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Victorian Sensation Fiction at the <em>Fin de Siecle</em>

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Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 4:16pm
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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This panel will examine the ways in which Victorian Sensation Fiction interacted with Modernity. We will ask: How did the genre anticipate and respond to late 19th century Parliamentary activity? In what ways did sensation fiction challenge or reflect evolving ideas about gender and identity? Panelists will interrogate sensation fiction's relationship to art and aestheticism movements, advances in technologies including "iron horses," commercial culture, and Modernity's historical and political events, including Britain's empire project. We will discuss the ways in which sensation fiction seeded later literary movements such as the "New Woman" novels.

2011 British Women Writers Conference: "Curiosities" (March 31- April 3, 2011)

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Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 12:58pm
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18th and 19th Century Women Writers Association (BWWA)
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The 19th Annual 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference The Ohio State University Columbus, OH "Curiosities" March 31- April 3, 2011 Call for Papers: The theme for this year's conference is "Curiosities." We encourage submissions that consider how the concept of curiosity—in its dual meaning of intellectual pursuit and particular material objects—influenced the lives and work of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers, and continues to drive our scholarship today.

Dracula and Beyond: The Evolution of the Vampire/NEMLA 2011 convention, New Brunswick, NJ, April 7-10, 2011

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:24am
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Anne DeLong/Kutztown University
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Dracula and Beyond: The Evolution of the Vampire

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

This panel seeks papers that explore the figure of the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, and popular culture, including Stoker's Dracula and its literary predecessors and descendents. Papers should address the evolution of the metaphorical significance of vampires as cultural barometers for analyzing themes of sexuality, xenophobia, contagion, and/or consumption. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to Anne DeLong at delong@kutztown.edu

Dickens in 2012: Preparing for Boz's Bicentennial

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:10am
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

"The record of bitter moments": Prison Writing as a Genre, NeMLA convention, April 7-10, 2011

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 9:42am
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Kristina Lucenko, Stony Brook University

From John Milton to Aphra Behn to Oscar Wilde to Angela Y. Davis, a striking number of writers have experienced some sort of imprisonment. This panel seeks papers on the role of prisons in textual and literary creation. Some of the questions we wish to address include: What are the various prison experiences across time periods--the gaol, the bridewell, the convent, the workhouse-prison, the psychiatric hospital--and how does each serve as a site of cultural production? How does the prison intersect with issues of gender, class, and nation? How does prison writing fit with other generic forms? Which genres of writing emerged from imprisonment? How do writers figure their incarceration--as periods of dispossession, withdrawal, renewal, or triumph?

UPDATE "Mrs Gaskell in Context"

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 9:09am
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Trevor Harris, Université François-Rabelais, Tours (France)
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Mrs Gaskell remains a central figure in the development of the Victorian conscience, and not least an accomplished exponent of its militant, middle-class, humanitarian ethics. And her friendships with the Brontë sisters, with Carlyle or Dickens, Ruskin or Harriet Beecher Stowe, combine to alert us to the significance of her work in the context of British intellectual history.

Mary Barton (1848) and North and South (1854) complete a triptych of works which all convey a vivid image of mid-nineteenth-century life in England: the two novels published either side of the "provincial" Cranford doing so from a resolutely industrial perspective against the backdrop of the massive new manufacturing centre of Manchester.

[UPDATE] GLITS Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference: PARADOX (REGISTRATION is open; conference 26 June 2010

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 5:08am
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Goldsmiths College, University of London
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Registration for the GLITS Goldsmiths Literature Seminar Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Research Conference, is open. Admission is free.

The second annual conference is to be held at Goldsmiths College in London, UK, Saturday 26 June 2010. The keynote speaker is Christopher Norris.

The focus of the event this year is paradox, the strange territory between reason and intuition, involving the simultaneous processes of grasping and letting go of the doxa.

