What constitutes the canon of academic novels? Discussion of the genre has tended to focus on a limited number of novels. On the British side, C. P. Snow's The Masters, Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim, David Lodge's campus trilogy (Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work), and A. S. Byatt's Possession dominate. For American academe, a similarly small number have dominion over the field: Mary McCarthy's The Groves of Academe, Randall Jarrell's Pictures from an Institution, Vladimir Nabokov's Pnin, Bernard Malamud's A New Life, Jane Smiley's Moo, Richard Russo's Straight Man, and Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys. If these novels are taken to constitute the academic novel canon, as it were, what picture of academe emerges from them?
CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS deadline April 22, 2014
In spring 2015, NeMLA will meet in Toronto, Ontario for its annual convention. In mid-March, the association will begin accepting online session proposals (panel, seminar, roundtable, creative session) in the following areas:
Comparative Languages & Theory
Culture & Media Studies
French and Francophone
Rhetoric & Composition
Women's and Gender Studies
World Languages (non-European)
For 2015, NeMLA particularly welcomes proposals on the following topics:
The Minetta Review is a literary and arts publication managed by undergraduate students at New York University. Print editions are made available free of charge to the student body and to bookshops in Greenwich Village, and select content is viewable on our WordPress. If you are a poet, proser, prose-poet, painter, sculptor, photographer, digital illustrator—otherwise an experimenter of combining word and visual art—we encourage you to submit your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for the Spring 2014 issue is March, 15 2014.
Check out our WordPress for previous issues and submission guidelines:
Impression and Object
A Conference on Critical Theory
Joshua Landy (Stanford University)
All experiences are moral experiences, even in the realm of sense perception. - Nietzsche, The Gay Science
Please note that the deadline has been extended to February 14, 2014.
Interdisciplinarity has become a buzzword across the humanities; the term usually implies that scholars make use of the tools of another discipline while remaining within the boundaries of their own. The French philosopher Jacques Rancière points to the impossibility of this project, describing his work as "a-disciplinary" or "in-disciplinary." This conference seeks to reflect on the current state of work within the humanities by asking if the traditional ways of organizing disciplines are sufficient for the future of academia.
We invite talks/papers that deal with but are not limited to the following topics:
A new project designed to defend and promote the value and all round general goodness of the arts and humanities is looking for passionate people to contribute articles.
We are looking for like-minded people to write on a variety of subjects and urge you to contact us at email@example.com with ideas and suggestions. We aim to start publishing content online from March 2014.
You can find out more about us at thenewunion.wordpress.com/manifesto.
We are calling for papers dealing with contemporary literary, cultural, and language theories and/or their applications to particular works for the third issue of our journal. We would also welcome papers dealing with meta-theories and their significance for the human and social sciences, as well as reviews of the most recent books in the field of cultural, language and literary theories and criticism.
You can read previous issues online at http://doisrpska.nub.rs/index.php/filolog/issue/archive
Keynote Speaker: Professor Helen Deutsch
"I love to cope him in these sullen fits,
For then he's full of matter."
- Duke Senior, As You Like It
Papers are invited for publication in a special issue entitled War and Life Writing. Ed. Louise O. Vasvari and I-Chun Wang. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 17.2 (June 2015): (Purdue University Press ISSN 1481-4374). Throughout history, humans share(d) similar experiences in war: they narrate their experiences and document suffering, trauma, dislocation, memory, etc. Life writing on war is often about (im)migration, separation, and dreams of return. The guest editors of the special issue on War and Life Writing invite studies on life writing in all its forms: auto/biography, memoir, testimony, diaries, letters, works in media other than print, as well as visual representation of war from all periods of human history.
Q&A with Hari Kunzru at Birkbeck, University of London, Friday 20th June 2014
International conference dedicated to the writing of Hari Kunzru, University of Surrey, 21st June 2014
A recurring symbol and theme in Western cultural production since the fifteenth-century, imagery of death and the maiden reveals a dark bond between sexuality and death. Pictures of a decaying corpse seducing a young woman, such as Hans Baldung's Death and the Maiden, became popular during the Renaissance, and have been repeated and adapted oftentimes since, the theme taken up by modern artists such as Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele, or composer Franz Schubert.
The University of Virginia Department of English Graduate Conference
Keynote speech by Andrew Piper
Master class with Rita Felski and Andrew Piper
April 4-6, 2014
proposals due January 31
Privacy: Call for Papers
Plenary Speakers: Prof. Robert Chodat, Boston University, and Prof. Ulka Anjaria, Brandeis University
Call for Participants
Black Theatre Association (BTA)
Post-Conference: "Dialogues in the Desert"
following the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2014 Conference
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel — Scottsdale, AZ
July 27-28, 2014
March 7th: please email a 100-200 word abstract, or your short play script, to Jonathan Shandell, BTA Conference Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This panel seeks papers about the significance of weather and/or climate in modern literature. Open to a wide range of topics (including American, British, and world literatures) and approaches. Submissions might address (but certainly are not limited to):