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.
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.
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
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.
CFP: Elizabeth Bowen and Textual Modernity: A Special Issue of Textual Practice
Special Issue Editors: Dr. Pamela Thurschwell and Dr. Siân White
Deadline for Manuscript Submission: September 2011
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.
[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).
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
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.
'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.
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 email@example.com by March 10, 2011.
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_at_umontreal.ca
(Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi, Études anglaises, Université de Montréal) by March 5.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
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
Professor, Department of Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern 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)
Ithaca, New York
April 14-16, 2011
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:
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.
Negation and Negativity: Theory, Form, and Representation
June 3, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
Sianne Ngai, UCLA Department of English
Joseph Bristow, UCLA Department of English
"You know nothing? Do you see nothing? Do you 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
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?
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" 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com by March 1, 2011.
3rd Global Conference
Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues
Thursday 22nd September – Sunday 25th September 2011
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
While evoking Benedict Anderson's idea of "long distance nationalism" to underscore the diasporic concept of Englishness, Robert J. C.
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 JillRichards@Berkeley.edu by March 10.
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.
2011 Marxist Literary Group Institute on Culture and Society
Special Topic: "What Is Revolution?"
Deadline for Proposals: March 1, 2011.