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Science and Fiction: Literary Darwinism MMLA Conference November 7-10, 2013

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 11:07am
Midwest Modern Language Association

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

I am seeking papers that explore the links between evolutionary psychology/biology and fiction. In what ways might evolutionary theory assist or hinder an understanding and analysis of fiction?
Papers might also examine fiction after Darwin.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief C.V. by May 31st to Kevin Swafford, swafford@bradley.edu

Chair: Kevin Swafford, Bradley University

[UPDATE] Submission Deadline Extended to May 1st. 'Love that Moves the Sun and Other Stars': Exploring the Virtues in Literature

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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 3:32pm
Holly Ordway / Houston Baptist University

From the classical period to today, the virtues have served as a means of self-examination, a guide for self-reflection, a pattern for living a good life, and an inspiration for literary composition. For Christians, the virtues have the added dimension of being rooted in the revelation of God's character. This re-orientation of the understanding of virtue means that pursuing virtue can be a spiritual discipline as well as a form of witness.
Literature provides a powerful means of reflecting on what virtue is, how the expression of particular virtues shapes actions and character, and what a virtuous life looks like in various times, places, and cultures.

[Reminder] Explorations of Childhood in Nineteenth Century Working Class Life Writing (PAMLA, San Diego, CA, Nov 1-3, 2

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 4:53pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

This panel is designed to examine ideas of childhood based on the life writing of working class people. The life writing could include autobiographies, diaries, letters, and/or compilations of life writing fragments. How is child labor/schooling discussed in life writing from working class individuals? How are ideas of childhood vs. adulthood altered through the necessities of class and work? Questions such as these can highlight how ideas of childhood are frequently tied to middle class identity and development, especially during the nineteenth century. A comparison can be made between working class presentations in fiction as opposed to life writing.

GLOBAL RESEARCH JOURNAL ON HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE,V1,N1

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 10:53am
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH CENTRE

Global Research Journal On Humanities And Social Science is an international peer-reviewed academic research journal, which has a interdisciplinary approaches. The journal serves as a forum for review, reflection and discussion informed by the results of recent and ongoing research in the field of Humanities and Social sciences. It adopts a broad-ranging view of Humanities and Social Sciences, graphing new questions and new research, and mapping the transformation of humanities and social sciences in the years to come. GRJHSS is interdisciplinary bringing together articles from a textual, philosophical, and social scientific background, as well as from cultural studies.

CFP: Bicycles / Bicycling in Literature and Culture, edited collection (proposals 8/1/13, essays 2/1/14)

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 11:51pm
Jeremy Withers and Daniel Shea, Editors of Collection on Bicycles in Literature and Culture

The American author Charles Morley once said: "The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets." As Morley's quote suggests, many people have perceived an intimate connection between cycling and literature, and this edited collection aims to further reflect on that relationship between bicycles and art. We are seeking interdisciplinary essays from scholars interested in analyzing the role and significance of the bicycle in the novels, poems, short stories, plays, memoirs, films, television shows, songs (etc.) of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Essays on texts other than literature and mass media will be considered, so long as they are primarily still engaging in textual or literary analysis.

The Weird: Fugitive Fictions/Hybrid Genres

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 9:17am
Birkbeck & Institute of English Studies / University of London

Friday 8 November 2013
Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

(+ Thursday 7 November: evening event / weird fiction reading: details tbc)

A one day research conference in association with the Centre for Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck, exploring the weird literary tradition and the many facets of weird writing. Keynote speakers: S. T. Joshi & Roger Luckhurst.

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