Henry James occupies an unusual position in the literary categories of English language fiction. Claimed by both the British and the Americans, as well as by both the 19th century and the 20th, James’ fiction crosses many of the artificially imposed borders our field has created, yet his stories often deal explicitly with the social changes and their consequences that caused the borders to be established in the first place. As we live through yet another period of social upheaval, is James still relevant? What can his short fiction offer a 21st century reader? How might we convey this to our students, many of whom initially find his content dated and his prose challenging?
Articles sought for a proposed edited volume of essays, “Language of the Unheard”: Riot on the American Cultural Stage, addressing the following questions:
How does a riot speak? How do we articulate and explore the riot as news, art, event, and mechanism for social change? How do riots redefine urban landscapes and the ways in which we inhabit and express them? How and why have American literary and cultural works illuminated cities and communities rocked by injustice and riot as a mode of protest or giving voice to what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the language of the unheard.”
Papers are invited for the SHARP affiliate session at the 2018 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention. Potential topics include print culture, history of the book, authorship, publishing history, ephemera, illustration, publishers' archives, production, circulation, and reception. Papers addressing this year's convention theme, "Fighters from the Margins: Social-Political Activists and Their Allies," are especially welcome. What connections can be made between print culture/book history and ideas of activism? How have books pushed the boundaries of technology, form, artistic expression, and subject matter? What are the connections between printing and social justice, activism and print culture?
“American Women’s Writing and the Genealogies of Queer Thought”
Please consider submitting to the American Literature I: Literature Before 1870 session for this year’s MMLA conference, which will be held in Kansas City, MO., November 15-18, 2018. The overall theme of the conference is “Consuming Cultures,” the inspiration for which comes partly from Kyla Wazana Tompkins’ research on racism in terms of food cultures in nineteenth century U.S. literature. As is noted in the general call for papers, “Looking at the disturbing correlations of ‘food and flesh,’ she notes, ‘the evolution of eating cultures across this period opens up new areas of inquiry into the alignment between bodies and bodies politic’” (7-8). American literature before 1870 is suggestive of multiple variations on this broad theme.
New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA)
2018 Call for Proposals: Emergence and Emergencies
When: October 13th 2018
Where: New York University (Manhattan)
Submission Deadline: April 15, 2018
Submit here: https://www.nymasa.com/conference
***Women of color, queer, trans, and other underrepresented folx are especially encouraged to submit abstracts***
Agency & Performativity of Place in 20th & 21st C American Literature
PAMLA Conference - Bellingham, WA
November 9-11, 2018
EXTENDED DEADLINE: JUNE 27, 2018
Do you have exciting things to say about place in American literature? Of course you do! Want to discus them in beautiful Bellingham, WA? Why wouldn't you!
CALL FOR PAPERS
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference (PAMLA)
Western Washington University (Bellingham, Washington)
November 9-11, 2018
Session: Drama and Society
Panel Title: Sam Shepard, Looking Back at his Acting, Roles and Stages
Presiding Officer: Kimberly Jew, Associate Professor, Theatre and Ethnic Studies, University of Utah
Proposals are invited for a Special Session of PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) 2018, which will meet November 9-11, 2018, in Bellingham, Washington. The conference theme is “Acting, Roles, Stages,” and we will be contributing papers on ways in which magic and witchcraft have been represented dramatically over the centuries.