Few American writers have enjoyed the posthumous popularity of Poe, whose works inspire adaptations in various genres such as film and graphic novel while lunchboxes and bobblehead figures commemorate the man himself. Such popularity is a boon for teachers of Poe, who can use movies, comic books, and online videos to help students make sense of a nineteenth-century writer whose stories and poems might seem, at first glance, peculiar and puzzling. Contemporary creative reinterpretations of Poe's writings also provide insight into how we remove Poe from his antebellum milieu and refashion him to suit our tastes.
Issue Theme: Teaching Green Humanities and Ecocriticism
Guest Edited by Alison Lacivita
For our autumnal scholarly issue, we are interested in papers exploring pedagogical approaches to teaching sustainability, ecocriticsm, ecopoetics, and greening the humanities.
We are also interested in book reviews of pedagogical books and edited collections. We can generally provide a review copy. If one is needed, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"To them, you're just a freak, like me! They need you right now, but when they don't, they'll cast you out, like a leper!… When the chips are down, these... these civilized people, they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve."
- The Joker, The Dark Knight
The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture seeks paper proposals for its session at the MLA Annual Convention in Austin, TX. January 7-10, 2016.
Comparative Approaches to Adoption
This panel considers how disciplines of Comparative Studies (including Comparative Literature, Comparative Race, and Comparative Media Studies) can provide insight on adoption and its representations. Topics might include representations of adoption in non-Anglophone texts, adoption across different media (print, film, television, graphic novels, videogames, curated collections, Youtube videos, apps), and comparative approaches to thinking about adoption in relation to diverse ethnic and national communities.
We - an international group of students enrolled in the MA Global History at Free University Berlin - would like to inform You about a conference in Global History for bachelor and graduate students, April 24-25 in Berlin. (We will be able to cover some travel and accommodation expenses.) Our idea is to provide a venue for ambitious students to spread and discuss their projects with a larger audience. This conference presents a very good opportunity to broaden perspectives ahead of future challenges. We accept texts written in English, Spanish, French and Italian, and the discussions will be held in English.
We seek interdisciplinary papers for a proposed panel investigating "the black mortuary," an analytic that considers the place of the black deceased within cultural, economic, and intellectual practices. Informed, in part, by Vincent Brown's groundbreaking text The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery, this panel will explore the conceptual and constitutive work that racial death performs. We invoke a popular African American colloquialism, "who's got the body," to locate the contested ownerships of the (deceased) black body. And we ask, how might the corporeal remnants of blackness foreshadow new possibilities for myriad forms of oppositional action?
The Invisible Bear is currently seeking quality poetry and/or visual art submissions for its inaugural volume on or before our submission deadline, Sunday, February 1st, 2015. Please submit via e-mail to thebearinvisible [at] gmail [dot] com and include your full name and the category of your piece (ex: "Joe Writer, Poetry") in the subject line of your message. Please attach your poem(s) (one per page) in a .doc or .docx (for images: .tiff, .jpg, .png) and leave off any name or contact information in your attachment. Limit your submissions from 1-5 pieces. Allow at least five weeks after the deadline date before inquiring about the status of your submission.
Announcing the Sixth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, June 10-12, 2015, New York, USA.
CFP: Edith Wharton and the Fin de Siècle (MLA 2016; Deadline 3.15.15)
The Edith Wharton Society invites papers addressing Wharton's relationship to the fin de siècle. Presentations might address Wharton's engagements with decadence, aestheticism, realism and/or naturalism, the bachelor dandy, the femme fatale, the New Woman, degeneration, vampirism, hysteria, art nouveau, other fin-de-siècle writers, and so on. Please send 250-word abstracts and brief bio to Emily Orlando at email@example.com by 15 March 2015.
The Trans/Gender-Variant Caucus of the National Women Studies Association invites submissions for a special sponsored session on the life and legacy of Leslie Feinberg, to be held at the national conference in Milwaukee, WI, November 12-15, 2015.