In his Playboy interview Nabokov said: "Sex as an institution, sex as a general notion, sex as a problem, sex as a platitude—all this is something I find too tedious for words. Let us skip sex." In his books, however, he rarely skipped sex. Send 300-word abstracts on representation of sexuality in Nabokov's work by March 18 to firstname.lastname@example.org
California State University, Fullerton's Teaching Writing Club is now accepting submissions for our fourth volume of Pupil! We are accepting creative, critical, theoretical, and practical works that can help current and future educators. Pupil is published by CSUF English graduate students with a passion for pedagogy.
The organizers of the annual Department of French and Italian graduate student conference at Northwestern University are pleased to announce this year's conference, Radicalisms: Movements and Moments on May 29, 2015, for which Dr. Kevin Floyd (Kent State University) will be the keynote speaker.
This special issue will explore the ways in which modern cultures have re-worked the Victorian past through performance. As Marvin Carlson has famously suggested, theatre is a haunted practice, summoning up ghosts of past productions, styles and performances, which are often inherited from the Victorian age. Present-day live representations of the Victorians inevitably mix elements of the 'old theatre' – nineteenth-century auditoria, costume and spectacle – with 'new performance', such as projections, recorded sound, and different configurations of performance space, actor-audience relations, performance styles and scripting or devising practices.
Following the MLA2016's focus on "Publics," we're looking for papers on the publics that use archives and the publics represented in them. This panel seeks papers exploring how human relationships—writ broadly—affect the collection, preservation, and discovery of Special collections and archival materials, in both physical and digital formats.
Throughout the 20th century, the role of the author has played a crucial role in Western culture's understanding of children's media. Children learn from a very early age to associate well-loved fictional characters with individual author-figures, and names like Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney accordingly become inextricably linked with iconic characters like The Grinch and Mickey Mouse. What happens, however, when those characters continue to appear in new stories after their creators die? How does the absence of that signature author figure impact the audience's relationship with those characters? Papers in this panel for the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin, Texas are invited to address these questions.
Issue 2.1: Youth
albeit, an innovative, MLA-indexed online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of "Youth."
Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:
The depiction of youth and aging in film, television, or literature
The social construction of childhood
Youth and gender expression
Creative fiction or personal essays investigating the concept of youth
Issue 2.1: War
albeit, an innovative, MLA-indexed online journal of scholarship and pedagogy, invites scholarly articles, detailed lesson plans, book reviews, creative pieces, and nonfiction essays exploring the theme of "War."
Topics for this issue can include, but are not limited to:
The depiction of battle and its aftermath in film, television, or literature
The disconnect between battle and the homefront
Women in war
Creative fiction or personal essays investigating the concept of war
Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American literature: This panel explores themes of ecophobia (i.e., fear and dread of nature), extinction, ecological crisis, unsettling (un)natural anomalies, and environmental injustice. Send abstracts of 300 words and a brief biography to Dawn Keetley at email@example.com by March 20, 2015.
The last fifteen years have seen substantial changes in the way scholars have engaged with US literature and culture. In particular, the rise of two methodological paradigms, TRANSNATIONALISM and PRINT CULTURE STUDIES, have paved the way for exciting new approaches to key questions that have always been at the heart of the discipline: the relationship between literature and nationhood, the role of writing in international circuits of knowledge and commodity exchange, and the artistic labour of the author.
CFP – MLA 2016- THE RE-GREENING of W. H. HUDSON:
Invites papers that consider the boundaries – physical, imposed, and imaginary – that Victorian women travelers crossed. Please send a 250-300 word abstract to Kendall McClellan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to submit is April 1st. Conference is October 8-10, 2015 in Santa Fe, NM.
This panel seeks papers to discuss counternarratives, their limits and possibilities, and their relationship to histories of national belonging in contemporary U.S. ethnic fiction. Papers can also consider the extent to which U.S. ethnic fiction has played a role in producing counternarratives to "offical" histories.
Please send 250-word abstract and 1-page c.v. by 15 March 2015 to email@example.com; S. Moon Cassinelli
ThrewLine Books has launched a new print journal called The Ottawa Object that will publish high-quality and intriguing short fiction. It will specialize in strongly focused speculative fiction and compelling, eccentric literary fiction. If your name is George Saunders, you may want to submit something. If you're a replicant who writes about his birth from the neurons of a pale and driven scientist, you may want to submit something. If you exist only in the imagination of a boy laying in the grass and looking at the stars, you may want to submit something. Heck, even if you're just a really gifted writer, you may want to submit something.
Nine of the ten highest-grossing Hollywood movies of 2014 were based on creative properties from children's and youth culture, including comic books, novels, and toys. In line with this year's theme of In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts, I welcome papers that examine adaptation, compare media (broadly defined), and/or explore transmedia storytelling. While papers on recent adaptations are particularly encouraged, this panel seeks a variety of new, productive perspectives on adapting children's and youth culture for various media, including film, television, and online media.