We seek submissions for a panel proposal on nineteenth-century subcultures, undergrounds, and counterpublics for MLA '13 in Boston. We are interested in advancing the study of forgotten, secret, or unofficial cultural formations, but also in complicating the culture/subculture binary, interrogating the relationship between undergrounds and the mainstream. We welcome archival work, print culture studies, theories of the public sphere, considerations of race, gender, nation, and sexuality, and other approaches.
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?
Human beings have always lived in a state of ecological, nutritional, and psychological dependence on plants, yet the attitudes toward plant life expressed in the imaginative literature of Western culture are ambivalent. In the nineteenth century, Emerson's delight in "the suggestion of an occult relationship between man and vegetable" finds its dark echo in Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter," in which the loveliness of the mad scientist's garden conceals a latent threat to human personhood.
Journal of Theory and Criticism
Semiotics as a Theory of Culture: Deciphering the Meanings of Cultural Texts
Call for Papers
Katrin Dennerlein/Maximilian Benz
Räume der Herkunft.
Fallstudien zu einer historischen Narratologie
Tagung vom 21.-23. Juni 2013 an der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Romantic Circles Pedagogies invites submissions for a special volume on translation theory in the classroom. Possible topics include:
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Grethe Mitchell (University of Lincoln)
The Latin word 'Ludus' (a play, a game, a pastime) embodies a semantic play of language that is suggestive of the importance of the concepts of play and games to cultural products. Ludus can also refer to a school for elementary instruction, 'Ludi' to public shows or spectacles. Latin poetry often explores and celebrates Ludus as the creative play of writing, as in Ludic verse.