Please consider submitting an abstract for the following panel. Submission deadline is 30 Sept 2021.
The University of East Anglia, UK, is proud to announce an international symposium dedicated to the writing of Lee Child, a key figure in contemporary crime fiction, and creator of the world-renowned Jack Reacher series. Hosted by the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing and by the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW), this symposium celebrates the official opening of the archive of Child’s papers held at UEA. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Killing Floor (1997), which introduced the inimitable Jack Reacher, whose fight for justice, on behalf of the vulnerable and oppressed, has become a series hallmark.
We are seeking contributors and proposals for chapters to be included in the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to American Protest Literature, newly commissioned by Cambridge University Press.
Most cultural representations of the Latinx community produced in the United States have historically reduced this population to stereotypes or caricatures. Nevertheless, there is a new wave of cultural phenomena (literature, films, tv series, etc.) that has not only challenged these exaggerated and erroneous representations but has also sought to breathe complexity into real Latinx subjectivities and experiences. This panel welcomes essays that discuss new forms and interpretations of the histories and traditions of the Latinx communities present in literature and film. We are particularly interested in works that delve into the intersections of race and identity in Latinx production and self/representation.
Since the origins of the English novel, and the rise of philosophical materialism in the wake of Rene Descartes, David Hume, and John Locke, English fiction writers have been interested in capturing the neural activity of the brain through narrative style, form, and genre. In the same vain, in The Feeling of What Happens (1999), Antonio Damasio, having cited Hume and Descartes as precedents for contemporary neuroscience, contends that “consciousness may be produced within the three pounds of flesh we call brain” (28). Damasio’s comment translates a reductionism whereby the immaterial experience is reduced to the function of the neurons.
[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
University of Zadar
Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV. br 2
Call for Papers
(Open, Non-Thematic Issue)
[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation invites submissions for the upcoming 24th issue. We accept:
- original research papers: 5,000 to 7,000 words
- reviews: up to 2,000 words
- translations of literary texts: 5,000 to 7,000 words
53rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (March 10-13, Baltimore, MD)
Inviting abstract submissions for a panel on "The Literary Writer as Public Intellectual After 1945" at NeMLA's 53rd Annual Convention, to be held March 10-13, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland
This panel examines the ways in which literary writers have adopted, subverted, or transformed the role of the public intellectual since 1945. Literary writers mattered to American public life during the mid-twentieth century in distinctive ways: that is, reading practices mattered to civic life (Matthews 2016, Menand 2010) and many novelists believed that the figurative or symbolic forms that they created could have a genuine impact on "more ostensibly 'real' political formations" (Szalay 2012).
INTERNATIONAL PYNCHON WEEK 2022 IN VANCOUVER
June 5-11, 2022
University of British Columbia
CALL FOR PAPERS
(and Overview of the Conference’s Local Connections)
*Deadline for paper and panel proposals: November 15, 2021*
Conference Website: www.internationalpynchonweek.org
Pynchon and BC: A Mini-Essay
Despite persistent conceptions of the American South as pastoral, Modern and Postmodern Southern literatures have just as persistently grappled with the significance of modernity, consumerism, and technology. David A. Davis demonstrates how Southern modernism emerged from the disruptions that modernity introduced into the region by World War I. Rapid technological change can transform our connections to our own bodies and to others; and these transformations have profoundly animated Southern literatures.
As one of the most versatile genres in long 19th Century American literature, the sketch appears in a variety of forms, including short stories, parts of longer novels, essays, biographies, brief plays, poetry, and more. What characteristics, if any, unite this breathtakingly diverse genre? Without a common theme or style, sketches change radically over time and between authors. Some sketch writers endeavor to render characters, scenes, or events from real life, like Louisa May Alcott when she recounts her experiences as a Civil War nurse in Hospital Sketches. Similarly, regionalist writers such as Francis Parkman, George Washington Cable, or Bret Harte present impressions of people and places.
This panel , presenting at the 53rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (March 10-13, Baltimore, MD), is entitled "Other Times in Neo-slave Novels: Anachronisms, Alternate Timelines, Parallel Universes, and More." Read below for the panel abstract.
