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Writing and dramatising the body : violence, discordance and reconfiguration in English-language literature and drama

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Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 4:17am
full name / name of organization: 
Université Charles de Gaulle - Lille 3 (Lille, France)

Should violence be considered as one of the experiences the body undergoes in literature or as an ordeal which elicits the very question of what this body is – a body which is mapped in language and speech. As a result of the violence that it undergoes, inflicts or self-inflicts, the body grapples with something which is not simply outside itself: it discovers its own foreignness, its own discordance. It rebelliously slips through the categories in which one attempts to contain it, but it also defies the biological body to which it cannot be reduced. What does a body do when, for no apparent reason, it breaks, splits, is pulled asunder, petrified? What happens when the part usurps the whole or the whole body is reduced to nothing, mere refuse?

[Update]: CFP - The Apocalypse in Literature and Film (October 1, 2011)

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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 8:32pm
full name / name of organization: 
The journal _LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_
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Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?

Anthology on The Book of Mormon Musical, abstracts Nov 1.

updated: 
Friday, September 2, 2011 - 7:20pm
full name / name of organization: 
Marc E. Shaw / Hartwick College; Holly Welker / Writer & editor

The official reaction of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to The Book of Mormon, the musical from Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park and Robert Lopez of Avenue Q, consists of a single sentence: "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ."

But the musical has done much more than merely attempt to entertain people for an evening: it regularly brings audiences to their feet in a wild ovation at its end, and it earned a whopping 14 Tony nominations, winning in nine of the categories it was nominated in, including "Best Musical."

[UPDATE] NeMLA 2012 (March 15-18 2012, Rochester, NY): "ʻYouʼve Got She-Mail!ʼ: Drag and Discursive Limits in RuPaulʼs Drag Race

updated: 
Friday, September 2, 2011 - 5:56pm
full name / name of organization: 
Diana Aldrete
contact email: 

We invite submissions that attempt to expand upon current representations of drag performance in mainstream popular culture. Papers will problematize drag performance and parody as staged in RuPaul's series, RuPaul's Drag Race and may address taboo, the hyperbolized feminine, linguistic play, drag 'families', the legibility of queer bodies in a televised space, intertextuality
and the subversion of queer issues.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract by September 30th to either Diana Aldrete at aldreted@gmail.com or Melissa McCarron at melissajmccarron@gmail.com.

Transnational Literatures, Gender, and State Power (2012 NeMLA, 9/30)

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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 4:51pm
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA
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Call for Papers: Transnational Literatures, Gender, and State Power

43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit From the Goon Squad

Seeking papers on the convergence of transnational literatures, gender, and state power.

Particularly interested in:

Journal - Studies in American Culture

updated: 
Friday, September 2, 2011 - 4:26pm
full name / name of organization: 
STUDIES IN AMERICAN CULTURE
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Call for Submissions

Studies in American Culture welcomes the submission of essays on all aspects of American culture, including studies of the literature, language, visual arts, and history of the United States, and from all scholarly and critical approaches.

The Editorial Board welcomes studies of art, music, theatre, political science, sociology, literature, history, or any other area related to American Studies. We will consider any essay that explores an interesting dimension of American culture but are particularly eager to see submissions that approach their subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Our diverse readership includes academics and non-academics from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

CFP: Rhetorics of New Media SW/TX PCA/ACA (12/1/11; 2/8-11/2012)

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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 2:21pm
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
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Call for Papers: Rhetorics of New Media

Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
33rd Annual Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 8-11, 2012
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
330 Tijeras Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 USA
Phone: 1-505-842-1234
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2011

Conference Website: http://www.swtxpca.org/ (updated regularly)

Join us for the 33rd Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, February 8-11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Vonnegut and Humor: A Special Issue of Studies in American Humor

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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 1:07pm
full name / name of organization: 
Peter C. Kunze and Robert T. Tally, Jr.

2011 may well be called "The Year of Kurt Vonnegut." In April the Library of America issued a volume including his novels from 1963 to 1973, effectively canonizing Vonnegut. A school board of Republic, Missouri banned Slaughterhouse-Five from both its high school's required reading and library, prompting the recently opened Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library to offer affected students free copies of the acclaimed novel. This fall will see Charles J. Shields's highly anticipated biography, And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life, as well as several new scholarly monographs, Lawrence R. Broer's Vonnegut and Hemingway: Writers at War, Gregory D. Sumner's Unstuck in Time: A Journey through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels, and Robert T.

CFP: NINE Conference on Baseball History and Culture (abstracts 12/2/11; 3/7/12-3/10/12)

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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 8:02am
full name / name of organization: 
NINE:A Journal of Baseball History and Culture
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NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture announces The 19th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball

Wednesday, March 7-Saturday, March 10, 2012

Fiesta Resort Conference Center
2100 South Priest Drive
Tempe, Arizona

Call for Papers

The 19th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference invites original, unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history and social policy implications. Abstracts only, not to exceed 300 words, should be submitted by December 2, 2011, to tstrecker@bsu.edu .

Paradoxes of the threshold : literature, place and the environment in 19th-21st century literatures 25-26 october 2012

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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 3:07am
full name / name of organization: 
Université de Louvain (Belgium)

Human beings continuously experience the threshold space between what separates them from and what connects them with the world. Literature and theatre have never ceased to question this dimension, which fore and foremost involves words, discourses and representations. Immersed in their environment, human subjects however maintain with the latter a relationship that is fundamentally problematic, as exemplified in the multiplicity of forms this relationship can take.

NeMLA 2012 (March 15-18 2012, Rochester, NY): "ʻYouʼve Got She-Mail!ʼ: Drag and Discursive Limits in RuPaulʼs Drag Race

updated: 
Friday, September 2, 2011 - 1:09am
full name / name of organization: 
Diana Aldrete
contact email: 

We invite submissions that attempt to expand upon current representations of drag performance in mainstream popular culture. Papers will problematize drag performance and parody as staged in RuPaul's series, RuPaul's Drag Race and may address taboo, the hyperbolized feminine, linguistic play, drag 'families', the legibility of queer bodies in a televised space, intertextuality
and the subversion of queer issues.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract by August 15th to either Diana Aldrete at aldreted@gmail.com or Melissa McCarron at melissajmccarron@gmail.com.

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