Recent scholarship in literary studies has witnessed a return to an otherwise perennially unfashionable topic: genre. Also the subject of the 2009 English Institute and subsequent volume The Work of Genre (2011), this proliferation of novel theoretical and historical approaches to genre has taken several forms. Whereas scholars like Wai Chee Dimock have worked to disentangle theories of genre from a rigidly synchronic historicism, other critics—for example, Virginia Jackson with lyric and Elaine Freedgood with the realist novel—have sought to foreground genre as fundamentally historical.
ACLA Conference 2018: March 29-April 1, Los Angeles
The ACLA's annual conferences have a distinctive structure in which most papers are grouped into twelve-person seminars that meet two hours per day for three days of the conference to foster extended discussion. Some eight-person (or smaller) seminars meet just the first two days of the conference.
CFP for Seminar: "Escape and its Discontents"
The panel will explore three questions: Is it possible to establish a precise relationship between Jacques Lacan and post-modernist literature in general? Can one isolate specific important themes in post-modernist literature and establish connections between these themes and Lacan? Focusing on the Oedipus conflict as it developed in Lacan, can one establish relationships between Lacan and post-modernist writers?
This panel has two underlying goals.
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) was a protean author: trained as a philosopher, devoted to her craft as a novelist, gifted as a memorialist, the author of interdisciplinary works on women, and a considerable figure in French political life, it is as difficult as it is important to reflect on her importance as an international woman of letters. This panel will be organized around two basic questions: Can we identify the major contribution of Simone de Beauvoir in the context of 20th century literature? What is the continuing importance of Simone de Beauvoir in the 21st century?
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (INCS) US Conference, 2018: “Serials, Cycles, Suspensions”
March 1-4, 2018, San Francisco, CA
1968 is now considered a global event, traversing national boundaries. As James Tweedie contends, these movements were not isolated events but “a series of interlaced moments,” posing an “alternative vision of global modernity” based on a critique of dominant infrastructures. In regions as disparate as West Germany, Czechoslovakia, Japan, Poland, the US, and France, among others, student and labor movements grew in unprecedented power. In the US, the Vietnam War drew mass protests, the Black Panthers organized against white supremacy, and the “Yippies” sought to disrupt the status quo. Meanwhile, in France, students occupied the Sorbonne and barricaded the streets during the infamous Mai ’68.
This call is for a seminar to be held at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Convention, March 29-April 1, 2018 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Opaque Media: A Workshop
University of California, Irvine
April 6-7, 2018
Michelle Murphy, University of Toronto
In light of expanding literary theories contributing to a better understanding of emotions and affects in literary texts, this panel will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss various new and important perspectives on the representation of emotions in Italian literature and art.
Proposals that analyze early modern through contemporary Italian literary production are welcome. We seek papers exploring the manner in which writers convey emotions to their readers, to the literary community of their day and to their society at large.
Call for Papers
JLS/CONFIGURATIONS “DOUBLE ISSUE” --Part 2!
THE STATE OF THE UNIONS
What are the relations between literature, science and the arts within our field today? This special double issue marks a unique collaboration between the Journal of Literature and Science and Configurations. The first instalment – JLS 10:1 – was published this year and can be read online. We now invite short papers for the second issue, to be published in Configurations in 2018.