This session welcomes papers that will investigate the range of comedic forms embedded within African American literature. On the heels of the twentieth anniversary of the release of Saidiya Hartman’s seminal monograph Scenes of Subjection, this panel’s exploration of the use of humor in black literature offers a new critical framework for exploring the ways that spectacles of violence have continued to undergird representations of black performance in contemporary critical thought. From the auction block to the jazz stage, “blackness” manifests epidermally and externally, often through public articulations of shared racial grief. As such, recent critical work has often framed humor as a tactical response to racial violence.
In keeping with the SAMLA 89 conference theme of “High/Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture,” we invite participants to explore the convergence of time and place in the works of Caribbean writers living in and in between socially constructed spaces. These might be identified as spaces where traditional and global cultures interface; where authors construct a world without borders in it; and where identities crossover and are transformed in the process. Narrativity and narratology are important aspects of such Caribbean writing, so we welcome papers with an interest in the narrative and/or poetic structure of the work under examination.
The 49th NeMLA Annual Convention
April 12-15, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA
This session welcomes abstracts on any aspect of Modern Drama. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 89 theme, High Art/Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture, are especially welcome. By July 14, please submit a 250-word word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Aaron Botwick, The Graduate Center, CUNY, at firstname.lastname@example.org
CFP: Cinema Journal In Focus Section on "Comedy and Humor"
Capstones are an established part of undergraduate curricula. Often a requirement in degree programs, these investigative and research-based projects stress relevance and practicality. They are, thus, often promoted as necessities; they demand critical thinking, clear analytic writing, methodological application, and for those projects collaborative in their structure, teamwork and negotiation. Capstones encourage inventive and imaginative thought, reinforcing activities we associate with what we might call the ideal “humanist” – philosophically and ethically engaged, socially aware, and community minded.
While the study of modernism typically focuses on avant-garde formal experimentation, the collected volume of essays, Resistance and Reform: Modernist Women and American Social Engagement, offers an important corrective by insisting on a reassessment of the roots of modernist experimentation and innovation. This volume will include essays that analyze the careers and writings of modernist women writers during the first half of the twentieth century whose artistic productions were closely tied to or invested in various forms of social engagement, community activism, political resistance, or cultural change.
CFP: CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 19:5 (2017)
Vol. 19 No. 5 | December 2017
Call for Papers
Special Issue - “Suffering, Endurance, Understanding: New Discourses in Philosophy and Literature. Eds. Frank Stevenson, Douglas Berman, Emily Chow.
Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2017 (extended from June 15)
The 49th Annual NeMLA Convention - April 12-15, 2018
The 49th NeMLA Annual ConventionApril 12-15, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA
This panel seeks to investigate particular narrative strategies of describing the non-human experience in literature, drama, philosophy, and art throughout the ages (not simply the 21st century). Papers for this panel are invited to reflect the following questions: how are ideas of the non-human transmitted in literature, art, and other media and how can we assess them? What trends, novel methods, gaps, or fallbacks are present as humans attempt to understand the other? Further, how do narrative strategies across media or time periods compare or contrast?
Possible approaches to investigating narrative strategies may include but are non limited to:
When Objects 'Write Back': Rethinking Material Culture in the Tricontinent
Debt in History
Department of English
University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada
18-19 May 2018
POP SOUTH: CONSUMING THE REGION (South Atlanta Modern Language Assocation, November 3 -5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia)
CFP: Urban Souths (South Atlantic Modern Language Assocation, November 3 - 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia)