Literature abounds with monsters - from the dragons that plague medieval towns to the vampires that rise from nineteenth-century graves to the aliens, cyborgs, and zombies that serve as the basis of our contemporary nightmares. The prevalence of these creatures prompts literary critics to ask why they haunt us. What can we learn from a closer examination of these fictional monsters?
ACLA 2017 Utrecht University, Netherlands, July 6-9, 2017
“Taking Pictures, Telling Stories”: Photography’s Encounters with Literature
“The essence of photography is writing with light.”
-- Yousef Khanfar
Cross-dressing in fact and in fiction: norms, bodies, identities
A one-day conference to be held at the University of Toulouse, France (April 21st)
Guest speaker: Professor Ann Heilmann (University of Cardiff)
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations for our 48th annual conference. The conference will be held in Hilton Head, South Carolina from March 30 to April 1, 2017.
The 2017 theme is "Islands" and CEA invites papers and panels that address the idea of the island. How are islands in literature and film, as in life, places of desperate refuge and welcome escape? What respites do they provide? Are islands imagined utopias, or do they offer only barriers and isolation? Finally, is the study of composition, film, language, literature, and writing, a kind of island amidst the tempest of the current attack on the humanities?
I am looking for a third (and possibly fourth) presenter to fill a slot on a panel devoted to the theme of "Imagining the Future" in fantastic (fantasy, horror, and science fiction) narratives for the meeting of the Northeast Popular Culture/America Culture Association this coming October. The session meets in the afternoon of Friday, October 21, at Keene State University in Keene, NH.
Please send abstract and bio to NEPCAfantastic@gmail.com as soon as possible.
Area Chair, The Fantastic
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 23-26, 2017
For NEMLA Convention, March 23-26 2017, Baltimore MD.
Call for Papers: New Work in Novel Studies
A symposium hosted by the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University
December 7, 2016
From its earliest forms to its contemporary iterations, the novel remains a radically capacious and evolving genre. As the dominant form of modern literature, the novel assumes various overlapping functions as an aesthetic object, cultural artifact, historical text, and conceptual resource. At the same time, novelistic conventions such as plot structure, narrative technique, and characterization shape and inform scholarly research across an array of disciplines.
This panel seeks papers that explore the representation and function of sensory experience in the nineteenth century, with an emphasis on strange, unstable or unreliable sensory episodes and their larger literary and cultural significance. Rather than subordinating body to mind, how do nineteenth-century texts reveal an emergent cultural interest in the material body and its physiological particularities? We are especially interested in papers that investigate the role of sensory representations across disciplines and explore bodily matters at the intersection of nineteenth-century literature, science, philosophy or visual art.
13th Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association
Gothic Traditions and Departures
Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), Cholula, Mexico
18 – 21 July 2017
Call for Papers