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A Child Called It: Analysis of psychological trauma in a child and society

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 10:09am
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Ap Literature

A Child called it is a book based on true experiences of the author Dave Pelzer. As a child he was physically and mentally abused by his mother. He was singled out from his siblings and things were not what a child in a loving household would go through. The traumatic effect of the abuse marked Pelzer's life. Through a psychological view it is clear that Dave Pelzer's behaviors reflected his situation with his mother.

Spiritualist Manifestos: Writing the Seance (NEMLA, deadline 9/30/2011)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 10:06am
full name / name of organization: 
Anne DeLong/Kutztown University
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43nd 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

Children's Periodical panel at NeMLA

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 8:34am
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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Panel: "Fun With a Purpose": Periodical Pedagogy and Early Edutainment

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College

The Ethics of Pleasure in Early Modern Literature and Philosophy (MMLA, Nov. 3-6, 2011)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 8:28am
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Melissa M. Caldwell
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Reflecting the 2011 MMLA conference theme "Play…No, Seriously," this interdisciplinary panel seeks to bring together scholars interested in examining the value and uses of pleasure in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature and philosophy, especially in texts in which the two disciplines intersect. The panel welcomes submissions from the European tradition widely construed and beyond. Submissions might include, but are not limited to, topics on any of the following:

The Queerness of Hip Hop/ The Hip Hop of Queerness Symposium and Special Issue of Palimpsest [Due: Dec. 15, 2011]

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 11:33pm
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Harvard University and Palimpsest, A Journal of Women, Gender and the Black International

The Queerness of Hip Hop/ The Hip Hop of Queerness

Call for Papers for a One-Day Symposium at Harvard University and Special Issue of Palimpsest, A journal of Women, Gender and the Black International

Conveners/ Editors: Scott Poulson-Bryant and C. Riley Snorton, Ph.D.

Abstracts due December 15, 2011

Harvard University Symposium
September 21, 2012

As Queer Theory has developed as a discursive space in which to investigate and find intellectual engagement with issues of citizenship, nationalism, globalism, and race, hip hop studies has increasingly become an important site of the study of sexuality, gender and the body.

TEN YEARS ON – 9/11 IN EUROPEAN LITERATURE Call for Papers

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 6:41pm
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Svenja Frank / Oxford University

- apologies for cross posting -

TEN YEARS ON – 9/11 IN EUROPEAN LITERATURE Call for Papers
Oxford University, September 15-16, 2011

Special Guest: Thomas Lehr, currently holding the Heiner-Müller-Gastprofessur at Freie Universität Berlin, will be reading from his much acclaimed novel September. Fata Morgana (2010).

"Ils ont souffert 102 minutes – la durée moyenne d'un film hollywoodien."
(Frédéric Beigbeder: Windows on the World)

[UPDATE] NEMLA 2012: Infighting and Rival Texts in 20th Cent. African-American Literature

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 5:48pm
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NEMLA

From early on in the Harlem Renaissance, many black writers knew for a fact that there was a New Negro, but most differed on the nuances when creating such a character from text. African-American Literature in the early 20th century was marked not only by the spirit of cooperation and the feeling of community, but also by infighting and fevered debate over what constituted a proper direction for the movement(s). This panel seeks to reignite discussion over the ideas and histories of these debates between black writers during the formative and fluid period of 1920-1960. Divisive texts will be highlighted and discussed.

[UPDATE] deadline extended: June 30, 2011. (mis)Representing Difference in Media and Everyday Items

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 3:57pm
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Susan Booker Morris, Interdisciplinary Humanities
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Although reason and discourse are important in framing and communicating 'truths' about the human being, increasingly visual representation is serving to communicate attitudes, histories, beliefs, and values. This special issue on the representation of the 'other' invites your analysis of race, ethnicity, nationality, queerness, or gender as found in representations in television, ads, films, photographs, video games, computer images, etc. If these othernesses are constructed, the visual representation is one arena in which the construction takes place and is disseminated. Any theoretical bases are welcome.

[UPDATE] M/MLA Panel: Playing with Current Concerns in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 3:46pm
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Kristi McDuffie
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Still seeking submissions!

The current popularity of The Hunger Games Trilogy has brought young adult dystopian fiction to the forefront of both readers' and scholars' minds this year. Yet this genre has always produced innovative novels that reflect contemporary hopes and fears in their playful (and often violent) explorations of the future. Many authors use potential future worlds to comment upon contemporary concerns, including the loss of literacy, gender roles, political participation, and more. Presenters are invited to submit papers that consider how authors explore current issues in future dystopian and utopian worlds and what those predictions reveal about perceptions of young adults today.

Literature, Trauma, and Healing: Refusing to Silence the Discourse (abstract deadline: Sept. 30; conference: March 15-18)

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 1:16pm
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43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Conference:
43nd 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

Panel/Session Description:

Serious Play in the Political Novel (Midwest Modern Language Association, Nov. 3-6, 2011, St. Louis)

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 12:16pm
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Samuel Cohen, University of Missouri
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This already accepted special session--organized for the 53rd Annual Meeting of the MMLA, whose informal theme is "Play... No, Seriously"--will consist of papers exploring the ways in which fiction writers, when turning to the political, have made use of those resources available to novelists and short story writers interested in non-realistic, non-traditional, experimental, difficult—playful—forms and modes. While traditionally (and reductively) conceived "realism" has often been assumed to be the default mode for the politically engaged fiction-writer, we will examine those works that have taken alternative approaches. Among the array of questions our panelists might ask: How can writers engage the political?

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