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Science and Fiction: Literary Darwinism

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 1:24pm
Midwest Modern Language Association, November 7-10, 2013

The 55th Annual Convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center from November 7-10, 2013.

Topic: Literary Darwinism

I am still seeking papers that explore Darwin and Literature. What are the links between evolutionary psychology/biology and fiction? In what ways might evolutionary theory assist in the understanding and analysis of fiction? This panel will focus on fiction through biology and evolutionary theory.

Please send 250-word abstracts by May 31st to Kevin Swafford,

Chair: Kevin Swafford, Bradley University

Hamilton Prize

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 2:15am
Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada

Hamilton Prize
Victorian Review invites applications for the annual Hamilton Prize for the best graduate student paper submitted to the journal in a given year. The annual award honours the effort and achievements of Susan Hamilton, editor of Victorian Review from 2000 to 2006.

Papers should be 20-25 pages in length and should not have been previously published. The winner will receive an award of $250 CAN and publication of the essay in Victorian Review. The deadline for submissions for the annual competition is June 30 of a given year.

The winning essay will be selected according to three criteria:
1.contribution to Victorian studies;
2.quality and originality; and and clarity.

[UPDATE]"Past Tense, Future Tensions" SCLA Conference Oct. 18-19, 2013 (abstract deadline extended)

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 11:30am
Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Abstracts due 6/1/13.

The tenuous relationship between the past, present, and future complicates the practice of creating as well as translating time in imaginary works. Grammatically, tense marks more than temporality; it also highlights degrees of being that remain unreachable or forever distant. At the 2013 SCLA conference we will examine what it means to stage the past and direct the future in our literary and artistic texts. Whether anachronistic, politicized, or asynchronous, tense marks the uneasy space where recollection and projection meet.

Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 5:11am
University of Sheffield

Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic

Edited by Robert McKay & John Miller (University of Sheffield, UK)

The window blind blew back with the wind that rushed in, and in the aperture of the broken panes there was the head of a great, gaunt gray wolf (Bram Stoker, Dracula)