'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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A friendly reminder about the approaching deadline for submitting abstracts for "Orientalism and Post-colonialism: Islamic cultures" panel at M/MLA conference at Chicago. Please send abstracts by June 1, 2010. Below is the description of the panel:
The 52nd Annual M/MLA Convention in Chicago. Permanent Session on Comparative Literature. November 4-7, 2010. Conference Theme: Terror
The English Department at The Ohio State University will host an international conference in 2011 on the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James (or Authorized) Version of the Bible. Held in Columbus, Ohio from May 5-7, 2011, the conference will focus on the making of the KJV in the context of Reformation Bible translation and printing as well as on the KJV's long literary and cultural influence from Milton and Bunyan to Faulkner, Woolf, and Toni Morrison. Events will include plenary lectures and discussions, scholarly panels, and readings by contemporary writers. An accompanying exhibit will be mounted by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.
Special Issue: The Long Revolution Revisited
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Williams's The Long Revolution (1961) in 2011, Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism is planning a Special Issue on the book and its contemporary relevance.
We welcome submissions on topics relating to Williams's discussion of
• the creative mind
• the analysis of culture
• individuals and societies
• images of society
• education and British society
• the reading public
• the popular press
• Standard English
• the social history of British writers and of dramatic forms
• the analysis of 'Britain in the 1960s'
'Who are you?' said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, 'I—I hardly know, sir, just at present—at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.'
— from Alice in Wonderland
CALL FOR PAPERS:
The Art of Theatre: Word, Image and Performance in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium
19th-20th of November 2010, Queen's University, Belfast.
Professor Patrick McGuinness, St. Anne's College, Oxford
Professor Laurence Senelick, Tufts University, Massachusetts
Parnassus: An Innovative Journal of Literary Criticism (ISSN 0975 – 0266) invites contributions for its combined second and third number, to be published in India (deadline for submissions: 30 October 2010). This journal aims at investigating and researching new approaches to world literatures. It proposes to promote innovative critical response in every branch of literary studies. Submissions of research papers, book reviews, conference reports and interviews are welcome from the established as well as emerging scholars. Contributions should conform to the latest edition of MLA Handbook/ Style Sheet and they should send both hard and soft copies of the material. Email submissions are preferred.
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.
American Literature (Duke University Press)
Special Issue on SF, Fantasy, and Myth
DEADLINE: 31 May 2010
More than one commentator has mentioned that science fiction as a form is where theological narrative went after Paradise Lost, and this is undoubtedly true…The form is often used as a way of acting out the consequences of a theological doctrine….Extraterrestrials have taken the place of angels, demons, fairies and saints, though it must be said that this last group is now making a comeback.
—Margaret Atwood, "Why We Need Science Fiction"
ecloga, a peer-refereed journal run by English Studies postgraduates at the University of Strathclyde, invites papers for the next issue. Established in 2001, ecloga has a growing reputation for publishing outstanding research by postgraduates and academics from Scotland, the UK and abroad.
For the next issue of ecloga we are interested in receiving papers on any topic from the broad field of English studies. Our aim in not providing a title or theme is to encourage a range of papers that reflects current research interests. We would also welcome submissions of creative writing.