Organizers of the 34th annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference seek paper and panel submissions to the "Literature (General)" category. This area will provide a forum for scholarly presentations on literary subjects outside of our more specific Literature areas. (Before submitting to the general area, please check the special area list, as you may find a home there: http://swtxpca.org/documents/123.html#Literature.)
Call for Papers
WSQ Special Issue: Engage!
Guest Editors: David A. Gerstner & Cynthia Chris
"I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement." — Oscar Wilde
"There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don't expect you to save the world I do not think it's asking to much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect."
— Nikki Giovanni
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.
Volume 3, Number 1, Themed Issue on Monstrous Spaces/ Spaces of Monstrosity
This issue is concentrating on spaces that are considered monstrous or are themselves capable of producing monstrosity. these spaces can be actual or authored, real or imaginary. Spaces of violence and murder, social taboo, ideological excess and human depravity from the past, present or future. Equally spaces natural or supernatural, earth found or star bound that produce, spawn or inevitably return to monstrosity in all its many human, cultural and temporal forms
The Editors welcome contributions to the journal in the form of articles, reviews, reports, art and/or visual pieces and other forms of submission on the following or related themes:
"A given socio-historical moment is never homogeneous; on the contrary, it is rich in contradictions." -- Antonio Gramsci
The University of Oklahoma Student Association of Graduate English Scholars (S.A.G.E.S) and the OU English Department will host the second annual conference, Dissonant Discourses: An Interdisciplinary Conference, in the Oklahoma Memorial Union on January 25, 2013.
As Italian premier Mario Monti recently did, politicians are increasingly calling on citizens to make sacrifices for the future of their countries. Such public invocations of sacrifice place politicians and their constituents in a state of tension at least partly because of the difficult and often contradictory connotations of sacrifice. Sacrifice, a concept of religious provenance deeply embedded in contemporary culture, can mean to offer for destruction and to make amends, to hurt and to heal, make whole, or sacred. Such oppositions at the heart of sacrifice make it a dangerous and much-fraught concept, as well as a fruitful and powerful one in numerous spheres of culture.
Adapting Dickens: A One-Day Conference
Wednesday 27 February, 2013
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Centre for Adaptations
Papers are invited on all aspects of Dickens and Adaptation.
Abstracts (100-200 words) should be sent to Dr Yvonne Griggs by 6 December 2012.
In the year following the bicentenary celebrations of Charles Dickens' birth, this conference aims to continue the celebrations by shifting the focus of discussion from the works of Dickens to the varied body of adaptive responses generated by his texts. We welcome papers which may include but are not limited to the following topics:
The Mystery & Detective Fiction Area of the Popular Culture Association seeks proposals for the annual conference. We seek proposals—for individual papers as well as panels—on all aspects and periods of mystery and detective fiction, including
• current trends
Since this conference will be held in Washington, DC, we would like to highlight works by local writers and/or works set in this region.
Additional topics may include
5th Global Conference
Evil, Women and the Feminine
Saturday 18th May – Monday 20th May 2013
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Presentations:
"A wanton woman is the figure of imperfection; in nature an ape, in quality a wagtail, in countenance a witch, and in condition a kind of devil"
Nicholas Breton, 1615