american

RSS feed

"Essential Workers": Precarious Labor in the Literary Imagination

updated: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 3:41pm
Northeast Modern Language Association 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

52nd Northeast Modern Language Association Convention

March 11-14, 2021 / Philadelphia, PA

In light of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and public debate about who or what kind of work is deemed “essential,” this panel seeks to examine the intersection of literature and labor, prioritizing depictions of precarious workers who are sacrificing their personal well-being for the public good, but also to maintain their own economic security.

[DEADLINE EXTENDED] Giant Steps: Coltrane, Space, and Innovation

updated: 
Monday, September 14, 2020 - 2:55pm
Michael A. Antonucci | Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Giant Steps: Coltrane, Space, and Innovation

The Savoy Ballroom in New York, Preservation Hall in New Orleans, the intersection of 12th Street and Vine in Kansas City, and the Green Mill on Chicago’s North Side all stand as cradles for jazz tradition.

How does one site those spaces though that have housed jazz innovations, like 1511 North 33rd in Philadelphia, John Coltrane’s Strawberry Mansion?Where are the places that jazz can call home? Improvisations and experimentation certainly, but what spaces and which places make those transitions in the artform, its delivery, and reception?

Reading in Theory (ACLA 2021--Virtual)

updated: 
Monday, September 14, 2020 - 2:05pm
American Comparative Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020

Despite the proliferation of critical engagements with theories of reading by scholars of literary studies, it seems fair to say that relatively little has changed since Paul de Man claimed, “the resistance to theory is in fact a resistance to reading, a resistance that is perhaps at its most effective, in contemporary studies, in the methodologies that call themselves theories of reading but nevertheless avoid the function they claim as their object” (The Resistance to Theory 15). This panel asks, is this resistance brought to a theory of reading, as if from “the outside,” or is resistance internal to any theory of reading? In what ways does reading generate and/or depend on its own resistances?

 

Creative Writing: Non-Fiction (CEA 4/8/21–4/10/21)

updated: 
Monday, September 14, 2020 - 2:05pm
College English Aassociation
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Call for Papers, Creative Writing: Non-Fiction at CEA 2021

April 8-10, 2021 | Birmingham, Alabama

Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham | 2101 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations of Creative Writing: Non-Fiction for our 52nd annual conference. Submit your proposal at www.cea-web.org

2nd CFP: British Travels to the Americas During the Long 19th Century (NEMLA 2021 Panel virtual & in person)

updated: 
Monday, September 14, 2020 - 2:04pm
Jose Lara / Bridgewater State University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

This panel seeks to investigate cross-cultural and intercultural exchanges in British literature produced by men and women who traveled to and from the Americas (North, Central, and South) during the long 19th century (1750-1900). It provides a critical examination of the ideological underpinnings and socio-political reasoning for the production of British travel narratives as well as the effects they had on the construction of identity, race, and gender in American and British territories during this period. In doing so, we hope to challenge established academic disciplinary boundaries and provide new insights into the intricate relationships between transatlantic literature, identity, and politics.

Evil in/and Stephen King: Essay Volume

updated: 
Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:22am
Hong Kong Baptist University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 6, 2020

The concept of evil received much attention throughout the 20th century. Despite the industrial scale atrocities committed in Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, and Maoist China, alongside the genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Rwanda, as well as the explosion of serial killers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Andrei Chikatilo in the latter part of the 20th century, the first two decades of the 21st century have been largely unconcerned with rigorous discussion of such evil.

Egan, After Postmodernism (NeMLA 2021 panel)

updated: 
Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 10:23pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

This panel will consider Jennifer Egan’s work in light of the post-90s literary and cultural movements emerging after postmodernism. While these contemporary trends have different names and aims (post-postmodernism, metamodernism, new sincerity, post-irony, digimodernism, performatism, the neoliberal novel, and many more), they all attempt to critique and move beyond postmodernism in some concentrated way. We invite papers that locate and complicate Egan’s work in relation to these contemporary movements.

ennifer Egan will be the convention's keynote speaker this year.

The IAAS Postgraduate Symposium “Parallel Lives in America” Virtual Event via Zoom

updated: 
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 1:49pm
Irish Association of American Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 9, 2020

Last year, the Irish Association for American Studies’ Postgraduate Symposium, titled “The Land of the Unfree”, sought to interrogate the legitimacy of democracy in America. One year on, in the midst of a global pandemic, this legitimacy has not only been interrogated, but put on trial.

