Since biofiction is gaining legitimacy as a literary category, refining its theoretical framework becomes crucial. One of the main aspects of this process is to understand the uses of a novelist’s freedom to create meaning by altering or complementing the information provided by historical documents. It is our claim that, far from entailing an unfamiliarity with sources or an arbitrary play, the freedoms that biofiction takes are strategic. They express the assimilation of facts into a narrative thread capable of revealing tangled or unspeakable truths that the documents can only suggest, and of inserting these truths into the crevices of dominant narratives.
Sandra Cisneros: Intersections and Crossings
MELUS Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH, March 21-24, 2019
Sandra Cisneros is perhaps best known for The House on Mango Street, a “little” book that explores the interior life of a Mexican American girl growing up in a Chicago neighborhood. Although this close focus has tended to position Cisneros as a writer of the minor and the domestic, this panel will investigate the breadth and range of her work and career, positioning her and her work within an intersectional framework that attends in particular to ways in which Cisneros identifies herself and her work as expansively multi-ethnic and multi-national.
CFP: MELVILLE’S ORIGINS (UPDATED)
New York University, New York, NY
June 17-20, 2019
Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2018
We invite paper proposals for a special panel sequence on Bonnie Jo Campbell, who will receive the 2019 Mark Twain Award for Outstanding Contributions to Midwestern Literature. These papers will be presented at the 49th annual symposium of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature in East Lansing, Michigan, on May 16-18, 2019.
Call for Papers
In Stephen King’s Gothic (2011) John Sears asserts that rereading King represents ‘an exercise in the extension of repetition, in the act of rereading an oeuvre already deeply structured … by its own engagement in the Gothic habit of rereading … To reread King would be to enter … and perhaps to become lost within, a labyrinth of intra- and intertextual relations, an immense and complex textual space’ (2). Sears’s framing of King’s writing is a critical response to David Punter’s question about the susceptibility of King’s writing to rereading (1996).
Call for Papers, Book History at CEA 2019
March 28-30, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana
Astor Crowne Plaza
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 | Phone: (504) 962-0500
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on [special topic title] for our 50th annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org
CFP: 2018 Siegel McDaniel Award for Graduate Research on Philip Roth
The annual Siegel/McDaniel Award, sponsored by the Philip Roth Society, recognizes high-quality graduate student work written within the past year on any aspect of Philip Roth’s work.
We recommend that faculty encourage their students to submit papers, and we welcome submissions from Roth Society members and non-members alike.
Eligible graduate students should submit a clean copy of their 10-15 page essay, double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font to Maggie McKinley, the Philip Roth Society Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In collaboration with the Hellenic Association for American Studies (HELAAS)
Feminism and Technoscience
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Museum of Byzantine Culture
April 6, 2019
Faulkner’s Transgressive Fictions
A Faulkner Studies in the UK Research Network Panel
The 64th Annual British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Conference at
the University of Sussex (25-27 April, 2019)
Call for Papers: Cultural Adaptations
PCA/ACA (April 17-20, 2019)
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Washington Marriott Wardman Park/ Washington, D.C.