We are seeking exceptional papers on all aspects of autobiography, memoir, diary, and life-writing for the standing session on Autobiography at the 111th annual meeting of the PAMLA conference at Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego from November 1-3, 2013. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: autobiographic self-representation in new social media; multi-ethnic life-writing; autobiography in the graphic novel; discovery of archive diary; multi-genre forms of narrative life-writing; and the relationship between autobiography and gender, sexual, ethnic, racial, and/or national identities.
Romanticism has not yet come to its end.
–Heidegger, Contributions to Philosophy
What interests us in romanticism is that we still belong to the era it opened up.
– Lacoue-Labarthe and Nancy, The Literary Absolute
What is ultimately at stake here can be formulated in terms of the following question which weighs upon us and threatens to exhaust us: can we be delivered, finally delivered, from our subjection to Romanticism?
– Badiou, Theoretical Writings
'Post-Romantic' is, in its way, as uncertain and fluid a term as 'Romantic'; it is a necessary term, however…'
– O'Neill, The All-Sustaining Air
EXTENDED DEADLINE for proposals: 8th March 2013
We are excited to announce our plenary speaker will be Professor Tim Fulford currently at De Monfort University of Leicester, author of Literature, Science and Exploration in the Romantic Era: Bodies of Knowledge.
On the 23rd of April the University of Bristol will be hosting its annual postgraduate half-day conference. This will be an opportunity for all postgraduates -- taught or research -- working in the field of English Literary Studies to come together to discuss the relationship between Science and Literature.
Have you found yourself thinking beyond the boundaries of current viewpoints?
How has the framework of your field of research or interest changed?
Are you pursuing unconventional approaches regarding your field of expertise?
If you have any food for thought, if you have developed any insight to share, here is the place.
Volume 19 of EJES
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2013
Guest Editors: Virginia Richter (Bern) and Pieter Vermeulen (Stockholm)
This proposed panel investigates literary, political, social, and spatial connections between Virginia Woolf and contemporaneous London-affiliated writers from the British colonies. Papers may consider such figures as Mulk Raj Anand, Mahatma Gandhi, C.L.R. James, Una Marson, and Jean Rhys (to name but a few) and address intersections through the Hogarth Press, mutual friends and social circles, shared literary and political investments, literary responses, and common spaces. Please send a 300-word abstract and brief scholarly biography to organizer Elizabeth F. Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org, by March 8.
The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading, Sept. 26-28, 2013
full name / name of organization:
Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum
Keynote Speakers: Branka Arsic, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University Mitchell Breitwieser, English, U.C. Berkeley Charles Mathewes, Religion, University of Virginia Steven Justice, English, U.C. Berkeley Albrecht Diem, History, Syracuse University ---with a special reading and group discussion of Finnegan's Wake led by John Bishop
Last year we heard Barack Obama say "Yes, we can" for a second time, and saw Youtube viewers watch and re-watch Psy's "Gangnam Style" for the billionth time (really!): we live surrounded by repetition. As scholars embedded in a culture obsessed with imitation, parody, and countless other forms of re- acting, we ought to ask one another "what is the significance of repetition?" When is it a form of questioning or deconstruction, and when is it simply re(in)statement or obsession? We invite you to join us as we explore the ontological, political, ethical, and literary implications of repetition.
Deadline for submissions is this week: March 1st, 2013.
Session Proposal: "Rediscovering Morocco"
This session seeks to unite disparate European explorations and penetrations into Morocco, while at the same time papers may address Moroccan explorations and penetrations into Europe, the Americas or the East. Particular areas of inquiry might address: transatlantic exploration—Native Americans to Morocco, or North Africans to the Americas; European exploration and colonization of Morocco and Moroccan exploration and "colonization" of Europe; African (ie sub-Sahara, Ethiopia, Egypt) exploration of Morocco, and vice versa; or, travel diaries and narratives of European travelers to Morocco, or Moroccan travelers to Europe.
Dickens Day: Dickens and History
Senate House, London
Saturday 12th October 2013
Dickens Day, now in its 27th year, is looking at how history, in all its manifold forms, features in Dickens's life and work. Dickens's early career was overshadowed by his intense desire to write a historical novel, emulating the success, literary kudos and profits of Sir Walter Scott. The result, Barnaby Rudge, was only moderately successful and has been unduly neglected by readers and students alike. At the other end of his career, his second historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities, was an immediate success and remains one of his most famous, read and studied works.