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Leo Bersani, Henry James: Henry James Review; deadline: Mar. 1, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 5:25pm
Henry James Review

Leo Bersani's 1976 A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature was, at the time of its publication, a pathbreaking work of literary criticism and theory. The book as a whole, and Bersani's chapter "The Jamesian Lie" (originally published in Partisan Review in 1969) in particular, radically altered understandings of the structures of desire in James. A Future for Astyanax helped open up James Studies to sophisticated psychoanalytic analysis and to what was, at the time, called "Theory." In reading James with Racine, Emily Brontë, Stendhal, Histoire d'O, Gide, and Robert Wilson, Bersani defamiliarized the Henry James of American and Victorian Studies.

24th Annual GAFIS Symposium at UW-Madison: Articulating Communities, April 15-16th 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 4:53pm
GAFIS (Graduate Association of French & Italian Students), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Throughout recorded history – traversing time and space, cultures and nations – the notion of community has fostered both collaboration and conflict. Communities, much like the individuals who inhabit them, come into being, evolve and eventually disappear. As such, they are the philosophical, social, cultural and political representations of their members. Whether defined by their geographical borders or collective identities, they share common goals, beliefs and needs. The significance of community building, community belonging and community intersections is thus filtered into literature, art, music and film.

CFP: Making Sense Of - Health, Illness and Disease 10 (September, 2011; Oxford, United Kingdom)

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 2:23pm
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

10th Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Health, Illness and Disease

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

Call for papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project aims to explore the processes by which we attempt to create meaning in health, illness and disease. In previous years, this interdisciplinary conference has attracted delegates from around the world, including practising clinicians, academics from a variety of disciplines, and persons involved in community-based organizations.

CFP: ATHE Performance Studies Focus Group Emerging Scholars Panel - DEADLINE EXTENDED: New Deadline: February 15, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 12:51am
Performance Studies Focus Group - Association for Theatre in Higher Education

CFP: ATHE Performance Studies Focus Group Emerging Scholars Panel
DEADLINE EXTENDED! New deadline: February 15, 2011

The Performance Studies Focus Group at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference invites submissions of papers for its Emerging Scholars' Panel. The theme of the conference is 'Performance Remains, Global Presence: Memory, Legacy, and Imagined Futures' and it takes place at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois from August 11-14, 2011.

[UPDATE] A special issue of The Journal of the Short Story in English on Edith Wharton to be published in 2012

Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 5:23am
The Journal of the Short Story in English

In The Writing of Fiction, Edith Wharton says that the difficult task of the short story is "to suggest illimitable air within a narrow space." This is not a strictly formal imperative: in the more than 85 short stories she published in her lifetime, Wharton returned again and again to the themes of suffocation, entrapment, and entombment. Her chronicles of life in New York, Paris and Italy, her war stories and her ghost stories are not simply illustrations of a state of society (although they are that too), nor are they merely portraits of individuals in moments of strife.

[DEADLINE EXTENSION] [Pre]Occupations: Working, Seizing, Dwelling (4/16/2011) [KEYNOTE: Timothy Brennan]

Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 6:57pm
URI Department of English

[Pre]Occupations: Working, Seizing, Dwelling (Saturday, April 16th, 2011)
The 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference hosted by the Department of English at the University of Rhode Island

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Timothy Brennan, Professor of English, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, and American Studies at The University of Minnesota, and author of several books, including Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz (2008), Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right (2006), and At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now (1997).

[UPDATE] Collection of Essays: Buddhism and Literature

Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 3:07pm
Middlesex University

This is an extended deadline for the book collection, Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature. We are compiling an edition of essays which will contribute to a coherent and critical examination of British and American literature's engagement with Buddhism in the twentieth century. We aim to show how twentieth-century literature has been influenced by Buddhism, and has been a major factor in bringing about Buddhism's increasing spread and influence in the West. Buddhism's influence on a range of key literary texts will be examined in the context of those societies' evolving modernity.

Forming Identity, Transforming Space: An International Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 9:42am
Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain

Forming Identity, Transforming Space
Ninth Annual Graduate Student Conference
The Department of English and the Division of Languages and Literature
Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain
29-30 April, 2011
(Submission deadline 10 March, 2011)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Linda Kinnahan, Professor of English, Duquesne University.

