The definition of literary realism and the key features of Victorian realist novels have long been the subject of debate. However, most would agree that Victorian realist texts have traditionally focused on the lived experience of everyday people, representing the observable world and embracing literal representation of it, and using it to present social commentary prescient to the real world it is designed to reflect.
*CFP Deadline Extended*
“American Afterlives” - 51st Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture
February 19-20, 2024 (virtual) and February 22-24, 2024 (in person)
Influenced by Le Corbusier’s ‘Radiant City’, the Pruitt-Igoe housing projects in St. Louis were a
modernist, utopian vision of urban renewal. However, they quickly slid into disrepair and in 1972 were
partially demolished in a nationwide, televised spectacle. The failure of Pruitt-Igoe shows us that the
dystopia is always necessarily contained within the utopia: despite the intentions of its architect Minoru
Yamasaki, in planning the Pruitt-Igoe housing projects, it was always destined to be a vision of 'functional'
racial segregation by its federal ideators. Although the edict of racial segregation was thrown out by the
13- 14 June 2024
“‘Without water we are nothing’: Poetics and Politics of Water in Anglophone Postcolonial Literatures (20th-21st Centuries)”
Keynote Speaker: Farhana Sultana (Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, Syracuse University)
The international conference “‘Without water we are nothing’: Poetics and Politics of Water in Anglophone Postcolonial Literatures (20th-21st Centuries)” will be organised by the University of Lille (CECILLE) on 13- 14 June 2024 . This interdisciplinary conference invites papers that will address the poetic and political stakes of water in 20th and 21st-Century Anglophone literatures.
CALL FOR PAPERS: ACLA 2024: Texts in Motion: Walking and Literature
Call for Papers: Choreographic Practices
Special Issue: ‘Differing Bodyminds: Cripping Choreography’
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Leni Van Goidsenhoven (University of Amsterdam)
Carrie Sandahl (University of Illinois)
The Journal of Contemporary Poetics is a biannual, open access peer-reviewed journal. Focused on Literature, Linguistics & ELT, it solicits papers that are global and interdisciplinary in scope. It brings together perspectives on a diverse array of issues through well-research papers that engage with pressing contemporary issues that are framing recent debates in the Humanities. We do not seek an application of theory but an engagement with multiple cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary philosophical paradigms that are shaping the contemporary debates in Literature, Linguistics and ELT. We publish articles that touch upon a vast array of topics including
ContactZone, Journal of the Italian Association for the Study of Science Fiction and the Fantastic (AISFF), is accepting abstract submissions for a special issue dedicated to dystopias.
The opposite of utopia, dystopia presents a negative vision of the future, often apocalyptic. This special issue wants to juxtapose different dystopian horizons, tackling the construction of the future from different perspectives along the trajectories of gender, class, ecology, religion and so forth.
Contributions can feature any literature (including graphic novels) or media production (film, TV series, games) from any nation or culture.
(English version below)
Les pratiques poétiques novatrices de langue française
au 21ème siècle
19-20 avril 2024Centre for French, Francophone and Comparative Studies (CFFCS)Birkbeck, Université de Londres, Royaume-Uni
Conférenciers invités confirmés :
Jeff Barda (Université de Manchester, Royaume Uni)
Justine Huppe (Université de Liège, Belgique)
Emma Wagstaff (Université de Birmingham, Royaume Uni)
This is a call for papers for a virtual conference hosted by O.P. Jindal Global University, Delhi-NCR, India
Title of the Conference: Living in the Era of Neo-Orientalism: Complicating Muslim Identities in a Post-9/11 World
Conference dates: 3rd and 4th of February, 2024
We invite papers for a panel at the AAAS Conference 2024 in Seattle.
Organizer: Esther Sánchez-Pardo
Co-Organizer: Becca Klaver
This CFP is for a proposed session for the Annual Meeting of the ACLA in Montreal, March 14-17, 2024. Please submit abstracts to Davy Knittle and Keegan Cook Finberg through the ACLA portal by September 30th. https://www.acla.org/node/42756
This June, the BARS Early Career and Postgraduate Conference gathered researchers from around the globe to celebrate and to appreciate Romanticism and its legacies at the University of Edinburgh by exploring the theme of ‘boundaries’ within the context of Romantic-period literature and thought. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term ‘boundary’ as: ‘That which serves to indicate the bounds or limits of anything whether material or immaterial; also the limit itself.’ Such a term seems at odds with the spirit of Romanticist thought, which has long been associated with mobility and boundlessness.
Call for papers
Exploring the Contours of Wellness and Health
In the wake of the international conference “Exploring the Contours of Wellness and Health”, held at Sorbonne University on the 23st, 24th and 25th of March 2023, the HDEA research team invites article submissions on the conference theme for an edited volume on the history and representation(s) of wellness and/or health.