 

Author as Artist: Creative Contributions in Color / Texture (Creative)

updated: 
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 1:48pm
NeMLA 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Color and texture are often perceived as “wallpaper” – a humdrum backdrop against which the action of a literary work unfolds. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper; Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls…; and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, among many others, purposely and effectively challenge such perception. This creative session (re)considers the author as artist, (re)casting color and texture as deliberate, meaningful components of literary experience. Open to considering a variety of authors and genres in relation to its theme, this creative session particularly welcomes papers highlighting color and/or texture as relate to either Gilman, or Shange, or Walker.

CFP for Peer-reviewed international Journal submission

updated: 
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 1:42pm
Sorbonne Université / Sillages critiques
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Sillages critiques is an international, peer-reviewed open-access e-journal devoted to the literatures and the arts of anglophone cultures from the sixteenth century to the present day. It is MLA- and DOAJ-listed and publishes articles both in English and French. Attached to the Sorbonne Department of English Studies and its Literature and Culture Research Centre (VALE, Sorbonne Université), Sillages critiques publishes cutting-edge articles on literature, culture and theory.

We welcome individual submissions as well as proposals for thematic issues presented by guest editors.

https://journals.openedition.org/sillagescritiques/

2020 Siegel McDaniel Award for Graduate Work on Philip Roth

updated: 
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 12:00pm
Philip Roth Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 30, 2020

2020 Siegel McDaniel Award for Graduate Research on Philip Roth

 

The annual Siegel/McDaniel Award, sponsored by the Philip Roth Society, recognizes high-quality graduate student papers written within the past year on any aspect of Philip Roth’s work.

 

To be considered for the award, eligible graduate students have two options:

 

1. They can submit a clean copy of their 10-15 page essay, double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font to Maggie McKinley, the Philip Roth Society Program Director, at mmckinle@harpercollege.edu.

CFP Special Issue: Crisis, Pandemics, and Counter-hegemony: Reading Paradigm Shifts across World Literature

updated: 
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:59am
452ºF. Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 31, 2021

While it may be too soon to assess the long-lasting impact that the Covid19 pandemic will have on our societies and ways of life in the future, it is timely to consider how the collective experience of emergency and crisis tends to prompt reflections and critique —sometimes renewed, though not always— on the ways in which we live, as well as tending to inspire new conceptualizations and directions in thought, behavior, policy, and the arts.

Keystone Poets Anthology

updated: 
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 11:50am
Jerry Wemple, co-editor
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 4, 2020

In anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (PSU Press 2005), co-editors Marjorie Maddox and Jerry Wemple request submissions of 1-3 poems from poets currently living in or deeply connected to the state of Pennsylvania. Organized geographically and tentatively entitled Keystone Poets: Reflections on the Commonwealth, this collection of new poems will explore the hometowns, history, traditions, and culture of the Commonwealth. We expect some poems may highlight significant Pennsylvania events of the last twenty years. All poems should contain a strong sense of place. Submissions of poems of any length are allowed, with a preference for shorter works. Previously published poems are acceptable.

Staging Motherhood: Representations of the Maternal in 21st Century North American Theatre

updated: 
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 4:28pm
Lynn Deboeck & Aoise Stratford
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

We are currently seeking abstracts for an edited volume on representations of motherhood in 21st Century North American theatre and performance (which we take to include Canada and Mexico, as well as the United States and its territories).

 

Special Issue, Mississippi Quarterly: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. South

updated: 
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 1:34pm
Mississippi Quarterly
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Call for Papers

 

Special Issue, Mississippi Quarterly: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. South

Guest editors, Katie Owens-Murphy and Jeanine Weekes-Schroer

 

 

If you are Black, you were born in jail, in the North as well as the South. Stop talking about the South. As long as you are south of the Canadian border, you’re South.

 ~Malcolm X

 

Soil and Superstition: Constructing the Gothic Self

updated: 
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 1:10pm
Jenna Sterling, Temple University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Lawrence Buell’s essay “The Ecocritical Insurgency” (1999) claims that “human beings are inescapably biohistorical creatures who construct themselves, at least partially, through encounters with physical environments that they cannot not inhabit.” Precisely two centuries earlier, American writer Charles Brockden Brown advocates for a specifically American gothic tradition; Brown adapts the European gothic to American soil.

