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Decomposing Fictions: A Special Issue of Horror Studies

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 2:01pm
Steven Bruhm

Julia Kristeva's work on abjection reminds us that horror is often keyed to things that decompose, rot, or lose their form. This formal concern is a literary one as well: fictions of horror also revel in de-composition, that is, in significations that lose their composure, in letters that refuse to convey, or in utterances that seem to be without subject or object. Horror Studies is seeking essays for a special issue devoted to horror and textuality that will address problems of textual decomposition. In the twentieth century's turn to the film image as arguably the primary vehicle for horror, "Decomposing Fictions" will address how theories and practices of textuality resonate with or operate differently from the visual horror image.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 11:14am
Festivals and Faires Area/ Popular Culture Association

The Festivals & Faires Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions for the 2011 PCA/ACA conference in San Antonio, TX (April 20-23, 2011) on any festival or faire—modern or historical. Scholars of theatre / theater, drama, performance studies, American studies, popular culture, religion, history, and non-western traditions are encouraged to apply. Since the conference is in San Antonio, TX, any papers relating to festivals and faires in the city or state are greatly appreciated. Other specific areas of interest for this year's panels include, but are not limited to:

UPDATE: Reading Benjamin Reading, ACLA Vancouver (Deadline: 11/12/10; Conference: 3/31/11-4/3/11)

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Monday, October 18, 2010 - 2:41pm
Brooks E. Hefner

In 1927, exactly one hundred years after Goethe first used the term "Weltliteratur," Walter Benjamin returned to Berlin from Moscow. He had spent his time there reporting on developments in Russian literature and film, and he arrived to find that his German translation of Marcel Proust's Within a Budding Grove had been published to strong reviews. Such multi-lingual and multi-national literary undertakings are central to Benjamin's entire corpus. While not a major figure in most narratives of world literature, Benjamin's involvement and theoretical interest in questions of translation, media, and cultural history suggest ways of placing him in these important contexts. But how do we read Benjamin's own reading?

CFP: 'Nabokov and Morality' Symposium

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Monday, October 18, 2010 - 10:33am
Michael Rodgers

Call for Papers: Two-day Symposium

'Nabokov and Morality'

University of Strathclyde, 5th & 6th May 2011

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Michael Wood (Princeton)

Papers are invited for a two-day symposium at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow on the 5th & 6th May 2011. The event will involve 15-20 speakers over two days and be based on papers/presentations of 20 minutes each plus 10 minutes for questions. Both days will conclude with a roundtable discussion.

Changing the Language Game (Due: Dec 15, Conference: Jan 28)

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Monday, October 18, 2010 - 9:51am
UNC Charlotte English Graduate Student Association

UNC Charlotte's English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) is proud to announce its 11th annual conference and call for papers. Our conference is the largest and longest running student-led conference in the southeast. This year, come and see how the rules of the game are changing.

The UNC Charlotte English Graduate Student Association invites faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates to submit an original essay or presentation for the annual spring semester conference.

The writing of Rose Macaulay, in her historical and cultural context 23 September, 2011

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Monday, October 18, 2010 - 3:56am
Institute of English Studies, University of London

This symposium offers an opportunity to focus the mind on Rose Macaulay's writing in her life, and to consider her work in its cultural context.
The day will be organized as a series of 20-minute papers, beginning with a talk by Sarah LeFanu, Macaulay's most recent biographer, on researching Macaulay's life, and is open to all who have an interest in Macaulay, as a forum to discuss how they have been drawing on her life or writing in their own research, in their own writing, or in another aspect of culture or criticism, perhaps travel writing or journalism.

Collective Identities: Policies and Poetics Feb. 18 2011

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Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 11:35am
CUNY Graduate Center PhD Program in French

"[A] mode of writing is an act of historical solidarity…it is the relationship between creation and society, the literary language transformed by its social finality, form considered as human intention and thus linked to the great crises of History." - Roland Barthes

Oklahoma State University English Graduate Conference

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Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 7:07pm
Oklahoma State University English Graduate Students Association

The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at Oklahoma State University, an organization of English graduate students and faculty members committed to promoting student academic development and scholastic achievement, is currently accepting proposals for its annual graduate conference March 4-5 2011 in Stillwater, OK.

CFP: Eliot at the American Literature Association, May 26-29, 2011

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Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 6:21pm
T. S. Eliot Society

CFP: Eliot at the American Literature Association

The T. S. Eliot Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2011 annual conference of the American Literature Association, May 26-29, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. Please send proposals or abstracts (up to 250 words), along with a brief biography or curriculum vitae, to Professor Nancy K. Gish (ngish@usm.maine.edu). Submissions must be received no later than January 15, 2011.

For information on the ALA and its 2011 conference, please see http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/english/ala2.

