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Journal of Literary Onomastics (Vol. 2)

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 10:42pm
Journal of Literary Onomastics

Submissions are invited for the second volume of the Journal of Literary Onomastics, the only scholarly periodical devoted to the study of names in literature. Issues appear in print and online. All submissions should be prepared in Chicago or MLA style and sent as email attachments in MS Word to the editor ( Submissions deemed acceptable by the editor and 1-2 external referees will appear in Vol. 2 of the Journal of Literary Onomastics, to be published in 2012. Submissions must be in English and may consider literature of any period in any language, though the expertise of the editor and Editorial Board should be borne in mind.

Postcolonial Literature at PAMLA, Seattle, OCT. 19-21, 2012 (CFP deadline Apr. 22)

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:48pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

Postcolonial Literature is a standing session of PAMLA, which will meet at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington, October 19-21, 2012. For information about the conference or to submit a proposal, visit Proposals should be approximately 300 words and must be submitted through the online system by April 22, 2012.

Please send questions regarding the session to Linda Lang-Peralta ( include PAMLA in the subject line.

Hybrid Genres: US and Canada. PAMLA, Seattle,WA, Oct 19-21, 2012. Abstracts due before 4/22/12.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:48pm
Linda Belau

Panel Description:

As Postmodernity has become the norm in culture, traditional boundaries among literary genres and other arts, technologies, and mass media have disappeared, infusing each other and blurring the boundaries that used to define them. This session explores this cross-discipline interaction through US or Canadian artistic and literary productions.

Please submit a short proposal (circa 500 words) by using the "Online Proposal Submission Form" link at before April 22nd. Send questions or inquiries directly to

Childhood and Its Discontents / Deadline 18 June 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 1:51pm
Nat Hurley

CFP: Childhood and Its Discontents / Deadline 18 June 2012

ESC: English Studies in Canada invites submissions for a Special Issue on "Childhood and Its Discontents," guest edited by Nat Hurley.

NEASECS 2012 Wesleyan University, CT: The Courtesan-Celebrity

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 9:53pm

This panel invites papers that explore the period's textual engagement with female notoriety. Defoe's Roxana (1724), for example, follows the earlier tradition of the whore biography, reimagined as a spiritual autobiography. These "histories" of whores, written about and by women from both poor and privileged families, are unsparing in their social critique; these women's grievances include the lack of proper education for girls, abuse, poverty, incest, and sexual predation. Yet, a few "high-profile" courtesan-celebrities like Nell Gwynn and Kitty Fisher relished the limelight, and whose lives became popular and profitable subjects in the print market.

PaMLA October 19-21, 2012: Ancient-Modern Relations (deadline April 22nd)

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 6:16am
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference (PAMLA), October 19-21, 2012, Seattle University


The 110th annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference will take place from October 19 to 21, 2012, at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington. This call for papers seeks presenters for this year's standing session of a proud PaMLA tradition, the panel on "Ancient-Modern Relations." We are looking for papers addressing any aspect of relationships, influences, debates or other interactions between ancients and moderns.

The deadline for abstracts (to be submitted on the Online Proposal Submission Form) is April 22, 2012.

NEASECS 2012 Conference at Wesleyan University 10/11-14: Godwin, Burke, the Political Subject and Intertextuality

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 6:44pm
Kathleen Alves/City University of New York

This panel seeks submissions that explore the dialectical engagement between Godwin's philosophical or socio-political works and his fiction. The intertextual model for the mapping of texts and their influences provokes questions about the nature of textual production. Caleb Williams addresses the disaster of competing identities in servitude and autonomy, formally considered "natural" through aristocratic power structures, in a shifting political climate of radicalism that challenges Burkean ideology. Political Justice is his first response to Burke's Reflections on the Revolution of France, while Caleb Williams offers another answer to Burke's text.

[UPDATE] Mar. 31 Proposal Deadline for Dickens Symposium, Lowell, MA, July 13 - 15, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 3:19pm
University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Dickens Society

REMINDER: Proposal deadline is March 31, 2012



July 13 – 15, 2012

As part of its Dickens in Lowell celebration, the University of Massachusetts Lowell will host one of the two 2012 Dickens Society Symposia being offered in this bicentennial year. Scholars will present their work July 13–15, 2012 at the Tsongas Industrial History Center.