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Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame announces an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on the history and literature of the British Isles in a European context from the Glorious Revolution to the twenty-first century.
rom Diane DiMassa's caffeinated homicidal heroine in Hothead Paisan to Lee Edelman's sinthomosexual who "chooses not to choose the Child," revenge – if only phantasmatic – invigorates queer narratives, theory, even politics. And given that oppression breeds resentment, it is no intellectual leap to consider why revenge becomes a popular trope. But is there something inherently queer about revenge? Could we envision distinctly queer forms of revenge? Or is such an essentialist application of "queer" its very antithesis?
Criterion seeks original, well-researched, and intellectually rigorous essays written from diverse critical perspectives and about texts from any time period or literary tradition. Submissions are peer-reviewed by a selection board at BYU, and final decisions are made by the journal's two Editors-in-Chief in consultation with a faculty advisor. Essays may be submitted on a year-round basis, but Criterion is currently soliciting submissions for its 2012 issue, scheduled for publication in April of 2012. The submission deadline for the 2012 issue is 20 January 2012. Essays received after this deadline will be considered for the 2013 issue.
Julie Tharp and Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb write in This Giving Birth: "Ever since a pregnant Demi Moore exploded the beauty myth by posing nude for a magazine cover and Madonna cast off her boy-toy image to sing the praises of maternity, popular culture has also begun to embrace dear old mom." At the same time, Modern Family, Mr. Mom, Thomas Beatie, the At-Home Dads Convention, and Superdad: a Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood are just a few examples testifying to how popular culture has been embracing dad.
I am looking for papers for multiple panels for the new PCA Area Motherhood/Fatherhood which showcases (from humanities and social sciences perspectives) any aspect of motherhood and or fatherhood in popular culture.
This conference, hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre in London and the University of Surrey in Guildford, will explore the interfaces between art history and textual scholarship through the work of Charles Dickens.
Plenary speaker: Professor Kate Flint (Rutgers University). Other speakers TBC.
In 1844 Friedrich Engels described the slums of Manchester as 'unplanned wildernesses'; stating that no 'human being would willingly inhabit such dens' (The Condition of the Working Class in England). This emphasis on the bewildering experience of the slum – the 'maze of lanes, blind alleys and back passages' – as well as the slum's contaminating presence in the Victorian city, is part of a wider dialogue concerning working-class neighbourhoods throughout the nineteenth century that incorporated the writings of such figures as Charles Dickens and the sociologist Charles Booth.
New Voices in Irish Criticism: "Legitimate Ireland"
19th – 21st April 2012
Institute of Irish Studies
Queen's University, Belfast
From plantations to Grattan's parliament, poitín distillers to the IMF bailout, the Irish have always had a fraught relationship with institutions of political, social and religious power. It raises questions surrounding the legitimacy of performative and systemic aspects of Irishness, which has been and continues to be in flux both north and south of the border.
The 2012 volume will focus on "Shakespeare and Performance." We are interested in articles that consider any aspect of performance in historical or contemporary productions of Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights. The following list is of possible topics, but should not be considered exhaustive:
Comparative performance in England
Comparative performances in England and other countries
Performance of Guilds
Women and performance
Current Productions of early modern plays
Actors and the text
Court Performances and Masques
Papers addressing filmed adaptations of 19th century novels are invited, from all theoretical perspectives. Books and films both major and less conventional are welcome. What choices confront film-makers in bringing these works to the screen? What features of the novels make them appealing to producers/directors/the public? What effect do modernizations of the texts have on their meaning? How are they used to comment on contemporary culture and society?
300-word abstracts to Rod Cooke, firstname.lastname@example.org 'Filming the Nineteenth Century Novel' has been approved as a session at the 43rd annual NeMLA convention, to be held in Rochester, New York, March 15th-18th, 2012.