"The first swallows of a recognisably contemporary philosophy and theory took their flight," writes Frederic Jameson, in [Georges] Bataille’s journal Critique.1 They nested in still other journals whose names continue to hold an almost talismanic power over their fields (Tel Quel, Merkure, Présence Africaine, Cahiers du cinéma, and Screen), as well as a later generation of journals born out of theory’s first American heyday in the 1970s (Signs, SubStance, Semiotext(e), Critical Inquiry, October, and Diacritics), not to mention book series published by university and small presses committed to theory’s translation into English and proliferation throu
Call for Papers
Crossing Frontiers: Existential Philosophy, Poetry, and Visual Arts in the Works of Benjamin Fondane
April 19-20, 2018
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University
In the very first issue of Comparative Literature René Wellek challenges A. O. Lovejoy’s insistence that the explanatory power of traditional periodization has been exhausted. In the pages of PMLA, Lovejoy had advocated that literary critics think in terms of “Romanticisms” in the plural rather than “Romanticism” in the singular. “I propose to show,” Wellek counters, “that there is no basis for this extreme nominalism, that the major romantic movements form a unity of theories, philosophies, and style, and that these, in turn, form a coherent group of ideas each of which implicates the other.” Nearly seventy years later, the question of periodization has become central to literary studies once again.
CFP: Special Issue of The Space Between on Dada and Surrealism in America deadline for submissions: December 31, 2017 full name / name of organization: The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 contact email: email@example.com
Special Issue: Call for Essays
Dada and Surrealism: Transatlantic Aliens on American Shores, 1914 – 1945
deadline for submissions: December 31, 2017
This is a cfp for the panel, "Reimagining the Space of World Literature: The View from the Periphery" in the 2018 NeMLA convention (Pittsburgh, April 12-15, 2018).
Sounding Transnational Literature
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting
March 29 – April 1, 2018, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Co-organizer: Julie Cyzewski, Murray State University
Co-organizer: Lisa Hollenbach, Oklahoma State University
ACLA 2018 | March 29-April 1 | UCLA This seminar invites papers on theories and practices of periodization in modern and contemporary literature. Participants are invited to share meditations, gambits, polemics, practicums, readings and responses relating to the shifting time-shapes of their fields. Are there certain subfields/approaches that are more or less bound by periodization? Does certain content necessitate or pressure a more active periodizing logic? Do certain objects seem to allow a periodizing quietism? Papers could address, for example, relationships between historicization and periodization, literary geographies and historical/cultural eras, or comparative method and literary time.
Since the 1960s, marking a transition from a Friedian conception of artistic modernism to one turning around John Cage and his New York circle, performance art has forged a strong relationship to moving-image art writ large. Responding to technological developments across imaging, motion-capture, and virtual or augmented reality research, performance artists have created increasingly sophisticated works that defy ready classification.
This panel reflects on the place of confusion in British and American modernism. Confusion has not been traditionally considered a proper scholarly response to textual analysis; critics are supposed to interpret a text rather than allow themselves to experience its uncertainties. What happens when we explore the confusion we feel when reading not as something to be worked through, but as something to be worked with? Building on affect theorists’ work on how our feelings can influence the way we read, such as Eve Sedgwick’s reparative reading and Rita Felski’s reflective and post-critical reading, how can considering confusion change both our experience of reading and our critical practices?