In their introduction to surface reading, Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best find in nineteenth-century American literature an analog to describe their method: "As Poe's story 'The Purloined Letter' continues to teach us," they write, "what lies in plain sight is worthy of attention but often eludes observation." Of perhaps of more immediate relevance to the members of C19, for Russ Castronovo, in his recent J19 essay "Occupy Bartleby," Occupy Wall Street's appropriation of "Bartleby, the Scrivener" invites a series of meditations on the transtemporal unsettlings of Melville's powerful story, the differences between professional criticism and public reading practices, and whether or not the public's commitment to reading Melville analogically unsettles critiq
Climate Change Pedagogy: Literature, Arts, Interdisciplinarity, Action (Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment [ASLE])
47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016
We are seeking essays for an edited collection entitled Religion, Resistance and Gender in Caribbean Cultural Production. The collection aims to add to the understanding of the Caribbean region by studying the connection between religion, resistance and gender in Caribbean literature, film and music. In particular, the collection will develop dialogue on Caribbean literature by and about women and will examine how creative expression functions as a form of subversion.
This panel explores the intersection of gaming and pornography. Within academia, the study of pornography and games arrived independently as agitative epistemologies, appearing in relative concomitance, but the two discourses are not often put into conversation, even though they share several similarities. Discursively, they have occupied a historically marginal position within academic film and media discourses. Both fields have also had to account for patriarchal violence and masculinist heteronormativity that have often circumscribed the meaning and consumption of these modes of entertainment. In the case of the objects themselves, similarities extend to formal and functional qualities as well.
Human knowledge ranges from pure science to pure myth. In between lies a broad gamut of conceptually different cognitive experiences and patterns of perception which represent the world in visions and theories. The authority to produce and authenticate/validate knowledge, that which allows for theoretically informed descriptions and explanations of the nature of any given social, cultural or linguistic phenomenon, however, has for years been a contested privilege among academics and field practitioners from myriad disciplines. Over-specialization, a by-product of the proliferation of fields of expertise in academia, presented itself for most of the second half of the twentieth century as a legitimate substitute for holistic knowing and thinking.
3rd Global Meeting of the Letters and Letter Writing Project
Call for Participation 2016
Thursday 21st January – Saturday 23rd January 2016
London, United Kingdom
This is not a love letter
"I read over your letters again and again, and am continually taking them up as if I had just received them; but alas! They only serve to make me more strongly regret your absence: for how amiable must her conversation be, whose letters have so many charms?" Pliny the Younger, Epistulae, 6.7 [Translation William Melmoth 1915]
Is this a love letter? Or is it something else entirely?
White Buildings at 90: Revisiting the Art of the (Post)Modern Poetry Collection (Panel)
This panel seeks papers related to Cuban Writing in the 21st century. This panel proposes special attention to the changes taking place during the first 15 years of the century (from the end of the Special Period to the new opening of Cuban-American relations), and how they have been, and are, represented in Cuban writing, both inside and outside the island. Papers can be in Spanish or English.
The editorial team at Studies in the Novel is seeking content for its online archive of indexed teaching tools on the journal's affiliate website. I am seeking pedagogical content that addresses teaching novels using digital humanities tools/perspective. Please consider submitting sample course syllabi, specific assignments, short narrative descriptions of your own experiences, or other appropriate content.
THE ESSAY AS GENRE
Despite the numerous exegeses in defense of the form from Lukács to Bakhtin, the essay remains a peripheral form of cultural production. Often praised as knowledge in-progress, the essay is experimental and variable ranging in scope from highly personal prose to timely political photography and film. Though the essay remains central to academic and theoretical discourse, it is often a space of anti-scholasticism and political transgression considered supplementary to traditional narratives.
How are advisers best prepared to work with graduate students? How can we prepare graduate students to be, to borrow Leonard Cassuto's language, "the CEOs of their own graduate education"? What personal, professional, and institutional shifts are required to ensure that graduate students aren't infantilized and demoralized, but instead are professionalized and empowered, and ultimately prepared for diverse careers? This roundtable invites papers from graduate students and their mentors that propose answers to these and other related questions.
Exploring the Erotic: Bodies, Desires, Practices
10th Global Meeting
Call for Presentations 2016
Thursday 21st January – Saturday 23rd January 2016
London, United Kingdom
Traces of the erotic are all around us, embodied in images, music, advertising, stories, inter-personal interactions, dreams and desires. Whether expressed in symbolic or literal form, the erotic has captured human imagination across time and cultures, shaping our understanding and experience of pleasure and intimacy along the way. While there is no denying that the erotic has an irresistible appeal, it is also viewed as a taboo to be suppressed or hidden.
This December, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal will turn eight years old. To mark the occasion, we are running a poetry contest that unashamedly focuses on the city which the journal calls home—Hong Kong. Send us poems that describe, praise, critique, interrogate, eulogise or curse Hong Kong and its history, grievances, politics, people, places, faces, traces.
Rules: Each poet can submit up to two poems (no more than 80 lines long each). Poems must be previously unpublished. Entry is free.
Closing date: 31 July 2015
The colonial appropriation of indigenous place names has been an abiding concern of postcolonial studies. The severing of names from their semantic, grammatical, and linguistic ties within the native language and their re-contextualization within the language of the settler creates, in a variety of ways for both colonizer and colonized, a gap between the experience and meaning of a place and the name used to describe it, complicating the colonial boundary.
Twenty years ago, Gerald Graff mused in "The Pedagogical Turn" that the future of theory would be in its reapplication from literature to pedagogy. In the intervening years, theory may not have reorganized the literature classroom, but it has transformed critical thinking pedagogy. The work of Wittgenstein, Jakobson, Derrida, Lyotard, Foucault, and others who have informed literary studies has recently been drawn upon by Mark Weinstein, Michael Peters, Tim John Moore and others to shift instruction in critical thinking away from general (informal) logic, which assumes a transparency of language, to thinking as embedded in language and thereby governed by varying modes of reading and writing.