Popularizing STEM: Science and Technology in 21st-Century US Popular Culture
15-19 November 2021 (mixed format conference)
Confirmed keynotes: Gerry Canavan, Charles Adler, Stina Attebery, André Brock, Emily Cox-Palmer-White, J. Jesse Ramírez.
NeMLA Annual Convention - Baltimore, MD - 10-13 March, 2022
NeMLA Annual Convention - Baltimore, MD - 10-13 March, 2022
How does one resist the systems of subjugation that prey on the marginalized and seek to dissolve and consume them within this white supremacist capitalist imperialist patriarchy? While for some resistance takes the form of confrontation and battle, for Black feminist thinkers like bell hooks and Audre Lorde, resistance comes in the form of the practice of love. It is in the embrace of the erotic, of initiating the quest of mutual self-fulfillment, in seeking value in the relationships we have with each other, that we resist. In other words, for hooks and Lorde, we resist through care.
How does contemporary fiction of the Americas and Caribbean explore practices of healing? This panel considers all aspects of healing, including but not limited to religion, indigenous practices and rituals, the spiritual, and through community and the collective. How does their depiction in literature allow for generative further discussion about identity, culture, and tradition, and what does this mean in the 21st century?
Call for Papers
For a Book of Essays on Forgotten Disney
Since Walt Disney released the first animated talking short Steamboat Willie in 1928, the Disney name has been associated with many classics of film and television. Recognized worldwide, these works and their characters have received extensive popular and critical attention and overshadowed other interesting but less significant offerings in Disney’s prolific oeuvre. This
In Sensory Experiments (2020), Erica Fretwell argues that “literature is a sensitizing mechanism, not merely a representation but an amplification of experience,” positing literature as “a technology […] that has the potential to reproduce—not copy but produce more—feeling and […] to create more connections to the world by registering more differences in it” (28-29). Fretwell makes that claim in the context of her transatlantic study of the relations between American literature and the failed science of psychophysics as it developed in Germany at the end of the nineteenth century.
In Song of the Shank, Jeff Allen explores his characters’ sense of “placelessness...empty distance...like retracted thoughts, half-told secrets.” What defines a writer’s underlying map of “urban space?” Urbanity as a focus offers history, but how do cities’ secret histories, deep ecologies, and furtive sounds offer a shape to urban narrative? What memory resides in cities’ erased/lingering boundaries, vacant lots, and disintegrating concrete? This roundtable explores how writers and other artists have utilized particular cities’ cores, edges, and points of transit as means to rethink the shape, shift, and stasis of urban space. We welcome papers on the full range of literary forms, but also welcome examinations of visual and sonic expression
It’s a statistic we hear often: America incarcerates more people per capita than any other nation. Yet, most Americans can go about their daily lives without thinking about their physical proximity to prisons or the people locked within. With few exceptions, prisons are built in rural, remote areas, set back from main highways and not visible from shopping centers, restaurants, and housing developments. Likewise, America’s political landscape works hard to obfuscate the realities of life locked up, reducing discourses of mass incarceration to shocking statistics and incomprehensible numbers.
JAm It! is an annual, peer-reviewed journal of American Studies created by junior faculty, early-stage researchers, and PhD students. We publish academic articles, book reviews, and creative writing, favoring fresh and original contributions.
We aspire to be an inclusive and eclectic journal – an intellectual hub of exchange for a wide range of critical approaches to the field of American Studies, both in Italy and abroad. Each issue will feature a chosen methodology, with the aim of giving the broadest possible outlook on that particular branch.
We are currently seeking contributions for our 6th issue.
The Fractured States of America
Comics studies has been an established field long enough now to have consistent theoretical touchstones: Scott McCloud, Thierry Groensteen, and a handful of others. But much contemporary work on comics continues to rely on the same theoretical frameworks, returning to Understanding Comics over and over again. This session invites panelists to speculate on new directions for formal comics theory, leaving behind individual texts and close readings to ask for innovations our theories of comics as a medium. Of course, because of the abbreviated nature of conference papers, it will be impossible to put forward a fully-formed, all-encompassing new theory.