How does nature operate in nineteenth-century poetry? From Arnold's "Scholar-Gypsy" to Leopardi's "La Ginestra," nineteenth-century poets privileged the nature motif in their verse. While literary critics have queried these poetic projects by focusing on Empire, religion, gender, and form, few scholars have explored eco-critical approaches to this global canon. This panel will consider poems where science interrogates landscape, faith interacts with nature, and industrialization pocks the pastoral. We will begin by exploring how the systematic and organized study of nature—and the advent of the natural sciences—impacted verse forms.
Modernism and the Environment
In the past two decades, there has been a surge of literary and critical environmental works. Although ecocriticism has been a flourishing field of inquiry for some years now, literary critics are just beginning to explore literature and the environment from postcolonial perspectives. Postcolonial eco-/environmental criticism, albeit belatedly, has become a burgeoning field in the past few years. However, most eco-/environmental critics are heavily focused on contemporary environmental texts, so little or no attention has been paid to the aspects of nature in British or in Anglo-phone modern literature. Nature or the environment is rarely considered a part of the imperial colonial process in analyzing modern literary works.
NEW DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS--June 29, 2012
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Russell Berman (Stanford University)
How do various systems of authority (e.g. literary, political, sexual, cultural, economic, linguistic) seek to control individuals, groups, or cultural movements? How do individuals, groups, or cultural movements engage in resistance to subjection?
York University 2012 English Graduate Students' Association Colloquium:
November 9-10, 2012
Prophecies of a 2012 end of days; Black Friday at Wal-Mart; Howard Beale in Network inciting viewers to scream "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" From mass hysteria to individual neuroses, the elusive nature of frenzy lends itself to dramatically different conceptualizations across the disciplines.
Habitually characterised as a late-appearing variant upon the Victorian Quest Romance, Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" (1912) in fact marked the beginning of the author's prolonged investigation of science, ideology and belief under the inhibiting constraints of early twentieth-century modernity. The narratives span from 1912 to 1929 and this new collection will be dedicated to re-evaluating the narratives, their author, the wider culture that he inhabited and the legacy of his work for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We are interested in work that treats the texts either directly or tangentially through other aspects of Conan Doyle's life and thought.
Edited Collection CfP: Pedagogies of the End: Teaching and Knowledge at the Fin de Siècle
Co-Editors: Dan Bivona, Arizona State University, and Helena Gurfinkel, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
1st Global Conference
Probing the Boundaries: Sport
Wednesday 7th November – Friday 9th November 2012
"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that".
(Bill Shankly, Football Manager)
The English Graduate Student Organization at Middle Tennessee State University is requesting submissions for its 5th MTSU EGSO Conference. The theme of this year's conference is The English Graduate Student Organization at Middle Tennessee State University is requesting submissions for its 5th MTSU EGSO Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Revisions, Retellings, and Adaptations."
Presentations of scholarly research in all areas of literature and literary studies are welcome. Some suggested topics include:
•Popular Culture, Folklore, Graphic Novels and Film Studies
•Composition, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Critical Theory