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Dickens Day 2013: Dickens and History

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:00am
Ben Winyard / Birkbeck, University of London

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.

[UPDATE] Interrogating the Human: Literary and Epistemological Interchange - July 9-11 2013 Annual AUETSA Conference

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 7:00am
Association of University English Teachers of South Africa / Rhodes University

This conference will consider the interrelationship between formal structures of knowledge and literary writing / discourse. It will interrogate the deep discursive interplay between non-fictive and fictive forms and address critical issues associated with this historical division.

How are paradigms for the collection and transmission of knowledge about the natural world informed, transmitted, and transmuted by literary means? How might literary criticism play a role in the interrogation of epistemological genres associated with the categorization of the human, including but not limited to philosophy, jurisprudence, anthropology and biology?

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

[UPDATE] Deadline extension: The Arts of Attention Conference, Budapest, Hungary (Mar. 31, 2013)

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 6:47am
Károli Gáspár University

Attention is increasingly regarded by cognitive scientists and evolutionary anthropologists as a faculty whose development in human animals is constitutive of what it means to be human. This conference invites papers on (1) the ways in which literary texts encode this faculty (tropologically, discoursively, narratologically, ideologically), and/or (2) the ways in which theories of reading have recognized or underestimated the arts and techniques of attention. We particularly invite contributions developing or dismissing the suggestion that literature offers privileged insight into the function of attention as a possibility condition for the imagination, for agency, and for community formation.

Dissent: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 12:37am
Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students in English

Dissent: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
Department of English
Graduate Student Conference Dalhousie University
Halifax, N.S.

[UPDATE] The Place of Literature: Fictional Geographies and Literary Constructions of Space (deadline extended until Mar. 7)

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 7:49pm
Southern Methodist University English Department (Graduate)

[UPDATE] The Place of Literature: Fictional Geographies and Literary Constructions of Space ($125 award for the best essay)
full name / name of organization:
Southern Methodist University's English Department (Graduate Students)
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Describing Kokovoko, the mysterious island home of Queequeg in Melville's Moby Dick, Ishmael states, "It is not down in any map; true places never are." The idea of "place" has haunted and inspired the literary imaginations of countless writers and readers. This conference panel seeks papers that explore the significance of space, place, and geography in literature.
Possible paper topics include:

[UPDATE] Renaissance of Roland Barthes Deadline 3/1/13

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 3:54pm
CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature and English Departments

The Renaissance of Roland Barthes
Speakers: Jonathan Culler, Diana Knight, Rosalind Krauss, D.A. Miller, and Lucy O'Meara

Sensationalims and the Genealogy of Modernity

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 7:38am
Alberto Gabriele

Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity

A Two-Day International Workshop

Tel Aviv University, December, 18-19, 2013