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[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: Rural Survival Skills in an Urban Setting - MMLA 2014, November 13 - 16, Detroit

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 5:44pm
Midwest Modern Language Association

In Tillie Olsen's working class novel Yonnondio, the character Anna takes her children out, "looking for empty lots where dandelions grew," so they may harvest dandelion greens. It is here—foraging for food in Omaha, Nebraska—that we see a glimpse into Anna's rural past. The knowledge she has gained from her rural life allows her to supplement her family's needs when they could not afford to buy fresh food in an urban environment. Yonnondio is not unique in chronicling migration to the city for work; there are other novels about poor people with a rural knowledge base living in an intolerable urban culture. In these stories, what is lost or gained when one migrates or immigrates from the agrarian lifestyle to the urban?

PSF2014 > Call for submissions > EXTENDED DEADLINE > June 15th

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 5:29pm
Center for Research and Studies in Fine Arts of Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon University

Post-Screen: International Festival of Art, New Media and Cybercultures

http://postscreenfestival.com

Call for papers > EXTENDED Dead Line: June 15th, 2014

The Post Screen Festival is calling for research papers about art, technology and culture mediated by screens, to be presented at the Post-Screen Festival Conferences in November, 28th ant 29th, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sustainable Work, Invisible Class, Unpaid Labor, and Forgotten Culture in American Literature [UPDATE] DUE JUNE 15TH

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 2:08pm
Owen Cantrell/ South Atlantic Modern Language Association

In keeping with this year's SAMLA theme of Sustainability and the Humanities, this panel will investigate the difficulties with sustainable representations of work, class, and labor in American literature. As the predominant American myth of success states that class is but a transitory state, making work, labor, and social class an important part of the literary and academic conversation remains a struggle for scholars interested in these issues. The questions we are interested in posing in this session are: How can scholars emphasize a focus on issues of class, work, and labor in American literature? How can this emphasis be sustained as part of a larger conversation with American literary scholarship?

Survey/Proposals Teaching Octavia E. Butler in the Academy JULY 1, 2014

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 1:15pm
Modern Language Association Teaching World Literature Series

Survey for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler

Edited by Tarshia L. Stanley
This survey is designed to gather information about instructors' methods and materials for teaching the works of Octavia E. Butler, for the purpose of developing a new volume on the topic in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Respondents are invited to answer the questions related to their teaching below. They are also encouraged to submit a proposal for a contribution to the volume. Proposals and survey responses are due by 1 July 2014, after which the survey will no longer be available online. All respondents will be acknowledged in the published volume.

Essay Collection: The Contemporary Novel and the Poetics of Genre

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 9:25am
Tim Lanzendörfer, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

An interest in the concept and the importance of genre has resurfaced in recent years. Indeed, "[t]here has of late been no shortage of serious writers swerving with fanfare into the lowly precincts of genre fiction" (McGurl 2010, n.p.). As a contribution to the debate on the valence of genre in the contemporary novel, I am looking for essay submissions to a volume on the poetics of genre in the contemporary novel that proposes to investigate the nature of this potential "generic turn" in contemporary fiction.

[UPDATE] Pastoral Cities

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 6:16am
Midwest Modern Language Association

In his study Pastoral Cities (1987), James L. Machor gives the name "urban-pastoral" to a cultural myth of rural-urban synthesis, which he deems foundational to the moral geography of American life, from the Puritans' "City on a Hill" to Frederick Law Olmsted's "City Beautiful". To recognize and complicate this rural-urban dream, Machor argues, was one of the achievements of American writers through the nineteenth century. And yet, despite the recent pastoral turn in literary scholarship, few critics have analyzed urban-pastoralism in later or less canonical works.

SubalternSpeak: An International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (Print ISSN 2277-3959) (Online ISSN: 2347-2013)

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 6:09am
Interactions Forum Pune, India

CALL FOR PAPERS

Vol II Issue IV

SubalternSpeak: An International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (Print ISSN 2277-3959) (Online ISSN: 2347 2013)

Paper Submission last date: 20 June 2014

SubalternSpeak is a refereed journal published quarterly by Interactions Forum, Pune. The Journal strives to publish works of high quality in the area of postcolonial studies. The aim of the journal is to give space to scholars and researchers to publish their research articles/papers.

We are always keen to receive submissions from scholars, academicians and researchers in the form of Research Papers, Articles, Poems, Short Stories, Interviews and Book Reviews.

still queer / a postgraduate and early-career work-in-progress study day

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 6:05am
Queer@King's, King's College London

still queer / a postgraduate and early-career work-in-progress study day

King's College, London / Saturday 13 September 2014

Queer@King's invites proposals for presentations to be given at a collaborative work-in-progress study day. We hope to foster a supportive environment in which new work and ideas can be discussed among peers, with the opportunity of gaining valuable feedback from other PGRs, as well as from established faculty members.

Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, 29 June 2014 FREE EVENT

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 5:57am
University of Leicester, UK

Join acclaimed director Nick Bagnall, bestselling novelist Jake Arnott and critics Simon Shepherd and Francesca Coppa to discuss the impact and legacy of Orton's first stage play.

The day will begin with a rare screening of the 1968 ITV Playhouse production of Entertaining Mr Sloane (on loan from the British Film Institute) and will end with Orton's sister, Leonie Orton Barnett, reading some unpublished letters from the Joe Orton archive.

The event is accompanied by an exhibition of items from the archive - 'Joe Orton in 1964' - in the University Library.

Further details can be found at www.le.ac.uk/orton