This session engages in a matter-oriented approach, raising questions about the ontological status of the autonomous writing subject by joining it to the vast network of relations to objects within an area—ecozone, bioregion, biome, or ecosystem. Though the contributions by science-based writers are important (e.g., Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, George Perkins Marsh, John Muir, etc.) New Materialist Interpretations of 19th-century Writers focuses on a different trajectory, accentuating less detectable and unacknowledged contributions to natural history writing offered by literary writers.
One of the biggest challenges for LGBTQiA students is the fact that there’s a constant question about regarding their need to “come out” and how to determine who is “safe” (a term with many definitions) to do that with on college campuses today. This panel will look at pedagogy approaches to fostering an inclusive environment and what to do when a student needs guidance and services due to their orientation. Participants are encouraged to present pedagogy methods for educating audiences (questioning, out, ally, and general) and fostering safer spaces. Papers can address approaches/lesson plans in the classroom, as well as resources for instructors in their service activities to the campus.
This roundtable will be looking holistically at perspectives on the first 22 films in the MCU. This arc will be brought to completion with Avenger’s Endgame. Now would be a good time to look back and assess which gambles have worked and/or failed now that a narrative arc has been completed. Participants are encouraged to consider the MCU both as a whole as well as specific franchises under the overall banner.
The conference is through the Northeast Modern Language Association and will take place March 5-8th, 2020 in Boston, MA
Submissions are due: September 30, 2019
In the 1960s, long before there was Julie & Julia, an aspiring writer named Nora Ephron cooked her way through the holy trinity of cookbooks: Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Michael Field’s Cooking School, and Craig Claiborne’s New York Times Cook Book. In a New Yorker column from 2006, titled “Serial Monogamy: My Cookbook Crushes,” Ephron describes her relationship with the authors of these books: “as I cooked, I had imaginary conversation with them both [Claiborne fell out of favor early on]. Julia was nicer and more forgiving. … Field was sterner and more meticulous; he was almost fascistic.
NeMLA 2020 Panel:
A Taste of France: Exploring Identity through Gastronomy
There is a gathering consensus that television began to undergo a marked transformation at the end of the twentieth century. Two decades into the twenty-first century, an ever-increasing number of cable and streaming series imaginatively conjure the emergence of a world liquidated of normative authority, saturated with media-technological developments, and struggling to find its bearings in the fray. In New Television: The Aesthetics and Politics of a Genre, Martin Shuster refers to this still-unfolding genre as “new television” on account of both its relatively new narrative coordinates and its efforts to think through the bewildering contours of a rapidly changing world.
This panel seeks poets writing in the narrative tradition whose poems capture the personal and the public, recording and reflecting on our world by summoning the language and creating the identity of our culture. Panelists will read from their original work and then take audience questions. The Northeast MLA conference takes place March 5-8 in Boston, MA. Submit a sample poem and a short description of your narrative work by September 30. Must submit via link on NeMLA website: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18130
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"Friendship and difference: the literary politics of community", Annual conference of the Post-Scriptum journal
Université de Montréal, April 22th-23th, 2020
Conference organized by Renato Rodriguez-Lefebvre and Léonore Brassard
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for a topical issue of Open Theology
"Women and Gender in the Bible and the Biblical World”
Zanne Domoney-Lyttle (University of Glasgow)
Sarah Nicholson (University of Glasgow)
This roundtable will convene at NeMLA in March of 2020 in Boston:
Excellent work on African-American writing of the 19th century has appeared within Victorian studies in recent years and brought a new appreciation for the significance of contemporaneous transatlantic slave writing with the British novel. This roundtable hopes to extend that work by bringing the Caribbean slave narrative (and other aspects of Caribbean and Latin American writing and culture) into closer contact with Victorian studies and will also consider how we might re-examine the conventional canon in respect to these topics.
Note: Romanticist and Edwardian perspectives are, of course, welcome, too.
Call for Papers: Series Books and Science Fiction (National PCA Conference)
This call for papers for the national PCA Conference looks to interrogate the intersection of two distinct genres: juvenile series books and science fiction.
Recent theories explain that any cultural encounter engenders the particular and, more often than not, peculiar condition of in-betweenness. Even in the past, when the immigrants faced the assimilative pressures within the American society, their identity could hardly be discussed in essentializing terms. The condition of in-betweenness affected political, cultural, emotional, familial, professional, and many other spheres of life. A number of social critics and cultural theoreticians have coined variegated terms regarding the condition of in-betweenness experienced by the representatives of certain cultural groups in attempt to redefine their identities in American society.
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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
Thursday, November 14, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019, Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, San Diego, California
Poison on the Early Modern English Stage: Plants, Paints and Perfumes
Contributions invited for an edited collection of new essays on poison in early modern English drama. Possible topics might include (but are not limited to): whether the use of poison is gendered; what kinds of ingredients are used in the preparation of poisons and/or the means by which they are administered; how the ingestion of poison is acted, and the dramatic affordances of poison more generally; poison and emotion; and whether poison is ever a metaphor, and if so for what.
Please send abstracts of c. 250 words, together with a short bio and full contact details, to