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CFP : George MacDonald among His Contemporaries (30 March 2011; deadline 15 January 2011)

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Friday, October 29, 2010 - 4:30am
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Ginger Stelle and John Patrick Pazdziora / School of English, University of St Andrews

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Call for Papers:
George MacDonald among His Contemporaries

A one day conference hosted by the School of English, University of St Andrews

30 March 2011, Kennedy Hall, St Andrews, Scotland

George MacDonald (1824-1905) is most often discussed in terms of what came after: his role in the development of fantasy literature and his influence on writers such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Though providing valuable insights into MacDonald's legacy, this emphasis tends to obscure his involvement in his own time. MacDonald was a Victorian. His works attest to his wide knowledge of his time and culture, and his deep engagement with the issues of the day.

Literary Festival 3/31 - 4/1 2011

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 1:26pm
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Newman University
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CALL FOR PAPERS

The Newman University English Department presents:

11th annual Literary Festival & Scholars Day
"The Well-Spread Fable: Food and Its Meanings"

Conference Description: Food is something we all think about every day—sometimes as scholars, and certainly as eaters. How have cultures been shaped by food production? How has food been used symbolically? What does it mean to eat? These and other questions will guide our discussions of the many meanings of food. Although the theme of the literary festival is "food," the Scholars Day in which it is set encompasses submissions of work on any topic and in any format. Essays, poster presentations, and artwork from all disciplines are welcome and encouraged.

Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 10:14am
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
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Polymath is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to interdisciplinarity, published in quarterly installments in an electronic format at no charge to its readers. The journal celebrates the oft-neglected connections between humanities (Language, Literature, History, Philosophy, Speech and Communication), social sciences (History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work), physical sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics), and the arts (Dance, Theatre, Music, Visual Arts) where the disciplines can unite, collaborate, and engage with each other towards shared research-oriented and educational goals.

Oklahoma State English Conference: Transforming Words, March 4-5 2011

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 9:40pm
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English Graduate Student Association
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The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at Oklahoma State University, an organization of English graduate students and faculty members committed to promoting student academic development and scholastic achievement, is currently accepting proposals for its annual graduate conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Transforming Words." In his 1969 work, The Way to Rainy Mountain, N. Scott Momaday asserts, "We have all been changed by words; we have been hurt, delighted, puzzled, filled with wonder." During the conference, we would like to explore the practical ways language functions to effect change. How can language overcome supposed barriers of race and gender?

UPDATE: (Deadline October 31) Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture (March 31-April 2, 2011)

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 5:12pm
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Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture

The deadline is fast approaching to submit your proposals for the 10th annual Louisiana Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture by the October 31st deadline. This year's theme is North and South: Constructing and/or Crossing the Cultural, Geo-Political or Metaphorical Divide.

There have been lots of new updates and plans made for this year's conference, including: keynote speakers Dr. Gerald Graft and Dr. Cathy Birkenstein, a night at the renowned music venue the Blue Moon Saloon included in your registration, an authentic cajun dinner at Randol's, and, of course, special guest Speaker Sandra Cisneros, author of "The House on Mango Street".

HARDY AT YALE II - June 9-12, 2011

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 5:41am
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The Thomas Hardy Association

June 9-12, 201
Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Sponsored by The Thomas Hardy Association
and
The Yale Center for British Art

Papers and proposals are solicited on any aspect of the poetry, fiction, drama, or other writings of Thomas Hardy. Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

• Hardy and Electronic/Visual Media
• Hardy and Ecocriticism
• Hardy and Cosmology
• Hardy and the Fin de Siècle
• Hardy and Psychology
• Hardy and Modernism
• Hardy and Culture
• Hardy and the Short Story
• Hardy and Drama
• Hardy and Music
• Hardy and War
• Hardy and his Circle
• Global Hardy

[UPDATE] HARDY AT YALE II – Graduate Student Panel

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 5:34am
full name / name of organization: 
The Thomas Hardy Association

9-12 June 2011, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Sponsored by the Thomas Hardy Association and the Yale Center for British Art

"...in making beginnings, a chance limitation of direction is often better than absolute freedom."
A Pair of Blue Eyes

Literature: Its Pain, Its Pleasure – EGADS! February 2011 Graduate/Undergraduate Conference

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Monday, October 25, 2010 - 7:07pm
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English Graduate Advancement and Development Society

What does literature evoke in us? Can a text provoke, and can literature transform? Why do we find some texts comforting and satisfying, while others agitate and disturb us?

We invite you to explore these questions at the English Graduate Advancement and Development Society's (EGADS!) annual graduate/undergraduate English-studies conference, "Literature: Its Pain, Its Pleasure," on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2010, at the University of Texas at Brownsville: www.utb.edu.

CORRECTION--Natures 2011 [12/3/10;2/18/2011]

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Monday, October 25, 2010 - 8:37am
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Please note conference to be held on February 18 (not 28), 2011
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Please see rest of prior posting for correct information. Only the conference date was mistakingly listed as February 28, when it fact the conference will take place on February 18, 2011 at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. Apologies for the confusion.

Villians, December 15, 2010

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Monday, October 25, 2010 - 1:48am
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Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies
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This issue of The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies seeks to explore the political, social, and cultural significations of "evil" (and its corollary: the "good") via a critical analysis of the fluid, mutable figure of the "villain."

A few possible perspectives for the study the figure of the villain are:

Literature and Science Area, Apr. 20-23, 2011

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Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 2:48pm
full name / name of organization: 
American Culture Association

The Literature and Science Area of the American Culture Association invites submissions for the 2011 PCA/ACA National Conference. This year's conference will be held at the San Antonio Marriot Rivercenter & Riverwalk Hotels (101 Bowie Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205) from Wednesday, April 20 through Saturday, Apr. 23.

Interpretive papers focusing on the representation or integration of science in specific literary texts are especially encouraged. However, proposals dealing with any aspect of the interdisciplinary field of Literature and Science are welcome.

Please submit 150-200 word abstracts of panel or 15-minute paper proposal electronically (including name, institutional affiliation, brief bio, and email address) by Dec. 15 to:

Textual Intervention and the Literary Subject [ACLA March 31 - April 3, 2011

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Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 2:58pm
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American Comparative Literature Association

This seminar asks questions about the myriad ways that literary agency is mediated, complicated, and enriched by forces external to the author function. As scholars concerned with the material production of texts often point out, the literature we read is often shaped and transformed by the work of editors, publishers, amanuenses, illustrators, scribes, translators, compilers, and so on. All of these laborers operating between the inaugural author and the reader substantially transform both texts and readers' experiences of these texts. But how, this seminar asks, does this substantial field of labor inform our understanding of the subjects involved in the production of literarature?

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