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.
The UCL Festival of London and Literature: "One Day in the City"
15 June 2012
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SHAKESPEARE AND EMOTIONS
The 11th Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
27–30 November 2012
The University of Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia
Keynote speakers include Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare's Globe London), Philippa Kelly (California Shakespeare Theater and UNSW), and Steven Mullaney (University of Michigan). Additional keynote speakers are to be announced.
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.