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The Subject of Women in Proust (NeMLA 2018)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 10:46pm
Northeast Modern Language Association 49th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA April 12-15, 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 25, 2017

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.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:25pm
The International Lawrence Durrell Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 8, 2018

 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.


Monday, August 14, 2017 - 2:19pm
The International Lawrence Durrell Society
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CFP: Refuge

46th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture Since 1900

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

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)


Call for Editors and Peer Reviewers

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 3:08pm
Watchung Review
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017

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.

A Museum of One’s Own: Literature, Space and the Work of Art

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 10:32am
49th annual NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (April 12-15, 2018)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

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.

British Literature and Sociology, 1838-1910

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 1:50pm
University of Alabama
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 15, 2017

CFP:  British Literature and Sociology, 1838-1910


H.D. at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture (Feb. 22-24, 2018)

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 9:32am
H.D. International Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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.

Byways in Carson McCullers Scholarship

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 9:32am
The Carson McCullers Society
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Carson McCullers Society seeks abstracts on the theme of "Byways in Carson McCullers Scholarship" for the biennial Society for the Study of Southern Literature conference in Austin, TX this February 15-18, 2018. The theme is deliberately broad but especially invites papers on McCullers' literary and biographical engagements with the U.S. military, non-southern characters in her oeuvre, and how her travels and readings abroad, including in Rome and New York, influenced her work. If interested, please send a 250-word abstract and short bio to Society Vice President Isadora J. Wagner ( by Thursday, September 7th. Other paper topics related to McCullers will also be considered.

Theatricality and the Political: Imagining New Theoretical Prolegomena

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 2:09am
Ryan Anthony Hatch / ACLA Seminar
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Theatricality and the Political: Imagining New Theoretical Prolegomena Organizers: Ryan Anthony Hatch, Andrés Fabián Henao Castro, and Joseph Cermatori

ACLA Panel: Tattoos as/in Literature: Beyond the Semiotic and the Bodily.

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 2:13pm
James Martell / Lyon College
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CFP for the 2018 ACLA Panel: Tattoos as/in Literature: Beyond the Semiotic and the Bodily.  After the “linguistic turn,” and at the intersection of (post)structuralism, deconstruction, and the evolving series of critical discourses on materiality, bodies, the non-human, theory and literary criticism have discovered a need to read beyond words and purely linguistic signification in general. Images and bodies appear no longer as limits of discourse, or as what needs to be translated into words, but as surfaces of signification in themselves. Derrida’s own spatial and visual experimentation in his writing pointed towards the need to consider the inseparable links between words, images, and bodies, not only in literature, but also in theory and philosophy.