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MLA 2022 CFP: Circuitous Channels: The Communications Circuit at 40

updated: 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 10:17am
Alec Pollak
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 12, 2021

Circuitous Channels: The Communications Circuit at 40

Robert Darnton’s “communications circuit,” proposed in his field-defining 1982 essay “What Is the History of Books?”, has become one of book history’s foundational paradigms. Since 1982, the “communications circuit” has been endlessly reprinted, debated, revised, and amended; it has become a touchstone heuristic for more articles, books, and papers than it is possible to list.

"What is your favorite novel?"

updated: 
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 3:21pm
South Central Review
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 30, 2021

During the pandemic, we’ve heard that a lot of people went back to read their favorite novels as comfort and sustenance through the hard times. We at South Central Review have therefore decided to do a special double issue on this topic, scheduled to appear in Fall 2021. We hope to run approximately thirty brief essays (5-8 pages in manuscript form) in which the authors reflect on the literary, artistic, or other merits of the novel in question, why it resonates as it does, and perhaps why it was important at a particular moment in history, or why it remains influential today. We also hope to interview several contemporary novelists and writers about their favorite novels as sources of or inspiration for their own work.

 

"William Faulkner and the Work of Antiracism"

updated: 
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:05pm
Faulkner Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Call for Papers: Faulkner Journal special issue, “William Faulkner, Race, and the Work of Antiracism”

 

BLACK GIRL BANNED: REBELLION AND RADICAL BLACK GIRLHOOD [Edited collection]

updated: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 4:38pm
Ebony Perro & Regina Bernard-Carreno
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

From Alice Walker’s womanism to bell hooks’ oppositional gaze, Black girls’ rebellion inspires concepts and theoretical approaches that aid in understanding the lives of girls and women.  These theorizations—and Black girls’ actions—counter dominant narratives and distortions of Black girlhood. Despite censoring, surveilling, and policing, Black girls find creative ways to assert and insert  themselves in spaces where their behavior may be considered “deviant,” “rebellious,” or “womanish. ”They often engage in what Aimee Meredith Cox calls shapeshifting to “ confront, challenge, invert, unsettle, and expose the material impact of systemic oppression”(7).

MLA 2022: The Power of Laughter: Discursive Communities and the Deconstruction of Social Hierarchies

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:22pm
The American Humor Studies Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

In her 2014 text, All Joking Aside, Rebecca Krefting argued that “Jokesters unmask inequality by identifying the legal arrangements and cultural attitudes and beliefs contributing to their subordinated status—joking about it, challenging that which has become normalized and compulsory, and offering new solutions and strategies” (2). Humor has long been a tool for upsetting the status quo, for questioning the social institutions that exalt some, while leaving so many others behind. But does this comedic approach succeed in effecting change? What are the tangible results of challenging the existing situation?

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP: American Literature 1865 to 1945 (Nov. 11-14 2021)

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:21pm
Mary Pace, California State University - Los Angeles
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021

PAMLA 2021 LAS VEGAS: "CITY OF GOD, CITY OF DESTRUCTION" (Thursday, November 11 - Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Session: American Literature 1865 to 1945

Contacts: Mary Pace, California State University - Los Angeles (mpace@calstatela.edu)

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP: American Literature 1945 to the Present (Nov. 11-14 2021)

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:21pm
Marc Malandra, Biola University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021

PAMLA 2021 LAS VEGAS: "CITY OF GOD, CITY OF DESTRUCTION" (Thursday, November 11 - Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Session: American Literature 1945 to the Present

Contacts: Marc Malandra, Biola University (marc.malandra@biola.edu)

Revised CFP: E. E. Cummings Sessions at the American Literature Association’s 32nd Annual Conference, July 7-11, 2021, Boston, MA

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00pm
Michael Webster / E. E. Cummings Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 20, 2021

The E. E. Cummings Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2021 American Literature Association conference in Boston (http://americanliteratureassociation.org). We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of Cummings’ life or work. Proposals that touch upon the following topics will be especially welcome:

• Cummings in 1918-1921 (Camp Devens, the flu pandemic, and afterwards)
• Cummings, the child, and the actual and real worlds
• Cummings’ early experiments in modernism
• Readings of little-studied Cummings poems
• Re-readings of much-studied Cummings poems
• Cummings among the modernists and post-modernists

Nabokov's Languages

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 3:58pm
International Vladimir Nabokov Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021
  1. The International Nabokov Society invites paper proposals for a guaranteed session at MLA 2022 (Washington, D.C., 6-9 January 2022).  We invite papers on Nabokov’s languages, the transnational and  multi-lingual Nabokov, his invented languages, translation (between languages, cultures and different genres and media), Nabokov’s theory of language, Nabokov’s style,  etc.  We particularly welcome comparative, transnational, and intermedial perspectives.  Please send 250-word abstracts and brief CVs to siggy.frank@nottingham.ac.uk and zokuzmanovich@davidson.edu by 15  March 2021.