Early American Women's Writing and the Revolutionary Legacy

updated: 
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 1:08pm
Kaitlin Tonti/Seton Hall University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 25, 2020

Over the past few decades, the vast early American field has recognized the significance of women’s writing in the formation of an early American history and culture. Through their letters, diary entries, and commonplace books, just to name a few, early American women have demonstrated their participation in the political and social movements that were essential to the country’s founding. Therefore, this panel seeks submissions that considers how eighteenth, and nineteenth American women’s writing contributed to the history and mythology of the founding moment in Philadelphia. Literature will be broadly interpreted and include poetry, fiction, essays, diaries, and letters.

Reminder: CFP HyperCultura, issue 9/2020

updated: 
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 1:07pm
Hyperion University, Bucharest
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Dear Colleagues, 

Our journal, HyperCultura, Electronic ISSN 2559-2025, indexed CEEOL, DOAJ, MLA DIRECTORY OF PERIODICALS, ULRICHSWEB, ERIH PLUS, EBSCOHOST (on the process of signing the agreement), invites articles as follows: we encourage, though not imposing, a comparative approach on the following areas - literature (print and hypertext)- (not classic literature), media studies, film studies, visual and performative arts, teaching (language, literature, rhetoric). Subjects such as Postcolonialism-Decolonization, Gender Studies, etc, are welcome if they have the above mentioned areas as their case studies.

We only receive original articles, not already published, not under simultaneous review at any other publication.

Commitment: Past and Present

updated: 
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 12:05pm
NeMLA 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Commitment—a concept which names the title of Theodor Adorno’s 1962 critique of a text’s thematic engagement with politics—entails a work’s capacity to mark a site of historical intervention. “When I am committed,” says Jean-Paul Sartre, “I reveal the situation by the very intention of changing it…I strike at its very heart, I transfix it, and I display it in full view…with every word that I utter, I involve myself a little more in the world." For scholars of the modernist documentary, commitment serves as a starting point for attempts to better understand the historical import of literary experiments in reportage.

History on Screen: American Historical Fiction Films and TV Shows

updated: 
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 11:49am
Lisa V Mazey, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Panel at NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA

Update: NeMLA has secured a hybrid/virtual platform for the conference. If you wish to present virtually, you may do so.

Muriel Rukeyser: A Living Archive is inviting submissions

updated: 
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 8:41am
http://murielrukeyser.emuenglish.org/
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The website devoted to Muriel Rukeyser invites submission of short essays (for instance on individual poems); blogs (on any topic related to Rukeyser); approaches to teaching Rukeyser's work; creative work inspired by Rukeyser; and reviews of recent works on or related to the poet's life and work.  We are also interested in discussions/summaries of dissertation research, interesting archival finds, visual material, etc.

For inquiries, please contact Elisabeth Daumer at edaumer@emich.edu and visit the website at http://murielrukeyser.emuenglish.org/.

NCSA 2021: Rediscovering Nineteenth-Century Studies (Roundtable Session)

updated: 
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 6:37pm
Benjamin D. O'Dell / Georgia Gwinnett College
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020

This roundtable invites abstracts for short position papers reflecting on the present state of nineteenth-century studies.  How do recent developments in and around the field change our understanding of the nineteenth-century as a site of inquiry?  Papers might include, but are not limited to, the following:       

Grace Kelly: An Understudied Irish-American Icon

updated: 
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 3:37pm
Mary Burke, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

CFP for a panel on Grace Kelly at NeMLA, Philadelphia, March 11-14, 2021. (Virtual participation possible.)

Unsettled and Unsettling Nature: The Ecogothic in American Literature Before 1900 (NeMLA 2021)

updated: 
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 2:31pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (52nd annual conference)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Dawn Keetley and Matthew Wynn Sivils note that “the dominant American relationship with nature . . . has always been unsettling” with the Gothic “sewn into the very warp and woof of American literature." This panel seeks to coalesce a body of work which investigates the Ecogothic in American literature before 1900: letters, slave narratives, novels, and travel journals which foreground nature as protagonist. The panel aims to investigate how writers of early America invoked the Gothic to describe their wild environs as well as the natural spaces becoming trampled by progress and exploration.

Disinformation Cultures

updated: 
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 1:25pm
Moving Image and Media Studies Graduate Group (UMN)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 30, 2020

“Disinformation” emerged from the Soviet intelligence bureaucracy during the Cold War as a tactic for managing perception and consensus through the media. Rather than refuting or suppressing ideas that undermined the state agenda, false information and simulated events were disseminated to destabilize the positive character of truth itself. 

Thomas Merton and "Justice" (CEA 4/821-4/10/21)

updated: 
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 1:25pm
College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020

International Thomas Merton Society

at the

College English Association

52stTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

                                                                                      Birmingham Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham, AL

Pages