As one of the most highly-regarded, well-published of the ground-breaking Bay Area Language Poets to emerge in the 1970s—and also as a theorist, translator, publisher, and in recent decades a UC Berkeley professor—Lyn Hejinian is one of the most accomplished innovative writers in contemporary America. This panel, which will be proposed for the American Literature Association meeting in San Francisco (May 24-27, 2018), will examine Hejinian’s stunning oeuvre from a variety of critical perspectives. Paper proposals should include a title, 500-word description, the potential presenter’s short professional bio (publications, awards, academic rank and affiliation). Query ASAP for more information. Polished proposal DEADLINE: Jan.
twentieth century and beyond
The Rocky Mountain Modern Lanugage Association will be holding its annual conference in Cheyenne, WY in October 2018. The conference coincides with the twentieth anniversary of the events just miles away in Laramie that led to the death of Matthew Shepard.
Abstracts are requested for papers or panels that address the ongoing influence of those events on any aspect of American culture.
Depending on the level of interest, the conference is open to including a stream of sessions under the larger title "Laramie Twenty Years Later" that divides up the perspectives on the events and the meanings Shepard's death has taken on after two decades.
Call for Papers
"Worlding SF: Building, Inhabiting, and Understanding Science Fiction Universes"
University of Graz, Austria
December 6–8, 2018
Everything is (in) a world.
Call for papers
Sewing Reality: Fashion in Non-fiction Media
9th June, 2018
University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Pamela Church-Gibson (University of the Arts, London)
Deadline for proposals: 15th January 2018.
Abstracts are invited for a proposed collection of essays on Virginia Woolf and spirituality.
With the recent publication of the first biography of Kathy Acker by Chris Kraus, an anniversary edition of Blood and Guts in High School, a short vilume of correspondence, and at least two scholarly monographs, there would appear to be a critical revival of Kathy Acker in the making. But with the “death” of postmodernism and its waning influence on recent studies of literary history, does Acker’s work—often considered a quintessential example of experimental pomo—still demand to be read? If so, why? How does Acker’s work move beyond its “postmodernism” and matter for readers today? Papers considering these questions, as well as those exploring the recent Acker revival and/or influence on the San Francisco literary scene are welcome. Abstrac
On February 25, 2017 at Fashion Week in Milan, over 40 statuesque women stalked Missoni’s runway in pink pussyhats. Was this a rebellious act of women’s defiance in a world they are systematically put down or a neoliberal opportunism to capitalize on a world in which feminism is a burgeoning trend? This trend didn’t begin with the Women’s March or Lady Gaga, and it didn’t begin with Donald Trump’s “nasty” label. Women were “bad feminists” as early as the 1990s. Second wave feminists rejected third wave performers for the controversial way they used their bodies and spoke their minds to a public who didn’t want to hear or see them (Buszek). Today we hear and see them, labeling them and ourselves as “difficult”, “nasty”, and “bad” (Gay).
STROLLS ACROSS PAPER
CELEBRATING THE 140th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF ROBERT WALSER
Opole (Poland), October 22 – 24, 2018
Conference organized by the University of Opole and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland). Venue: University of Opole (Upper Silesia, Poland), with events held in the (Walserian) Dambrau castle.
Conference Committee: Prof. Adrian Gleń, Prof. Jacek Gutorow, Prof. Daniel Pietrek (Opole), and Prof. Łukasz Musiał (Poznań).
Adapt, Adopt, Adept: The Material Phenomenon
March 23rd and 24th 2018
Pacific Rim Conference
University of Anchorage Alaska: English Department
BP Energy Center, Anchorage, AK
The Queen of Suspense: A Patricia Highsmith Symposium
University of Chester, Friday 14th September 2018
The twentieth-century American author Patricia Highsmith is arguably experiencing a posthumous resurgence of popular interest (and, we would argue, not before time), owing, in part, to the recent success of Todd Haynes’s adaptation of Carol 2014, and Anthony Minghella’s earlier remake of The Talented Mr Ripley 1999. Many titles from her extensive repertoire have, thankfully, recently been republished, with tasteful matching jackets, by Bloomsbury and Sphere in the UK.