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Monday, May 21, 2012 - 10:59am
MMLA 2012 convention, Cincinnati, Nov. 8 - 11; section on Illustrated Texts

Deadline extended through June 4th:

Paper proposals are sought for a panel presentation on Illustrated Texts, in keeping with the MMLA 2012 conference theme of "Debt."

At least since Mark Twain left it to E. W. Kemble to depict the hero of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, authors and their texts have owed a debt to illustration. At least since James Agee accompanied Walker Evans to photograph Depression-era Alabama sharecroppers, authors have left it to illustrators to depict indebtedness in literary illustrations. Writers have sometimes been indebted to illustrators, while writers and illustrators have sometimes conspired, on the literary market, to depict economic debt on the open market. .

The Literary Interventions of the Digital Humanities: A Pecha Kucha Roundtable (NEMLA)

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:54am
Ryan Cordell, Digital Americanist Society

The Digital Americanist Society seeks speakers who will articulate a clear, interpretive intervention that digital scholarship has made (or could make) in their areas of study. Our goal will not be to describe digital projects, but instead to demonstrate how those projects advance, supplement, or disrupt the scholarly conversations of our respective literary subfields. We encourage "non-DH" scholars whose work has benefited from DH scholarship to contribute. Submit abstracts to Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University,, by September 30, 2012.

[UPDATE] Captivity Writing Unbound, October 11-13, 2012 Deadline for proposals extended to May 31, 2012.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 9:48am
University of South Alabama / Department of English

Proposals for panels and papers are invited for a conference entitled "Captivity Writing Unbound," to be hosted by the University of South Alabama's Department of English and held at its Baldwin County campus, which is set in the heart of the quaint artist community of Fairhope, overlooking scenic Mobile Bay. As conference organizers, we envision a relatively concentrated event in which select scholars working in various disciplines and historical periods will present new ideas about the general area of writing and captivity. We are particularly interested in papers that explore and extend the traditional boundaries of the study of captivity writing, whether these are conceived generically, geographically, historically, or in disciplinary terms.

[UPDATE]: " 'FOUR-FOOTED ACTORS': LIVE ANIMALS ON THE STAGE " / University of Valencia, Spain / 12-14 December 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 8:36am
Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.

Engendering the Victorian Female Poet

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 9:11am
Sophie Lavin

There has been a historic tide of scholarship arguing the merits of Victorian poetry written by women. From Aurora Leigh to "Goblin Market," nineteenth-century female poets created a canon of verse that questioned gender categories and troubled the status quo. While scholars from Oliphant to W.M. Rossetti added valuable interpretations that legitimized the genre, contemporary critics such as Armstrong, Tucker, and Prins have used modern lenses to probe the subtleties inherent in the work of a "poetess." This roundtable will discuss the ways gender is mapped onto and inherent in nineteenth-century female poetics.

Nineteenth-Century Eco-poetics, 2013 NeMLA, March 21-24, Boston, MA

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 9:09am
Sophie Lavin

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

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 12:48pm
2012 SAMLA Convention

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.