This call seeks abstracts for the upcoming ACLA conference for papers that will focus on representations of adoption in literature. The goal of this panel is to explore how literary representations of adoption and the formation of adoptive families have changed over time. To do this, we are looking for a broad range of papers that address adoption in literature from different national, religious, racial, gender, and theoretical perspectives. We are also open to definitions of adoption that include varying degrees of legalization.
In his recent work On Literary Worlds (2012), Eric Hayot examines how literature—through narration—gives shape and substance to worlds and ways of being in them. Literary worlds, Hayot argues,“[are] the diegetic totality constituted by the sum of all aspects of a single work, constellated into a structure or system that amounts to a whole” (44) and “they are always social and conceptual constructs, as well as formal and affective ones” (45).
CFP: Urban Walking – The Flâneur as an Icon of Metropolitan Culture in Literature and Other Media
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany, 9—10 March 2018
Deadline: 15 October 2018
The Subject of Women in Proust
On first reading, Proust's narrative in A la Recherche du temps perdu suggests that women are merely objects in Marcel's development. Despite extensive descriptions and metaphors, female characters seem to slip away from concrete definition, defying assured characterization. Moreover, most critical discussions of women in Proust compartmentalize female characters either as “Madonnas” (Marcel’s mother and grandmother) or “whores” (Odette, Gilberte, Albertine, Léa, Rachel). But how are women in Proust's fiction more than just objects? Given their centrality to the text, a reexamination of the ways in which Proust writes female characters is overdue.
On Miracle Ground XX
The International Lawrence Durrell Society invites proposals for papers to be presented at a July 2018 conference in downtown Chicago. In a year marking the centenary of Solzhenitsyn’s birth and the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Durrell’s satirical dystopia Tunc, ILDS welcomes papers reflecting on modernist and postmodern writers or artists who challenged the political and cultural ideologies of their time and place. Interrogating conceptions of exile, survival, and dissent, we will explore how the work of these past intellectual dissidents has shaped our critiques of twenty-first century society.
46th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture Since 1900
University of Louisville
22–24 February 2018
The whole world was a refugee now that the war had at last ended.
— Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, or Ruling Passions (1982)
Any man, even the greatest, can be broken in a moment and has no refuge. Any theory which denies this is a lie. For myself, I have no theories.
—Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince (1973)
The NJCEA is seeking scholars interested in serving as editors and as peer reviewers for their open-source academic and creative journal: Watchung Review. Watchung Review is a peer-reviewed journal focused on current trends and cutting edge literary writing and research including work on rhetoric and composition as well as digital humanities. The journal aims to foster opportunities for scholars and practitioners to engage in disciplinary conversations critical to the advancement of the humanities by promoting the critical nexus of literature, writing theory, pedagogy and technology. Watchung Review is supported by the New Jersey College English Association. These are volunteer positions.
This panel will aim to conceptualize the relationship between literature and the museum in the age of cultural mediation and digital media. We will examine how the imagined and immaterial museum space, as represented in the narrative text, can contribute to redefining the aesthetic experience for the spectator. This will also allow us to explore the critical posture adopted by contemporary authors with respect to the existing configuration of the physical museum space available to the public. The multiplication of stories staged in the museum space raises the question of the type of narratives that the museum experience can offer.
CFP: British Literature and Sociology, 1838-1910
We invite paper proposals for a panel the H.D. International Society is organizing at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 22-24, 2018. What we have said before about the conference remains true, that it is a very welcoming and invigorating conference that features research presentations and work by creative writers. It is hosted yearly by the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY and sustained by the organizing efforts of Alan Golding. For more information, please see the attached CFP from the conference organizers and note that the confirmed keynote speakers for 2018 are terrific, yet again: M. NourbeSe Philip, Dominic Pettman, and Brent Hayes Edwards.