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Jean Rhys at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 4:17pm
Robert Volpicelli / Penn State University

I'd like to put together a panel on Jean Rhys for the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. The Conference will be held February 23-25 2012 More information can be found at:

Panelists are invited to submit abstracts (300 words or less) for papers on Jean Rhys. All topics relating to Rhys are welcome. Please send abstracts and questions to Bob Volpicelli, by Sept. 1 2011.

Along with your abstracts, please send a C.V.

Sports Stories & American Culture

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 2:15pm
Cara Erdheim & Rick Magee, Sacred Heart University

"Sports Stories & American Culture": We solicit papers from a wide range of disciplines that look to American literature as a way to understand sports--and vice versa. We are interested in the distinction between stories focused on sports as spectatorship (which characterize much of U.S. culture) and narratives written by or about athletes who have performed in specific events. For example, Marianne Moore's poems about baseball, often written from the fans' perspective, read differently than Jackie Joyner-Kersee's Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Female Athlete. We look for papers that consider some of the following questions: to what extent has America's athletic and exercise culture been governed by a masculine ethos?

(Re)Mixed Grooves: Disco, Hip-Hop, and the Poetics of Sampling (9/30/2011; NeMLA 3/15-18/2012, Rochester, NY)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 1:55pm
Dr. Clare Emily Clifford / Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

43rd Annual Conference, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York

(Re)Mixed Grooves: Disco, Hip-Hop, and the Poetics of Sampling

If "disco is dead" and "hip-hop is in crisis" then what do we make of renewed and continued interest in these genres--and how are disco and hip-hop relevant to literary texts? Recent scholarship on disco culture (by Alice Echols, Peter Shapiro, Tim Lawrence, and Vince Aletti) and critical studies about hip-hop culture (by Tricia Rose, Bakari Kitwana, Adam Bradley, Gwendolyn Pough, and Jeff Chang) insist on examining the complexities within these musical genres, their cultures, and descendents.

Open Call For Papers - This Rough Magic (

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 12:13pm
This Rough Magic - A Peer-Reviewed, Academic, Online Journal Dedicated to the Teaching of Medieval and Renaissance Literature

This Rough Magic ( is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature. As such, we are seeking pedagogically driven, teachable articles that new and veteran faculty may integrate into the classroom.

This is an open call for papers for our fourth issue. Aside from longer articles, book reviews and short essays on integrating non-traditional texts into the classroom are also welcome.

New and veteran faculty are encouraged to submit, as are graduate students. For more information, please check us out on the web:

CFP: Dickens and the Visual Imagination 2012

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 10:50am
University of Surrey and the Paul Mellon Centre

An international two-day conference to celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens in 2012
9-10 July 2012
This conference, hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre in London and the University of Surrey in Guildford, will explore the interfaces between art history and textual scholarship through the work of Charles Dickens.

Plenary speaker: Professor Kate Flint (Rutgers University). Other speakers to be confirmed.

Call for contributions to essay collection: Children's series books and internationalism

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 10:35am
Marietta Frank, U Pitt-Bradford, and Karen Sands-O'Connor, Buffalo State College

The editors are currently seeking proposals for a collection of essays investigating internationalism in children's series books. With the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center bombings, the "Arab Spring," and the increasing demands of non-Western countries for a voice in global politics, this is a particularly pertinent moment to examine how literature for children faces the challenges and possibilities of global interaction. Series books, with their reliance on the comfort of the familiar blended with the lure of adventure, frequently use the foreign and/or international setting as moral proving ground for the characters.

Transatlantic Gender-Crossings: Masquerade, Transvestitisms & the Carnivalesque / NeMLA, March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 9:14am
Anita Duneer / Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This panel seeks papers on gender-crossings in fiction and drama by authors on both sides of the Atlantic. Topics might include a variety of literary and performative crossings, which transgress and re-imagine gender roles, or challenge the notion of discrete binaries of gender and sexuality. Of particular interest are papers that explore the ways in which literary masquerades, transvestitisms, and carnivalesque versions of gender or sexual identity intersect with issues of race, class, and national identity.

The Beautiful Eater

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 12:58am
The Beautiful Eater

The Beautiful Eater is accepting personal essays, poetry and recipes from women who seek authenticity, liberation, and purpose through food. The Beautiful Eater is a woman who constantly strives for the fine balance between her emotional and physical wants and needs for her health, her family, her community—and most importantly—her taste for life. We're looking for women who are on a journey towards being an authentic, conscious eater, a spiritual eater, a political eater, a compassionate and shrewd food citizen, but most of all, can envision herself as a Beautiful Eater. Beautiful Eaters may have overcome or still struggle with eating disorders, chronic diseases, allergies, emotional eating, yo-yo dieting or any number of issues that involve food.

"Speculative Literature from the African Diaspora: Creating Heroes and Heroines"- - -2012 NeMLA, March 15-18, Rochester, NY

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 10:18pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

In Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora editor Sheree R. Thomas states that her purpose for the series ". . . [is] to offer readers an enjoyable entrée to the diverse range of speculative fiction from the African diaspora and to encourage more talented writers and scholars to explore the genre" (xii). Sheree also uses the term "unobserved literary tradition" to acknowledge the unrecognized contributions people of African descent make to speculative fiction. The aim of this panel is to make their literary tradition visible by contributing to the discourse on speculative literature from the African diaspora through the examination of contemporary writers and their works.


Monday, June 13, 2011 - 5:10pm
Hilton Kelly, Davidson College and Daniella Cook, University of Tula

This special issue of Educational Studies will address "black teachers theorizing" as an overlooked topic in the literature on black teacher's lives and work by drawing upon contemporary empirical and theoretical studies that extends and moves beyond culturally relevant instruction and pedagogy. The guest editors seek manuscripts that examine the social and educational theorizing of black teachers throughout the 20th and 21st centuries at all educational levels in the United States. We welcome papers across a range of disciplines within educational studies (e.g., anthropology, curriculum studies, history, philosophy, and sociology) that includes, but is not limited to:

Space in Early Modern Drama (Collection, special issue of JMEMS) (due 07/01/11)

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 3:24pm
Lloyd Kermode

Complete essay drafts (20-40 pp. double-spaced) are invited for a collection of essays to appear in the Winter 2012-13 issue of Journal for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, edited by Lloyd Kermode and Janette Dillon. The topic of "space" is conceived broadly; we currently have essays on physical theatrical spaces, notions of sacred and secular space, domestic space, bodily relations with urban and environmental space, the relationship of space and place, psychological space. Please email ompkete essays as Word attachments to Lloyd Kermode at Decisions and reports will be returned within three weeks. Final versions of accepted papers are due early summer 2012.


Monday, June 13, 2011 - 1:33pm

Initial invitations were sent for DS7 around May/June 2011.
Please politely ask around; closefriends, closecolleagues.

A call for entries to be made (more) public sometime
late this year or 2012.

You may send for your entry and grants now.

Thank you for your future time. Sincerely,

Mr. Ace,
artist, writer