Panels on Simon Critchley and Tom McCarthy for the U of Louisville Literature and Culture Conference Since 1900, February 23-5

full name / name of organization: 
Seth Morton / Rice University
contact email: 
seth.a.morton@rice.edu

Simon Critchley and Tom McCarthy will be presenting at the University of Louisville's 40th annual Literature and Culture Since 1900 Conference. In order to make the most of their visit we are calling for papers that engage with these two contemporary thinkers either alone, in articulation with each other, or with other interlocutors. Depending on the quality and number of submissions we may be able to propose a double session of papers. Below are specific CFP prompts and contact information.

Simon Critchley's writings have made a profound impact on shaping the theoretical landscape in the 21st century. In conjunction with his keynote address at the University of Louisville's "Literature and Culture Since 1900 Conference," this panel is calling for papers that engage with any and all aspects of Critchley's work. Possible topics include his work in theorizing and continuing continental thought, his work as a poetry critic, his theory on humor, or his more idiosyncratic works like The Book of Dead Philosophers or his numerous mass media publications (NY Times Column, The Guardian's Blog on Being and Time). Please send your 250 word abstracts to seth.a.morton@rice.edu by Monday, September 26.

In her much cited 2008 review of his novel Remainder, Zadie Smith describes Tom McCarthy as articulating a kind of 20th century novel that Smith doesn't write, but greatly admires. In conjunction with his creative keynote and symposium at the University of Louisville's "Literature and Culture Since 1900 Conference," this panel is calling for papers that engage with any and all of McCarthy's work. Critics may want to consider how his novels (Men in Space, Remainder, and C) work in conjunction with his critical, essayistic writing in Tintin and the Secret of Literature or his reports for the International Necronautical Society. Papers that situate McCarthy within current theoretical and cultural debates are encouraged, as are papers that offer insightful readings of his literary project. Please send your 250 word abstract to seth.a.morton@rice.edu by Monday, September 26.

keywords
Louisville, 20th century, contemporary literature, continental philosophy, Critchley, McCarthy, INS, death, transmission, calling all agents

cfp categories: 
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
journals_and_collections_of_essays
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond