This panel will explore "experience" as a constructed form of knowledge in American literature. Papers may focus on one text, on works by one author, or on multiple writers. I am also interested in essays centering on experience in connection with American literary historiography. Of particular interest are analyses of scholarly traditions that privilege experience as an epistemological category—often in the service of arguments that foreground the distinctiveness and/or the exceptional quality of American culture. Essays may address any American literary period(s), genre(s), and/or themes. Papers may also compare constructions of experience in American literature with the literatures of other linguistic, national, and/or cultural groups.
In April 27-28, 2012, the Society for Novel Studies will hold its first biennial conference at Duke University, sponsored by the journal NOVEL: A FORUM ON FICTION.
Major Minors: Neglected and New Issues in Literary Studies
The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference at Louisiana State
LSU Student Union
February 16th & 17th, 2012
Keynote Address by Meredith McGill, Rutgers University
Desire: From Eros to Eroticism
Keynote Speakers: Peter Brooks &David Konstan
The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center present an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on November 10-11, 2011.
43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
March 15 - 18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group
ANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE 2012
Call for Papers
3 March 2012
Keynote Speaker: David J. Smith, Senior Manager for Educational Outreach
at the United States Institute for Peace
Location: University of Maryland University College, College Park, Maryland
Alien invasion, viral outbreak, nuclear holocaust, the rise of the machines, the flood, the second coming, the second ice age—these are just a few of the ways human beings have imagined their "end of days." And someone's Armageddon clock is always ticking—we just dodged Harold Camping's rapture on May 21st of this year, and the Mayan-predicted doomsday of 2012 is just around the corner. In the end, what do we reveal about ourselves when we dream of the apocalypse? What are the social and political functions of these narratives in any given historical period? How do different cultures imagine the apocalypse, and what do these differences reveal? What is particular to the narratological design and content of apocalyptic texts?
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This panel will examine eighteenth-century British fiction and the relationship between violence, obscenity and humor. Novelists' use of the obscene joke is a tempered way to suppress the blurring lines of distinction between classes and to maintain hierarchy, a direct response to the changes in society and to the increasing sensitivity to vulgar subjects in polite society. This panel is interested in discovering how authors mobilize social anxiety through violence, obscenity and humor.
Location: Stony Brook University, Manhattan Campus
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Proposal Deadline: December 17, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Laura Kipnis
The Stony Brook Manhattan English Department Graduate Conference, the longest running interdisciplinary graduate student conference in the nation, welcomes papers and panels from all disciplines, including the arts, cultural studies, social and hard sciences, and the humanities. This year's conference will feature a faculty-sponsored Best Paper Award; for details and registration visit www.stonybrook.edu/gradconf.
Call for Papers:
Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was a novelist, country gentleman, social commentator, onetime colonial administrator and failed ostrich farmer whose prodigious output comprises a significant but under-examined contribution to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature. While his two most famous works, King Solomon's Mines (1886) and She (1887) have attracted a steady stream of articles in recent years, most notably from the fields of postcolonial and gender studies, a significant proportion of his oeuvre remains almost entirely unstudied, despite their considerable popular success in his lifetime.