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American Road Literature--A Book Collection

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:42pm
William Allegrezza

The American road--the works are there, stretching from Whitman through Keroauc to Gudding. I am looking for scholarly articles that examine some aspect of American road literature. The pieces could deal with novels, poetry, or theory. They could be examinations of individual pieces, explorations of road theory, or research into the gendered nature of the road. Really, anything that relates to the American road would be considered.

I have not pitched this to a press yet, but I do not expect to have that much difficulty doing that if the articles are good. That said, I would like to use a university press for this book.

[UPDATE] First International Conference in Iran on Shakespeare Studies (ICISS) November 26-27, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10:39am
University of Tehran

Being the first specialized conference on Shakespeare in Iran, this aims to attract the attention of Shakespeare scholars and readers from different countries to exchange professional ideas and give critical comments on the diversity, versatility, global facet of Shakespeare. The popularity of his plays in today's world, bespeaks of the fact that Shakespeare's' works have broken cultural and geographical barriers. Many great and outstanding writers have appeared through different ages in literary circles, but he remains unrivaled in history of theatre.

EAPSU Online: A Journal of Critical and Creative Work

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 3:17pm
Jeffrey Hotz and Kim McKay

EAPSU Online: A Journal of Critical and Creative Work, published by the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities, welcomes submissions from any area of English studies: literature, writing, film, cultural studies, English education, or any other area of interest. These may be critical or pedagogical articles, but they should not have been published elsewhere.

The suggested length for essay submissions is 1500-3000 words. We also welcome submissions of original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or other forms of creative work.
Deadline: July 15, 2014

MSA 16: The Other Senses of Modernism

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 2:50pm
Yaron Aronowicz/ Princeton University

While there has been increasing attention to the senses more generally and to the 'lower' senses of smell, taste, and touch in recent years, it is pretty clear that most scholarship on modernism that focuses on sensation is visually (and to a lesser extent aurally) oriented. Attention to the visual in modernist scholarship has allowed us to ask important questions about surface and glamour, affect and image, the urban landscape and the commodity, race and sexuality. But our largely visual version of modernism has also, perhaps, not allowed us to conceptualize and encounter the other senses of modernism.

English Literature and Culture in the Long 18th C/PAMLA 2014 (10/31/14-11/2/14; Riverside, CA) CFP deadline: May 15, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 2:26pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Paper proposals on topics related to English literature and culture in the Long 18th century are sought. Papers may or may not relate to the PAMLA 2014 conference theme of "Familiar Spirits." Possible thematic topics of interest could include Daniel Defoe's "True Relation of the Apparition of Mrs. Veal" (1706), Susanna Centlivre's "The Artifice: A Comedy" (1723), William Hogarth's "Credulity, Superstition and Fanaticism: A Medley" (1762), or the various sermons and religious tracks published throughout the period.

Journal of Ghosthumanities CFP (June 9, 2014)

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:31am
Journal of Ghosthumanities


The Journal of Ghosthumanities is a new scholarly journal, devoted to the study of ghosthumanties. Ghosthumanities is the study of traces, imprints or reflections of bodies which have been lost, discarded or ignored, physically or in theory. Ghosthumanities is a posthumous answer to posthumanities, an answer which is so "post" as to have come full circle and (probably) be (questionably) alive again. Ghosthumanities includes in its collection of bodies those which are somewhat human, decidedly animal, multispecies, single celled, vegetal, governmental, and other agentic assemblages.

Marginalised Mainstream 2014: Disguise conference, 28-29 November, London, UK [ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 30 May 2014]

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:28am
Marginalised Mainstream 2014

Keynote Speakers: Dr Bronwen Thomas (Bournemouth University), Dr Naomi Braithwaite (Nottingham Trent University)

28-29 November 2014 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

'I like to reinvent myself — it's part of my job.' – Karl Lagerfeld

In 2014, the 3rd annual Marginalised Mainstream conference will consider the varieties, motivations, and meanings of disguise. From secret identities to theatrical performances, from fictional fabrications to factual concealment, disguises of all sorts are part of mainstream culture. This event will explore various manifestations of disguise in popular fiction, media, and culture that have previously been academically marginalised.

Sidekicks and Underlings - Oct. 3-4, 2014 - Bordeaux, France

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:18am
CLIMAS, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, France

Sidekicks and Underlings
Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
Bordeaux - Oct. 3-4, 2014.

CLIMAS (Cultures et Littératures des Mondes Anglophones), the research group in Anglo-American Studies of Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, organizes a conference titled "Sidekicks and Underlings" to be held in Bordeaux on October 3-4, 2014.

We expect submissions from specialists of literature, arts, popular culture, history, politics in the English-speaking world.

Iain Banks: Critical Essays - Call for Papers

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:14am
A Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays Series volume

Iain Banks: Critical Essays


Edited Jim Byatt, Foreword by Ken MacLeod

A Gylphi Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays Series volume
Series Editor: Sarah Dillon

[Reminder] The Concept of Late Modernism - MSA 16

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 4:18am
Ian Afflerbach

Periodization provides one of modernism's most turbulent sites of confluence and division. In recent years, critical interest in periodizing modernism has been particularly attentive to the idea of a "late modernism" in literary studies. Because the methods and topics by which this act of division continue to differ, this panel offers a platform for articulating the plurality of approaches to this emerging concept, as well as a venue for considering the merits and risks of introducing an intermediary term in twentieth-century literary history.

11th Literature & Ecology Colloquium, South Africa: Words on Water 11-12 Sept 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 4:08am
Literature & Ecology Colloquium

In 2012 the Literature & Ecology Colloquium focussed on coastal littorals and literatures of South Africa's seas. This year, we invite papers exploring the relationship between words and our inland waters: rivers, dams, rains, pipelines, taps, irrigation schemes, floods, droughts. South Africa's water situation is dire, with over-use and extensive pollution now exacerbated by climate change.

[UPDATE] Nineteenth Century Popular Culture deadline 5/15 (Midwest PCA/ACA October 3-5 2014)

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 8:02pm
Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference

Call for Papers:
2014 Midwest Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference
Friday-Sunday, October 3-5
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Topics may include, but are not limited to, historical and literary treatments of women's and children's periodicals or books, international affairs, nineteenth century "fads" or trends, travel/tourism, technology, science and medicine, temperance, advertising, and slavery.

CFP for SAMLA 2014 Panel: Adaptations of Spanish America

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 5:36pm
Elena Lahr-Vivaz, Rutgers University, Newark

We invite papers that focus on adaptations of (or to) Spanish America, construing adaptation in the widest sense possible (from literature to film, film to print, or stage to screen, for example). We are particularly interested in submissions that engage as well with the conference theme of sustainability. By May 30, please submit a 300-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Elena Lahr-Vivaz, Rutgers University, Newark, at and Romano Sánchez-Domínguez, Imperial Valley College, at