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Yin and Yang in the English Classroom: Literary Criticism and Pedagogy of Popular Texts (15 January 2012)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 5:29pm
full name / name of organization: 
Cynthia A. Leenerts
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Yin and Yang in the English Classroom:
Literary Criticism and Pedagogy of Popular Texts

Contributions are invited for a collection of literary criticism and pedagogical strategies on any aspect of popular-culture texts. The burgeoning interest in popular culture in the academic environment provides a watershed moment to examine and evaluate a wide spectrum of critical approaches and practical uses of books, films, music, comics, television, radio, and electronic media. Our book uniquely brings together two major areas of academic study—criticism and pedagogy—to create a unified source for learning about popular texts and ways to teach them in university and secondary classrooms.

[UPDATE] Deadline reminder. CFP: Aldous Huxley: Fifty Years After (NeMLA 2012; abstracts due 9/30/11)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:10pm
full name / name of organization: 
Bill Harrison/SUNY Geneseo
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2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Aldous Huxley's final novel, _Island_ (1962), and 2013 will observe the half-century since his death. The panel session will reexamine Huxley's work (of any genre) in light of its influence on and relevance to contemporary culture, ideas, and movements. The panel's scope intends to be broad and inclusive, to encourage new North American scholarly attention on Huxley and his works. Of particular interest are new approaches that place Huxley in dialogue with other artists and intellectuals within and beyond Anglo-American traditions.

[UPDATE] Race, Class, and Sentimentalism in the 20th Century - NeMLA

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 2:32pm
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Jenn Williamson / Northeast Modern Language Association
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As African American men and women began to appropriate sentimental tropes and the sentimental novel form in the nineteenth-century, they argued for their humanity and alignment with social norms while simultaneously critiquing the ways in which sentimentalism marginalized African American identities by excluding them from ideologies that promote white dominance. Examples of such critiques include William Wells Brown's Clotel (1859), Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1864), and Frances E. W. Harper's Iola Leroy (1893). With the turn of the century and the rising influence of naturalism, modernism, and New Criticism, scholars have generally believed that authors no longer respect or employ sentimentalism as a literary method.

[update] NeMLA Panel on "VICTORIAN ENERGY CRISES" (Sept. 30 / March 15-18, 2012)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 12:56pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jessica Kuskey
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Call for Papers: NeMLA Panel on "VICTORIAN ENERGY CRISES"

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)—March 15-18, 2012—Rochester, New York, Hyatt Rochester http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html

This panel will consider the ways energy, broadly conceived, was theorized, understood, and represented in Victorian literature, science, and material culture.

Popular Culture at CEA (11/1/2012, 3-29-31/2012)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 12:46pm
full name / name of organization: 
College English Association

Call for Papers: Popular Culture at CEA 2012
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia
(804) 344-7000

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on popular culture for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org

The Popular Culture panel at CEA welcomes submissions on any aspect of popular culture. Papers that address the general conference theme, borders, in popular culture are especially welcome.

"Langston Hughes and the U.S. South" (03/28/12-03/31/12)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 12:45pm
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The Langston Hughes Society (College Language Association Convention in Atlanta, GA)
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The Langston Hughes Society welcomes papers that explore the connections between Langston Hughes and the U.S. South. Papers which examine racial identity (for example, "the mulatto"), Scottsboro, Langston Hughes's relationships with Zora Neale Hurston and/or other authors, and additional aspects of Langston Hughes's writings and life as related to the U.S. South are welcome. All accepted presenters must join the Langston Hughes Society and the College Language Association by February 1, 2012. Please email an abstract (300-400 words) and a biographical profile (3-5 lines) to Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones at sharon.jones@wright.edu by September 5, 2011.

Thomas Merton: Living on the Edge; Crossing Boundaries (11/1/2012, 3/29-31/2012)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 12:32pm
full name / name of organization: 
Monica Weis SSJ/ International Thomas Merton Society at CEA
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International Thomas Merton Society
at the
College English Association

Richmond, VA—March 29-31, 2012
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th St
(804) 344-7000

Call for Papers

An allied organization of the College English Association (CEA), the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) will be sponsoring one or more panels at the annual CEA Conference next March 29-31 in Richmond. The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Thomas Merton for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org

Tarot at PCA/ACA Conference in Boston, 11-14 April 2012

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 12:24pm
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Popular Culture Association/American Association Conference
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The Tarot area is looking for submissions for the 2012 PCA/ACA conference in Boston (11-14 April 2012). Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Tarot and art history
-Tarot and literature
-Tarot artists, writers, and readers
-Individual decks and their guidebooks
-Tarot as a motif in comics, literature, and film
-Playing cards in art history

-In addition, see my website for special co-area calls for papers on the work of John Fowles (Visual and Verbal Culture/Tarot) and "Dealing Tarot for Health and Fate" (Medical Humanities/Tarot), and other presentations planned for next year

The Problem of Evil/La question du mal - March 14-15, 2012

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 9:09am
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Dr Patricia Reynaud, School of Foreign Service- Georgetown University, Doha, Qatar
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Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar in collaboration with the university of Aix en Provence organizes an international and interdisciplinary Colloquium on "The Problem of Evil" on March 14th and 15th 2012. For more information, refer to:
http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/problemofevil

[UPDATE] "DESIRE: FROM EROS TO EROTICISM" NOVEMBER 10-11, 2011

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 11:18pm
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CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature Department

CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Avenue, New York, New York)
November 10-11, 2011

Desire: From Eros to Eroticism

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.

Call for Papers: Eighteenth Century at CEA 2012, Mar 29-31

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 8:58pm
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College English Association
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Call for Papers: Eighteenth Century at CEA 2012
March 29-31, 2012 , Richmond, Virginia

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Eighteenth-Century Studies for our 43rd annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org

Faulkner in the Media Ecology [UPDATE]

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 8:50pm
full name / name of organization: 
Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia
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Building on a string of recent work on both Faulkner scholarship and Modernism studies, this signature international conference is set to explore the sometimes open, sometimes hidden, relationship between the verbal art of perhaps America's greatest novelist, and the mechanical and electronic media that increasingly defined the communications of his time.

The Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia and the School of English, Media and Performing Arts is proud to host the "Faulkner in the Media Ecology" conference, where established and emergent scholars from three continents will explore this urgent theme over three days in late November.

International Congress on Medieval Studies May 10-13, 2012: Special Session: Gifts and Gift-Exchange in the Later Middle Ages

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 8:24pm
full name / name of organization: 
Elizabeth Harper

Historians, anthropologists, literary critics, and other scholars of
medieval Europe are researching and reflecting on gifts and gift
exchange in a variety of new and interesting cultural contexts. At
the same time, the work of theorists, philosophers, and theologians
such as Marcel Mauss, Jacques Derrida, and John Milbank on the nature
of "the gift" continues to exert influence on ideas of gift-giving
outside the medieval period(s). This panel seeks to draw together
scholars across disciplinary boundaries to share insights about gifts
and gift exchange in a variety of contexts. Papers might examine one
or more of the following questions: what constitutes a gift? What

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