In "Tradition and the Practice of Poetry", T.S. Eliot states that "The perpetual task of poetry is to make all things new. Not necessarily to make new things." In a similar vein, in ABC of Reading, Ezra Pound famously argues that literature is "news that stays news". Years after its hey-day, how do we understand modernism's commitment to the "new"? From a contemporary standpoint, how has modernism's past been made new again? From W.B. Yeats' turning gyre, to Charlie Chaplin's persistent factory gears in Modern Times, we can gather that when it comes to modernism, "revolution" need not only mean change, but also the very cyclicality of change itself.
We are extending the deadline for submission of abstracts for the conference, '"Perfectly phrased and quite as true": Aphoristic Modernity, 1890–1950', to 1st May 2015 to enable anyone who narrowly missed the deadline to submit their proposal.
We invite proposals that explore aphoristic and epigrammatic writing from any number of diverse perspectives, from the theoretical to the literary-historical, the political to the playful. The periodization should be considered a broad template rather than a strict delimitation - we are happy to consider papers on writers whose work falls slightly outside this bracket. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloomsbury C21 Writings Annual International Conference 2015
Writing And Insecurity: Writing the Twenty-first Century
24-25 September 2015, University of Brighton, UK
In the impasse induced by crisis, being treads water; mainly, it does not drown. Even those whom you would think of as defeated are living beings figuring out how to stay attached to life from within it, and to protect what optimism they have for that, at least. - Lauren Berlant, "Cruel Optimism"
For the last several years, the Andrew Marvell Society has published a periodical under the name, 'The Andrew Marvell Newsletter'. At the annual business meeting of the Society last month, the decision was taken to relaunch this periodical as 'Marvell Studies', beginning Summer 2015. This will continue to be an open-access publication, though we are now exploring software packages to replace our current WordPress platform as we seek to establish 'Marvell Studies' as a journal of record. The editorial board is also being reconstituted more widely. Submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed.
Pomona Valley Review is looking for poetry, short fiction, and artwork for our 9th issue this June. PVR needs quality work from undergraduates, graduates, and professionals alike from any college campus, but all are welcome to submit. Quality is our only criterion. Please see our website for details on submitting online and for free versions of previous issues. Deadline is May 1st.
Call for Papers
Symposium: "Transforming Contagion"
Location: Arizona State University's West campus (Phoenix, AZ) Date: Friday, October 23, 2015
This issue aims to elicit discussions about the literary and cultural productions that have emerged from the process of colonization and post-colonial experience in English-speaking countries, as well as the expansion of these historical experiences through cross-cultural dialogues. It is, therefore, the investigation of the transits of literary, artistic, and cultural repertoires in English, aiming to comprehend the networks and flows of critical or theoretical references about these productions in the various stages of the colonization and post-colonial period.
Mocking Bird Technologies: the Poetics of Parroting, Mimicry, and Other Starling Tropes
Call for papers:
We invite essays (of no more than 9,500 words) that address any aspect of "mocking bird technologies," with a special emphasis on tracking the elusive history and poetics of the "starling" trope within a global and comparative context.
*The deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to Saturday, April 25.*
Abstract: This special session will explore the intricacies and expectations embodied in portrayals of womanhood in Renaissance and Restoration England. This session desires papers using literature and plays to discuss the realities for and suppositions of women that were common in this era, potentially looking at the broader social implications.