In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show’s producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many “conversations about race” that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.
I <3 POP: An Interdisciplinary Conference
November 10-11, 2016. Keynote speaker: TBD
Department of Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY; New York, NY
“If I had to choose between the Doors and Dostoyevsky, then—of course—I’d choose Dostoyevsky. But do I have to choose?” –Susan Sontag
There seems to be no end to the anxieties, fantasies, pleasures, and possibilities of pop culture—how we consume it, avoid it, appreciate it, and allow it to inform our identities. Yet, can we theorize pop today? And if so, to what extent are we obligated to do so?
Beyond the Blockbusters: Themes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Literature
Closed and Open Rhetoric: American Formalist Literary Criticism of the 1950s
Panel for the 2017 NeMLA Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland (Marriott Waterfront, March 23-26, 2017). Deadline Sept. 30, notification no later than October 15, 2016.
Abstracts must be submitted online to: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/User/Dashboard
Membership in NeMLA required.
Description of Panel:
Digital America is now accepting submissions for Issue No. 8. We are an online journal that focuses on digital art and culture with an eye toward the American experience. We are looking for critical essays, film, artwork, design, and reviews that question, analyze, and/or hack the tools of digital culture. We are also interested in work that explores how new behaviors and new, global networks of power and influence are shaping American life. All submissions should engage American life and digital culture and/or digitization in some way. We encourage creative responses to these parameters as we understand the complexities of engaging “America” in a global, networked world.
Studies in Crime Writing (Open Access Journal) DEADLINE EXTENDED: 31 OCT 2016 full name / name of organization: Studies in Crime Writing contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Papers — Studies in Crime Writing
The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS) is
- devoted to literary, historical, film and cultural studies of the English-speaking world
- an international scholarly journal with an international audience available at major research centers and libraries throughout the world
- the oldest continuously published Central European scholarly journal in its field
- published twice a year by the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary.
Monsters in Our Midst: Hauntings, Taboos, and Terror in Global Literature
Organizer: Meredith Malburne-Wade
Co-Organizer: Ashley Reed
Co-Organizer: Megan Goodwin
Place—as both geographical locale demarcated by boundaries, and as a site of experience naturalized through ideological functions—has been transformed by as well as articulated through artistic practices. Place in cultural texts is codetermined by locatedness and agency. And it is when land as the reserve of identity is threatened by colonial and neo-colonial extensions of empire, transportational foreshortening of distances, and technocratic domination of ethnicities, for example, that place finds reciprocal formal expression in modes such as collage, montage, prosodic experimentations, and narrative hybridity. Such representational practices stand as testimony to the experience of place as the very possibility of movement.