"RAVENNA" 3 is ONLINE

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:25am
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http://www.oscholars.com/Ravenna/Ravenna3/toc.htm
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I am pleased to announce the publication of the third volume of "Ravenna", an online interdisciplinary journal devoted to the relationship between nineteenth-century Britain and Italy. "Ravenna" is edited by Elisa Bizzotto and Luca Caddia and published by Steven Halliwell at The Rivendale Press as one of THE OSCHOLARS group of fin de siècle journals under the general editorship of David Charles Rose.

http://www.oscholars.com/Ravenna/Ravenna3/toc.htm

This issue includes the following articles:

- Fabio Camilletti, "Veils. A Reading of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 'St. Agnes of Intercession'";

CFP: "'I am born': The Characters of Charles Dickens" (9/15/10; NeMLA 4/7-4/10/2010, New Brunswick, NJ)

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 3:00pm
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Wm Moeck / Northeast Modern Language Association
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"'I am born': The Characters of Charles Dickens"

Saluting the 2012 Boz Bicentennial, this panel explores Charles Dickens's art of characterization in the novels and stories. The ability of Dickens's readers to visualize figures in OT, CC, DC, TTC, and GE, for example, links his oeuvre to the allegorical tradition of Spenser, Bunyan, Hogarth and Grimm. Papers analyzing Dickens's adaptation of allegory in his character portrayals are as welcome as those analyzing the way particular characters have been further adapted by the stage, cinema, and visual arts.

LUICD Graduate Conference 2011: Imagining Europe - Perspectives, Perceptions and Representations

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 11:18am
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Leiden University Institute for Cultural Disciplines
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'Qui parle Europe a tort. Notion géographique'. Otto von Bismarck's elliptic remark, scribbled in the margin of a letter from Alexander Gorchakov in 1876, would go on to become one of the most often-quoted statements about Europe. But was Bismarck right? Is Europe nothing but a geographical notion? Even the briefest glance at history shows that more often than not perceptions and definitions of Europe go beyond the mere geographical demarcation of a continent. In 1919, for instance, Paul Valéry imagined Europe as a living creature, with 'a consciousness acquired through centuries of bearable calamities, by thousands of men of the first rank, from innumerable geographical, ethnic and historical coincidences'.

Central European Authors--April 7-10, 2011--New Brunswick, NJ

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 6:55pm
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NeMLA
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In "The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts," Milan Kundera observes that Central Europe is rarely perceived as an important region in Europe. Indeed, he attests that the nations that create Central Europe 'have never been masters of either their own destinies or their borders.' As such, the countries that form Central Europe have been viewed as extensions of thriving European countries, such as Germany. Yet, the subordination of Central European countries to either Western or Eastern European nations has had drastic impacts on the writers that emerged from this region, as they have been forced to write in non-native languages, have endured political oppression, and weathered several political upheavals.

CFP: Introductory Issue of Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities [Submission Deadline July 19]

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 6:19pm
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Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities

Summer 2010 Introductory Issue of Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities.

Article Submission Deadline: July 19th

Open Call for Articles

The editorial board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities welcomes submissions for our introductory issue. A diesis (or double dagger) is a typographical symbol that indicates a footnote or point of reference within a written work. Diesis seeks to act as a point of reference in the study of the maturation and diversity of socially and biologically constructed performances of identity through a variety of critical lenses. Essays that explore authorial, literary, and socio-political identities across time, space, and genre are particularly encouraged.

[UPDATE] short essays: literature, justice, law, teaching and social change June- August

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 11:22am
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Changing Lives Through Literature
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Changing Lives Through Literature is a nationally recognized alternative sentencing program for criminal offenders founded in 1991 on the power of literature to transform lives. CLTL sentences criminal offenders to a series of literature seminars instead of traditional probation. Studies have confirmed that program graduates are half as likely to commit additional crimes than their counterparts in the justice system.

[UPDATE] Uncertain Arrivals: Forms of Thought, Life, and Emergence

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Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 9:33am
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Wake Forest University/Department of English
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Conference date and location: September 24-25, 2010 at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. Extended submission deadline: July 5, 2010

An interdisciplinary national conference exploring the "creative" production that the current economic crisis might provoke. We welcome paper proposals from scholars and/or artists working in any discipline, field, or historical period.

Vox Redux // Ventriloquism

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 6:34am
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Autopsia Online Journal
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Final Call for Submissions

We want to thank our contributors so far for their excellent contributions, but there is still space for another 2-3 papers to round out our inaugural issue. Here again is the CFP:

Call for Submissions for the inaugural issue of Autopsia:

Vox Redux: Ventriloquism

Autopsia invites articles that critically engage with the motley themes of ventriloquism, including emulating, mimicking, aping, and other discursive forms where ventriloquism is in play. Topics may include:

Theory discourse and the emulations of Derrida, Deleuze, and other "celebrity thinkers"

Jargon (and the war against it)

(Mis)Representing the Other

Roleplaying the Other

Standing in for the Other

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