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[UPDATE] Criterion Forum: (Meta) Critiques of "Transnational American Studies" 20 January 2012

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:54pm
Brighamy Young University

For its 2012 issue, Criterion (an undergraduate and master's level student journal) anticipates reserving space for up to four essays exploring issues that relate to transnational American studies. To provoke thoughts on this topic, Dr. Jared Hickman of Johns Hopkins University has provided a prompt, "(Meta) Critiques of 'Transnational American Studies'." Authors should not attempt to address all of the issues raised by Dr. Hickman; rather, Criterion hopes this prompt will serve as a springboard for creative and well-focused essays on relevant issues and texts.

[UPDATE] CFP - Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism (20 January 2012)

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:52pm
Brigham Young University

Criterion seeks original, well-researched, and intellectually rigorous essays written from diverse critical perspectives and about texts from any time period or literary tradition. We encourage upper-division undergraduates and first- and second-year masters students to submit. Submissions are peer-reviewed by a selection board at BYU, and final decisions are made by the journal's two Editors-in-Chief in consultation with a faculty advisor. Essays may be submitted on a year-round basis, but Criterion is currently soliciting submissions for its 2012 issue, scheduled for publication in April of 2012. The submission deadline for the 2012 issue is 20 January 2012. Essays received after this deadline will be considered for the 2013 issue.

[UPDATE] Percival Everett Panel at the Mardi Gras Conference--Abstracts due 12/9/11

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:32pm
The Percival Everett Society/EGSA Mardi Gras Conference

"If Percival Everett isn't already a household name, it's because people are more interested in politics than truth."—Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Washington Square Ensemble

The Percival Everett Society is sponsoring a panel on Everett's works at The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA on February 16th and 17th, 2012. Papers on any of Everett's eighteen novels (including Glyph, Erasure, and I am Not Sidney Poitier), three collections of short stories, or two collections of poems are welcome.

New Perspectives on German Ecocritical Prose, Due 03/01/2012

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 2:33pm
128th MLA Convention, January 3–6, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts

The rise of the ecologically-oriented approaches to literature and the development of ecocriticism as a scholarly discipline in the 1970s did not remain very long the prerogative of the Anglo-American literature and scholarship. Other national literatures and literary studies have been rapidly developing their views on the connections between literature and ecology; these are oftem based on different premises and follow their own respective literary traditions.

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline March 8, 2012

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 12:44pm
Symptoms of Disorder: Reading Madness in British Literature 1744-1845

Following various requests, the new deadline is March 8, 2012

Symptoms of Disorder: Reading Madness in British Literature 1744-1845.

Call for abstracts for edited collection: 'Beyond Disney: Children's Films and Family Films in Global Cinema'

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 10:17am
Bruce Babington and Noel Brown, editors

Call for abstracts for edited collection, tentatively entitled 'Beyond Disney: Children's Films and Family Films in Global Cinema'

We are seeking contributions to a co-edited anthology which addresses global manifestations of children's films and family films outside the Disney milieu.

There have been many scholarly works which focus on the historical, commercial and textual aspects of Disney films, yet the children's films and family films produced elsewhere – whether in the Hollywood, European or other international cinemas – have been comparatively neglected.

International Conference on Macau Narratives

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 7:46am
CETAPS and CHAM (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon)

Call for Papers

International Conference on Macau Narratives

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities/New University of Lisbon

Fundação Oriente

Lisbon, Portugal

8, 9, 10 May 2013

Venue: Orient Museum (Lisbon, Portugal)

In 2013, to mark the 500-year anniversary of the arrival of Jorge Álvares in China and of Sino-Portuguese relations, the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) and the Centre for Overseas History (CHAM) of the New University of Lisbon, and the Fundação Oriente will organise an interdisciplinary International Conference on Macau Narratives.

Poems Invited for June 2012 Issue of Taj Mahal Review (For Issue No. 21)

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 4:49am

Taj Mahal Review is published in June and December annually.

Poems and stories may be submitted by all authors, whether first-time or published writers. The poems (maximum 35 lines), essays, short stories, literary articles and reviews (maximum 2500 words) must be in English. Poems with a special layout should be sent by email as an attachment using Microsoft Word.

Haikus may also be submitted. (Maximum 10)

Esperanto Essays and Poems with English translations may also be submitted.

The matter sent for publication must be an original creation of the author. The plagiarised work should not be submitted. Your submission declares that the work is original, and your own.

Creative Writing

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 1:12am
RMMLA 2012

RMMLA, Boulder, Colorado, October 11-13, 2012 USA invites Abstract/ Full Paper from Teachers, Students, Independent Scholars on Creative Writing on any topic between heaven and earth within March 01,2012. Submit to Dibakar Pal(

Contemporary Lit panels, American Lit Assoc, May 24-27, 2012 (1/10/12)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 11:03pm
Society for Contemporary Literature

The Society for Contemporary Literature invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at the annual conference of the ALA. The program committee welcomes abstracts on any aspect of American literature published in the last 25 years.

As a recently founded society, we are especially interested in discovering significant new contributors to prose, poetry, and other modes of literature. Attention to genre blurring and experimental texts is particularly welcome.

Brecht and the Muppets

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 8:11pm
Christopher Leslie

Call for papers for a proposed panel at the PCA/ACA 2012 National Conference in Boston, April 11-14.

The Muppets' clanging theme song, fumbling characters, and vaudeville format might make some viewers think they are watching Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny Opera. The characters are alienated from their roles and present an unfinished front to the audience. The show takes place in a comfortable theater like the Berliner Ensemble, and the use of "real" "fake" characters disrupts the illusion that would generate identification in the same way that Brecht's makeup should create a distance between the characters and the viewer.