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Re-tellings: Literature as Literary Criticism (deadline 30/9/10; NeMLA, 7-10/4/11)

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Monday, July 5, 2010 - 7:28am
full name / name of organization: 
Rita Bode
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Whether we call them twice told tales, parallel texts, prequels, sequels, or even, most broadly, adaptations, creative re-tellings locate their source in previous texts.

Literary re-tellings offer the recognition of satisfying familiarity as well as the exciting twist of difference. This pre-approved panel proposes to examine not only the ways in which creative works of literature re-tell previous works but how these re-tellings function as a form of literary criticism. In offering alternative versions of older texts, re-tellings provide a different perspective that critiques, indeed, even transforms, the original texts.

Leon Edel Prize: Henry James Review (November 1, 2010)

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Friday, July 2, 2010 - 10:21am
full name / name of organization: 
Henry James Review
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Leon Edel Prize

The Leon Edel Prize is awarded annually for the best essay on Henry James by a beginning scholar. The prize carries with it an award of $150, and the prize-winning essay will be published in HJR.

The competition is open to applicants who have not held a full-time academic appointment for more than four years. Independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Essays should be 20-30 pages (including notes), original, and not under submission elsewhere or previously published.

Send submissions (4 copies, produced according to current MLA style, and with return postage enclosed) to:

[UPDATE] Deadline extended to July 20! Communicating Forms: Aesthetics, Relationality, Collaboration

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Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 6:06pm
full name / name of organization: 
University of Chicago Departments of English Language and Art History

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 20, 2010
Call for Papers and Creative Proposals:
Communicating Forms: Aesthetics, Relationality, Collaboration
Fifth Annual English Graduate Conference, University of Chicago
A joint conference between English Language & Literature and Art History

October 21-22
Keynote speaker: Leo Bersani

Re-thinking the Monstrous: Violence and Criminality in Society (deadline 11/1/2010, dates 7/1-3/2011, Munich)

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 4:41am
full name / name of organization: 
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Dr. Peter Becker (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz)
Prof. Dr. David Schmid (University of Buffalo)
Dr. Niall Scott (University of Central Lancashire)
Dr. Margrit Shildrik (Queen's University, Belfast)

CFP "Romance". Deadline for submissions: October 31, 2010

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Monday, June 28, 2010 - 4:41pm
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Mosaic, a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature, University of Manitoba

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: "Romance".

The OED has to give some three pages to defining the word ROMANCE that, with all of its rich history, is at the centre of this Mosaic Call for Papers. We invite innovative
interdisciplinary literary and critical submissions for a special issue we are planning on this theme. For this issue, our interests include, but are not limited to, the following: "the Romantics," who have undergone a renascence of late; the French novel, the roman; romantic fiction; Romanticism; the state of the love story in literature and/or film; and the figure of the "romantic."

Colonial and Postcolonial Travel Narratives. Deadline November 15, 2010

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Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 2:19pm
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of Contemporary Literature
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An upcoming issue of the Journal of Contemporary Literature will focus on travel literature related to colonial and postcolonial societies.

Specifically, articles may provide analyses of travel narratives to or from or within the Caribbean region, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific region. The narratives may be either nonfiction or fiction.

Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood May 5-7, 2011

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Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 12:00pm
full name / name of organization: 
University of Lethbridge
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Childhoods Conference: Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood

Venue: University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Date: Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7, 2011

[REMINDER] The Apocalypse and its Discontents (9/1/10; 12/11/10)

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Friday, June 25, 2010 - 4:28am
full name / name of organization: 
University of Westminster

Whereas visions of destruction and fantasies of the end have always haunted humankind, the modern period in particular has been increasingly characterised by a mixed sense of concern and fascination with the apocalypse, and even more so during the twentieth century. Today we are constantly presented with scenarios of imminent destruction and annihilation, by politicians, scientists, religious groups, and writers, among others. This conference aims to explore and even question the widespread appeal of the apocalypse and we are particularly interested in narratives that either challenge or offer alternative responses to the apocalypse.

Ambrose Bierce Project Journal (9/30/10)

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 9:02am
full name / name of organization: 
Craig Warren
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The ABP (http://www.ambrosebierce.org) is a hypermedia project and peer-reviewed e-journal hosted by Penn State University. To prepare for the next issue of the journal, we are now seeking literary briefs about the writing of Ambrose Bierce.

Literary briefs typically offer a critical perspective on a *single* Bierce story or work of nonfiction prose. Briefs should not exceed 2,000 words, but should include scholarly notes. Please submit completed briefs, via email, by 9/30/10.

The journal is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

Literary Darwinism and Social Justice (April 7-10 2011)

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Monday, June 21, 2010 - 4:58pm
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NeMLA
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Call for Papers

Literary Darwinism and Social Justice Panel

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NY – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

[UPDATE] Political Theology Agenda Symposium 2010 (18-19 August 2010; extended deadline)

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Monday, June 21, 2010 - 3:17pm
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Sussex Centre for the Individual and Society (SCIS)

Political Theology Agenda Symposium 2010

Organized by: Sussex Centre for the Individual and Society (SCIS)

Location: Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the University of Geneva, Château de Bossey, near Geneva, Switzerland

Date: 18-19 August 2010

The "Political Theology Agenda" (www.political-theology.com) has been run by the Sussex Centre for the Individual and Society since January 2009. The blog is the premier resource on the net for the comparative study of political theology and political theologies across the boundaries of various traditions and academic disciplines.

UPDATE--LOVE AND SEX IN ALAN MOORE, EDITED COLLECTION [July 15 deadline for abstracts]

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Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 2:31pm
full name / name of organization: 
Defiance College
contact email: 

I now have a dozen submissions and would like a few more by the July 15 deadline. I am especially interested in seeing more proposals on From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Promethea.

Three presses have expressed interest following query letters. Read the below for full information on the collection.

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With the publication of Lost Girls and 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom, the centrality of love and sex in Alan Moore's work has become indisputable. Thus far, however, little scholarly attention has been paid to this facet of his work. This collection, provisionally titled Lost Loves: Why Men and Women Make It (or Don't) in the Work of Alan Moore, aims to remedy that situation.

NeMLA: "Narrated Objects: Literature and Material Culture in the Americas"

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Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 11:47am
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA
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This panel will address the relationships between literature and materiality in the cultural production of the 19th and 20th. The topics of the panel include, but are not limited to: subject/object relationship; commodity fetishism; materiality and visuality; forms, surfaces, and their boundaries; the text as an object; thing theory. Please send 300-500 word abstracts (English or Spanish) to Laura Gandolfi, gandolfi@princeton.edu.

Deadline: September 15, 2010
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
CV

Silent and Ineffable: Functions of the Unsaid in Literature and the Humanities. Nov. 26-27th, 2010

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Friday, June 18, 2010 - 10:26pm
full name / name of organization: 
National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan
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"Love, and be silent," Cordelia says in Act One. To some, Cordelia's verbal intransigence toward Lear marks her as proud and stiff-necked, to others as truth incarnate. Without doubt, it is her silence that sets the drama into motion, and the question of whether it issues from a refusal or from an inability to speak constitutes an interpretive crux of Shakespeare's play. Cordelia's silence can be taken to exemplify countless other instances where the meaning, structure and intensity of a literary work hinge on the significance of that which remains unsaid.

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