'Unexpected Agents: Considering agency beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — present)' : 24th June 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 9:37am
One-day Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium at the University of Birmingham (English Dept.)

'Anything that does modify a state of affairs by making a difference is an actor - or, if it has no figuration yet, an actant'

(Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social, 2005)

Whilst questions of human subjectivity and/or identity remain a persistent focus in literary and cultural studies, this one-day postgraduate symposium aims to consider how we might explore and account for agency from unexpected sources. Papers, plenaries and discussions at this symposium will place the non-human, the object, the supposedly 'lifeless' at the centre, with a view to casting new light on and rethinking definitions of human agency and identity from an unconventional, askance perspective.

CFP Gertrude Stein and Music MLA Seattle 2012

Friday, January 21, 2011 - 8:06pm
The Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations and the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism

This session will examine the works of composers who set texts by Gertrude
Stein to music, either as songs, choral works, musicals, operas, or any other
type of composition. These may have been written during Stein's lifetime
with her collaboration, such as her operas with Virgil Thomson, or may have
been set posthumously. Among the topics to be explored are how music affects
the texts' meaning, why composers would choose to set Stein, and Stein's own
thoughts on the combination of words and music.
Send 200 word proposals to by March 10, 2011.


Friday, January 21, 2011 - 6:36pm

Inviting papers on the intersections between autobiography and political discourse in African literatures. Topics may concern circulation, audience, and form in any period. Submit 300 word abstract and short bio to
(Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi, Études anglaises, Université de Montréal) by March 5.

Baudelaire: Translation, Criticism, Reception

Friday, January 21, 2011 - 3:39pm
Research Center "Littérature française XIXe-XXIe siècles" (University of Paris-Sorbonne) and the W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies (Vanderbilt University)

After 150 years of translation and criticism, Charles Baudelaire's work is no longer simply a classic in French literature but a monument of world literature. We thought it would be interesting to foster a reflection on this international dimension by focusing on translations of Baudelaire's works and criticism in Baudelairean studies.

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

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 11:37pm
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 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).

Precarious Spaces: (Dis-) Locating Gender 3/24 & 3/25 [UPDATE]

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 9:06pm
Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender & Women's Studies, University of Rochester

New Submission Deadline: 2/12/11

Precarious Spaces: (Dis-) Locating Gender

The 18th Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Rochester
March 24th & 25th, 2011
Keynote Speaker:
**Laura Kipnis**
Professor, Department of Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University

"Repetition and Revolt" - Cornell University - April 14-16, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 5:33pm
Theory Reading Group at Cornell University

The Theory Reading Group at Cornell University invites submissions for its seventh annual interdisciplinary spring conference:

Repetition and Revolt
Featuring keynote speaker Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto)

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
April 14-16, 2011

Seeking Articles for an Edited Volume on Women Writers and Psychoanalysis

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 3:30pm
Cambridge Scholars Press

I'm seeking article submissions for a volume of critical essays, which will be published by Cambridge Scholars Press. The collection will focus on twentieth-century female writers' responses to the work of Sigmund Freud with a particular emphasis on alternative models of the psychoanalytic process posed by women. The book will move beyond critiques of Freud and his influence on twentieth century ideas about gender, demonstrating instead the ways women writers have reclaimed agency through the artistic process. With that in mind, the essays selected for publication will address the following topics:

Virginia Woolf: The Individual and the Group, PAMLA 2011 (deadline Mar. 20)

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 12:36pm
Session organizer: Judith Paltin/ UC Santa Barbara

Woolf's novels and essays often sustain a central tension between individuals' freedoms or agency and what they perceive groups to demand of them. For example, A Room of One's Own displays the tensions between intellectual freedom and the mind of the crowd, while Orlando wrestles in ambushes set up by means of unstable identity categories. This approved special session looks for papers that discuss Woolf's concerns about the impact of group life on her characters, or that place her literary agonists in proximity to group-driven events and trends between the wars.

