UPDATE: [Graduate] Question the Answers: Explorations of Genre and Textuality at UNB

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Vicky Simpson and Brenna Clarke Gray
contact email: 
egss@unb.ca

Question the Answers: Explorations of Genre and Textuality

Call for Papers

The deadline for the University of New Brunswick’s graduate conference in
English is fast approaching! This is a great opportunity for grad students
and independent scholars working on the east coast of Canada and the United
States, in particular, since Fredericton, New Brunswick is an easy drive
from New England and a short flight from most major airports. We can
promise you a well organized, informative, and eclectic conference – we
have a diverse range of panels, a plenary speaker and banquet, a
round-table on professional development hosted by prominent scholars,
readings by our creative writers in residence, and even prizes for the most
innovative conference papers! And, as if that’s not enough, Fredericton is
breathtakingly beautiful in late September. While you are here, shop at
our giant Boyce Farmers’ Market, visit the famous Beaverbrook Art Gallery,
or stroll along our riverfront trails.

Consider applying to one of our ten panels: Fairy Tales and Children’s
Literature; Trauma in Canadian Literature; Texts in Material Context;
Historical Fiction; Gothic Texts; The Royal Treatment; Masculinity Studies;
Gender, Sexual Difference, and Identity; Pop Culture; and Race or Place in
Postcolonial Literature (details on each are included below). Proposals
for both academic papers and creative work will be considered, and all
presentations will be 15 minutes in length. Proposals should be no longer
than 500 words, bear no identifying information, and be accompanied by a
short covering letter that includes the applicant’s name and contact
information. Please submit proposals to egss_at_unb.ca as email attachments
in .pdf, .rtf, or .doc format.

Deadline for proposals: June 1, 2008

Date of conference: September 26-27, 2008

Questions and proposals should be addressed to:
Brenna Clarke Gray and Vicky Simpson
English Graduate Student Society
Department of English
University of New Brunswick
PO Box 4400
Fredericton, NB Canada E3B 5A3
Email: egss_at_unb.ca

Panel information:

Fairy Tales and Children’s Literature: This panel invites submissions on
any aspect of literary fairy tales and fairy-tale intertexts or, more
broadly, children’s literature. Possible areas of interest include
children’s classics, Grimms’ tales, revisionist myths, Anne of Green
Gables, and the Harry Potter series.

Trauma in Canadian Literature: This panel invites submissions on Canadian
texts that explore national, cultural, regional, and/or personal traumas.
Possible areas of interest include mourning, memory/forgetting, narrative
therapy or life writing, and the fictionalization of history.

Texts in Material Context: This panel invites submissions on the
conjunction of literary or historical texts with their material worlds,
focusing on a work’s production, circulation and/or distribution. Possible
areas of interest include literary author(ity), the cultural history of
reading, book art and design, and bibliography.

Historical Fiction: This panel invites submissions on the representation,
or misrepresentation, of historical events and figures in literature, film,
or television. Possible areas of interest include the historical fantasy,
romance, or mystery, the contemporary Tudor-mania, and the Neo-Victorian
trend exemplified by Sarah Waters.

Gothic Texts: This panel invites submissions on any aspect of Gothic
romances, supernatural tales, sensation fiction, or horror stories from the
eighteenth century to the present day. Possible areas of interest include
the female Gothic, postcolonial hauntings, nightmares and dreamscapes,
horror films, and the uncanny.

The Royal Treatment: This panel invites submissions on fiction and
non-fiction, from both film and literature, which explores the romance or
political intrigue of a royal court or focuses on a real or imagined royal
figure, family, mistress or courtesan, or servant. Possible areas of
interest include crown ideology, the performance of monarchical power, and
the depiction of female ambition or rule.

Masculinity Studies: This panel invites submissions dealing with
representations of men and maleness in literature from any historical
period or genre. Possible areas of interest include images of fatherhood,
masculinities in crisis, maleness as a social construct, and feminine
masculinities.

Gender, Sexual Difference, and Identity: This panel invites submissions
that interrogate representations of gender and sexuality or explore the
complexity of identity in texts from any historical period or genre.
Possible areas of interest include desire, lust, or perversion, the
performance of gender, and re-conceptions of Butler’s Gender Trouble or
Dickinson’s Here Is Queer.

Pop Culture: This panel invites submissions that explore the realm of
popular culture in all its varied forms, including television, movies,
comic books, pop fiction, video games, and other genres of mass
entertainment. Areas of interest include literary texts and characters in
pop culture, pop culture in the classroom, queer or feminist pop culture,
“reality” television, and pop psychology.

Race or Place in Postcolonial Literature: This panel invites submissions
that explore ethnicity, national or geographic identity, and post-colonial
theory in texts from any historical period or genre. Areas of interest
include Native and Aboriginal literature, emigration and immigration,
imperial expansion, slave experience, and global tourism.

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