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Illuminating the Everyday Imagination [NEMLA, April 7-11, 2010; abstracts by 9/30/09]

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 9:20pm
Elaine Auyoung

This panel considers the imagination's literary significance in relation to its underestimated role in everyday cognitive life. Papers may combine analysis of specific texts with psychological, philosophical, or cognitive accounts of the imagination. How does literary representation reflect the everyday imagination at work? How do fictional characters and narrators model commonplace imaginative acts? Most important, how does literature engage our ordinary imaginative powers in such extraordinary ways? Send 300 to 500-word abstracts to Elaine Auyoung at auyoung@fas.harvard.edu.

[update] William Blake and His Influence 4/7-11 2009, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; proposals by Sept. 30, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 6:29pm
Josephine McQuail / Northeast Modern Language Association Convention

Papers are welcome on William Blake and his influence on any one of the many artists or movements he impacted, including not only literature but visual arts and music: including but not limited to the Pre-Raphaelites, the Ancients, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Ginsberg and the Beats, Van Morrison, Billy Bragg, Patti Smith, composer William Bolcom, -- not to mention popular writers like Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas Harris, etc. What do the artists "half create/And what perceive" in their own vision of William Blake? What is Blake's legacy today? E-mail abstracts or complete papers (limited to 10-12 minutes presentation time) to Josephine McQuail or mail to Dr. J. McQuail, Box 5053, 5 William L.

Alfred Hitchcock - SWTX PCA/ACA - 31st Annual Conference - February 10-13, 2010

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 4:22pm
Michael Howarth - Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations

Call for Papers: Alfred Hitchcock
Abstract/Proposals by November 15th 2009

Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Associations - 31st Annual Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 10-13, 2010
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 1-505-842-1234
Fax: 1-505-766-6710

Panels now forming for presentations on the films and career of Alfred Hitchcock. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations.

CFP [SCMS Panel] 7/31/09; 3/17/10-3/21/10; Los Angeles

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 1:09pm
Dr. Douglas A. Cunningham

CFP: Society for Cinema Media Studies Conference, Los Angeles, March 2010

Motion comics are (in most cases) digitized, panel-by-panel, animated translations of comic books or graphic novels. This new medium has gained high visibility most recently as a result of Warner Bros.' adaption of D.C.'s WATCHMEN into the motion comics format as part of the studio's overall efforts to promote the live-action film version of the famed graphic novel. Several additional comics have, however, been adapted into this format, including BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE, STEPHEN KING'S "N.", I AM LEGEND, SPIDER WOMAN, and ASTONISHING X-MEN, among many others.

Proposed Essay Collection – From King of the Jungle to Cultural Icon: Tarzan at 100

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 12:49pm
Edited by Michelle Ann Abate and Annette Wannamaker

From King of the Jungle to Cultural Icon will be an interdisciplinary essay collection marking the 100th anniversary of Tarzan of the Apes. Since its debut in serial format in 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs' narrative about an orphaned white boy being raised by a band of black apes in the African jungle has become a transnational literary classic, frequent cinematic, film and comic book icon and powerful—as well as problematic—cultural archetype. This collection will allow critics from a wide range of disciples to explore the past place, present status and future importance of Tarzan in popular print, visual and material culture.

[update] postcolonial short story - final call

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 12:09pm
Dr Paul March-Russell / University of Kent

This is the final call for the following collection of essays on the postcolonial short story. Please note that we can be flexible about the July deadline but that we do need expressions of interest before that date. Publishers are interested in this project and we would like to contact them as soon as possible with our final selection of abstracts.

Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent, Canterbury) and Dr Maggie Awadalla (Imperial College, London/SOAS) are proposing a new collection of essays on the postcolonial short story.

CFP-Edited Collection on Hitchcock's VERTIGO and the Specificities of Place

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 1:39am
Dr. Douglas A. Cunningham

Seeking essays (25-30 pages in length) for a proposed book entitled, PORTALS OF THE PAST: VERTIGO AND THE SPECIFICITIES OF PLACE. In short, this collection of essays will be concerned with explorations of the ways in which specific places in the San Francisco Bay Area (Fort Point, the Presidio, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Mission Dolores) and Monterey County (e.g., Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Point Lobos State Park, the Mission San Juan Bautista, etc.) inform readings/experiences/memories of Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece, VERTIGO.