“Behold, I am doing a new thing”: Literary Form in Bayliss, Melville, and Olson - ALA 2021

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 8:11am
Jonathan Bayliss Society
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Jonathan Bayliss Society (www.jonathanbayliss.org) invites proposals for papers to be presented at a roundtable at the 2021 American Literature Association annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, July 7-11, 2021.

 Please note: If a selected panelist is unable to travel to Boston because of the Pandemic, we may allow an electronic presentation, such as through Zoom.

“Behold, I am doing a new thing”: Literary Form in Bayliss, Melville, and Olson

"All Doing Is Ours": Ritual and the Collective Construction of Meaning in American Literature - ALA 2021

updated: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 8:07am
Jonathan Bayliss Society
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Jonathan Bayliss Society (www.jonathanbayliss.org) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the following roundtable at the 2021 American Literature Association annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, July 7-11, 2021.

Please note: If a selected panelist is unable to travel to Boston because of the Pandemic, we may allow an electronic presentation, such as through Zoom.

Illness, Society and the Self

updated: 
Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 7:33pm
Henry James Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

In the context of the current viral pandemic, we look with fresh intensity at figurations of the invalid and of disease and disability in James’s fictional and non-fictional writing. With an eye to the cultural and political aspects of public health measures aimed at managing the spread of an infectious pathogen, we ask in particular about the relation in James’s work of sickness, subjectivity and society. How do James’s texts relate social experience to bodily ill-health or impairment? Does James position the invalid as a figure indicative of dysfunction in the larger social body, or suggest, in contrast, that illness or disability may be associated with an excess of social contact, a failure of ‘social distancing’?

A Small Boy and Others: Henry James and the Child

updated: 
Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 7:32pm
Henry James Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

Children appear in James’s fiction in many different kinds of roles, from the annoying little brother in Daisy Miller to the impressionable girl of What Maisie Knew. He also wrote extensively about his own childhood and those of his siblings. None of these writings are, however, for child readers, unlike the work of Lewis Carroll or Robert Louis Stevenson or Mark Twain or Louisa May Alcott. What opportunities does James find in his representations of children? How does the development of his late style affect these possibilities? These topics are suggestions, but other approaches to the subject are invited.

 

Provocative Parables at the Intersection of the Secular and the Supernatural (PCA/ACA, Philosophy and Culture Area, panel/roundtable) (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

updated: 
Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 1:54pm
Philosophy and Culture Area, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2-5, 2021, http://pcaaca.org/area/philosophy-and-culture)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Synopsis: A number of anniversaries in 2021 — including the tenth of the premiere of David Benioff and W.B. Weiss’ television series, Game of Thrones, Tom Perrotta’s novel, The Leftovers, and Terrence Malick’s film, The Tree of Life, and the twentieth of Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods — is a provocative occasion for a critical reexamination of these and related parables at the intersection of the secular and the supernatural, in their original formulations and as they have developed subsequently.

The Stand, the Original Stephen King Novel and its Adaptations, in the Covid era (PCA/ACA, Stephen King Area, panel/roundtable) (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

updated: 
Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 1:54pm
Stephen King Area, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2-5, 2021, http://pcaaca.org/area/stephen-king)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 27, 2021

In crises, many of us turn to literature and other forms of popular culture not only for comfort, but for insight, guidance. So it is in the "Covid era," that we have turned to "pandemic literature" and related forms for popular Culture, including Stephen King’s The Stand (1978, 1990) and its adaptations to date (1994, on television, and 2008 and 2012, in comics). Already provocative, the phenomenon is all the more so for Josh Boone's recent television adaptation, appearing amidst the ongoing pandemic, from December 17, 2020 through February 11, 2021 (http://www.imdb.com/video/vi2525675801). More so still, King, in writing the finale’s screenplay, has enriched the original’s conclusion.

