Jim Thompson, a writer of hard-boiled crime fiction, was born in Anadarko, Indian Territory (Oklahoma), in 1906. Thompson’s literary achievements were little-recognized during his lifetime; however, many of his works were re-discovered and re-published in the 1980s. His work is often lauded, noting his ability to understand the criminal mind. His work is largely critiqued and categorized as only hard-boiled fiction, but his work defies such a simple genre classification. Thompson combines the genres of crime fiction and Westerns and in doing so, his works read as critiques of American history and culture. Certainly much of Thompson’s work can be read as a critique of post-WWII America. As David Cochrane points out Thompson’s works serve as “portrait
CALL FOR PAPERS
Robert Penn Warren Circle Annual Meeting
April 25-27, 2019
Hosted by Western Kentucky University, Austin Peay
State University, and the Robert Penn Warren Birthplace
Bowling Green & Guthrie, KY, and Clarksville, TN
"Robert Penn Warren and Education"
For this year’s meeting, we are especially interested in proposals addressing the
Teaching Warren’s work
Warren as teacher
Warren’s influence on teaching, curriculum, pedagogy, etc.
New Criticism in the classroom
Call for Panels
The Society for Contemporary Literature is sponsoring two panels at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association in Boston, May 23-26, 2019. We are looking for panel proposals that address themselves to topics in contemporary American literature (or about the last twenty-five years), and especially welcome submissions that address its full range and diversity. ALA welcomes both traditional and non-standard panel formats as well as roundtables, and so does SCL.
CALL FOR PAPERS
African American Literature and Culture Society
American Literature Association
30th Annual Conference
May 23-26, 2019
Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
The African American Literature and Culture Society invites abstracts (of no more than 250 words) for presentations at the annual conference of the American Literature
The world we inhabit is framed, driven, (re)produced, and conceptualised by and through science. Science as a mode of knowing contours the prevailing episteme, whilst technological innovation continues to remake work and leisure experience. At the same time, society is both reflected and in turn formed by science fiction (SF): as contributor to the nostalgia economy, as a dominant visual-commercial aesthetic, as a mimetic index of the present’s utopian and dystopian tendencies. The now is a time of extreme precarity. We face a raft of catastrophes – political, socioeconomic, and, most pressingly, ecological. And yet, even as our own survival comes into question, capitalism itself seems unassailable, primed to outlast ‘humanity.’
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, JANUARY 14th.
The George Saunders Society invites prospective participants for one or two panels at the 2019 American Literature Association conference in Boston, MA, to be held May 23 to 26, 2019. This will be the third year of Saunders panels at the ALA. We are interested in presentations on any aspect of George Saunders’s life and work. The topic is open, but possible approaches might include:
In honor of the 200th anniversary of The Sketch Book (1819-1820), which includes “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the Washington Irving Society invites proposals for any topic related to The Sketch Book for the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, May 23-26, 2019. Please send an abstract of 250 words plus a brief bio to Dr. Sean Keck at email@example.com by January 15, 2019. For more information about ALA and the WIS, please see americanliteratureassociation.org and irvingsociety.wordpress.com.
Paper submissions are invited for the Jack London Society (http://jacklondonsociety.org/) panels at the American Literature Association 30th Annual Conference, May 23-26, 2019, Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02116. Papers may address any aspect of Jack London studies. Innovative formats such as roundtables or teaching presentations are encouraged, especially those that connect London with other writers and artists. Send a 250-word abstract for a twenty-minute presentation to Kenneth K. Brandt at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 21, 2019. Include a brief biographical sketch and any AV equipment needs.
Call for Papers: Nathaniel Hawthorne Society The Annual Conference of the MLA will meet in Seattle on January 9-12, 2020. The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society invites proposals investigating the topic, “Hawthorne, his Circle, and the Digital Humanities,” or “DH for NH,” for short. We welcome interest in all aspects of the intersection of digital humanities with Hawthorne’s circle, including figures such as Sophia Peabody Hawthorne (whose papers were digitalized alongside those of Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman, and 35,000 other items from the NYPL’s Berg Collection in 2012), Melville, Emerson, Fuller, and other local (Salem, Concord, Boston, the Berkshires) contemporaries. Proposals might include (but are not limited to) such topics as:
Call for Papers – DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Esotericism & Occultism
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
40th Annual Conference, February 20-23, 2019
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2018 November 15, 2018