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Willa Cather and the Nineteenth Century, June 20-25, 2011

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 4:27pm
Willa Cather Foundation and Smith College

Smith College and the Willa Cather Foundation present
The International Cather Seminar 2011
Willa Cather and the Nineteenth Century
June 20-25, 2011
Smith College, Northampton, MA
Call for Papers

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED [February 7] for Composing Live(s) Symposium - March 25, 2011

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 2:28pm
Miami English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association

The 8th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association Symposium
Composing Live(s): Writing the Self and the Other within the Disciplines
March 25, 2011, 9:00-4:00 Oxford, Ohio

"To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all." —Lord Byron

Writing about lives, writing that lives, or writing that comes to us live from an immediate, connected source shapes how we as scholars and teachers conceive of ourselves and others. Writing works within and out of academia to continually (re)define what is and is not important, what is and is not canonized, and what is and is not ignored within many discourse communities.

Flann O'Brien Centenary Conference

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 7:04am
Trinity College Dublin

Flann O'Brien Centenary Conference
Trinity College Dubin, 14-15 October 2011

October 2011 is the centenary of the birth of Brian O'Nolan, as well as that of Flann O'Brien, Myles na gCopaleen, Brother Barnabas, George Knowall, John James Doe and all their literary associates. To mark the occasion, Trinity College Dublin will host a conference examining O'Nolan's work and legacy in the twenty-first century.

[Update] American Identities on Stage: 20th Century American Drama International Conference

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Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 9:44am
University of East Anglia, School of American Studies

Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee Williams (1911-2011)

Location: School of American Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K. (Arts 2, Room 3.26/3.27)
Date: Saturday, 26 Mar 2011
Keynote Speaker: Professor Stephen Bottoms, Wole Soyinka Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds Leeds, U.K.
Organisers: Dr Nick Selby and Mr Francisco Costa
Institution: University of East Anglia

American Identities on Stage:
20th Century American Drama International Postgraduate Conference

Composing Spaces: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 3:37pm
University of Cincinnati, Department of English & Comparative Literature

The purpose of this conference is to examine meanings of space in a time of cyberspace, non-space, third space, queer space, and other emerging formulations of space that challenge predominantly physical, material constructs. How do we understand our art, our craft, our work, our relationships, and ourselves in spaces that have been transformed in a digital age? To what extent do classic dichotomies such as city-rural, urban-suburban, and public-private hold up in contemporary life? As we create places in our reshaped settings and lives, what are viable ways to examine the meanings of space?

New Horizons: Crossing the Borderlands of the Humanities - May 11-13

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Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 8:15am
The Aberystwyth University English and Creative Writing Postgraduate Conference Committee

The Aberystwyth University English and Creative Writing Postgraduate Conference is accepting abstracts for New Horizons: Crossing the Borderlands of the Humanities, the annual conference to be held 11 May to 13 May 2011.

Young Hemingway / 2012 MLA Convention, Seattle

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Friday, January 28, 2011 - 11:29pm
The Ernest Hemingway Society

The Ernest Hemingway Society will sponsor one panel at the Modern Language Association Conference in Seattle, WA, January 5-8, 2012.

[UPDATE] Special Topics Session: "Productive Silences" (Annual RMMLA Conference October 6-8, 2011)

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Friday, January 28, 2011 - 3:04pm
Pamela J. Rader/ RMMLA 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ

Special Topics Panel: Productive Silences
History and the history-making process, while seeking to remember, often call attention to singularity of perspective, which results in silencing the memories of survivors. Literature then steps in to fill the gaps or the lacuna of silence. In this imaginative, fictional realm, silence and those silenced by historians, dictators, and forgetfulness find agency. Understood as a form of resistance, silence becomes a literary ruse: a voice or a perspective that once lacked agency now finds a place on the page.
Narratives that use ruses of hidden or lost documents (such as letters, journals, and oral testimonies) are particularly interesting.

Evelyn Waugh Undergraduate Essay Contest, 31 Dec. 2011

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Friday, January 28, 2011 - 10:44am
John H. Wilson / Evelyn Waugh Society

Subject: any aspect of the life or work of Evelyn Waugh. Prize: $250. Judged by editorial board of _Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies_. Deadline: 31 December 2011. Submit to: Dr. John H. Wilson, Dept of English, Lock Haven Univ, Lock Haven PA 17745 (USA), or jwilson3@lhup.edu

Everything & More: Theorizing the Encyclopedic Novel... MLA 2012 Seattle

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 7:23pm
Brendan Beirne, New York University Dept. of English & American Literature

This panel seeks to consolidate and refine our understanding of the encyclopedic novel as a distinct (sub)genre within the broader field of novel studies / narratology.

What conventions mark texts as encyclopedic, and how have these conventions developed over time? How does a text's encyclopedism influence its reception by literary critics and narrative theorists? And how does the increasing ubiquity and accessibility of information in our culture effect the way we interpret 'data-saturated' novels of the past and present? These and other questions will inform our discussion.

