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[UPDATE] Special Session Topic "Seriously Different: Playing the Foreign in Early Modern Drama" November 3-6 St. Louis, Missouri

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 9:47am
2011 Midwest MLA Annual Convention “Play…No, Seriously”

People and commodities from abroad played a vital role in Renaissance London's urban scene, and their influence made their way into the era's theaters as well. The panel aims to explore how early modern dramas played with the foreign. How are foreign people, texts, and commodities represented in the Renaissance theater? How do these dramas play with the notion of foreigness, and to what effect? Papers can explore playhouse invocations, appropriations, and exploitations of the foreign, as well as ways in which early modern drama invited audience members to lay claim to the foreign.

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 8:34am
_LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_

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?

Production and Consumption in Victorian Literature and Culture

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 5:04am
The Victorian Network

The fifth issue of, guest edited by Dr Ella Dzelzainis (Newcastle University), is dedicated to a reassessment of nineteenth-century investments in concepts of productivity and consumption. Accelerating industrialisation, the growth of consumer culture, economic debates about the perils of overconsumption as well as emerging cultural discourses about industriousness, work ethic and the uses of free time radically altered the ways in which Victorians thought about practices of production and consumption. Literary authors intervened directly in these economic and social debates while also negotiating analogous developments within a literary marketplace transformed by new forms of writing, distributing and consuming literature.

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Pedagogy / Topic: Graduate Students / 500-word proposals due by Sept. 15th, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 11:03pm
Leonard Cassuto, Fordham University

*Pedagogy* announces a special issue devoted to graduate students. English professors teach graduate students in a myriad of settings: in seminars, teacher training programs (usually to prepare them to teach writing courses), and through advisement of masters' and doctoral theses. Yet we rarely discuss how we teach them, or how we should.

Call for Papers: Inaugural Issue of Claremont Journal of Religion

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 7:53pm
Claremont Journal of Religion

Call for Papers: Claremont Journal of Religion is issuing a call for papers for its upcoming Inaugural Issue set to come out January 2012. We invite papers related to any of these topics:

Defining Religion
Theories of Religion
Religion and Society
Religious Pluralism
Religion, the Public Sphere, and American Politics
Deadline for submission is November 1, 2011.

Please see "submission" page for requirements, formatting, and general submission information. Email your submission to Kile Jones, Editor-in-chief, at

Call for Articles (Edited Collection): Fragmented Nightmares: Transnational Horror across Visual Media Proposals by 9/15/11

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 4:12pm
Dana Och and Kirsten Strayer/ University of Pittsburgh

This anthology will investigate the horror genre across national boundaries and different media forms. Perhaps more than any other genre, horror is characterized by its ability to be simultaneously aware of the local while able to permeate national boundaries, to function on both regional and international registers. Horror, in testing the limits of identity, manifested its transnational nature early on, establishing grids of intersection between art, film, theater, and new technologies. Yet, even historically attuned theories have continued to locate the American industry at the center of most discussions, in the process ossifying a sense of the dominant and the marginal.

Genre, Nation, and the 'International' Western

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 1:23pm
Northeast MLA (NeMLA) conference

From the dawn of cinema western stories were filmed in other countries and in other languages: the 'spaghetti' westerns and 'Indianerfilme' represent only two well-known inflections. In these films, which arguably neither show the American west nor tell its stories, nation and genre find unsure footing. How do these films negotiate nation, narrative, genre, and their intersection? Send 300-500 word abstracts on film history, genre theory, or comparative topics to Tim Scheie at

Call for Articles: Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities (Submission Deadline October 1st)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 11:57am
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities

Diesis Volume 1, Issue 2: the Other Issue

Submission Deadline: October 1st, 2011

The Editorial Board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities would like to welcome you to submit to its second issue. This second issue will continue the inaugural issue's study of identity, concentrating this time on the diesis, or double dagger, which indicates a footnote or point of reference.

CFP: Future of Early Tamil Cinema

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 10:46am
BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies

On the back of a recent workshop entitled, The Future of Early Tamil Cinema, held at the Rojah Muttiah Research Library, Chennai, the editors of BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies are issuing a general call for paper submissions to broaden and extend the scholarly engagement with archival practice as a way of preserving, evaluating and re-energizing the history of early Tamil cinema. BioScope editorial adviser Steve Hughes will be special guest editor for the issue.

Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs CCWWP Conference 2012 Creative Writing in the 21st Century: Research and Practice

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 10:45am
Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs CCWWP

Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs CCWWP Conference 2012
Creative Writing in the 21st Century: Research and Practice
Humber Lakeshore Campus, Toronto
Thursday, May 10th – Sunday, May 13th , 2012
Keynote Speakers: Joseph Boyden, Nicole Brossard, David Fenza, Erin Mouré, Yvette Nolan, and Tim O'Brien