When William Makepeace Thackeray included pictorial initials and drawings in his 1847 novel Vanity Fair, the author could hardly have anticipated the text's adaptive afterlife in contemporary cinema. While scholars from Stam to Elliott have framed various approaches to the novel/film debate, scholarly attention towards the burgeoning genre of the Victorian cinematic novel has been underexplored. The recent tide of Victorian films, including Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and Fukunaga's Jane Eyre have offered modern viewers a cinematic privileging of canonic novels.
Where is nature in modernism? From Woolf's "Kew Gardens" to Eliot's The Waste Land, Modernist authors privileged the nature motif in their works. Literary critics have historically aligned Modernism with the urban and commercial growth of the industrial era, even though many authors—such as Cather and Keats—privileged literary ecologies. This panel will explore readings of the nature motif in Modernist novels and poems. We will begin by asking how Modernism's literary heritage—the genres of Romanticism, Victorian, Transcendentalism and Naturalism—affected the Modernist positioning of nature and ecology.
Studies of British modernism often tend to orient themselves around questions of urbanity, cosmopolitanism, and globalism, reflecting the shifting cultural and geographical location of Britishness in the twentieth century. But many novelists and poets continued to take inspiration from the natural environment of the British homeland, and this panel asks what alternative modernisms can emerge from their writing, and how they can contribute to current environmental and literary discourse. What is the role of spaces of retreat or repose in modernism, or the importance of the local and the rural? What is the dynamic between experimentation and conservation in the modernist aesthetic?
Textus: English Studies in Italy No. 3 – 2012: Gothic Frontiers
Editors: Francesca Saggini (Università della Tuscia) and Glennis Byron (University of Stirling)
This issue of Textus aims to showcase and provide further space for debate and discussion to researchers engaged in exploring, testing and redrawing the expansive frontiers of gothic and its multiple, evolving discourses.
The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Women's Studies session invites papers that explore the 2011 conference theme, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World," and its connection to Women's Studies, broadly defined. Presentations may address, among other topics, poetry in the Women's Studies classroom, poetry as feminist intervention, poetry and the construction/exploration of gender, and any other topics exploring intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and class in light of the conference theme. Additionally, proposals on any other aspect of women's and/or gender studies and its intersections with pedagogy, literature, rhetoric and composition will be considered if there are not enough proposals focused on the conference theme.
Panel for the 2012 NeMLA Conference in Rochester, NY (March 15-18, 2012):
TITLE: Nuclear Criticism and the "Exploding Word"
Chairperson: Michael Blouin, Michigan State University
Any topic related to the literary depiction of divine speech – from any tradition – in the modern world is welcome: Do the gods still speak? If so, has their speaking-style changed? Has their message changed? Does their speech have the same power as in previous generations? If they no longer speak, how do we even know?
By June 15, 2011, please send a one-page abstract to Steve Pearson (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write SAMLA abstract in your subject line.
(Panelists will need to join SAMLA.)
Conference on the Literary Essay at Queen Mary and the London Review Bookshop, London, July 2-3
This July 2-3, there will be a conference on the literary essay from
Montaigne to the present, which will be taking place at Queen
Mary and the London Review Bookshop, featuring Adam Phillips, Andrew O'Hagan, Geoff Dyer, Jeremy Treglown, Karl Miller, Hermione Lee, Gillian Beer, Markman Ellis, Peter Howarth, Ophelia Field, Felicity James, Uttara Natarajan, Stefano Evangelista, Adam Piette, Kathryn Murphy, and Sophie Butler.
Tickets and details available at:
Call for Papers: New England ACIS
Bridgewater State University
October 14-15, 2011
Who's Afraid of the Celtic Tiger?
Economics, Trade and the Undead in Irish Culture
Online Registration is now open for:
'Unexpected Agents: Considering agency beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)'
A One-day Postgraduate symposium at the University of Birmingham (English Dept.), June 24th 2011
Keynote Speaker: Sarah Kember (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Online Registration: https://www.bhamonlineshop.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&...
Dissecting the Lower Sensorium: Understanding Smell, Taste, and Touch in Renaissance Literature
This NeMLA seminar (March 15-18, 2012 in Rochester, NY) will examine Renaissance drama and poetry via the history of the lower sensorium—the senses of smell, taste, and touch. Though the lower senses were often relegated to a secondary position in medical and philosophical texts, they defined every moment of a subject's daily movements through his or her world. From the taste of the bread and beer that comprised most meals to the overwhelming range of smells that filled every crevice of the early modern city, men and women understood and maneuvered their bodies, encounters, desires, and labor through the three senses comprising the lower sensorium.
gnovis is the online, peer-reviewed, scholarly graduate journal of Georgetown's Communication, Culture and Technology program, and is devoted to presenting interdisciplinary scholarship that reflects broad interests in the intersection of culture and technology. Our mission is to present a forum in which graduate students from around the globe explore the relationships among technology, culture, media, politics, and share their original research.
Summer 2011 Call for... PROJECTS. That's right, not papers, but projects.
"Canadian Short Stories": This panel examines the works of Anglophone Canadian short story writers, such as as Alice Munro, Margaret Laurence, Gabrielle Roy, Carol Shields, and Margaret Atwood, among many others. Some of the questions to be addressed include: Is the short story a genre employed more frequently by female Canadian writers; if so, why? Do the short stories by these authors convey the notion of Canadianness? Other possible topics include: collections of linked stories, "flash fiction," influences among Canadian authors, or connections between an author's stories and novels. The panel welcomes proposals that examine the theme of Canadian short stories and Canadian short story writers.