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2011 PAMLA Religion and Literature Panel: Suffering and Religious Identity, Scripps College, CA, Proposal deadline 3/25

Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 9:51pm
PAMLA (Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association) 11/5-11/6, 2011

The Literature and Religion panel at 2011 PAMLA Conference (November 5-6, 2011; Scripps College, Claremont, CA) seeks papers that address how questions of faith have shaped literary works and cultural meanings. In particular, it welcomes papers exploring the relationship between suffering and religious identity. Some of the questions we will consider are: how do writers represent the connection between suffering and faith? Can certain experiences of epiphany—i.e. moments of empathic identification with the suffering other—be categorized as inherently transcendent? Do religious and non-religious writers come to terms with human suffering in different ways?

Please submit proposals by 3/25 2011

CFP: Historicizing Narrative Theory (7/15/11; journal issue)

Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 8:20pm
Sue J. Kim / Priyamvada Gopal

The Journal of Narrative Theory (JNT) seeks submissions for an upcoming special issue, "Historicizing Narrative Theory."

Essays (max. 10,000 words) should address themselves to the relationship(s) of contemporary narrative theory to ethnic and/or postcolonial studies, and may examine both literary and cultural texts (visual and digital mediums, music, ethnographies, tourism guides, etc).

Modernism and Totalitarianism 5/4/11 -- 6-9/8/11

Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 3:17pm
Patricia Rae/Modernist Studies Association (MSA)

"In our age, the idea of intellectual liberty is under attack from two directions. On the one hand are its theoretical enemies, the apologists of totalitarianism, and on the other its immediate, practical enemies, monopoly and bureaucracy. Any writer or journalist who wants to retain his integrity finds himself thwarted by the general drift of society rather than by active persecution."

George Orwell, "The Prevention of Literature" (1946)

Proposals are invited for a possible MSA session on the subject of modernism and totalitarianism.


Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 10:36am

Scholarly essays are invited for an anthology of critical essays on Aesthetics of Haiku Poetry to be published by a reputed publisher from India. The essays may include the traditional as well as contemporary trends in Haiku poetry with special focus on evolution and development of Haiku in English language across the world. For further details, please write to Editor of the anthology at editorial.2008@indiatimes.com.


The Return of Theory in Early Modern English Studies, Vol. II, eds. Paul Cefalu, Gary Kuchar, and Bryan Reynolds

Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 9:28am
Paul Cefalu, English Department, Lafayette College

We invite abstracts that bring together theory and early modern English literature and culture. Relevant categories/topics might include historical phenomenology/post-phenomenology; affect theory; species/animal theory/posthumanism; genre theory; ecocriticism; and communication/network theory. Selected essays will be published in a collection entitled the *The Return of Theory in Early Modern English Studies,* Volume II, eds. Paul Cefalu, Gary Kuchar, and Bryan Reynolds, a companion volume to the recently published collection, *The Return of Theory: Tarrying with the Subjunctive,* eds. Paul Cefalu and Bryan Reynolds (Palgrave, 2011). Please send copies of abstracts to Paul Cefalu (cefalup@ Lafayette.edu).