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[UPDATE] Common Threads: A Crazy Quilt of Literary Inquiry

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:36pm
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Middle Tennessee State University English Graduate Student Organization
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The English Graduate Student Organization at Middle Tennessee State University is requesting submissions for its 3rd MTSU EGSO Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Common Threads: A Crazy-Quilt of Literary Inquiry." Presentations of scholarly research in all areas of literature and literary studies are welcome. Some suggested topics include:

•Children's Literature

•American Literature

•British Literature

•Popular Culture, Folklore, Graphic Novels and Film Studies

•Composition, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Critical Theory


Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 2:39pm
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Ohio University Department of English / Quarter After Eight Literary Journal
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A Conference sponsored by the Ohio University English Department and Quarter After Eight
October 22-23 / Ohio University / Athens, Ohio

Keynote Address by: Anne Francis Wysocki
Special Reading by: Imad Rahman

"Literature is news that stays news."
-Ezra Pound

Intersections, Tensions and New Dimensions: Encounters in the Contact Zone in English Studies October 8-9, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:34am
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University of New Hampshire English Graduate Organization

Intersections, Tensions, and New Dimensions:
Encounters in the Contact Zone in English Studies

October 8-9, 2010
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

This graduate conference will explore the relevance of contact and contact zones for English Studies. As we move deeper into the twenty-first century, English Studies continues to see increasing discursive overlap. Understandings of identity and subjectivity have relied increasingly on syncretism and hybridity at the expense of rigid national, cultural, and periodic categories. As boundaries and concepts become more permeable, Mary Louise Pratt's definition of "Contact Zones" gains increasing relevance and currency.

Cuteness: Yale CompLit Graduate Conference: Dec 3 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 12:26pm
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Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature
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Cuteness, or the Pragmatics of Diminution
Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University.

December 3, 2010

Keynote address by Paul Fry

Civil Rights, Social Justice, and the Midwest: THE SOCIETY FOR UTOPIAN STUDIES 35th Annual Meeting (07/15/2010, 10/28-10/31/2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 12:14pm
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The Society for Utopian Studies

*** DEADLINE EXTENDED to July 15, 2010 ***

Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 28-31, 2010

Milwaukee in the 1960s and 1970s was a key site for civil rights marches, particularly around the open housing movement. From 1897 through much of the 20th Century, the city was governed by a succession of Socialist mayors, elected on their platform of practical, "sewer socialism." And Wisconsin itself and its Midwestern neighbors have long been home to experiments inintentional community.

James and Terror, Midwest MLA, November 4-7, 2010 (Abstract deadline 7/9)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 11:59am
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International Henry James Society / Midwest Modern Language Association
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HJS invites papers for a panel that explores James's representations of terror and violence in his fiction and essays. Possible approaches include investigations of the aesthetics of violence; acts of abjection; the pleasures from fear; horror and Gothic Literature influences; politics, power, terrorism; and the implications of fear and violence for gender, class, nationalism, or the politics of identity. Please send 250 word abstracts electronically to June Chung at by July 9th. Also included should be contact information, affiliation, and abstract title.

Gylphi SF Storyworlds [UPDATE]

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 8:23am
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Dr Paul March-Russell

SF Storyworlds is a new critical studies series in science fiction published by UK academic press, Gylphi. Our aim is to explore the development of SF from the nineteenth century to the present day, including its impact upon social and cultural thought. We are interested in rethinking the possibilities of the genre, such as its relationship to mainstream culture, the influence of different media, and the roles of critical theory and translation studies, including SF from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. A central question is that of genre (for example, in the work of Gwyneth Jones, China Miéville or Jeff Vandermeer) as an indicator of the current and future directions of SF. Possible themes might include (but are not limited to):

Decadent Poetics, 1-2 July 2011

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 4:23am
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Centre for Victorian Studies, University of Exeter, UK

Keynote speakers: Stephen Arata (Virginia); Joseph Bristow (UCLA); Regenia Gagnier (Exeter); Catherine Maxwell (Queen Mary, London)

Transatlantic Literature and the Production of National Identities, 1870-1910

Monday, June 7, 2010 - 7:55pm
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Keridiana Chez
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This panel has already been accepted by the Midwest Conference for British Studies, October 8-10, 2010, Cleveland. We are seeking a fourth paper.

Arizona's recent attack on ethnic studies brings to glaring light the relationship between the production of cultures, racial identities, and nations. How are national identities contingent on the constitution of, or at least the appearance of, a homogeneous racial identity, which in turn, is produced and maintained through the vigilant regularization of a distinct national culture?

Dickens Universe Nineteenth-Century Seminar---8/1--8/7 2010--Proposal due June 15th

Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 10:14am
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The Dickens Project
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Invitation to Apply for the Dickens Universe Nineteenth-Century Seminar

The Dickens Project is a consortium of over 30 universities, whose faculty and graduate students attend the lectures, seminars, workshops, and social events called the Dickens Universe each year in the first week of August at UC-Santa Cruz. This year the Universe is offering a new faculty/graduate student seminar to welcome participants whose schools are not currently members.

CFP: The Cowper and Newton Journal (Spring 2011 Issue)

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 3:24pm
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The Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney, UK

The Cowper and Newton Journal


The Cowper and Newton Journal, a new scholarly annual published by the Trustees of The Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney, UK, is seeking submissions for its first issue, to be published in Spring 2011.

The Journal accepts contributions on any topic related to William Cowper, John Newton and their circle but also embraces the wider milieu – literary, artistic, religious, historical, horticultural – of their contemporaries in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In keeping with its museum origins, the Journal's scope also covers material culture: the study of relevant objects from the period and their wider significance.

Literary Dress: Fashioning the Fictional Self (due 9/30; NEMLA 4/7-4/10, New Brunswick NJ)

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 12:29pm
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Heath Sledge and Helen Dunn/ NEMLA 2011
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Literary Dress: Fashioning the Fictional Self

Fashion, fabricate, artifice, make-up: all these terms have a double valence. Each term in noun form denotes a prosthetic application of something foreign atop something natural (usually a human body) with the intention of concealing or enhancing the natural item beneath. Each term in verb form, though, carries a connotation of constitution and creation: a sense of literal "becoming," or even investiture. In some way, these terms gesture towards the ephemeral, frivolous, and the temporary AND towards a sense of ontological making.

Legal Fictions, NEMLA, April 7-10, 2011

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 10:33pm
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42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
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The concept of a "legal fiction"—"a supposition avowedly false, but treated as if it were true, for the imagined convenience of administering the law" (Lewis, 1832)—describes the pretenses that disguise changes in the application of a legal rule. However, as its terminological indebtedness to the institution of fiction underscores, the concept also offers a suggestive rubric for understanding the nexus between law and literature—reminding us that law, as much as literature, is an unstable amalgam of fact and fiction. Examining the fictional elements of law, nonetheless, need not end only in textual ambiguity. The characterization of extant laws as mere fictions of the state has often been a strategy for political critique and legal reform.