Since the 1939 publication of Perry Miller’s classic The New England Mind early Americanists have acknowledged the fundamental role New English Puritanism played in the subsequent development of American culture. Scholars like Edmund Morgan, Sacvan Bercovitch, Andrew Delbanco and many others have placed New England at the center of the development of American identity. Yet in the past generation, other scholars have broadened an understanding of regionalism in the construction of American nationhood, with many focusing on the polyglot, multiethnic and religiously non-conformist colonies of New York, New Jersey, and especially Pennsylvania.
For its twenty-eight issue, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Jorunal for Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that address the complex and multiple meanings of contending with crisis.
In his seminal history The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing, Mark McGurl argues that one aspect of the proliferation of graduate creative writing programs in the twentieth century, now the most significant literary patronage system in the U.S., was a pressure on the programs and their participants to “[rationalize] their presence in a scholarly environment by asserting their own disciplinary rigor.” Historically, this has manifested itself in a strong emphasis on “craft,” influenced heavily by the modernist movement and the theories of the New Critics.
Indiana College English Association 2017 Conference
The Gift of Words
Friday, October 27, 2017
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus
This year’s ICEA interdisciplinary conference invites researchers and practitioners from a wide variety of
academic fields, including Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Linguistics, the Arts, Theology,
Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and other areas to generate discussion about how fiction and other
literatures cherish the gift of words.
In light of expanding literary theories contributing to a better understanding of emotions and affects in literary texts, this panel will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss various new and important perspectives on the representation of emotions in Italian literature and art.
Proposals that analyze early modern through contemporary Italian literary production are welcome. We seek papers exploring the manner in which writers convey emotions to their readers, to the literary community of their day and, to their society at large.
HIGH MODERNS: LOW ART
This panel at SAMLA 89 welcomes papers about any British modernist author(s) and how art is depicted/utilized in their work. The goal is to examine from diverse perspectives how the “high art” of the modernists utilizes art, low or otherwise, textually. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 89 theme of "High Art/Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture" are especially welcome, and should be a good fit for the session. By June 30, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Joanna Pierce, Mars Hill University, at email@example.com.
In our current climate of fake news from seemingly authoritative sources, and high journalistic integrity from formerly discounted sources, it is clear that our criteria for evaluating the reliability of sources is shifting. I propose that a lack of news literacy is part of a larger literacy problem: readers need to understand tone from context and form. For as long as we have been assigning our composition or literature classes to read "A Modest Proposal" or anything else with an unreliable narrator, and as long as we have been explaining to potential book banners that a book with blatantly racist characters is not inherently racist, we language and literature instructors have been developing strategies to teach tone.
Portal Fantasies offer a unique way to comment on the current political situation, in their capacity as invented worlds with a permeable gateway to our own. The portal can act as a funhouse mirror, reflecting our own world back to us in grotesque and illuminating ways, or it can offer stark contrasts to our own world which often take the form of escapist, superior alternatives. This session, a direct thematic response to the NeMLA 2018 conference theme of "Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds," invites papers that explore how authors have used the portal fantasy to comment on the politics of our world in various ways.
CALL FOR PAPERS
2017 VICTORIANS INSTITUTE CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 13-14, 2017
“The reaction of joy was as passionate as his grief had been, and he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom.” The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, “The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet”
“…Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” Great Expectations
Art. Responsibility, and Satire: The Challenges of Kurt Vonnegut's Fiction
This panel for the 2018 Annual Convention for the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), to be held in Pittsburgh, PA, from April 12 to April 15, 2018, will examine the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) on the eleventh anniversary of the author’s death on April 11, 2007.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Bodies/Borders in Jewish Women’s Comics
Edited by: Heike Bauer, Andrea Greenbaum, and Sarah Lightman
Scholarship and publications on Jewish women and comics have grown considerably over the last five years. Studies such as the Eisner Award-winning Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews (Lightman 2014), How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses? (Oksman 2016) and our own special issue on “Contemporary Comics by Jewish Women” (Bauer, Greenbaum, Lightman, Studies in Comics 7:2 2015 ) have shown that Jewish women make a significant and varied contribution to contemporary comics.
This panel establishes the presence of and explores queer themes and narratives in South Asian literature. While the focus is on the last forty years, we will also include more historic approaches as well. Participants may either focus on one country, work, or writer, or explore convergences and connections.
Call for Papers
“Trauma and Mourning in a Time of Insecurity”
Department of English Graduate Conference
University of California, Riverside
Dates: October 19 - 20, 2017
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Trinh T. Minh-ha and Dr. David Eng
What does it mean to mourn? Why do we mourn the loss of some, but not others? Who are these “others,” and why do we not mourn “them”? For how many can each of us mourn?