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The Contemporary Essay: How Do We Read Them and Who Are They For?

updated: 
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 11:15am
American Comparative Literature Association 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020

The esteemed American Comparative Literature Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting is now fully virtual and will take place April 8-11, 2021. Please find details below about an exciting opportunity to submit a proposal to get involved with the conversation about the ‘contemporary essay’ at the ACLA 2021 virtual conference. 

Panel Title: The Contemporary Essay: How Do We Read Them and Who Are They For?

The Nonhuman in American Literary Naturalism

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Friday, October 16, 2020 - 10:57am
Kenneth K Brandt and Karin M Danielsson
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 8, 2021

Call for proposals

The Nonhuman in American Literary Naturalism

Editors: Kenneth K Brandt and Karin M Danielsson

Bored to Death: What do we talk about when we talk about boredom?

updated: 
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 10:54am
ACLA 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020

What is boredom and why do we feel bored? Recently, research on boredom has gained momentum in the scientific community, particularly in neuroscience and clinical psychology, where the symptoms of boredom and the behavioral patterns of the bored person are scrutinized (i.e. Boredomlab).

Reminder: CFP - Edited Book on "Theatre-fiction"

updated: 
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 10:52am
Dr. Graham Wolfe / National University of Singapore
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 1, 2020

CFP: Edited Book on “Theatre-Fiction”

Abstracts: November 1, 2020

Seeking proposals for an edited book of chapters on “theatre-fiction”, i.e. novels and stories about theatre.

The Ethics of Narrative: Appropriation and Reinvention in Stories of Injustice (NeMLA 2021) -- Extended Deadline

updated: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 7:55pm
NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 19, 2020

This CFP is for a seminar session at the 2021 NeMLA Convention. The deadline has been extended to October 19.

Literature and film that bear witness to injustice can create space for voices that have been silenced. They can lead to the recognition of people subjected to human rights violations and produce shared national and transnational identities. They can draw readers’ attention back onto the politics and power of reading audiences. 

New Deadline: Anglophone Literature, Anglo-American Institutions (NeMLA 2021 Panel)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:30pm
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 19, 2020

How have British and American institutions shaped Anglophone literatures across the 20th and into the 21st centuries? In the decades accompanying decolonization, London and New York remain literary capitals by dint of their concentration of literary capital: the infrastructure of publishers and periodicals, agencies and awards that—staffed by professional readers—support (and distort) the creative act. Centers of cultural gravity, they continue to set standards and bestow prestige, offering more reliable access to readers and remuneration, acting on the materials of writers and manuscripts drawn from around the world.

ReFocus: A Series of Film/American Studies Anthologies

updated: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 3:06pm
Edinburgh University Press
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, January 1, 2026

In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Drs. Robert Singer (CUNY) Gary D. Rhodes (University of Central Florida), and Frances Smith (University of Sussex), each book focuses on a critically overlooked American film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, experimental filmmaking, or documentary tradition. Volumes published so far in this series include: Preston Sturges, Amy Heckerling, Delmer Daves, Kelly Reichardt, Elaine May, Spike Jonze, William Castle, Barbara Kopple, and Budd Boetticher.

ReFocus: A Series of Film Studies Anthologies: The International Director

updated: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 1:37pm
Edinburgh University Press
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 31, 2026

In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Gary D. Rhodes (University of Central Florida), Stefanie Van de Peer (University of Exeter), and Robert Singer (CUNY), each book focuses on a critically overlooked film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, mainstream cinema, experimental filmmaking, or the documentary tradition. Volumes published so far in this series include: Susanne Bier, Pablo Larrain, Paul Leni, Teuvo Tulio, Xavier Dolan, and Francis Veber, with many more in preparation

Evelyn Scott Society -- SSAWW -- Deadline January 15, 2021

updated: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 11:19am
Evelyn Scott Society
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

The Evelyn Scott Society invites abstracts of 1-2 pages on the American writer Evelyn Scott (1893-1963). Papers may focus on any of her works (novels, short stories, memoir, poetry, young adult literature), and they may take any contemporary critical approach. We encourage papers that engage with the themes of the 2021 Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference: Ecologies, Survival, Change. Scott’s work showed keen awareness of the “dynamic, interlocking systems that make up our world,” and often revealed stresses and fault lines where systems conflicted. She also frequently represented resilience in the face of change and hardship, but also probed characters and situations where change was experienced irrevocably as loss.

(Extended Deadline: October 19, 2020) Still Greek to Us: Greek Myth and 21st-century Literature (NeMLA 2021)

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Monday, October 12, 2020 - 3:32pm
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 19, 2020

Stories from ancient Greek myths dot the literary landscape of the early 21st century. To some extent, this has been the result of deliberate planning, as when Canongate began publishing a series of mythological retellings by well-known authors in 2005. But alongside and independent of such coordinated efforts to keep old tales alive for contemporary audiences, offerings from both established authors (David Malouf, Barry Unsworth, Colm Toibin, Pat Barker) and successful newcomers (Madeline Miller, Daisy Johnson) have likewise retold and reimagined mythical narratives in recent years.

Women and Spain’s Second Republic (2021 NeMLA Panel)

updated: 
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 2:40pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 19, 2020

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 52nd Annual Convention
March 11-14, 2021
Virtual Conference

Women and Spain’s Second Republic 

Traveling Forms: Global German Studies

updated: 
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 2:11pm
29th Annual Berkeley Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 15, 2020

As a pandemic and international solidarity for Black Lives Matter demand reckoning with crises of a global scale, we propose to rethink German Studies in its constitutive contradiction: formed around a national canon, yet also situated in global networks, the discipline calls for conceptual, aesthetic, and historical reevaluations of cultural-medial forms in motion. Around 1800, Immanuel Kant conceptualized cosmopolitanism without leaving Königsberg, and the decreasingly mobile Goethe projected the idea of world literature from his study in Weimar, suggesting that visions of global circulation often arise in tension with local limitations on mobility.

