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NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012. Call for papers – Approaches to Adventure in the Late 19th Century

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Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 1:53pm
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Rebekah Greene/University of Rhode Island

This panel examines the burgeoning interest in adventure during the years 1880-1901. Joseph A. Kestner in his recent _Masculinities in British Adventure Fiction, 1880-1915_ has suggested that adventure texts are filled with 'codes' such as 'rescue, heroism, survival, courage, duty, isolation, voyaging' for audiences to 'live up to' (1). Papers that scrutinize late Victorian literary treatments of these codes, in addition to tropes such as travel, sailing, mountain climbing, and camping are warmly welcomed.

Contemporary Women's Writing: (Wo)Man and the Body, 11-13 July 2012

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Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 12:46pm
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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
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The Fourth Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association




Contemporary Women's Writing: (Wo)Man and the Body
11-13 July 2012
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures,
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan




'Bodies have all the explanatory power of minds. Indeed, for feminist purposes, the focus on bodies, bodies in their concrete specificities, has the added bonus of inevitably raising the question of sexual difference that mind does not' – Elizabeth Grosz, Volatile Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Feminism (1994)

Special Issue: Carson McCullers and the New Southern Studies, Submissions due by May 15, 2012

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Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:18am
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ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews

ANQ: American Notes and Queries is sponsoring a special issue on Contemporary Irish Writing for Fall, 2012. We would be interested in short articles or notes dealing any aspect of Carson McCullers' work, especially McCullers' influence on other writers, or their influence on her. Also, we seek contributions on McCullers and the Global South, McCullers and Film, McCullers and Music, and International Perspectives on McCullers.

[UPDATE] Treatment of Medieval Poetry in the Modern World (SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2011)

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Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:06am
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Carola Mattord / Kennesaw State University
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In the wake of Peter Ackroyd's prose translation of The Canterbury Tales, Dante's Inferno video game, and Baba Brinkman's The Rap Canterbury Tales, this session will explore the various treatments of medieval poetry in the modern world and/or the value (or cause for concern) that these treatments, whether visual, textual, audio, etc., bring to producing access for a wider modern audience. Perspectives or reflections on various treatments of medieval poetry in the university classroom setting are also welcome. The 250-word proposal submission has been extended to June 20.

Women in the Geosciences (GSA Northeast Mtg, March 18-20, 2012)

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Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 8:32am
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Kristine Larsen
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I am organizing oral and poster sessions on "Women in the Geosciences: Past, Present, and Future" for the Northeast Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America (March 18-20, 2012, Hartford, CT). I am looking for contributions on any aspect of women and the geosciences, including (but not restricted to): the role of women in geoscience fields in the past; impediments to women as both students and professionals in the geosciences in the past and present; recruiting and retaining women in the geosciences; gender issues in the teaching of geosciences; gender and geosciences in public outreach programs. Interested persons should email me at Larsen@ccsu.edu ASAP with their ideas.

La Fontaine: Power of the Fables

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 5:51pm
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SAMLA 2011 Conference - South Atlantic Modern Language Association - November 4-6, 2011 in Atlanta, GA
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"Au moment que je fais cette moralité, / Si Peau d'âne m'était conté, / J'y prendrais un plaisir extrême [...]", said La Fontaine in "Le Pouvoir des Fables". This special session seeks papers that will explore the pertinence or the connivance of the Lafontainian savoir-faire rhétorique that is concretized in the power of representation/representation of power in the "Fables". Proposals are due by June 15, 2011. Abstracts should be submitted to Max Adrien at hadrien01@gw.hamline.edu.

[UPDATE] Espionage: Love and War. Aphra Behn Society. ASECS March 23-25, 2012

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 1:19pm
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ASECS/Aphra Behn Society
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Spies, allegations of spying, voyeurism, double agents, and the buying, trading, and coveting of intelligence abounds in the work of the former royal spy, Aphra Behn. Both morally dubious and exceptionally effective, spies are deployed, in disguise or in the person of a bosom friend, as a means to win battles of love and war. The Aphra Behn Society invites paper proposals on espionage, in all its permutations, in women's literature and art, 1660-1830. How do the women of this period investigate and participate in various forms of espionage? How do their texts explore the uses of espionage, and anxieties over the potential infiltration of the spy into private spaces, and the communication of intelligence to external or hostile parties?

[Update] Deadline Extended: 2011 M/MLA: No, I'm Not American/Je ne suis pas français: Canadian Writers Playing With Identity

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:55pm
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Mid-West Modern Languages Association Permanent Section on Canadian Literature
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Canadian witers in both French and English have historically been defined by who they are not: British, French, American. This uncertain and unstable national identity has now been embraced by many writers and is expressed in a great deal of playfulness in their writing. With works like Souvenirs from Canada by Douglas Coupland, Est-ce que cette grenade dans la main du Nègre est-il une arme ou un fruit? by Dany Laferrière, or Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, Canadian writers have posed a critical eye on Canadian and American cultural and aesthetic norms. This panel invites papers that discuss how Canadian writers have played with the idea of being Canadian (in the broadest possible sense) in opposition to how others attempt to label them.

But Seriously, Times Are Tough: Comedy in Recession and Depression

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 12:20pm
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Midwest Modern Language Association
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In keeping with the informal theme of the 2011 conference of "Play..No Seriously", this session invites papers on the roles of comedy in times of economic distress and financial crisis. While comedy has often been considered as "escapist" art in times of economic calamity, this panel will explore how comic works in literature, film, television, and music function in more serious terms than providing relief from the rigors of economic hardship. Possible avenues of exploration include how comedy can critique or subvert culture or government in a recession or how comedy can reinforce reactionary perspectives during a time of depression. Papers from all time periods and contexts are welcome.

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