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Literature and Reductionism

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:30pm
Joshua Gang / Rutgers University

MLA 2013 (Boston), January 3-6

Special session: Literature and Reductionism

What is reductive thinking—and is it always a bad thing? This panel invites papers that reconsider reductionism as a formal, theoretical, disciplinary, or historical problem.

200-word abstract and brief bio by 10 March 2012 to

Call for Guest Columnist - Revolutions & Reversals - Volume 2, Issue 2

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:21pm
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities

The guest column for this issue should provide a general discussion of one or more of this issue's themes as they present themselves in literature and/or history.

Volume 2, Issue 2: Revolutions & Reversals

We are currently experiencing a worldwide rejection of corruption in government: widespread revolution in the Middle East, the tea party, the occupy movement. We would like for this issue to speak to these shifting attitudes in the way we approach and think about authority and social structures. We particularly encourage literary criticism that takes up as one of its primary goals the examination of the following in literature: authority, politics, government, familial structure, utopia, dystopia, gender, social norms, etc.

Call for Articles - Revolutions and Reversals - Diesis Volume 2, Issue 2 - Deadline for Submission: March 1st, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:19pm
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities

Diesis Volume 2, Issue 2:
Revolutions & Reversals

Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2012

The Editorial Board of Diesis: Footnotes Literary Identities (ISSN 2161-3095), a journal of literary criticism particularly interested in giving voice to undergraduate and graduate students, is inviting submissions to its third issue. This issue takes up authority, social structure, and the construction of desired realities in literature as its primary focus.

Transporting Bodies and Minds: 18th- and 19th-Century Travel

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 3:06pm
University of Michigan, Eighteenth-Century Studies Group and Nineteenth-Century Forum

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, travelers of all kinds documented their experiences in private letters and diaries, official correspondence, life writing, spiritual and religious narratives, and ethnographic accounts. Furthermore, these experiences were often transformed into works of art, with real and imagined moments of contact serving as the inspiration for painting, music, poetry, prose fiction, photography, and other creative ventures. These aesthetic productions transformed the foreign into the national, the known into the unknown, appearing to expand access to other cultures--a model of cultural transportation that recent criticism is troubling.

Call for Contributions for a volume of essays on 'Shipwrecks and Islands'

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 12:00pm
Olga Springer, Dublin City University (Ireland)

Shipwrecks and Islands.
A thematic, multidisciplinary and comparative volume of essays.

Recurrent motifs, shipwrecks and islands have always, together and separately, fascinated artists and writers as fundamental expressions of both crises and new beginnings. Proposals with literary, philosophical, artistic, filmic and/or musical foci are welcome.

Please send your proposals (500 words) to by February 20, 2012.
Acceptance of proposals will be sent by February 27, 2012.
Final articles should be about 5000 words in MLA style and sent by May 14, 2012.

Robert Browning and Victorian Poetry at 200, Nov 1-3, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 8:26am
Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University

To celebrate Robert Browning's bicentenary in 2012, the Armstrong Browning Library is hosting an international conference that will focus on Browning's importance within the broader field of Victorian poetry and poetics, and within Victorian studies more generally. Proposals are invited for short position papers, to be circulated in advance and discussed in seminars, on the themes detailed below. In addition to these theme-based seminars, conference attendees will also have the chance to participate in seminar discussions centered around particular Browning texts, led by notable Victorian poetry scholars.