formation that is dedicated to the study of children's and young adult literature.

[UPDATE] Call for Papers, International Conference on Children's Literature: The Child in the Book

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 4:01am
Taiwan Children’s Literature Research Association and English Department of Soochow University

Children's literature as a field of academic study has grown steadily in Taiwan over the past several years. Many other Asian nations have also seen a concerted interest in both the production and criticism of literature for young people. This interest has given rise to the creation of the Taiwan Children's Literature Research Association (TLRCA), a distinctly Taiwanese organization in the process of formation that is dedicated to the study of children's and young adult literature.

Bullying and Self-expression (MLA 2013)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 2:00am
Modern Language Association (special session)

CFP - Bullying and Self-expression
Conference - Modern Language Association Convention 2013
Location - Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A.
Dates - January 3rd to 6th 2013
Abstracts due - March 5th 2012

Shakespeare and Performance [Update: January 31, 2012]

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 12:59am
Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) formally Early English Studies (EES)

The 2012 volume will focus on "Shakespeare and Performance." We are interested in articles that consider any aspect of performance in historical or contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights. The following list is of possible topics, but should not be considered exhaustive:



"Antagonisms." Special issue of The Comparatist

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:53pm
The Comparatist

Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist

Topic: Antagonisms

General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)

We welcome contributions that examine the representation and staging of antagonism in comparative studies and literary theory. How might one conceive of antagonism today? Why are certain forms of antagonism readily made visible while others remain hidden--or simply disavowed? How does the field of literary studies manage its own antagonism(s)? Is antagonism--antagonistic rivalry between critics--a hindrance to the faithful work of interpretation? Or is it better understood as, or in terms of, the field's engine of change? Topics of interest could include:

21st –century Neo-slave Narratives and the Legacy of Empire (CLA) DEADLINE 1/23/12

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:51pm
College Language Association 75th Anniversary and Annual Convention

This panel seeks 15-20 minute papers which investigate new critical approaches to contemporary neo-slave narratives. Papers will be presented at the College Language Association's 75th Anniversary and Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on March 28-31, 2012.

Asian American Theatre, ALA, May 24-27, 2012 (1/18/12)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:35pm
American Literature Association / Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Asian American Theatre: "Hitherto Unheard and Unsung World"
American Literature Association, May 24-27, 2012
Abstracts and CVs due 1/18/12

[UPDATE] Enunciating the End: The Apocalypse, Textual Futures, and What Comes Next

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:24pm
Concordia English Graduate Colloquium

Apocalyptic prophecies and futurist narratives have always had a special place in culture, from Y2K fervor to the periodically updated Rapture to the upcoming end of the Mayan calendar in December of 2012. In addition to the "real" end-of-the-world predictions, and perhaps in response to them, our literature and pop culture has spawned innumerable fictions of a future unaccounted for. This unknown future folds back upon our past through historical representations of colonialism's reconfiguration of territory, ownership, and identity. In the present, our cultural climate seems to speak to the end of the material world as we have come to understand it, as we transcend print-based media and move up into the digital media cloud.

[UPDATE] Teaching Under Attack Jan 31 2012

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 10:22pm
TRANSFormations:The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy

Call for articles:
SPECIAL ISSUE: TEACHING UNDER ATTACK

The editors of Transformations seek articles (5,000-10,000 words) and media essays (overviews on books, film, video, performance, art, music, websites, etc. 3,000 to 5,000 words) and items for an occasional feature, "The Material Culture of Teaching," which offer historical perspectives on pedagogy or examine material practices/artifacts of pedagogy.

Frontiers and Borders, Submission Deadline, January 20

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 10:13pm
Oklahoma State University English Graduate Student Association

Oklahoma State University's English Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce a call for papers for Frontiers and Borders, its annual conference, to take place March 9-11, 2012 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The conference will feature a keynote presentation on linguistic boundaries from distinguished linguistics scholar, Dr. Dennis Preston. There will also be a reading by Dr. Angie Estes, author of such books as Chez Nous and Tryst, finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Undergraduate Slavic Journal, February 24

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 9:05pm
Troika Journal

Troika: An Undergraduate Journal in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies is currently accepting submissions for its Spring 2012 issue. The deadline for submissions is February 24th.

RMMLA Literature and Religion session

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 9:05pm
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association invites the submission of proposals for individual papers to its Literature and Religion session. Papers may engage a wide range of religious and literary traditions, historical periods, and theoretical approaches. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the intersection between literature, religion, and the following issues:

- Gender/sexuality/race
- Nation
- The family
- Modernity
- Secularization
- Fundamentalism
- Revolution
- Representations of the messianic or the apocalyptic

Presentations should be 15 to 20 minutes long (approximately 8 doubled-spaced pages).

Call for Papers for J of Philosophy: A cross-Disciplianry Inquiry

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 8:27pm
Society for the Philosophy and Literary Studies

The peer-reviewed "Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry" is dedicated to bringing western and non-western humanities currents into dialogue with each other. It publishes articles, comments, and reviews, and each issue includes an interview with a known figure in philosophy, literature, or literary theory. The journal is most interested in themes of contemporary or perennial importance in the areas of philosophy, aesthetics and literature, written from post-structuralist, critical theory, deconstructionist, post-colonial and/or non-western philosophical perspectives. The journal is edited in the United States and produced in Nepal, and is sponsored by the Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies of Nepal.

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