Este panel invita a explorar la cultura de internet del mundo hispanohablante y sus representaciones en producciones artísticas. El meme fue acuñado por el biólogo Richard Dawkins en 1976 para referirse a la difusión de “tunes, ideas, catch- phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or builduing arches” (249) mediante procesos de imitación. Décadas más tarde, el estudio de Patrick Davison (2012) corroboraría que la idea de “meme” había evolucionado gracias a las redes sociales y había pasado a tener el poder de exclusivamente cumplir un objetivo humorístico. Autores como B. E. Wiggins y G. Bret Bowers (2014) argumentan que la circulación del meme es una herramienta conversacional que alienta la participación de la cultura digital.
We are seeking paper proposals for the following conference seminar:
CFP: "Rethinking Advertisements in Cross-Genre Media"
American Comparative Literature Association
Montreal, Canada, March 14-17, 2024
55th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 7-10, 2024
Surplus and Environmental Justice in Literature and the Arts (ASLE Session)
Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)
Feeling brown, being down. Feeling down, being brown. As we understand it, brown indexes operations of law, affect, sexuality, relation, empire(s), capital. Brown can function as an accusation or a convenience. Brown can name shades and fantasy. This proposed seminar considers when brown as an analytic becomes useful and may be used to do the work of relation, inquiry, theory—and when brown does not work.
Special dossier | to be published in vol 5 no 2 (May 2024)
A fundamental element of the American imaginary, superhero and heroic narratives have seen a new apogee since the turn of the century. New and old heroes and heroines have populated popular culture, giving rise to a variety of texts that tackle diversity, nostalgia, and the need for imaginaries and narratives that help us deal with the struggles inherent to our current times.
This special dossier, edited by Marica Orrù, will collect essays on (super)hero figures in twenty-first century US popular culture, with a specific focus on diversity, cross-genre texts, and transmedia representations.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
This new edited volume ( a companion to WOKE SHAKESPEARE) aims to explore some of the most recent conversations about teaching and performing Shakespeare in the age of woke cultural politics and social justice. In the context of media hostility and panic, what are the challenges faced by new audiences and learners? How should Shakespeare be positioned in the twenty-first century cultural landscape? Is it still possible to have a civilized conversation about Shakespearean scholarship, pedagogy and performance?
Shakespeare’s plays have never been far from political and cultural controversy. Today, Shakespeare still sits at the centre of the cultural establishment. However, this canonical status is under renewed attack from critics and detractors.
Call for Papers: Narratives of Coercive Control
University of York, 19-20 April 2024
Bringing together literary critics, legal historians, and creative practitioners, this conference will provide the first in-depth analysis of literary representations of coercive control. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers or creative submissions that draw out ways in which coercive control has been identified and interrogated by writers from the 1800s to the present day.
REVISED - Call for Book Chapter Proposals
Editors: Dr. Animesh Roy, Assistant Professor, Department of English St. Xavier's College (Ranchi University), Ranchi, India
Srija Sanyal, Research Scholar, Ronin Institute for Independent Research, NJ, USA
Women and Literature in India: A Critical Perspective (Working Title)
The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society’s journal, Spring, invite abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 51st annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 22-24, 2024, at the University of Louisville (http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com).
CFP: Edited volume on Vikingism: Viking-Age Scandinavians in Modern British and North American Media
Vikings — their history, traditions, mythology and material culture — have taken contemporary media by storm. Popular culture is awash with Viking tropes and themes which have generated explosive interest in cinema, television, video games, music, literature, genre fiction and comics. This volume aims to provide a ground-breaking and innovative understanding of twentieth- and twenty-first century Vikingism. We are inviting scholars with relevant expertise to contribute essays which address any of the following questions:
Building on conversations and topic connections from the 2023 Convention, this panel invokes the 2024 conference theme surplus in regards to witches and depictions of the occult. All too often, witches were history’s unwanted women, defying cultural and social norms in ways that were determined to be in excess of what was conventional. What does it mean that these narratives of witches, both real and fictional, have been told and retold such that the witch is now a near constant presence in popular culture, literature, museums, and local histories? Does this exposure enhance what we know about witches in society and their histories or futures, or does this exposure complicate and possibly dilute their historical, social, or gendered power?
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) — Montreal, March 14-17, 2024
On Modes of Being Human: Liberal Orthodoxy, Capitalist Empire, and the New Humanities
The Velvet Light Trap, Issue 94 (to be published Fall 2024)
UPDATE NEW DEADLINE: 10/1/2023
Creative Labor and Precarity
Special Issue Theme
Deleuze notes in Negotiations that he did not have the chance to write “the book [he’d] like to have done about literature” (143) as he had done for other artforms like cinema and painting. Following Deleuze and Guattari’s definition of great thinkers who “lay out a new plane of immanence” and “draw up a new image of thought” to “change how we think” (What Is Philosophy 51), this seminar takes up Deleuze’s desire for new images of thought focused explicitly on literature. This seminar invites participants to consider the relation between Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy and commentary on art (e.g., painting, cinema, and literature) and a variety of literary writers to establish new ways of thinking and navigating within literature.
As hip-hop turns 50 in 2023, there is much to celebrate and reflect on, including its impact on higher education. This session is engaged with questions about the latter: what is hip-hop doing in our classrooms and conversely, what are we doing with it in our teaching practice?