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UPDATE--Reshaping Change: The Language and Literature of Opportunity DUE NOV 15

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 10:37pm
American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, March 29 - April 1 2012

Aristotle's Poetics defines complex action in tragedy as a change accompanied by reversal or recognition, or both. Given this definition, is change then not a requirement of literature? Even in the Nouveau Roman, change is provided by an unexpected outlook and by stylistic choices in the writing itself. Change is often and legitimately equated to crisis or catastrophe, but may also be seen as a critical element of Literature–in Aristotle's view inherently so. A literary work develops through change, its interpretation by character or reader, and is thus assumed into or by the narrative. The imagination is fed by change. This seminar investigates how literary works represent change in a way that reinterprets or avoids catastrophe.

Victorian Thresholds: Between Literature and Anthropology 28 April 2012

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 7:23pm
Victorian Studies Assoc. of Ontario

The theme for this year's VSAO conference is "Victorian Thresholds: Between Literature and Anthropology." The executive invites abstracts for 20 minute papers to be presented at our morning panel. Please send electronic copies of proposals (300-500 words) and a brief biographical statement to Matthew Rowlinson (mrowlins@uwo.ca) by 28 January 2012. Alternatively, hard copies can be sent by mail to Matthew Rowlinson / Department of English / University of Western Ontario/ London, ON CANADA N6A 3K7

Book Reviews for Newly Published Creative Fiction & Poetry Works

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5:55pm
Rougarou: An Online Literary Journal

Rougarou: An Online Literary Journal (http://english.louisiana.edu/rougarou/) is currently accepting book review submissions for its upcoming spring 2012 issue.

We are interested in thoughtful, well-written reviews of recently published fiction and poetry books. While the quality of the review is our main concern, we prefer to publicize new or lesser-known writers representing small presses or imprints, as well as books not widely reviewed. Some examples of smaller presses whose offerings consistently intrigue and impress us are Copper Canyon, Graywolf, Tupelo, Alice James Books, and Sarabande.

[Update] Call for Papers: Pedagogies and the Profession

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5:52pm
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association

The Pedagogies and the Profession Area of the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for paper presentations and panels on any topic involving successful or innovative approaches for teaching literature, media studies, film, cultural studies, television, rhetoric and composition, technical writing, or technology. We also welcome proposals that identify and discuss the existence or implication of specific pedagogical problems or issues, whether or not these advance any new methodologies.

Teachers from any type of school or curriculum are encouraged to submit proposals. Graduate students with teaching experience are particularly welcome with award opportunities for best graduate papers.

[UPDATE] Creating the Chalice: Imagination and Integrity in Goddess Studies

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 4:01pm
Association for Study of Women and Mythology

Keynote speakers: Judy Grahn, Miriam Robbins Dexter

Advancing scholarship about women and mythology involves the evolution and refinement of scholarly methods. Suggested topics for this symposium might include, but are not limited to, the following:

What are new paths for the field of women's spirituality? What new models and methods support scholarly inquiry? How shall new methods be evaluated? What are criteria for solid scholarship using these new models? What are the complexities around issues of cultural appropriation? How can scholars understand and address the tensions around rootedness and local culture on the one hand, and issues of lineage and history on the other?

Rails in the City: Representing Urban Mobility

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 2:35pm
Steven D. Spalding/Christopher Newport University

Essays are sought for an upcoming special issue on the topic of trains and railway mobility in urban cultures. This issue of Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies explores the relationship between railway mobility and urban cultures by giving particular emphasis to its representation in art, literature and film. Interdisciplinary and transnational in scope, submissions on this topic may deal with any part of the history of that relationship, from the advent of rail mobility in the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and in any national or transnational context. The rise of Mobility Studies as a prominent scholarly discipline in recent years raises the opportunity for just this kind of exciting new interdisciplinary work.

Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts 6:3 (Spring 2013) Grassroots Politics in the Po

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 1:16pm
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Call for Papers
Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts
Volume 6, Number 3 (Spring 2013)
Grassroots Politics in the Postcolony

Papers must be received by September 15, 2012 to be considered for publication in this issue.

Please send manuscript publications to the managing editor: Leslie Shortlidge shortlidge.2@osu.edu. Please visit our Web site for the complete call for papers as well as our Submission Guidelines at www.raceethnicity.org.

Queering Area Studies, Deadline November 15, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:51pm
ACLA 2012, March 29-April 1, 2012 at Brown University

Scholars ranging from Rey Chow, Miyoshi, and Harootunian have pointed out how area studies' emergence as collaborator with the U.S. state continues older European colonial structures that narrate non-Western nations in developmental terms.

Miami Vice: The Role of Immorality and Depravity in Constructions of the Self and Community (March 16, 2012)

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:25pm
The 9th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium

The 9th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium

Miami Vice:

The Role of Immorality and Depravity in Constructions of the Self and Community

March 16, 2012, 9:00-4:00 Oxford, Ohio

What's vice today may be virtue, tomorrow. -- Henry Fielding

In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.--Marquis de Sade

Greed, avarice, and lust; bribery, prostitution, and blackmail; sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll—vice is a sign and cause of social ills as well as an outlet of rebellion against structure and stagnation. How we (dis)associate ourselves with vice helps constitute our individual and group identities and affiliations.

Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies, 12-14 July 2012

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:43am
University of Reading Early Modern Research Centre

The Reading Early Modern Conference continues to establish itself as the place where early modernists meet each July for stimulation, conversation and debate. As in previous years, proposals of individual papers and panels are invited on research in any aspect of early modern studies relating to Britain, Europe and the wider world. This year, the plenary speakers are Professor Paul Yachnin (McGill), director of the 'Making Publics' project, and Professor John Morrill (Cambridge).

Ellen Glasgow Society CFPs for 2012 American Literature Association [May 24-27; deadline January 6]

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:40am
Ellen Glasgow Society and American Literature Association

Glasgow Scholarship will be represented at the American Literature Association's 2012 meeting in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2012, in two ways:

Ellen Glasgow and Other Writers: Professional Influences

The Ellen Glasgow Society will sponsor one panel on the relationships Ellen Glasgow forged with other writers during her lifetime with an emphasis on how such relationships influenced Glagow's writing and thematic parallels among the literary works of Glasgow and her cohort. Papers may focus on personal and professional relationships with other writers.

[UPDATE] Kennesaw State University's First World Literature Conference / March 16-17 2012

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 10:44am
Khalil Elayan / English Department

The bourgeoisie has, through its exploitation of the world market, given a cosmopolitan character to production and consumption in every country. […] In place of the old wants, satisfied by the production of the country, we find new wants, requiring for their satisfaction the products of distant lands and climes. In place of the old local and national seclusion and self-sufficiency, we have intercourse in every direction, universal inter-dependence of nations. And as in material, so also in intellectual production. The intellectual creations of individual nations become common property. National one-sidedness and narrow-mindedness become more and more impossible, and from the numerous national and local literatures, there arises a world literature.