CfP for MLA 2022 “Mattering in the 19thC and Beyond: US Transcendentalisms, Racism, and Repair"

updated: 
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 11:01am
Margaret Fuller Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 20, 2021

“Mattering in the 19th C and Beyond: US Transcendentalisms, Racism, and Repair"

Roundtable organized by the Margaret Fuller Society

MLA 2022: Washington, DC, 6 to 9 January

Submission deadline: 20 March 2021

 

How do race, racism, and anti-racism operate among US transcendentalists? What alternative vocabularies and theoretical models have their Black contemporaries and later Black thinkers created? We invite proposals that challenge or reform the legacies of transcendentalism. Potential topics (others are welcome):

 

-     constructions of race

-     systemic racism

-     Black intellectual/aesthetic traditions

-     Black writers/speakers

Mattering in the 19th C and Beyond: US Transcendentalisms, Racism, and Repair

updated: 
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 11:00am
Margaret Fuller Society
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 20, 2021

How do race, racism, and anti-racism operate among US transcendentalists? What alternative vocabularies and theoretical models have their Black contemporaries and later Black thinkers created? We invite proposals that challenge or reform the legacies of transcendentalism. Potential topics (others are welcome):

 

-     constructions of race

-     systemic racism

-     Black intellectual/aesthetic traditions

-     Black writers/speakers

-     epistemologies

-     gender(s)

-     queer/trans of color critiques

-     disidentification

-     intersectionality

-     conversation as method

-     languages

-     critiques and revisionist readings of "transcendentalism"

Special Forum: Undergraduate Perspectives on Feminism

updated: 
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:48am
Journal of Feminist Scholarship, https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/jfs/
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 15, 2021

For Publication in Issue 20, Spring 2022

Forum Contact Email: Sabrinna Fogarty (sfogarty@uri.edu)

Co-editors: Anupama Arora, Jessica Frazier, Anna M. Klobucka, Erin K. Krafft, Jeannette E. Riley, and Heather M. Turcotte

Reception in the 2020s (MLA 2022)

updated: 
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:47am
Reception Study Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

We invite abstracts for a Reception Study Society sponsored panel for MLA 2022, which will be held in Washington DC, January 6-9, 2022.

Topic: Reception in the 2020s

RSS invites abstracts centered on reception trends including, but not limited to: pandemic reading; escapist reading, streaming, or podcasting; BLM reading lists and their reception; diversity issues in reading, reviewing, authorship, and publishing.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 15 March 2021

Kelsey Squire, Ohio Dominican U (squirekelsey@gmail.com )

Comics and Graphic Narratives I and II at PAMLA Conference 2021

updated: 
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:45am
Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) will host their annual conference November 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada (November 11-14). The Comics and Graphic Narratives panels seek proposals for presentations. Panel I will meet in person, and Panel II will meet virtually (sorry, no hybrid sessions will offered during this year's conference). 

All papers dealing with comics and other graphic narratives will be considered. Papers utilizing media specific analysis, and papers with a strong connection to this year's theme of "City of God, City of Destruction" are highly encouraged, but papers unrelated to the theme are welcome, too. A visual component to the paper/presentation is also encouraged.

CFP: MEDIA REVIEWERS and SCHOLARLY ARTICLES – MIDDLE WEST REVIEW

updated: 
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 12:14pm
Adam Ochonicky / Middle West Review
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 1, 2021

CFP: MEDIA REVIEWERS and SCHOLARLY ARTICLES – MIDDLE WEST REVIEW

 

Middle West Review (MWR) is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that examines the American Midwest. The journal is published biannually by the University of Nebraska Press.

 

SAMLA 93 - Social Networks, Social Distances

updated: 
Monday, February 15, 2021 - 10:36am
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 16, 2021

SAMLA's 93rd Annual ConferenceSocial Networks, Social DistancesNovember 4–6, 2021Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
Atlanta, Georgia

Call for Papers: "Transpacific American Literature: Empire, Space, and Representation"

updated: 
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:24am
Sharmani Patricia Gabriel/Universiti Malaya
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 30, 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Issue on Transpacific American Literature:

Empire, Space, and Representation

 

SARE: Southeast Asian Review of English, Vol. 58, No. 2, December 2021

 

Guest Editor: Associate Professor Yuan Shu

 

Call For Qualified Guest Reviewers - Creative Industries (Art, Crafts, Video Games, Etc)

updated: 
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:24am
Creative Industries Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Call for Well-Qualified Guest Reviewers

The international peer-reviewed Creative Industries Journal [CIJ] (Routledge/ Taylor and Francis), now in its 14th volume and approaching its 15th year, seeks to create a pool of guest reviewers, who possess the requisite expertise, to complement our Peer Review Board and Editorial team.

Specifically, the journal is currently looking for those with expertise in architecture, art, crafts, design, fashion, software, or video games.

CIJ is an international journal published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis and work published in the journal is widely read and cited.

Interested folks are invited to contact Graeme (as below):

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