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Call for Volunteers: Dickens Journals Online

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 7:30am
University of Buckingham

In six months' time, Britain will celebrate the bicentenary of arguably its greatest writer after Shakespeare, Charles Dickens (born 7th February 1812).

A huge swathe of Dickens's work as a writer, reporter, and magazine editor is embodied in the two weekly journals he edited for over twenty years, and in which he published hundreds of articles as well as some of his best known (and most widely studied) serial novels: Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations. The rest of the contents – which were published anonymously – he helped commission, plan and meticulously copy-edit, from offices in Wellington Street, Covent Garden. A blue plaque opposite the Lyceum Theatre commemorates the spot.

Issues of Mobility and Confinement in Women's Literature (NeMLA 2012 Panel)

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 4:45pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Call for Book Reviewers

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 7:22am
American, British and Canadian Studies Journal

Call for Book Reviewers

Call for Submissions

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 7:13am
American, British and Canadian Studies Journal

Call for Papers

ABC Studies, the Journal of the Academic Anglophone Society of Romania, is now accepting submissions for its December 2011 issue, an open-theme edition featuring our usual selection of critical-creative multidisciplinary work. We invite contributions in the form of articles, essays, interviews, book reviews, conference presentations and project outlines that seek to take Anglophone studies to a new level of enquiry across disciplinary boundaries.

Deadline Extended. NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012, Rochester, NY: Obscenity, Violence, and Humor in the Eighteenth-Century Novel

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 5:46pm
Kathleen Tamayo Alves

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.

Digital Interpretation Roundtable

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 2:13pm
Digital Americanists Society

The Digital Americanists Society invites proposals for a roundtable about digital interpretation of nineteenth-century American literature or culture, to be proposed for the C19 Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, April 12-15, 2012. This roundtable will take up the C19 Program Committee's call to investigate how "the field's contours have been enlarged—or foreshortened—by the investigative tools offered by digital technologies." We seek scholars using digital tools—e.g. GIS, data mining, visualization, textual analysis, and other methods—to help them understand the nineteenth century. We are particularly interested in the ways that digital tools can lead scholars toward new interpretive insights into texts and other cultural objects.

Fantastic Narratives and the Natural World

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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 1:55pm
Dalhousie University, Department of French and Italian

The Department of French and Italian invites contributions for an interdisciplinary colloquium on "Fantastic Narratives and the Natural World" to be held at Dalhousie University (Canada, NS) on April 27/28 2012. Send a 300 word abstract and a one page CV to fantasticnarratives@gmail.com by September 30 2011. Papers will be considered for publication in a special thematic issue of the refereed journal Belphégor – Popular Literature and Media Culture (http://etc.dal.ca/belphegor/)

Final Deadline (30 August 2011): 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 4:01pm
Dr Maryam Farahani-Dr Nick Davis

We are developing a collection of articles for a special issue journal of Studies in the Literary Imagination entitled 'Poetic Optimism and the Post-Enlightenment Social Identity, 1794-1878'. This collection will explore the meaning and application of poetic optimism in relation to the question of social identity from 1794 to 1878.

The collection will be introduced and edited by Dr Maryam Farahani (University of Liverpool) and Dr Anna Szczepan-Wojnarska (Cardinal Wyszynski University of Warsaw & The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, Cambridge),with a foreword by Dr Nick Davis and Dr Ian Schermbrucker (University of Liverpool).

The final deadline for abstracts is 30 August 2011. More details at:

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