[Deadline Extended] Shaping Postmodernism

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Monday, October 12, 2020 - 2:11pm
NeMLA 2021
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 19, 2020

How can we define "postmodernism"? How does the term different from 'modernism' which innovated what the precursors had done through the 19th century?

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Jorge Luis Borges

updated: 
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 2:11pm
José Eduardo González/University of Nebraska
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series entitled Approaches to Teaching the Works of Jorge Luis Borges.

Essays in this volume could address teaching Borges's work by focusing on topics such as philosophy, religion, mythology, detective fiction, gender relations/gender conflict, politics, the fantastic, history, popular literature, film and other arts, translation. Borges’ works are taught in so many different courses and contexts (Modern Languages, English, History, Philosophy, Religion) that we welcome essays teaching Borges in non-traditional settings or to non-literature students. Contributors are also invited to propose essays on topics not mentioned above.

"Time in the Time of COVID-19: The Relationship Between Time and Distress"

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Monday, October 12, 2020 - 2:11pm
St. John's University Humanities Review
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, December 19, 2020

Call for Papers: St. John’s University Humanities Review Spring 2021 Issue

 St. John’s University Humanities Review

 

“Time in the Time of COVID-19: The Relationship Between Time and Distress”

 

Deadline for Abstracts: December 19th, 2020

Deadline for First-Draft Submissions: January 23rd, 2021

Editor: Stephanie Montalti 

Contact Email: SJUHumanitiesReview@gmail.com

 

Autotheory and Psychoanalysis at ACLA

updated: 
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 1:53pm
Emma Lieber/The New School
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020

Seeking papers for a seminar for this year's virtual ACLA--to be held on April 8-11 2021--entitled "Theorize Yourself: Autotheory and Psychoanalysis."  Submissions can be made on the ACLA portal through October 31.  Description below.

Conversations about autotheory circle around psychoanalysis as a conceptual touchstone, with the understanding that analytic theory, more than serving as one of the fields that autotheoretical writers engage, is itself a parallel discourse. “Freud’s dream” of the theory of the Oedipus complex appears, in one moment, to be an autotheory avant la lettre; in the next, it seems that the birth of psychoanalysis takes place in the sublation of Freud’s self-analysis.

Studies in Crime Writing

updated: 
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 1:17pm
Studies in Crime Writing
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 1, 2021

Newberry College is pleased to invite submissions for the third issue of Studies in Crime Writing, which is scheduled to appear in the fall of 2021. Studies in Crime Writing is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online scholarly journal dedicated to crime writing, including true crime, thrillers, prison writing, detective fiction, and noir. The journal's focus is on written work, rather than film, computer games, or other electronic media. We are open to a variety of theoretical and scholarly approaches, and to bibliographic and textual scholarship as well.

Parliamentary Practices and the Challenges of the XXIst century in the English-speaking World and beyond

updated: 
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 1:16pm
LISA e-journal
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 1, 2020

In parliamentary as in presidential regimes, whether based on formal texts or on customs and traditions, the work of representatives takes place in a specific framework whose legitimacy is accepted by the majority of politicians and the population. Establishing guidelines has been a long-standing concern, as illustrated by A Treatise upon the Law, Privileges, Proceedings and Usage of Parliament of Eskine May for Great Britain in 1844 or the Manual of parliamentary practice for the use of the Senate of the United States of Thomas Jefferson of 1801.

Outside the Western Box - In Search of the Primary

updated: 
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 1:07pm
The Charles Olson Society
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 15, 2021

Outside the Western Box—In Search of the Primary

Organized by the Charles Olson Society

American Literature Association, May 27-30, 2021

The Charles Olson Society will sponsor a session at the American Literature Association Conference, to be held in Boston, May 27-30, 2021.

READY READER ONE: THE STORIES WE TELL ABOUT, WITH, AND AROUND VIDEOGAMES

updated: 
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 1:05pm
READY READER ONE: THE STORIES WE TELL ABOUT, WITH, AND AROUND VIDEOGAMES
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

READY READER ONE: THE STORIES WE TELL ABOUT, WITH, AND AROUND VIDEOGAMES

 

Videogames are a powerful storytelling medium—but what are the stories we tell about videogames, with videogames, around videogames? What can we learn from novels that describe the struggles of young people trapped in virtual reality, from fan fiction that explores the private life of a popular Nintendo character, or from a poem that compares Pac-Man to Saint Augustine?

 

Quite a lot, actually.

 

FINAL REMINDER Queer Thanatologies - Whatever. A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies, issue 4 (2021)

updated: 
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 9:19am
Whatever. A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies / CIRQUE (Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca Queer - Inter-University Centre for Queer Research)
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020

Whatever. A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies

Themed Section: Queer Thanatologies

Guest editors: Anna Chiara Corradino, Carmen Dell’Aversano, Roberta Langhi, Mattia Petricola

Thinking with Plants (NeMLA deadline extended to Oct 19)

updated: 
Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 8:45pm
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 19, 2020

From arborescence to the rhizome, plants have long served as models for thinking in philosophy, biology, and the arts. In recent years, scholars including Michael Marder, Catriona Sandilands, and Jeffrey Nealon have brought renewed attention to the agency and dynamism of the vegetal, at the same time that the future of plant life has come to be at risk in the wake of climate change and the impending collapse of ecosystems. This panel invites papers that explore ways of thinking about and with plants in the shadow of the Anthropocene. How do writers and visual artists, past and present, help us renegotiate our relationship to the vegetal today?

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