Proposals that focus on diaspora in Anglophone Middle Eastern Literatures and discuss broader issues such as gender, ethnicity, language and narrative. 300-word abstract and CV by 15 March 2013; Eda Dedebas Dundar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What does the French literature, art and culture of the years 1890-1920 tell us about the blooming young girls ? Follow-up of a 2011 MLA special session on the decadent "fatal virgins" of the end of the XIXth century, this panel will be dedicated to the still rather unknown "jeunes-filles" in any kind of text, media and form.
Send your one page abstracts and CV/bio to Virginie Pouzet-Duzer by March 14 2013.
PLEASE NOTE: This CFP is for a proposed, not a guaranteed, session, meaning it is contingent on approval by the MLA Program Committee (which will make its decisions after April 1). All prospective presenters must be current MLA members by no later than 7 April 2012.
Saturday, April 13th
Keynote Address by Professor Sidney I. Dobrin, University of Florida
"On the Beach"
Abstracts and/or complete drafts due March 1, 2013 (250-300 words; include contact info and short bio)
Final essay due at the end of March 2013 (4,000-8,000 words)
Bust Culture: The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television collects articles on cultural artifacts that reflect, refract, and/or respond to the recessionary times of the 21st century. Considering that the current economic downturn is ongoing, we hope this collection offers a timely foray into comprehending contemporary "bust culture."
"Papers, Please": Knowledge at the Borders
"A comic book intended for an adult audience which tells a unique story in book format, created by one author (rarely is a choral work) in which some claim to be looking for great literature and predominantly autobiographical "This is roughly what we understand as a graphic novel. One of the most controversial terms has risen among ninth art artists, critics and theorists.
Despite not being a new format, we should refer to Art Spiegelman's Maus (1980), Frank Miller 's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen by Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons, both published by DC Comics in 1986, as a starter point of the current boom of the graphic novel even though the last two titles that are unmarked from the "official" definition.
Describing Kokovoko, the mysterious island home of Queequeg in Melville's Moby Dick, Ishmael states, "It is not down in any map; true places never are." The idea of "place" has haunted and inspired the literary imaginations of countless writers and readers. This conference panel seeks papers that explore the significance of space, place, and geography in literature.
Possible paper topics include:
- Evolving geographies (both material and abstract)
- National boundaries & the formulation of national identities
- Spatial categories: public and private; urban and rural; natural and civilized; sacred and secular
- Gendered spaces: domestic space and female interiority
Ray Bradbury was writing science fiction during the infancy of the genre and gained mainstream popularity during the 1950s. However, even today, when so many science fiction giants like Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, and Robert Heinlein have been celebrated in critical studies and articles, Bradbury remains on the margins of academia.
One of the reasons for Bradbury's marginality is that his writing is often categorized as sentimental fantasy. As Thomas Disch says of Bradbury in On SF, "his imagination so regularly gets mired in genteel gush and self-pity." Other scholars have critiqued Bradbury for his focus on small-town life, claiming that he does not examine relevant social and political issues.
Twentieth-century politics in a number of Spanish-speaking countries were dominated by dictatorships; as Spain's dictatorship concluded in 1975, state terrorism began in Argentina. How do film and literature express politics of terror and human rights across the Atlantic? Comparative papers may explore transitional justice, memory, the disappeared, the exiled, and stolen children. Preference may be given to proposals exploring the topic of stolen children in cultural products of both Spain and Latin America. Please submit abstracts in English, Spanish, or Portuguese to http://www.pamla.org/2013/ by March 31, 2013.
This is a CFP for a volume to be published by Dr. Roxana Oltean, Dr. Mihaela Precup, Dr. Dana Mihailescu as part of a 3-year research project entitled Cross-Cultural Encounters in American Trauma Narratives: A Comparative Approach to Personal and Collective Memories.
Pedagogy as an essential part of the learning and teaching culture has an ever more important place in community colleges where we continually rethink and revise our practices for our often non-traditional student population and for a population less aware of the value of the written word. Building on the success of our first conference, Transitions and Transactions II: Literature and Creative Pedagogies invites Community College faculty to send proposals for the April 25-27, 2014 conference presented by Borough of Manhattan Community College, English Department.
In recent years, Victorian scholars have given renewed attention to the periodical press and extra-literary modes of communication. Thanks to technological improvements in printing and circulation, the Victorian era saw a significant expansion in the quantity of periodicals and newspapers available to a growing and multifaceted public. As a result, Victorians like Matthew Arnold were anxious about the effect of the new periodical press on the amorphous public and a weakening of state and social authority and coherence, both domestically and abroad. Of course, newspapers could (and did) support state authority as well as oppose it. So how did the press mold readers' opinions and actions in the guise of delivering information?
The academic interest in children's literature has been growing in popularity. Why do these stories interest a young audience as well as adults? Why are new versions of old stories still interesting? Is the story itself compelling, or are readers fascinated with the aspect of the child itself? This session will focus on children's literature as well as literature about children. Papers can range from any time period and genre (young adult, picture book, folk, film, etc.) Submit a proposal of 300-500 words explaining your project pertaining to the realm of children's literature.
Topics prospective panelists may wish to address include, but are not limited to the following:
America. America. AmeRICA. The Americas. A mythologized New World, oceans apart from the Old, yet not a day younger. America: a projection that first obliterated and then replaced the reality of the dual continent before its existence, rhetorically undone, could be acknowledged. Re-textualized anew before they could be explored and exploited, contemporary Americas have since become a complex palimpsest: the oldest text barely visible from under the plethora others, inscribed upon the erasure of previous ones.
ATHE Theatre History Focus Group
Debut Panel 2013
The Theatre History Focus Group (THFG) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) invites submissions for its debut panel from scholars who have neither published articles nor previously presented at ATHE. The deadline for submissions is March 8, 2013.