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?
Third International Conference of the French Society for Modernist Studies (SEM)
13-14-15-16th June 2018, Paris Sorbonne University (VALE EA 4085)
Rachel Bowlby (University College London); Douglas Mao (Johns Hopkins University).
The Research Society of American Periodicals invites submissions for its 2016-17 Article Prize.
The prize is awarded to the best article on the subject of American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
The Article Prize is designed for early-career scholars. Graduate students and those who received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2012 are eligible to apply.
The prizewinner will be awarded $1000. The prizewinner and two honorable mentions will also be provided with a one-year membership to the Research Society of American Periodicals, which includes a subscription to the society’s journal, American Periodicals.
This roundtable endeavors to assess the influence of Donald Trump’s 2016 election on literature in the US and around the world. Three avenues of inquiry will be featured. First, do the results of the 2016 election in the US clearly influence literature in the US or worldwide? If so, what are the main traits of this influence? Second, are there commonalities between writing in the US and writing elsewhere following the election? Finally, focusing on non-US writing, are there perspectives or themes that are not at all present in US writing? Is there a global voice after Trump’s election that does not exist in the United States?
The panel will explore three questions: Is it possible to establish a precise relationship between Jacques Lacan and post-modernist literature in general? Can one isolate specific important themes in post-modernist literature and establish connections between these themes and Lacan? Focusing on the Oedipus conflict as it developed in Lacan, can one establish relationships between Lacan and post-modernist writers?
This panel has two underlying goals.
This roundtable will exchange perceptions and experiences on the state of comparative literature both in the US and worldwide today. Our session will explore the following questions:
· What are the methods of analysis that are specific to comparative literature?
· What are the concrete experiences of “comparistes” in their teaching and research today?
· How can teachers of comparative literature promote their area of interest in academia and the community?
· What contributions can teachers and researchers in comparative literature make to creative curriculum develop today?
This roundtable explores three questions concerning the teaching of disability literature: Is there an ideal curriculum or canon of readings concerned disabled people? Are there cultural differences from country/region to country/region in either the representation or teaching of disability literature? Do experienced teachers of disability literature have lessons learned to share with their NeMLA colleagues?
As a comparative literature roundtable, we want to be as inconclusive as possible, looking at English and non-English authors, curricula, and approaches. The language of instruction in this roundtable but the chair will co-ordinate hands-outs and translations.
Soldier, psychoanalyst, political activist, and post-colonial theorist—in his intense and brief life, Frantz Fanon wore many masks. And his influence has been as variegated as well; the list of those who fell under his sway include, to name just a few, Sartre and De Beauvoir, Homi Bahba, film director Gillo Pontecorvo, and the Black Panthers. This panel invites papers that explore and meditate upon how Fanon’s vibrant life and enduring writings influenced and continue to operate upon our present cultural and political moment.
This panel focuses on the enduring influence of Frantz Fanon by looking at specific works, ideas, and connections between Fanon and events, especially those of national liberation between his lifetime and the present time.
This panel explores the representation of the Great War from roughly late 2017 through roughly 1925 in order to examine perspectives on the final years of the war and the onset of peace.
The guiding themes in this panel will be as follows:
· The examination of the effects and results of the year as the war is concluding
· Exploring the aftermath of the war to gauge its meaning and consequences
· Comparing representations of the Great War from country to country and language to language to measure its impact on life in Europe and the rest of the world
· Comparing the final years of the war in film and literature
· Examining the effects of the war on geographical areas.
Call for Papers
English Language Notes
Issue 57.1 (April 2019)