UCLA Southland Graduate Conference: Negation and Negativity (6.3.2011, Los Angeles)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 10:31pm
UCLA English Department

Negation and Negativity: Theory, Form, and Representation
June 3, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

Keynote Speakers:
Sianne Ngai, UCLA Department of English
Joseph Bristow, UCLA Department of English

"You know nothing? Do you see nothing? Do you remember
I remember
Those are pearls that were his eyes.
"Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head?"
-T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land

[UPDATE] Real Worlds: (dis)Locating Realities. Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference. April 16th, 2011. Abstracts due: Jan. 31st

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 9:46pm
UMass Amherst English Graduate Organization

From surrealism to social networks to the "real" housewives of New Jersey, it's no secret that reality is socially constructed. "Reality"—-as a state of mind or as an embodied experience—-has historically been positioned in opposition to such realms of infinite possibility as dreams, fantasy, and imagination. In fact, far from being a state of stability and sanity, reality is often treated as that which must be escaped. But escape to what?

International Conference on Dialect and Literature 11th-13th July 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 8:54am
University of Sheffield

When an author writes a literary text either wholly or partly in dialect, he or she is making a conscious choice to represent something other than the standard language. This conference invites papers that explore this process. We welcome papers from across different periods, different genres and different geographical locations, including regional, social and world dialects. Questions that might be addressed include, but are not restricted to:

"Discovering the Fantastic": A creative writing component of "Curious, if True: The Fantastic in Literature"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 10:05pm
English Graduate Student Society, University of Victoria

"Discovering the Fantastic": A creative writing component of "Curious, if True: The Fantastic in Literature" Graduate Student Conference 2011

University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia
March 10-12, 2011

The historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts of the fantastic in literature are the focus of this year's graduate student conference at the University of Victoria. The fantastic crosses many formal and generic barriers in literature, and challenges the historical concept of the novel as a realist production. The conference invites graduate students who are writers of the fantastic to contribute their creative work as a complement to the academic presentations and research papers also offered.

[UPDATE] February 2, 2011 Deadline for Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 8:27pm
Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media

The 19th annual
Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (MCLLM)
will be held April 1-2, 2011
at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb,Illinois.
Keynote speaker:
Dr. Emily Auerbach, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
author of Maestros, Dilettantes, and Philistines (1989) and Searching for Jane Austen (2004); Director of the UW Odyssey Project; and Project Director of the "Courage to Write" radio series.
This year's theme is The Power of the Humanities. Inspired by Dr. Auerbach's keynote address and her work across the humanities, the organizers encourage research that examines the influences of language and literature that have significantly altered those disciplines and people's lives.

Modes of Love and Reason: A Bernadette Mayer Symposium

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 7:14pm
University at Buffalo Poetics Program

The University at Buffalo Poetics Program invites scholarly submissions for a critical panel to take place as part of a one-day symposium on the work of Bernadette Mayer. This long-overdue celebration of Mayer's life and work will consist in equal measures of devoted fandom and rigorous study of Mayer's work—"love" and "reason"—and will be held in Buffalo on April 1, 2011. The event's finale will consist in a reading by Mayer. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to, Mayer and the New York school; Mayer and the visual arts; Mayer and gender; poetic form in Mayer's work; and Mayer and American regionalism. Please send submissions to Joey Yearous-Algozin at by March 1, 2011.

CFP: Fashion 3 (September, 2011; Oxford, United Kingdom)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 4:10pm
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Discipinary.Net

3rd Global Conference
Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues
Thursday 22nd September – Sunday 25th September 2011
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

William Carlos Williams's A Voyage to Pagany and Pagany (1930-1933)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 1:52pm
Jill Richards / William Carlos Williams Society, Seattle MLA, Jan 5-8 2012

This panel invites papers for a session dedicated to both William Carlos Williams's A Voyage to Pagany and Williams's association with the little magazine, Pagany (1930-1933). Abstracts may include, but are not limited to, the following topics: travel writing, transatlantic modernism, cosmopolitanism, expatriates, nativism, romance, realism, landscapes, Paris in the 1920s, American modernism in Italy, collectivities, little magazines, the serialization of White Mule, or Williams in connection to other Pagany contributors, including Dos Passos, Caldwell, H.D. or Zukofsky.

Send 300 word abstracts to by March 10.

"Contemporary Identities" Paris Conference (13-16 April 2011) and subsequent Publication Deadline February 20, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 1:21pm
Ars Identitatis

Ars Identitatis, an independent non-profit association based in Paris (France), intends to publish a series of paperback volumes entitled "Contemporary Identities" (two volumes per year, one on a specific subject, the other miscellaneous). In order to make the selection process for the volumes as competitive as possible, we will organise a preliminary conference, which will take place in Paris at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, from 13 to 16 April 2011.
The conference and publication languages are English and French.