German Romanticism and its Fates in World Literature (ACLA, Vancouver, March 31-April 3, 2011)

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Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 12:58am
Hiroki Yoshikuni, University of Tokyo; Matthew H. Anderson, SUNY Buffalo

This seminar seeks to examine world literature in the wake of German Romanticism. German Romanticism has often been seen as a response to a philosophical crisis that emerged from Kant's formulations of theoretical and practical reason. Because, from the standpoint of theoretical reason, phenomenal nature is always "contingent" and subordinated to the laws of causality, the world of nature is, by definition, not free. But Kant also maintains that freedom, in its resistance to phenomenal desires and causes, is the unique trait or mark of a humanity that is distinguished from animals and machines, though freedom itself cannot ever appear in nature, and thus cannot be theoretically known as such.

Hemingway: Fact or Fiction?: American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA, May 26-29, 2011 (deadline Dec. 15, 2010)

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Friday, October 15, 2010 - 11:01pm
The Ernest Hemingway Society

Hemingway's longstanding fame and reputation has fostered a variety of tall tales, stories, allegations and attributions. Some are blatantly false. Others are surprisingly true. Still others linger in the space between fact and fiction. This panel seeks papers that examine the history and circumstances of any of these Hemingway myths, legends, and misappropriations or explore the question of what it is about Hemingway or his writing that creates this mythical aura of potential misinformation around the reality of his life and career.

Globalization, Utopia, Film (ACLA March 31-April 3, 2011)

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Friday, October 15, 2010 - 9:02pm
ACLA

This seminar considers the production of narrative in post 1950 cinema as it relates to aesthetically and politically charged questions of globalization and the desires for Utopia.

2011 CLIFF: Fun & Games, March 24-26, 2011

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Friday, October 15, 2010 - 6:14pm
University of Michigan Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum

CALL FOR PAPERS

15th annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF)
March 24-26 2011
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

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Fun & Games

Keynote speaker:

Glenda Carpio
Professor of English & African and African American Studies
Harvard University
author of Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery
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American Identities on Stage: 20th Century American Drama International Postgraduate Conference

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Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 5:35pm
University of East Anglia, School of American Studies

University of East Anglia
School of American Studies

Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee Williams (1911-2011)

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

Call For Papers

To commemorate the Tennessee Williams's centennial, the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, will host a one-day international conference on 26 March 2011, focusing on theatrical representations of American identities. The invited keynote speaker is Professor Stephen Bottoms (University of Leeds).

Comparative Melodrama (ACLA 2011, Vancouver, B.C., Mar. 31-Apr. 3)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 4:39pm
Sheetal Majithia

Cultural criticism and film history once approached melodrama as a failed and lowbrow form of tragedy characterized by excessive rhetoric, one-dimensional characterizations, and schematized moral polarizations. Subsequently, feminist studies re-framed debates about melodrama by studying it as a genre addressed to and about women. Moving from a focus on domestic and family dramas, scholarship of the last few decades now exhibits a newfound interest in melodrama as a mode representative of socio-cultural conditions, particularly in transcolonial and transnational contexts.

Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege - March4-6th, 2011

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:41am
McGill University

Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege

"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity." G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)

The McGill English Department's Seventeenth Annual Graduate Conference on Language and Literature will take place in Montreal from March 4 to 6, 2011. The conference will centre on issues of luxury, commodity, and consumption in literature, and other texts and cultural artefacts.

Potential areas for study include, but are not limited to the following:

-class and social standing

-wealth and poverty, images of excess and need

-human rights (sexual freedoms, disability rights, etc.) versus social privilege

-the racialization of wealth and status

Poverty and Whiteness in 20th Century American Literature Panel: ALA 2011

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 8:45pm
Jolene Hubbs / Veronica Watson

We are seeking a third presenter for a proposed panel at the American Literature Association in Boston (May 26-29, 2011). This panel aims to explore representations of poor whites and/or the intersections of whiteness and social class in twentieth-century works.  One confirmed paper will examine intertextuality as a form of poor white class consciousness in Barbara Robinette Moss's _Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter_; the other will explore white femininity and class mobility in Zora Neale Hurston's _Seraph on the Suwanee_.  Comparative approaches--across races, works, time periods--and papers examining individual works related to the panel theme are equally welcome.

Transnational Women's Writing in Twentieth Century Europe

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 3:14pm
2011 Northeast Modern Language Association

2011 Northeast Modern Language Association
7-10 April
New Brunswick, NJ, Hosted by Rutger's University

Taking Natalie Clifford Barney's "Academy of Women" as an example of what Tirza Latimer characterizes as "women converging in Paris between the wars to establish the terms of on-going debates about representation, sexuality, and the politics of gender," this panel will explore works written by women in Barney's circle AND works written within the broader context of transnational women's writing in twentieth-century Paris. Please send 200-300 word abstracts to Chelsea Ray @ chelsea.d.ray@maine.edu. by 14 October.

Book Reviews – Mind/Body Relationships

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 10:01am
Schuylkill Graduate Journal, Temple University

Deadline: November 15, 2010

Book Reviews for Schuylkill graduate journal: Mind/Body
Relationships -- Special Issue

Contemporary Interpretations

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Monday, October 11, 2010 - 11:10pm
CSU Chico EGSC Fall Symposium

2010 EGSC FALL SYMPOSIUM: "Contemporary Interpretations: Expanding Boundaries with Inquiry"
CSU, Chico Performing Arts Center November 13, 2010

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