While we have many accounts of reading and the emerging middle class in eighteenth-century England, our understanding of literacy for domestic servants is less clear. There is evidence that a range of men and women servants read for pleasure and self-improvement. Ironically, as the number of domestic servants who were able to read grew steadily, writers became aware of how the text can affect moral character.
FIRSTS IN MYSTERY AND DETECTIVE FICTION
This session seeks 15-minute papers in English on works
in English or any modern language in this genre, focused
on the first in a language, country, ethnicity, gender, subgenre, etc., or the first to employ a character type, plot device, motif, or anything distinctive. Welcomed in particular are papers that challenge received views or share discoveries that will promote discussion. I will develop this panel to represent SAMLA's broad constituency of literature and language professors, to look like SAMLA. By May 1, 2010, send one-page abstracts to Martha E. Cook, Longwood, University, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspired by the host university's setting on the banks of the Susquehanna River, between the Alleghenies and Appalachians, the 2010 EAPSU conference theme "A River Runs through Us" invites exploration of the possibilities and permutations of place and its representations wherever we live.
Topics/Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
Landscape, Memory, and Identity
Forests or Rivers in Literature
Ecologies of Place
Ecocriticism & Ecofeminism
Globalization & Natural Resources
Water Stories & Journeys
Rivers & the Human Spirit
Dynamics of Representing
Rhetorics of Environmentalism
Local Color Writing
Popular Architecture and Built Environment
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Alexandria, VA
Thursday, October 28 - Saturday, October 30, 2009
Please submit proposals to:
Loretta Lorance, Area Chair
PO Box 461, Inwood Station
New York, NY 10034
CALL FOR PAPERS: On November 20th, 2010, the Upstate Steampunk Conference will hold panels on all subjects Victorian, Alternative History, and Steampunk in Greenville, South Carolina. All individuals are invited to send their abstracts to email@example.com for review. The link for the conference is www.upstatesteampunk.com. Registration for the conference is $25 pre registered and $30 at the door. Abstracts must be received and approved no later than November 1st, 2010. We look forward to hearing from all of you and seeing you in the upstate.
"Traveling South": The Sixth Conference of the International Society for Travel Writing
The International Society for Travel Writing invites you to join its sixth biennial conference at the University of South Carolina from 22-26 September 2010.
Professor Peter Hulme (University of Essex)
Gary Younge (Brooklyn College and feature writer and columnist for the Guardian newspaper)
The conference has a special, but not exclusive, focus on "Traveling South". Papers on this theme might address (but are not limited to) the following topics:
ATTN: PAMLA's 2010 Conference in Hawaii: Film Studies Panel(s)
(DEADLINE EXTENDED: 5/4/10)
Aloha Concerned Cinema Citizens,
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii.
PANEL DESCRIPTION: F I L M S T U D I E S
The Society for Philosophy and Literary Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal, and its reviewed "Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry," seeks articles in a wide range of philosophical/theoretical topics and from a wide range of perspectives, methodologies, and traditions within philosophy, and the broader humanities, particularly literary theory, cultural theory, aesthetic theory, disciplines dealing with religion, and semiotics. The journal is edited in US and printed in Nepal.
Charles Dickens as an Agent of Change
An International Seminar
10-12 June 2010
Saarland University, Germany
Keynote lecture by Michael Slater
The seminar will discuss the numerous ways in which Charles Dickens was (and still is) an agent of change in an age of changes - of the plurality of Weltanschauungen, of the political system and the social cosmos, of the definitions, the writing and the distribution of literature.
Registration for seminar participants is now open. For more information about the seminar and the seminar programme please visit: www.uni-saarland.de/dickens
5-7 November 2010
CFP: Nature and Its Discontents
"Nature and Its Discontents" will explore the ontological, epistemological, and theological significances of "the natural" in relation to literature and to life. Possible topics may include: the varieties of human nature; environmental philosophy vis-à-vis queer, feminist, postcolonial, critical race, and/or posthumanist theory; the aesthetics of life cycles; violence and peace in the ecological order; natural disaster and environmental risk; terror, wonder, and the sublime. By 1 June 2010, please send 300-word abstracts to Robert Azzarello, Southern University New Orleans, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 30th June 2010, 9.30am – 5.00pm
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee
Vampire Romance welcomes papers/presentations which examine any of the recent (and not so recent) representations of vampires not as blood-sucking fiends, but as romantic heroes in film, television, art, and literature. Though not an exhaustive list, potential presenters may wish to consider the following:
The Byronic Hero
Race and Otherness
Language and Rhetoric
Fans and Fandom
Sociological or Psychological Readings
For those who relish their vampire fiends, MAPACA also has a place for you. See our "Horror" area.
The Detective Fiction Area welcomes proposals on all aspects and periods of mystery and detective fiction. This includes ancient and modern precursors to Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841), as well as successors working in the multitude of sub-genres falling under the larger designations of detective, mystery, or crime fiction. Proposals that address the intersection of detective fiction with other media (e.g., graphic novels, film, television, etc.) and genres (e.g., sci-fi, horror, domestic fiction, etc.) are especially welcome.
By focusing on the heterogeneous roots of our intellectual property system ISHTIP workshops seek to foster richer contextualization of this system than can be provided by legal history working alone. Information about this year's workshop topic and submission instructions at: http://www.ishtip.org.