As opposed to the Gothic labyrinths of vaults and broken palaces or shattered abbeys, in the nineteenth century the picturesque legacy grew into a passion for sublime ruins as crystals of time, suffused with melancholy pleasure. From Romantic hubris (and the fascination for Troy or Pompei) to Turner's luminous visions or Hardy's carved windows and stone coffins, ruins offered dwindling points of aesthetic stability as well as symptoms of mutability in a changing world stamped by Darwinian ruthlessness.
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Announces: Issue 10.4
Featuring Special sections on:
Open Submissions: Ongoing
Reconstruction 12.1: The Locations of Stardom (Due June 1)
This panel will explore Virginia Woolf's literary, aesthetic, or epistemological influence on early-twentieth-century women writers and artists (defined broadly) now far less known than she. Interdisciplinary and transatlantic/transnational engagements are encouraged.
Please note that this panel is sponsored by the IVWS, but will need to go through MLA program review to be accepted.
Please send 500 word abstracts to Brenda Helt at email@example.com by March 15.
Welcoming a range of theoretical and historical methodologies and perspectives, we invite papers that explore the intersection of church and state in Joyce's work. Possible topics might include:
Call for Papers
Special issue of ESC: English Studies in Canada
on Northrop Frye on the occasion of the centenary of his birth
To mark Northrop Frye's 100th birthday and as part of the process of revaluation of this important figure, ESC is planning a special issue on Frye. Northrop Frye was enormously influential and in a variety of fields and with a variety of individuals, so we are encouraging papers from all disciplines, as well as English. Submissions are welcome on any topic or approach relevant to Frye. Topics might include:
This is a repost of a call I put out earlier in the year seeking proposals for a multi-disciplinary collection of essays on Conan the barbarian. A couple of the contributors have been forced to back out so I now need two more articles. I already have the contract for the publication.
Here are some potential topics, but I am open to good ideas not on the list:
Conan after de Camp and Carter
The Conan industry
Feminist approaches to Conan
Appropriation of Conan in rock/heavy metal
Conan the television show
Masculinity/Male studies and barbarism
Essays should be in the 8000-10000 word range. An agreed-upon style manual will be send to all contributors.
The University of Connecticut's Freshman English Program is calling for presentation, panel, and roundtable proposals from instructors of writing (in all disciplines and programs) for our Sixth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing: "Knowledge and Networks." We invite creative engagement with this year's conference theme, construed broadly, in the hopes of expanding our understanding of knowledge (including how we construct knowledge and writing's relationship to knowledge) and networks (including how networks of all kinds affect knowledge, writing, and learning). We also invite proposals on other topics related to the teaching of writing.
In recent years, the terrain of feminist scholarship has expanded prolifically, as fields such as disability studies, masculinities, and eco-criticism continue to blossom alongside studies of race, class, sexuality, and women's lives. In addition, the academy's increasing focus on interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, and postdisciplinarity takes up the very sort of integrative methodologies that women's studies has been innovating for decades. As central, capacious, and multifaceted as feminist scholarship has become, there are still those among us who find ourselves working at its "boundaries" -- with topics, disciplines, or methodologies that have not yet been well-established in women's studies.
The Victorian Age in many ways looked back to the medieval period as a time that was more stable, that embodied ideals to be emulated in the modern world, for examples of sound leadership, orthodox belief and faith, and divinely ordained social structures. These medievalisms took many forms, including Alfredian celebrations, interest in Arthurian romances, neo-Gothic architecture, reforms in the Church, Pre-Raphaelite paintings of knights and ladies, and Count Dracula. The medieval in all its forms was shaped into a mirror by which the Victorians both escaped their own world but also harnessed the old to help form the new world of the 19th century.
Conference Date: April 16, 2011 from 10 AM – 6PM
Location: University of North Carolina Wilmington, Morton Hall
Submission Deadline: February 25, 2011
The current phenomenon of the neo-Victorian, neo-Edwardian, neo-Forties, and more recently, neo-Tudor novel, seems to confirm contemporary culture's persisting fascination with re-visiting and re-formulating key historical moments. This inter-disciplinary one-day event intends to develop critical examination of the recent literary trend of the 'neo-historical' novel and to bring fresh perspectives to current debates on its cultural and theoretical underpinnings. Discussion will concentrate especially on the 'exoticising' strategies employed by neo-historical fiction in its representation of one culture for consumption by another: What motivates this return to, and symbolic re-appropriation of, the past?
Proposals for scholarly or creative panels, interdisciplinary sessions, round tables, or individual fifteen to twenty-minute presentations on the interface between literary studies and Christianity. Special consideration will be given to papers relating to the conference theme, "transformative journeys."
Please consider submitting an abstract for the following proposed session for the 2012 MLA Convention to be held January 5-8 in Seattle. This session is jointly co-sponsored by the Divisions of American Literature to 1800 and French 18th-Century Studies.
The French in the Americas
Proposals should address accounts by or about the French in the Americas before 1800 (including the Caribbean, Louisiana, New France, the Pacific, Philadelphia, etc.). Abstracts by 10 March 2011 to Mary McAlpine (firstname.lastname@example.org); inquiries to Mary McAlpine or Michelle Burnham (email@example.com).
Call for papers
'The survival of mankind will depend to a large extent on the ability of people who think differently to act together.' (Geert Hofstede: Culture's Consequences, Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutions and Organizations Across Nations [Sage, 2001])
Fostering trans-disciplinary perspectives on embodied process and performance
This three day event invites somatic practitioners, dance artists and scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss, envision and critically engage with embodied processes and performance.
With the aim to discover correspondences, cultivate inquiry and transverse discipline borders this event seeks to collaboratively investigate the potentials of embodied thinking and action, to develop visions for future practice, methodologies and theorising.