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ReFocus: The Films of Preston Sturges

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 4:48pm
Edinburgh University Press

ReFocus: The Films of Preston Sturges

From The Great McGinty (1940) to The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949), among many other titles, few filmmakers created as unique a body of work in the United States as Preston Sturges (1898-1959), but few directors have been as critically overlooked in existing scholarly literature.

We are currently soliciting abstracts of approximately 100 words for essays to be included in a book-length anthology on Sturges to appear in 2015. Essays may focus on individual films, screenplays, or on themes and topics that pervade his films. These essays may also focus on Sturges's work in other media, such as theater and television.

[UPDATE] Extended Deadline OCT 14, 2013: Early English Performance and Student-Centered Learning (Roundtable)

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 3:03pm
NeMLA 2014, Harrisburg, PA

This roundtable explores effective teaching practices for medieval and early modern performance (non-Shakespearean). Submissions should address how student-centered activities (collaborative / experiential practices, flipped / hybrid assignments, tech / web resources) overcome challenges posed by teaching lesser canonical works. Abstracts addressing a wide range of performance genres are welcome. Interested participants see http://teachingearlyenglishperformance.wikispaces.com. Please submit 250-word abstracts to robin.hizme@qc.cuny.edu

DeLillo and History (Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900)

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:42pm
Andrew Strombeck/Don DeLillo Society

2013 marks two dates of interest for DeLillo scholars: the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination (1963) and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Libra (1988). While Libra takes on the assassination directly, it surfaces across DeLillo's work, from Dealey Plaza in Americana to the Zapruder film as art exhibit in Underworld. The assassination, of course, forms only one site of DeLillo's rich interaction with history.

Cities of Protest, Cities of Collaboration (NeMLA- April 3-6, 2014, Harrisburg, PA)

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:13pm
NeMLA

Cities of Protest, Cities of Collaboration

From the recent Occupy movement to demonstrations in support of women's right to vote, the last hundred years have seen the city emerge as a pivotal site of resistance and community for a range of social, economic, and political movements around the globe. For the 2014 Women's and Gender Caucus sponsored panel, we are interested in papers that address some facet of women, gender, masculinity, and/or sexuality in the city from World War I to the present. Send brief abstracts to Elizabeth O'Connor at eoconnor2@washcoll.edu by Saturday, October 12th.

CFP Narrative Play -- PCA/ACA Annual Conference: Chicago, April 16-19, 2014

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 11:57am
Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association

The Game Studies Subject Area of the PCA/ACA offers a forum for critical, cultural, and technical examinations of the social and intellectual aspects of play in all forms and media. This panel seeks to join discussions of two divergent movements in late twentieth-century literature and game studies: the emergence of ergodicism (the preoccupation with texts as forms of work and play) in various movements of experimental literature since mid-century, and the emergence in more recent decades of narrative as a popular framework for gameplay in analog roleplaying. Emerging fusions of fiction, game, narrative, and play signal important shifts in the conceptualization and performance of interpersonal relations, participatory culture, and social order.

GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine: Call For Submissions (abstracts due: November 15)

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 11:02am
GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine

The second installment of GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine will address the topic of "women's work." This issue will explore the politics of the gendered division of labour and look more closely at stories of the exploitation of women, queer, and trans people in Canada.

GUTS accepts personal, scholarly, and journalistic essays; poetry and fiction; reviews of books, TV, music, and film; creative interviews and conversations. GUTS also accepts images and videos relevant to our topic, "women's work."

Please submit a short proposal (150-300 words) describing your project no later than November 15, 2013, to editors@gutsmagazine.ca

"Are Ghosts Unnatural" ISSN 2014 Panel

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:39am
2014 ISSN Conference (March 27-30, 2014 in Cambridge, MA)

Ghosts occupy a marginal position in unnatural narrative; instead of being considered in their strangeness, they are frequently naturalized through questions of genre. Violations of time, space, or causality have been privileged over the supernatural and paranormal in foundational texts of unnatural narratology. For instance, Brian Richardson distinguishes between truly unnatural "anti-mimetic" texts and more "traditional" "non-mimetic" texts, which still rely on realist conventions. This panel seeks to counteract that division, bringing studies of spectrality and unnatural narrative together to demonstrate the radical denaturalizing potential of ghosts in narrative.

The Human journal is NOW accepting submissions for its December 2013 issue.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:05am
The Human: Journal of Literature and Culture

The Human (issn: 2147-9739) is an international and interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles written in the fields of literatures in English (British, American, Irish, etc.), classical and modern Turkish literature, drama studies, and comparative literature (where the pieces bridge literature of a country with Turkish literature). To learn more about The Human and its principles, please visit this page: http://www.humanjournal.org/index.php/about-the-human-manifesto

Producing Canadian and Québecois Literatures at the Borders

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 9:53am
Association of Canadian and Québecois Literatures

This year's Congress theme, "Borders without Boundaries," encourages us most obviously to think about geopolitical borders. In the contemporary context of neoliberalism and globalization, such questioning is increasingly compelling and necessary. Numerous recent studies of Canadian and Québecois literary cultures (e.g., Casteel and Siemerling's Canada and Its Americas, Khordoc's Tours et détours, Wyile's Anne of Tim Hortons) insist on the cultural and political urgency of examining contemporary geopolitical borders.

NVSA 2014 Call for Papers [UPDATE & REMINDER]

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 9:39am
Northeast Victorian Studies Association

The deadline is approaching (15 October, 2013) for submissions to the 2014 Northeast Victorian Studies Association conference, taking place at Stony Brook University in New York, April 11-13, 2014. The conference theme is Victorian Senses. We are currently finalizing our keynote panel, and we are pleased already to announce that William Cohen (U Maryland) and Janice Carlisle (Yale) will be joining us. Dr Cohen is author of _Embodied: Victorian Literature and the Senses_, while Dr Carlisle recently published her latest book, _Common Scents: Comparative Encounters in High-Victorian Fiction_.

UPDATE Charlot or the figure of the tramp and its avatars in literature, cinema and the other arts France 10-12 April 2014

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 9:24am
University of Angers , CRILA

The following conference is being organized by Morgane Jourdren at the University of Angers, France.

Icons, myths and H/history : Charlot or the figure of the tramp and its avatars in literature, cinema and the other arts of the 20th and 21st centuries

International Conference, Université d'Angers, France, 10-12 April 2014

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's creation of the "Little Man", we are organizing an international symposium on Charlot the tramp and its avatars.

REMINDER: CFP Suffragette Legacy

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 9:23am
University of Manchester and People's History Museum

Suffragette Legacy
How does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester?
Saturday 8 March 2014

Call for Papers
From The Village and David Bowie's Suffragette City to Femen activists and Pussy Riot, the suffragette legacy is everywhere in modern culture.

As part of the Manchester Wonder Women events celebrating International Women's Day 2014, this one-day conference seeks to bring together academics, artists, politicians and activists to present and speak about how their work is affected by the suffragette legacy of feminism.

Exploring the Renaissance 2014

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 7:33am
Joan Faust / South Central Renaissance Conference

Exploring the Renaissance 2014
An International Conference
Tucson, Arizona
April 3-5, 2014

Westward Look
Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa
Tucson, Arizona

Local Arrangements: Meg Lota Brown
University of Arizona

Program Chair: Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler
Texas State University

Keynote Lecturer:
Karen Newman
Brown University
Louis L. Martz Lecturer:
Joseph Lowenstein
Washington University
William B. Hunter Lecturer:
Jeffrey Shoulson
University of Connecticut, Storrs

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