"Place is a space which has historical meanings, where some things have happened that are now remembered and which provide continuity and identity across the generations. Place is a space in which important words have been spoken which have established identity, defined vocation and envisioned destiny...Place is indeed a protest against an uncompromising pursuit of space. It is a declaration that our humanness cannot be found in escape, detachment, absence of commitment, and undefined freedom... Whereas pursuit of space may be a flight from history, a yearning for place is a decision to enter history with an identifiable people in an identifiable pilgrimage." Walter Brueggeman
Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively.
In keeping with this year's MSA Conference theme, Modernism and Spectacle, this proposed panel seeks proposals for papers that explore the many representations of this theme within modernist little magazines and periodicals.
How do early-twentieth century little magazines and periodicals explore the idea of spectacle or the spectacular? Is this exploration part of an overarching cross or inter-disciplinary purpose of the magazine? How do little magazines and periodicals, in their material form as objects of artistic merit, exist as miniature spectacles?
Papers may address (but are not limited to) the following:
Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies
The Burney Society invites submissions for the Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies, named in honour of the late Joyce Hemlow, Greenshields Professor of English at McGill University, whose biography of Frances Burney and edition of her journals and letters are among the foundational works of eighteenth-century literary scholarship.
Book Reviews: The Pennsylvania Literary Journal is looking for academics with tenure-track appointments to write book reviews of recent titles that have been released in their field of interest. Several academic publishers, including Harvard UP, Pearson, Random House, Penguin, Cambridge UP, Duke UP, and SUNY, have agreed to send free books to writers in exchange for the reviews. Unlike with other journals - it is up to you to find the book you want to read and that is helpful for your current research and to send a specific request to PLJ that will be forwarded to the publisher (if the author is qualified to write about the topic).
The South Central College English Association panel is focusing on how we teach textual adaptations. How might we incorporate various adaptations of texts into our classrooms? Papers discussing pedagogical methods as well as specific challenges and successes in teaching/integrating textual adaptations (both in print and film) are encouraged. We especially welcome graduate students' papers.
Please e-mail abstracts (250 to 500 words) to Amy K. King at akking at olemiss.edu before Friday, 20 April 2012.
Richard Marsh: Re-Reading the Fin de Siècle
A one-day symposium at the University of Brighton, Friday 20thJuly 2012
Postgraduate Conference - Deadline Extended
University of Portsmouth, June 14 2012
International Conference : « The ethics and poetics of genre literature »
March 15-16 2013
Université Paul Valéry- Montpellier 3
Organized by EMMA (Etudes Montpelliéraines du Monde Anglophone)
With the support of the Société de Stylistique Anglaise (SSA)
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sirens
October 11-14, 2012
A conference on women in fantasy literature presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.
Sirens, a conference focused on literary contributions by women to the fantasy genre and on fantasy works with prominent female characters, will take place October 11–14, 2012, in Stevenson, Washington, near Portland, Oregon. The conference seeks papers, panels, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and other presentations suitable for an audience of academics, professionals, educators, librarians, authors, and fantasy readers.