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Emily Dickinson International Society at ALA 2013--1/1/2013 Deadline for Proposals

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 3:00pm
Emily Dickinson International Society

The American Literature Association (ALA) conference will be held in Boston, May 23-26, 2013. The Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor two sessions at the conference.

Session 1) Dickinson and Queer Theory
We welcome papers that consider Dickinson's place within the queer literary canon. For example, panelists might examine the role queer theory has played in Dickinson scholarship, or the influence of Dickinson scholarship on the emergence of queer theory in the 1990s. Alternatively, papers might offer queer readings of Dickinson's texts, or explore Dickinson's 'queer' readings of the works of other writers.

Session 2) Open Topic
We welcome papers on any aspect of Emily Dickinson's life or literary work.

CFP: CEA Annual Conference 4-6 April (Savannah, Georgia 2013)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 6:20pm
College English Association

The College English Association's Division of Nineteenth-Century British Literature welcomes proposals for CEA's 44th annual conference 4-6 April 2013 in Savannah, Georgia.

The 54th Annual Convention will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio from November 8-11, 2012 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 5:00pm
Session on Science and Literature/Midwest Modern Language Association

The 54th Annual Convention will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio from November 8-11, 2012 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

If you are interested in presenting a paper on science and literature at this year's Midwest Modern Language Association, please send me a brief abstract via email, along with your contact information.

Dr. Kevin Swafford
Bradley University

Exclusivity: Boundaries of Difference, submission deadline 1st October 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 11:09pm
Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies

Submissions Deadline: 1 October 2012

Limina is an online, refereed, academic journal of historical and cultural studies based in the School of Humanities at The University of Western Australia.

Volume 19, issue 1: Exclusivity – Boundaries of Difference

Exclusivity: Who is on the inside? Who is on the outside? The notion of "community" while commonly talked about in celebratory terms always necessitates an Other. For Volume 19, issue 1 we are looking for papers that discuss the ideas of exclusivity, for example, but not limited to change and continuity in:

-social classes/boundaries

-race/ethnic/national identity


-popular culture



-cyber culture

[UPDATE] Transatlantic Travel Narratives: 1850-1918 (NeMLA, March 21-24, 2013 - deadline for submission Sept 30, 2012)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 7:05pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel will examine the narrative of the road (tripper) often associated with Modernist accounts of travel. How does transatlantic literature, from the mid-nineteenth century forward, distinguish between travel and tourism? Should we interpret the mass-produced realist novel as a literary analogue to the culture of mass tourism that developed alongside it? Or does the realist novel too offer the potential to 'go off the beaten track,' to resist the tyranny of the predestined itinerary? Please send 300-500-word abstracts to

Animals and Nature in H.G. Wells Conference Panel

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 4:39pm
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

The abundant and eclectic writings of H.G. Wells offer many opportunities for scholars working in ecocriticism and animal studies to interrogate the attitudes people in the Victorian and modern eras held regarding the non-human world. This panel seeks to explore the many ways in which Wells' diverse corpus engages with various concerns and debates concerning nature in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Rethinking Empathy (edited volume, 10/1/2012 for proposals) [UPDATE]

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 3:47pm
Meghan Marie Hammond and Sue J. Kim / NYU and UMass Lowell

Rethinking Empathy: What Literature Can Teach Us About Feeling With Others

Recent years have seen exciting developments on the topic of empathy in a number of fields including neuroscience, social psychology, and philosophy. We invite proposals for essays to be included in a collection on empathy and literature. We believe this volume will serve as an important contribution to a growing field of inquiry. The collection conceives of "literature" broadly to include the graphic novel. We are also open to other narrative media, such as film, television, and online media.

[UPDATE] CFP: Edited Collection on Dark Fairy Tales in Children's and Young Adult Literature

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 2:52pm
Tanya Jones, M.Ed. and Joe Abbruscato, MA

Scholarly essays are sought for a collection on the "dark/gothic" fairy tale motif in children's and young adult literature. One of the most popular and long standing traditions in literature for youth, fairy tales have always had elements of fantastical horror, dark motifs, and other Gothic themes built into them. Cannibalism, murders, despair, rape, kidnapping, reincarnations, broken families and many other horrific elements are to be found in these stories. Countless experts insist that their inclusion was, and still is, vital to the growth and maturation of the child reader. The melding of the traditional fairy tale and Gothic literature themes help the reader not only to see the positive aspects of life, but the darker side as well.