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The Anthropocene and Deep-Time in Literary Studies | MLA 8-11 Jan. 2015, Vancouver

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 9:10am
Heather Houser

Inviting proposals for papers on the importance of deep time, geology, and evolution for 20th- and 21st-century American literature and culture in the context of discussions of the Anthropocene. Theories, analyses, visualizations, and big data projects welcome.

Send 300-word abstract by 10 March 2014 to Heather Houser ( and Ursula Heise (

The Modern Language Association convention will be held 8-11 January 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. Information here:

Poems Invited for June 2014 Issue of Taj Mahal Review 25th Issue

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 4:57am

Taj Mahal Review is published in June and December annually.

Poems and stories may be submitted by all authors, whether first-time or published writers. The poems (maximum 35 lines), essays, short stories, literary articles and reviews (maximum 2500 words) must be in English. Poems with a special layout should be sent by email as an attachment using Microsoft Word.

Haikus may also be submitted. (Maximum 10)

Esperanto Essays and Poems with English translations may also be submitted.

The matter sent for publication must be an original creation of the author. The plagiarised work should not be submitted. Your submission declares that the work is original, and your own.

Images of Motherhood in Contemporary Southern Film, November 7-9, 2014 (Abstract by June 1st)

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 9:33pm
Heather Watson / South Atlantic Modern Language Association

"Images of Motherhood in Contemporary Southern Film"

This panel invites papers that examine depictions of the United States South and southerners in contemporary film with particular interest in how motherhood or images of motherhood are portrayed.

Examples include but are not limited to : Gone with the Wind, The Help, Princess and the Frog, The Hunger Games series, Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Waterboy, Sweet Home Alabama, and Big Fish.

Latina/o Utopias: Futures, Forms, and the Will of Literature

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 7:58pm
The 2nd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference

CFP: The 2nd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference

Latina/o Utopias: Futures, Forms, and
the Will of Literature

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

City University of New York

April 23-25, 2015

Abstracts due: September 15, 2014

Intertextual Memory

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 6:44pm
MLA 2015 Special Session

Explicit reference to actual literary texts, songs, films, or art that become sites of memory within fictional works from any period. 300 word abstracts by 14 March 2014

Writing Anew: Critical, Cultural, and Canonical Innovations in Literature

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 1:40pm
University of North Texas Graduate Students of English Association

Interpreting the act of writing as one of (re)invention and (re)constitution
equips burgeoning critics and creative writers to engage the written word along the axes of power, politics, and persuasion.

The 2014 UNT Critical Voices Conference, which will take place on March 22, 2014, invites critical and creative pieces that both celebrate
and challenge the canonical, historical, and/or political structures with which authors have interacted for centuries.

Authors may submit an abstract of 200-500 words (for
a piece of literary/cultural criticism) or an excerpt (for a creative piece to

Resisting Empire Through Humor - MLA 2015 (Vancouver) 8-11 January 2015

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 1:25pm
Katherine Bishop and Adele Holoch

"A joke is a very serious thing." – Winston Churchill

Laughter can be a powerful weapon. It can be a tool of resistance, an assertion of superiority, or an outlet for relief. It can establish (or strengthen) a sense of community, or it can set an individual apart. This panel seeks to examine the use of humor in the context of empire. How do texts leverage these and other capacities of laughter to contest, undermine, create, or celebrate? We welcome papers addressing the intersections of laughter and imperial or post-colonial power in all geographic and historical contexts.

Shapeshifters: Recycling and Literature (April 25-26, 2014)

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:09pm
Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature

SHAPESHIFTERS: Recycling and Literature
April 25-26, 2014

Sponsor: Yale University, Department of Comparative Literature
Keynote Speakers: Wai Chee Dimock (Yale) and Maite Zubiaurre (UCLA)

"If you want me again look for me under your boot soles." Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Teaching American Gun Cultures | MLA Special Session, Vancouver 2015

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:41pm
Rasmus R. Simonsen

Today, Americans collectively own well over 200 million guns. And so it seems impossible to imagine the United States without the presence of guns. To own or not to own a firearm is a question that surely defines other crucial aspects of what it means to be American. This Special Session invites innovative approaches to teaching the representation of American gun cultures based on, but not limited to, geography, socio-economic status, race, gender, and sexuality.

The End of Remediation?

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:28pm
MLA Committee for the Community College

The Committee for the Community College is sponsoring two sessions at the MLA Convention in Vancouver in January of 2015. Visit for more information about the convention.

Session 1: The End of Remediation? Papers can address issues related to the future of Developmental studies, including but not limited to accelerated learning, performance-based funding, the Common Core, and the completion agenda. Deadline March 21.

New McFarland Essay Anthology: The Punk Aesthetic in Comics

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:17pm
Christopher Field, Keegan Lannon, Michael MacBride, and Christopher Douglas

We have just received a contract from McFarland to compile a multi-contributor manuscript on comic books and the punk aesthetic. Comics have long had a connection with subculture. In the punk movement, comics found an aesthetic that could help preach a message to the counterculture. This collection will include essays that examine how both mainstream and underground comics/comix have borrowed from and used the punk aesthetic for their own means.

Call for Submissions: The Woody Guthrie Annual

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 12:30pm
Professor Will Kaufman / University of Central Lancashire

The Woody Guthrie Annual

The Woody Guthrie Annual is a new open-access peer-reviewed journal containing the most up-to-date scholarship on Woody Guthrie, his work and his cultural and political significance. The journal will be published once a year, in December.