Contemporary poets like J. H. Prynne, Denise Riley, and John Wilkinson have explored the nature and scope of an alternative mode of ‘thinking’ in poetry. Aided by late modernist reformulations of poetic difficulty, these poets continue the Romantic legacy by reconfiguring poetry as essentially theoretical. For the Cambridge school, ‘poetic thinking’ does not involve a simple rehashing of philosophical ideas in poetic diction, but as Simon Jarvis points out, these poems instead of accommodating philosophy within their formal structures are in themselves philosophic. Such a reconsideration of the poem as a cognitive product affords a metaphysical truth that is at once noble and transcendent.
Deidre Shauna Lynch (Harvard) and Seamus Perry (Oxford)
Narrative 2017 | Lexington, Kentucky | March 23-26
The 2017 International Conference on Narrative will be sponsored by the University of Kentucky and held at the Downtown Hilton in Lexington, Kentucky, March 23-26. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of narrative in any genre, period, discipline, language, and medium. Deadline for receipt of proposals: October 15, 2016.
Judith Butler - University of California, Berkeley
Kenneth Warren - University of Chicago
Linda Williams - University of California, Berkeley
The Lehigh English Department's third annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will take place at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, on March 10-11, 2017. This year’s conference theme is Borders and Violence. We invite diverse literary and pedagogical approaches to this theme, including papers that respond to the following questions: How do borders, whether physical, linguistic, economic, etc., signal or enact forms of violence? Conversely, how do borders function as sites of resistance? What forms can resistance to borders and/or violence take? How does violence at sites of cultural difference affect communities and individuals? This violence might be physical, emotional, metaphorical, linguistic, cultural, judicial, etc.
When Edward Said rooted orientalism’s “formal existence [in] the decision of the Church council of Vienna in 1312,” he invited medievalists to investigate their corpus in an effort to theorize the origin point of his new theoretical paradigm. Since this claim, scholars such as Sharon Kinoshita, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Geraldine Heng, Suzanne Conklin Akbari, and Kim Phillips, among many others, have questioned the role of orientalism in discourses of alterity, colonialism, imperialism, nationalism, and cross-cultural exchange in the Middle Ages.
Medieval Race and the Modern Scholar: Fear, Theory, and the Way Forward (A Roundtable)International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2017Organized by: Cord Whitaker, Sierra Lomuto, Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh Thomas Hahn’s 2001 JMEMS special edition, Race and Ethnicity in the Middle Ages, spearheaded a critical discussion on race in the medieval period; one that Cord Whitaker continues in the 2015 postmedieval edition,Making Race Matter in the Middle Ages. While the articles included in Hahn’s edition explore the question he poses in his introduction— “What, if anything, does medieval studies have to do with racial discourses?” — Whitaker’s edition takes as its starting point “not whether” the Middle Ages was race
Session Organizers: Andras Kisery (The City College of New York), Caroline Wigginton (University of Mississippi)
Friday, 13 October 2017, 3:45–5:15pm
Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference, 12–15 October 2017, Philadelphia, PA
21–22 July 2017, Free University Berlin, in collaboration with the Sonderforschungsbereich 980, ‘Episteme in Bewegung’, Berlin, and the Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark (Odense)/University of York.
Do we overestimate the impact that the transient socio-political and formal linguistic borders of Western Europe had on the literary culture of the pre-nation state era?
The College English Association will host a panel on Literature and War for its upcoming 48th annual conference on Hilton Head Island, SC. The conference will be held from March 30-April 1, 2017 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. The conference theme is "Islands," which invites contributors to this particular panel to consider literature on warfare in island nation states or territories. "Islands" might also represent pockets of resistance or safe havens. Papers on other topics in the domain of war literature will also be considered. Please send your title and abstract to Prof Andrea Van Nort, USAF Academy, Colorado, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plur·al·ity Press seeks unpublished scholarly essays on the intersection of literary and visual arts for its interdisciplinary journal Con·course. While interested in works at all levels of scholarship, we are particularly interested in the works of budding and independent scholars. The theme for the inaugural issue of Con·course is: Public Modes of Transportation.
The College English Association will host a panel on War Literature and Trauma for its 48th annual conference on Hilton Head Island, SC. The conference will be held from March 30 to April 1, 2017 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa. The panel welcomes papers treating trauma and trauma theory in war literature. The conference theme is "Islands"; potential contributors might consider approaching the theme metaphorically or geographically. All papers regarding trauma in war literature will be considered. Please send title and abstract to Prof. Andrea Van Nort at the USAF Academy, Colorado at email@example.com.
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Utrecht, Netherlands, July 6-9, 2017 Seminar Proposal: Periodizing the End: The Sense of an Ending at 50When Frank Kermode delivered the Mary Flexner Lectures at Bryn Mar College in 1965, he tried hard to debunk the apocalyptic anxieties of his time: “it seems doubtful that our crisis, our relation to the future and to the past, is one of the important differences between us and our predecessors.” It is a remarkable claim to have made just a few years removed from the Cuban Missile Crisis; perhaps it was even more remarkable to read in 1967, when the lectures were published as The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction.
This roundtable session is seeking papers that consider how first person pronouns and declarative clauses are used in the American lyric and how their use potentially highlights the ways in which place and nationality work to construct notions of the self in relation to the collective body—work to construct a political economy of empathetic identification.
To submit papers, go to: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html
CITY, SPACE AND LITERATURE
(Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry, Vol 3 No 2)
Imperial expansion in the late nineteenth century brought the phenomenon of the modern urban metropolis to the peripheral colonies. Urban modernism was appropriated in the discourse of settler colonialism in distinct and diverse ways. In the context of the colonial, the ‘urban’ and ‘modern’ opened up heterogeneous places of cultural contact which facilitated complex formulations of race and class along the lines of socio-economic, political and aesthetic categories.