Antebellum popular print culture was notoriously fluid, as texts regularly migrated from one genre to another. For example, popular city-mysteries of the 1840s and 1850s drew upon sensational crime-reporting and were often first serialized in weekly story papers and then printed in a series of pamphlets before being compiled and sold as complete novels. This session invites papers that explore any aspect of genre migration during the rich emergence of the penny press, the black press, and the labor press in the pre-Civil War period. How does the migration of texts from one genre to the next affect their meaning and their reception? What common interests did these print sources share on questions of racial, ethnic, or class identity?
Call for Papers!
"If you're doin' it, I think you should be able to say it": Sexual Rhetoric in the Whedonverse
The editors of this book proposal are searching for scholarly essays that relate to the rhetoric of sexuality and gender in the works of Joss Whedon. We're looking for essays that range from all characters, ideas, themes, or anything else that's vampirifically intriguing. The essays can range from any work in the Whedonverse, from the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie to the current Fox show, Dollhouse.
research articles on Anglo Indian world drama,and American drama including works in translation of 12-15 pages length are invited for Journal of Drama Studies, India for Feb 2009 issue. The journal has International editorial board of members and most of the contibutors are senior reserchers or academics from all over the world. articles typed in MS word or Rich text format with MLA style may be submitted on or before 30 April 2009. Send email attachment to email@example.com
1st Global Conference
Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners
A Diversity and Recognition Project
Tuesday 22nd September - Thursday 24th September 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford
10th Biennial EASA Conference: Dis/solutions: the Future of the Past in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
22-25 September 2009, Palma de Mallorca (Spain)
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CFP: The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies #6
The online, peer-reviewed Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies (http://irishgothich orrorjournal. homestead. com) is seeking article submissions for its sixth issue, to be published in Summer 2009. Past contributors have included David J. Skal, Ramsey Campbell, Mark Jancovich and Kim Newman. The Deadline for submissions is May 1st 2009.
States of Crisis
Friday, 9 October 2009
Department of English and American Literature
Seventh Annual Graduate Conference
Since its origin in the ancient Greek krisis, "decision," related to krites, a judge, the term crisis has referred to ideas of discernment, evaluation, criticism, and sifting of evidence. In literary studies, for example, one can see moments of crisis in shifting aesthetics and changing genres as well as in literary tradition(s), character representation, and ideas of narrative. Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches and scholarship, this conference will explore different responses to the idea of crisis in the humanities and social sciences.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 10 March 2009
M/C - Media and Culture
is calling for contributors to the 'obsolete' issue of
M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. Founded in 1998, M/C is a crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed journal.
This panel is open to any paper submissions dealing with the reading, adaptation, pedagogical use or critical interpretation of children's literature.
Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
Themes in children's literature, past to present
Role of friends and enemies
Adults as villains
Evolving ideologies of children's literature
Classroom use of children's literature (elementary, secondary or higher education curriculums)
Reception of children's literature, past and present
Adaptation of children's literature into film or television
Critical studies on specific genres and/or periods of children's literature
The 1st Annual Conference on Louisiana Studies will be held September 26, 2009 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Conference is co-sponsored by the Folklife Society of Louisiana, the Louisiana Folklife Center, and the NSU College of Liberal Arts.
H.G. Wells was convinced that writing must communicate a direct social purpose and that its aesthetic qualities must be joined inextricably with it, which put him, necessarily, at odds with much of the Modernist aesthetics of the early 20th century (especially the idea of art for art's sake). And yet, Wells' rejection of certain aspects of emerging Modernism was not a disavowal of writing that concerns itself with beauty, truth, and pleasure (the realm of aesthetics); nor was it an implicit critique of aesthetic sensibility and its socio-historical significance. Rather, for Wells, to abstract the realm of the aesthetic from everyday life, from the here and now, was to make it largely irrelevant.
The passing of the writer David Foster Wallace in September 2008 presents not only a tragic and significant loss to the literary world, but also an important opportunity to consider the impact and magnitude of the remarkable body of work he leaves us. From the irreverency and piercing social commentary of his journalism in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and Consider The Lobster to the monumental, sprawling majesty of his gargantuan novel Infinite Jest, Wallace's writing is increasingly considered to be one of the most significant literary canons of the second half of the twentieth century.
This postgraduate conference will explore the rituals and ceremonies of literary commemoration from a variety of perspectives, and in various literary periods. Proposals are invited that examine how anniversaries contribute to the ways in which afterlives are remembered, sustained, and given their distinctive shapes.
Plenary Speaker: Professor Adam Piette (University of Sheffield)
Topics which may be covered include, but are not limited to:
1) The literature of celebration: ritual and ceremony, anniversary,
repetition and the cyclical event
2) The literature of commemoration: elegies, epitaphs, and posthumous
publications - our duties to the dead
The extended deadline is now Friday 27th March.
Glasgow University's postgraduate journal eSharp is currently accepting submissions for its 13th issue on Atlantic Exchanges.
This issue emphasises cross-cultural Atlantic exchanges, noting that the ocean has served not to separate but to connect
the peoples of the Atlantic continents - Africa, South America, the Caribbean, North America and Europe - from 1492 to the present day. 'Atlantic Exchanges' seeks to encourage inter-cultural perspectives in a variety of disciplines.
eSharp welcomes submissions from postgraduate students at any stage of their research and contributors are invited to interpret the theme broadly.
Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
Call for Papers
Call for Entries
Buster Keaton Celebration Student Presentation Competition
The 17th Annual Buster Keaton Celebration, which will be held September 25 and 26, 2009, is hosting its second annual Student Presentation Competition. The winner will receive a spot on the schedule of respected film and cultural authorities who are asked to take part in the celebration each year, and will receive a stipend of $100 and travel expenses up to $400 (airfare or mileage) to facilitate his/her attendance. The student presenter will be expected to present a 30- to 40-minute presentation to the Celebration audience in PowerPoint format (with images—either still or moving) and so must be able to attend the conference as scheduled.
Special issue of The Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Robert Spencer and Anastasia Valassopoulos (English and American Studies, Manchester)
Title: Literary Responses to the War on Terror
This special issue seeks to bring together scholars working on post September 11th fiction in order to engage with the prolific literary production that has taken as its subject the perceived consequences of September 11th and the subsequent 'war on terror'.
107th Annual Conference
Topics related to studies of Folkore and Mythology
Deadline: March 15, 2009
Proposals of 500 words and a 50-word abstract must be submitted online in the following webaddress:
Call for Papers:
We seek abstracts for our forthcoming anthology to be tentatively published in Spring 2010. "The Bloody screen: a study of violence and masculinity in postcolonial films."
Transforming Visions in African American Literature and Rhetoric
This is an open call for presentations at the Permanent Session on African American Literature. We invite papers that respond broadly the conference theme of "migration." Projects may treat literary, rhetorical, theoretical, and/or pedagogical concerns raised by the work of African American authors from any period. Papers that pursue transnational analytics or concerns are encouraged. Projects that intersect with feminist, queer, disability, and religious/spiritual inquiries are especially welcome. Proposals due by April 20 to T J Geiger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
51st Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association
Papers are invited on women writers/artists and any aspect of Modernism in various parts of the world. The conference is being held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
Already confirmed speakers include Bonnie Kime Scott (San Diego State University), Susan Sheridan (Flinders University), Maryanne Dever (Monash University).
Usual length of papers will be 20 minutes. Deadline for proposals is 30 March 2009.
Session Topics may include:
Call for proposals for a panel submission to the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, first annual conference.
Poetics of Presence