Humour in Literature
"Whatever is true for space and time, this much is true for place: we are immersed in it and could not do without it. To be at all – to exist in any way – is to be somewhere, and to be somewhere is to be in some kind of place. Place is as requisite as the air we breathe, the ground on which we stand, the bodies we have." Edward Casey
Humour is widely regarded as the tendency to provoke laughter and provide enjoyment, yet when we are amused, laugh or smile at something we regard to be funny, the context of the object in question is often not funny at all, but rather sad and to be pitied. Although humour may be often associated with 'mere comedy' and thus, with a lower form of literature, it is striking to note the great number of great works of literature that indeed use humour. Throughout the ages, humour has always remained a popular approach of many authors who desire to provoke a reaction in their readers or audiences.
The AnaChronisT 17 (2012) invites research papers, interviews, and book reviews on literatures in English for its next issue, to be published in Winter 2012/3. Papers are to be sent to The AnaChronisT (Department of English Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, H–1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5.) by Thursday, 31 May 2012.
The AnaChronisT http://seas3.elte.hu/anachronist/ welcomes submissions by graduate and doctoral students as well as academics. The requirements of application are as follows:
- one hard copy of the essay sent to the above address;
This panel invites proposals relating to the representation of conviviality in Victorian literature. Topics may include but are not limited to discussions of food and drink; friendship; pub culture; connoisseurship; societies such as the Cannibal Club; group travel and leisure activities; sports and athleticism; public celebrations; lectures and debates; Christmas and other religious holidays; town parks; seaside excursions; and societies for mental improvement. SAMLA will be held November 9-11, 2012, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center at Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina. By May 20, 2012, please submit 250-word abstracts to Hugh Davis, Piedmont College, at email@example.com.
Papers are invited for the inaugural Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) affiliate session at the 2012 SAMLA Convention. In keeping with this year's theme of "Text as Memoir: Tales of Travel, Immigration, and Exile," this session seeks topics dealing with the relationship between print culture and colonies. Papers which examine print culture from a variety of historical periods, geographic regions, and colonial/imperialist perspectives are welcomed.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Women occupied a unique social space in colonial India. Unlike British men, they did not make political decisions, build roads and bridges, or serve in the army. They were instead expected to manage the household and support their husbands in whatever way was needed to contribute to the maintenance of a smoothly-working imperial project. However, there were many British "memsahibs" who took their observations of empire a step further.
The 2012 PAMLA Conference at Seattle University (October 19-21, 2012) has over 130 approved sessions. This year's conference special theme is "Migration, Immigration, and Movement," with many special sessions and addresses focusing on the theme (papers not focused on the theme are also welcome). Our Creative Artist Spotlight Speaker for the conference is award-winning author Sandra Cisneros. Our Plenary Speaker is José David Saldívar of Stanford University. For more information about the conference, or to submit a paper proposal, please go to: http://www.pamla.org/2012/
Please see the following CfP for the 2012 Women in German Conference (Oct. 25-28, Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware, PA). The deadline has been extended to April 15.
Gendered Immigration in Pre-20th Century German Literature and Culture
This panel will investigate representations of immigration to and emigration from Germany in the pre-20th century period. While much research has investigated German encounters with the other on foreign soil through travel, this panel instead explores the implications of permanent relocation and its effects on national, racial, ethnic, religious, and gender identities inside and outside of Germany.
Call for Papers: MCEA Conference, Friday, October 26, 2012
Luncheon Speaker: Patricia Clark, Poet-in-Residence at GVSU
Location: Eberhard Center of Grand Valley State University
301 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids MI 49504