3rd Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Student Conference on Literature, Rhetoric and Composition - April 1-2, Chattanooga TN

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 11:49am
Sigma Tau Delta - Xi Alpha chapter and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

We are welcoming graduate and undergraduate student papers or full panel proposals that address any area of literature (British, American, world, colonial and post-colonial, medieval, modern, contemporary, etc.), rhetoric, composition, or pedagogical studies. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract to xialpha.utc.conference@gmail.com. Submissions must include name, institutional affiliation, student status (graduate or undergraduate), contact information (name, phone number, address, email address), and a list of any audio/visual equipment needed for your presentation. Presentation time should be limited to 20 minutes (usually about ten pages).

Rhys Matters: Critical Essays on Jean Rhys

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 9:49am
Mary Wilson/Christopher Newport University; Kerry Johnson/Merrimack College

Rhys Matters: Critical Essays on Jean Rhys

We seek submissions of completed essays for a collection on the writings of Jean Rhys. Although Rhys's critical reputation has steadily grown since the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 and her death in 1979, only one edited collection of Rhys criticism has been published to date. In fact, given the sense that there is an emerging "industry" devoted to Rhys and her work, the lack of a collection of current scholarship on Rhys is puzzling and perhaps speaks to the challenges of categorizing a writer who crosses the boundaries of modernism, postcolonial studies, Caribbean studies, and women's and gender studies.

MLA 2012, "Women of the Woolf: Influence, Affinity, Obscurity"

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 4:53pm
Brenda Helt / International Virginia Woolf Society

This panel will explore Virginia Woolf's literary, aesthetic, or epistemological influence on early-twentieth-century women writers and artists (defined broadly) now far less known than she. Interdisciplinary and transatlantic/transnational engagements are encouraged.

Please note that this panel is sponsored by the IVWS, but will need to go through MLA program review to be accepted.

Please send 500 word abstracts to Brenda Helt at helt0010@umn.edu by March 15.

Literature, Faith, and Metamorphosis: Transformative Journeys

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 12:50pm
2011 West Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature, Vanguard University of Southern California

http://vanguardccl.wordpress.com/
Proposals for scholarly or creative panels, interdisciplinary sessions, round tables, or individual fifteen to twenty-minute presentations on the interface between literary studies and Christianity. Special consideration will be given to papers relating to the conference theme, "transformative journeys."

[UPDATE] Flann O'Brien Centenary Conference, Vienna - NEW CFP, deadline extended to Feb 21

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 9:50am
100 Myles: The International Flann O'Brien Centenary Conference

http://www.univie.ac.at/flannobrien2011

To celebrate Flann O'Brien's centenary year, the Department of English Studies at the University of Vienna invites panel and paper proposals for 100 Myles: The International Flann O'Brien Centenary Conference (July 24-26, 2011) by the new deadline of February 21.

CFP: Fear, Horror and Terror 5 (September, 2011; Oxford, United Kingdom)

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 7:09am
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

5th Global Conference
Fear, Horror and Terror

Tuesday 6th September 2011 – Thursday 8th September 2011
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues which lie at the interface of fear, horror and terror. In particular the project is interested in investigating the various contexts of fear, horror and terror, and assessing issues surrounding the artistic, cinematic, literary, moral, social, (geo) political, philosophical, psychological and religious significance of them, both individually and together.

A New Ireland? Representations of History Past and Present in Literature and Culture (DUCIS, Sweden 3-4 November 2011)

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 4:33am
Dalarna University Centre for Irish Studies, DUCIS - Högskolan Dalarna, Sweden

History and the related memory processes of remembering and forgetting have been crucial concepts in the definition of communal belonging in Ireland, as especially underscored by the nation-building process that unfolded at the end of the nineteenth century. However, the globalisation and cosmopolitisation of Ireland as experienced in the last decade and a half, together with the strained socio-economic circumstances of contemporary Ireland, has arguably provoked the need for cultural and literary artifacts to concentrate on the present in an attempt to comprehend and come to terms with the momentous transformations that the island has experienced in the last few years.

Imagined Encounters: Historiographies for a New World [Due: 30 January 2011]

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 10:04pm
TAG-Berkeley

Session at the 2011 Theoretical Archaeology Group Meeting, Archaeology of and in the Contemporary World, University of California, Berkeley, 6-8 May 2011

In José Saramago's História do Cerco de Lisboa (1989), a transgressive proofreader alters the course of history with the insertion into a text of a single word, not. Negating a crucial statement in a text on the siege of Lisbon, the proofreader sets out to rewrite history. Archaeologists and art historians by reconstructing objects and audiences produce narratives on visual encounters. Through excavations, primary texts, and artifacts, cultures of reception are articulated and experiences with objects are extrapolated.

