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New Directions in Gothic Fiction

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 3:55pm
Sharla Hutchison, Fort Hays State University

This session focuses on new and divergent trends in Gothic literature. Possible topics include: Techno-Gothic, Caribbean Gothic literature, the Post-colonial Gothic, Gothic Fiction and popular culture, new monsters of the 21st century, etc. By June 15, please send an abstract of approximately 200 words along with your name and email address to: Sharla Hutchison, shutchis@fhsu.edu

Understading Avatar: A Movie Made for the Masses -- NeMLA Convention -- 7-10 April 2011 -- New Brunswick, New Jersey [UPDATE]

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:54pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Sven Birkerts identifies language erosion as one of the morbid symptoms of the electronic age: "Syntactical masonry is already a dying art; simple linguistic pre-fab is the norm. Ambiguity, paradox, irony, subtlety, and wit – fast disappearing. In their place, the simple 'vision thing.'" The popularity of James Cameron's Avatar may prove the worldwide spread of this morbid symptom.

[UPDATE] Histories Created Through Film at San Francisco State University Oct. 20-22, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 1:45pm
San Francisco State University Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association

The San Francisco State University 12th Annual International Film Conference

This conference seeks to explore the role of cinema in reflecting and contributing to concepts of historical events, identity politics, cultures, cults and celebrity.

Histories, as narratives of both personal and public events, identities and societies, are created, recreated, and deconstructed in film. This conference will explore how cinematic depictions of histories differ from that of other media and how cinema's depiction influences both society and other media. The relation between cinema and histories invites investigation from numerous perspectives, including but not limited to:

IV International Gothic Congress 'The Gothic and its Encounter with Technology'(Mexico City, April 4-6, 2011)

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 12:36pm

The Gothic Literature is just beginning to be accepted as a literary field worth of study among Mexican scholars. The doors remain open to deepen into the study of a style whose manifestations go beyond time, culture and genre boundaries.

After the great response received in the three previous Gothic Congresses (2008, 2009 & 2010), this time the aim is to keep encouraging the interest in the Gothic among both students and scholars at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and other Mexican institutions. To achieve this, we propose to start from the study of the interaction between the Gothic and the scientific-technological advances whose development has increased in a parallel way to the development of the Gothic.

The New Creative Writing: Bringing Forward a New Era of Instruction

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:31am
Principal editors: Dianne Donnelly, Patrick Bizzaro, Gary Hawkins

The status of genre writing has been redefined for us in the work of Gunther Kress. Kress reminds us that writing involves more than the alphabetic notion that we write poems, stories, plays and essays. In fact, communication is large, contains multitudes, to paraphrase Whitman; it involves visual and aural elements as well as traditional writing. As a result, even those of us who have not technologized our classes have felt the need to revise our courses (and our assignments) accordingly to include more and more of what our students bring with them as prior knowledge and experience to our classes. There is new teaching to be done, and we must bring forward a new era of instruction in creative writing.

Dracula and Beyond: The Evolution of the Vampire/NEMLA 2011 convention, New Brunswick, NJ, April 7-10, 2011

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:24am
Anne DeLong/Kutztown University

Dracula and Beyond: The Evolution of the Vampire

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

This panel seeks papers that explore the figure of the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, and popular culture, including Stoker's Dracula and its literary predecessors and descendents. Papers should address the evolution of the metaphorical significance of vampires as cultural barometers for analyzing themes of sexuality, xenophobia, contagion, and/or consumption. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to Anne DeLong at delong@kutztown.edu

Dickens in 2012: Preparing for Boz's Bicentennial

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:10am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

"The record of bitter moments": Prison Writing as a Genre, NeMLA convention, April 7-10, 2011

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 9:42am
Kristina Lucenko, Stony Brook University

From John Milton to Aphra Behn to Oscar Wilde to Angela Y. Davis, a striking number of writers have experienced some sort of imprisonment. This panel seeks papers on the role of prisons in textual and literary creation. Some of the questions we wish to address include: What are the various prison experiences across time periods--the gaol, the bridewell, the convent, the workhouse-prison, the psychiatric hospital--and how does each serve as a site of cultural production? How does the prison intersect with issues of gender, class, and nation? How does prison writing fit with other generic forms? Which genres of writing emerged from imprisonment? How do writers figure their incarceration--as periods of dispossession, withdrawal, renewal, or triumph?

Donors and Helpers: Masculinity in Contemporary Fairy Tales (April 7-10, 2011 New Brunswick, NJ)

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 9:41am
NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) 2011 Convention

A hallmark of contemporary fairy tales is their subversion of stereotypical gender roles: once passive princesses have been transformed into tenacious, independent heroines who seek their own identities and forge their own paths. Canonical writers such as Angela Carter and Anne Sexton created a tradition that encouraged a flood of feminist reworkings of traditional tales and a plethora of newly created tales that mirror our contemporary age's continuing power shifts for women.

Leading Lines: Social Networking as Impetus for Scholarly Formation

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 9:29am
Kim Flugmacher Ballerini/NeMLA

News media are consistently commenting on the power of social networking sites, noting that the overwhelming majority of students spend significantly more time electronically communicating than devoting themselves to academic study. This roundtable seeks to foster discussion on how composition instruction can capitalize on students' proficiencies in social networking as a transition into scholarly discourse in composition courses. Please submit inquiries or 250 word proposals and a brief biographical description to Kim.Ballerini@NCC.Edu.
Proposal Deadline September 30, 2010.

UPDATE "Mrs Gaskell in Context"

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 9:09am
Trevor Harris, Université François-Rabelais, Tours (France)

Mrs Gaskell remains a central figure in the development of the Victorian conscience, and not least an accomplished exponent of its militant, middle-class, humanitarian ethics. And her friendships with the Brontë sisters, with Carlyle or Dickens, Ruskin or Harriet Beecher Stowe, combine to alert us to the significance of her work in the context of British intellectual history.

Mary Barton (1848) and North and South (1854) complete a triptych of works which all convey a vivid image of mid-nineteenth-century life in England: the two novels published either side of the "provincial" Cranford doing so from a resolutely industrial perspective against the backdrop of the massive new manufacturing centre of Manchester.

[UPDATE] Crowd Forms in American Literature [NeMLA Conference April 7-10, 2011 in New Brunswick, NJ]

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:52am
42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association [NeMLA]

This panel of the 2011 Northeast Modern Language Association conference seeks to redress traditional understandings of collectives in American literature. Speaking of literature in general, Larzer Ziff notes that the crowd is "at best…but a backdrop" against which the drama of the individual unfolds ("Whitman and the Crowd" 585). Henry James makes such a recognition a virtual dictum of realism, when, in the preface to The Princess Casamassima, he speaks of the necessity of the "finely aware" individual consciousness for registering the fleeting impressions of the crowded city streets (12).

Poems Invited for June 2010 Issue of Taj Mahal Review (17th Issue)

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 7:32am

Poems and stories may be submitted by all authors, whether first-time or published writers. The poems (maximum 35 lines), essays, short stories, literary articles and reviews (maximum 2500 words) must be in English. Poems with a special layout should be sent by email as an attachment using Microsoft Word.

Haikus may also be submitted. (Maximum 10)

Esperanto Essays and Poems with English translations may also be submitted.

The matter sent for publication must be an original creation of the author. The plagiarised work should not be submitted. Your submission declares that the work is original, and your own.