"To be or not to be" may certainly be the question. It draws the boundary separating order and chaos, dividing the light from darkness, so to speak. The question resents the authoritative order of "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." while not readily accepting the risk of "the undiscovered Country." This dilemma drives Hamlet to play within the sphere of conspiracy and performance, representing in general the "dialectic between codification and play [which] is an enduring feature of human existence," as Robert Scholes asserts in his Textual Power.
The Fourth Annual International Conference on Popular Romance Studies
The Pleasures of Romance
York, United Kingdom
27-29 September, 2012
Deadline Extended to May 30, 2012. Travel funding available.
Pleasure is continually disappointed, reduced, deflated, in favor of strong, noble values: Truth, Death, Progress, Struggle, Joy, etc. Its victorious rival is Desire: we are always being told about Desire, never about Pleasure.
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
A New Look at the Gothic Monster
This panel explores the cultural roles that monsters inhabit in Gothic fiction. Since the late-Victorian period, popular fiction has featured a panoply of monsters—vampires, werewolves,ghosts, zombies, mummies, shape-shifters, unknowable, and amorphous "things," and a variety of other undeads. The evolutionof monsters, what they represent, and why audiences need them are subjects of interest for this panel. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: psychology and the monster;
"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." It was the age of pleasure. It was the age of atonement. It was any place in the nineteenth century. The scope is global, the approaches, cross-disciplinary. What pleased the palate and tickled the nose? What roused the senses and deepened joy? What thrilled the body and inspired the mind? What did they do besides work? What diversions (respectable or otherwise) did they seek? How did they think about the enjoyments they sought? These are some of the questions to address at INCS 2013, which is devoted to 'Leisure, Enjoyment, and Fun.'
The monographic section will address new parameters in the construction of lyrical subjects in contemporary poetry, including theoretical and practical scopes of investigation:
Apollon eJournal announces its second issue and CFP. With six contributions from undergraduates scholars across the US, the current issue features expanded functions such as audio interviews and editorial pieces.
Apollon invites college and university undergraduate students to help edit or get published in a new peer-reviewed digital humanities publication.
Student submissions deadline is JUNE 15, 2012. Interested faculty should contact us by September 15, 2012.
CALL FOR PAPERS
CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT THE ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI, GREECE, OCTOBER 19-20, 2012
Organized by the Department of English Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and The Department of English Langauge and Literature, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
Co-organizers: Valerie Kennedy (Bilkent) and Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou (Thessaloniki)
CHARLES DICKENS: BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS
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/
Venue: Brunel University, London, UK
Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th July, 2013
Guest speaker: novelist Will Self on 'My American Self.'
Other keynote speakers: tba.
'My visit to this city has been exceedingly gratifying, on account of the freedom I have enjoyed in visiting such places of instruction and amusement as those from which I have been carefully excluded by the inveterate prejudice against color in the United States. Botanic and Zoological gardens, Museums and Panoramas, Halls of Statuary and Galleries of Paintings, are as free to the black as the white man in London.' Frederick Douglass, to William Lloyd Garrison, May 23, 1846.
Registration is now open for the Reading Reproductions Conference on Friday 29th June 2012 at the University of Hull. Delegates from all fields are welcome to the event, which aims to acknowledge and assess the continuing importance of period drama in contemporary culture across the world.
Dr. Sarah Cardwell from the University of Kent will give the keynote address, 'From adaptations to period dramas: genre, style and critical evaluation', and Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research for the AHRC, will lead a postgraduate training session focussed on career development and adapting to an academic career. A range of post-graduate and academic speakers will be presenting at the event, which is supported by BAVS.