Rhys Matters: Critical Essays on Jean Rhys (Collection)

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 3:06pm
Mary Wilson/Christopher Newport University; Kerry Johnson/Merrimack College

Rhys Matters: Critical Essays on Jean Rhys

We seek submissions of completed essays for a collection on the writings of Jean Rhys. Although Rhys's critical reputation has steadily grown since the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 and her death in 1979, only one edited collection of Rhys criticism has been published to date. In fact, given the sense that there is an emerging "industry" devoted to Rhys and her work, the lack of a collection of current scholarship on Rhys is puzzling and perhaps speaks to the challenges of categorizing a writer who crosses the boundaries of modernism, postcolonial studies, Caribbean studies, and women's and gender studies.

UPDATE: BACK 2 Sopot/Salzburg - Poetry 2011. An International Poetry Conference and Festival.Sopot, Poland – 18-21 May 2011

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 1:23pm
University of Gdańsk, Poland, University of Salzburg, Austria

Back 2 is a conference and festival focused on contemporary and modern poetry. The theme of the conference is contemporary poets' return to poets of the first half of the twentieth century: Yeats, Eliot, Pound, H.D., Carlos Williams, Moore, Zukovsky, cummings, Auden, Trakl, Benn, Rilke, Brecht, Tuwim, Leśmian, and others. We are interested in discussions of borrowings, reworkings, rejections, and disputes. Our main concern is with contemporary English, German and Polish poetry, although we will consider papers that deal with a similar phenomenon in other European languages.

[UPDATE/REMINDER] FIRST FICTIONS: CONFERENCE (19-22 JAN 2012); SUBMISSIONS (MARCH 2011)

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 5:06am
Peter Boxall, University of Sussex

FIRST FICTIONS

PLEASE NOTE: DATE FOR CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY 2012. AS A RESULT, THE CALL FOR PAPERS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 2011.

Festival and Academic Conference: Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd January 2012

Confirmed delegates include:
Ian Rankin, Kate Mosse, Jackie Kaye, Elleke Bohemer, Steve Bell, Michael Prodger, Bryan Cheyette, Scott Pack, Nicholas Royle and Isabel Ashdown.

The Monster Inside Us, The Monsters Around Us: Monstrosity and Humanity

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 2:00am
De Montfort University, Leicester

The Monster Inside Us, The Monsters Around Us: Monstrosity and Humanity

A three-day conference
De Montfort University, UK
18, 19, 20 November 2011

Keynote Speakers:
David Punter, University of Bristol
Andy Mousley, De Montfort University, Leicester

Literatures of Modernity Symposium 2011

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 12:45am
Second Annual Literatures of Modernity Symposium, Ryerson University

"It is in its transitoriness that modernity shows itself to be ultimately and most intimately akin to antiquity," Walter Benjamin writes in _The Arcades Project_. For Adorno, modernity was a quality and not a chronology. How is modernity related to temporality? How is modernity related to technology, identity, the city? What are some of the popular icons of modernity? This symposium invites proposals on any aspect of modernity as expressed in literature or culture. In addition to academic proposals, the committee welcomes proposals for creative projects including photography, painting, video, film, or performance.

Conrad and Faulkner: Revisiting the Modern--MLA 2012, January 5-8, Seattle

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 12:17am
Jay Watson / William Faulkner Society, Debra Romanick Baldwin / Joseph Conrad Society

The Joseph Conrad Society and The William Faulkner Society invite proposals for a planned collaborative session at MLA 2012 in Seattle, "Conrad and Faulkner: Revisiting the Modern." We seek comparative approaches to the two writers' texts or contexts exploring any aspect of modernity and/or modernism. 300-500-word abstracts or 20-minute papers by 1 March 2011 to Jay Watson (jwatson@olemiss.edu) and Debra Romanick Baldwin (dbaldwin@udallas.edu).

Faulkner and Consumer Culture--MLA 2012, January 5-8, Seattle

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 12:10am
Jay Watson / William Faulkner Society

The William Faulkner Society invites proposals for a planned session on "Faulkner and Consumer Culture" at MLA 2012 in Seattle. Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following subjects: Faulkner as an imaginative historian of the rise of consumer society and culture in the U.S. Primary sites and primal scenes of consumption in Faulkner's work. Reflections on the politics of consumption, including its racial, gender, and/or class politics. Examples of buying, using, and spending as modes of resistance or critique. Accounts of emergent modes of subjectivity and selfhood tied to new products, pleasures, and experiences available to modern consumers.

Institutional Woolf 3.1.11. MLA 2012

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 12:05am
International Virginia Woolf Society

"Institutional Woolf" will address Virginia Woolf's paradoxical relationship to academic institutions in her fiction, prose, and posthumous status in the canon. Please send 250 word abstracts by March 1, 2011 to Amanda.golden@emory.edu. This International Virginia Woolf Society panel will appear in the MLA program.

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