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UPDATE: The Female Hero in Modern Fantasy Edited Collection -- Call for Chapters

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 1:55pm
Dr. Lori Campbell/University of Pittsburgh

UPDATE: I have received many innovative proposals so far, but several key authors I would like to see included remain unclaimed, such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Diana Wynne Jones, J.K. Rowling, Madeleine L'Engle, Ursula Le Guin, Terry Pratchett, and Suzanne Collins, among a few others. Also please note that depending on the submissions, I may expand the "Pathfinders" section to include Victorian fantasy (i.e., George MacDonald, William Morris, etc.) as an additional precursor to modern fantasy. There is also a strong possibility I will add a new section for "Fantasy on Film." If you have an interest in any of these categories, or those below (see full CFP), please contact me at the email address provided.

Nineteenth Century French Aesthetics and the Coming of Modernism

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 12:41pm
November 2013 Conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association

We are seeking papers that explore or analyze French cultural aesthetics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as they relate to various interpretations of modernism. Preference will be given to papers that focus on the relationship between literature and other forms of art. Papers may be in English or French.

Please send 250 word proposals by May 31 to Richard Eichman at richard.eichman@svcc.edu.

The conference will be held Nov. 7-10, 2013, in Milwaukee, WI. Additional information can be found on the M/MLA website at http://www.luc.edu/mmla/.

Leonard Cohen Conference/Collection

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 11:07am
Dr John Baker / University of Westminster

Proposed presentations are sought for a one-day conference (and subsequent collection) on the art of Leonard Cohen at the University of Westminster in London, U.K. in December 2013. Presentations may focus on any aspect of Cohen's work although papers on his fiction and poetry are particularly welcome. The deadline is 1 June 2013.

Playing in Time: Temporality in Performance and Performing Arts. June 22, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:34am
International Vocal Arts Workshop, Jeunesses Musicales Croatia

International Vocal Arts Workshop, Jeunesses Musicales Croatia
Symposium: Grožnjan, Croatia, 22 June 2013

Papers: submit abstracts of up to 300 words to ivaw.groznjan@gmail.com by 20 May 2013.

Reflections: submit discussion topics to ivaw.groznjan@gmail.com by 10 June 2013
(including Workshop participants)

Playing in Time: Temporality in Performance and Performing Arts

Circling Our Wagons: Reflections on Hip-Hop Landscape(s) Conference April 11-13 2014

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:02am
Albany State University Department of English, Modern Languages, and Mass Communication.

In Hip Hop Wars, Tricia Rose argues that, "Hip Hop has become a primary means by which we talk about race in the United States." Rose's insight delves into the historical evolution of the genre and the sociological progression of the movement called Hip Hop. More importantly, Rose's inquiry of Hip Hop admits that Hip Hop has become an important apparatus by which critics, scholars, and artists can engage and examine the American social, personal, public, and private landscapes.

Call for submissions

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 4:37am
International Journal of Literary Linguistics

The International Journal of Literary Linguistics (IJLL) is an open-access, peer-review journal published by Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany) that is dedicated to the publication of original research at the interface of literary studies and linguistics. The journal provides an innovative forum for articles participating in the recent reshaping of the field of literary linguistics under the influence of pragmatics, functional linguistics and cognitive studies. The journal aims at contributing to a new, dialogic understanding of literary production and reception and invites contributions from scholars working on different languages and literatures.

[UPDATE] Shattering Releases: The Pleasures and Politics of Popular Erotic Fiction (Edited Collection)

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 2:49am
Dr Kristen Phillips, Claire Trevenen, Curtin University (Bentley, Western Australia)

"'It's taking all my self-control not to fuck you on the hood of this car, just to show you that you're mine, and if I want to buy you a fucking car, I'll buy you a fucking car,' he growls." (E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey)

"Her release was shattering, shocking her as her body seemed to fragment and dissolve, as the earth moved and colors burst all around her, through her, in her..." (Christine Feehan, Dark Magic)

"Listen, Rydstrom and I had a few bumps in the road. Our initial romance consisted of me chaining him in a dungeon and sexually tormenting him. And yet we worked past it."
(Kresley Cole, Shadow's Claim).

MELUS Conference (abstracts by Nov. 1, 2013)

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 9:07pm
MELUS (Society for the Study of the Multiethnic Literature of the U.S.)

The 28th Annual MELUS Conference & The Ralph Ellison Centennial Symposium

March 6-9, 2014
Downtown Oklahoma City
Sponsored by Oklahoma City University

Going to the Territory: Cultural Geographies of Ethnic American Literature

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu--life and works--for the journal Le Fanu Studies

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 6:35pm
Gothic Press/Gary William Crawford

The journal Le Fanu Studies is calling for papers on Victorian author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873). Also seeking papers for films, plays, fiction and poetry related to Le Fanu. Also seeking essays about Le Fanu's contemporaries in the ghost story or mystery novel as well as Anglo-Irish authors of Le Fanu's day.www.lefanustudies.com

[UPDATE] PAMLA 2013: Deadline EXTENDED - Autobiography and Fiction in American Women's Writing

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 5:19pm


Topic: Autobiography and Fiction in American Women's Writing

The SCSSAWW seeks papers for a panel on the intersections between autobiography and fiction in American women's writing. How might autobiographic or semi-autobiographic novels, from Harriet Wilson's Our Nig to Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, provide a space for various female writers to assert a voice within a dominant white, patriarchal culture? How do the formal conventions of the novel or the autobiography enhance or diminish the possibilities for this kind of agency? For what kinds of audiences?

Creating ans Sustaining Community in Challenging Times

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 3:00pm
Terry Novak/Atlantic Center for Learning Communities

The 13th annual Atlantic Center for Learning Communities Curriculum Planning Retreat will be held October 23-October 25, 2013 at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT. We are seeking proposals for workshops that fall within the general theme of "Creating and Sustaining Community in Challenging Times." ACLC Retreat workshops are designed to be interactive, with the goal of providing workshop participants with practical applications based on solid learning community research and principles. This year workshops, or learning exchanges, will be offered in two formats:


Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 1:05pm
The New York Metro American Studies Association

The New York Metro American Studies Association's Annual Conference provides a dynamic forum for area scholars, while attracting presenters nationally.

NYMASA announces a call for papers for our 2013 annual one-day conference:

Date: November 2, 2013
Location and Sponsor: Pace University (Manhattan Campus)

James Baldwin: Transatlantic Commuter Conference (Montpellier, France: June 5-7, 2014; abstracts due 9/15/13)

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 1:01pm
Universite Paul Valery

James Baldwin, the most prominent African American author of the mid-twentieth century, left America in 1948 for Paris. It was to be the first of his sites of expatriation: from Switzerland, to Turkey, to his final decades in St.-Paul-de-Vence, and frequent returns to New York, the American South, and San Francisco, Baldwin was, to use his term, a "transatlantic commuter." The Atlantic runs in many directions, and has many currents, not unlike Baldwin, an author of immense depth, mystery, and variety. This conference, emphasizing the way Baldwin combined engagement and exile, will add to a burgeoning body of Baldwin scholarship as scholars attempt to understand and appreciate one of American literature's most fascinating figures.