This roundtable panel invites discussions on the contemporary politics of the “safe animal” in media—in all the registers and valences of “safe.” Safe animals are constantly in demand across various forms of popular media: animal memes and pet-related small talk are the safest conversation starters, “cute” cat pictures always promise to comfort, and ample cultural scaffolding is in place to help us stick to animals that are safe. For example, the website Does the Dog Die, a crowdsourced platform for “emotional spoilers” about movies and other popular media, promises to protect viewers from “upsetting” material including the death of animals.
This call is for critical essays for a proposed edited volume centering on the iconic television show The Golden Girls for Routledge’s Advances in Pop Culture series.
Call for papers
The Literary Encyclopedia at www.litencyc.com is looking for qualified writers to enhance its coverage of postwar and contemporary American poetry. Following is a list of poets and/or movements for whom/which we are seeking introductory essays of ca. 2500 words covering biography and historical context and giving a brief overview of relevant works. The list below is not comprehensive or final, and new proposals of writers/works/context essays that are not currently listed in our database are also welcome.
Who are the unsung heroes of fantastical literature? Who deserves to be recognised for their significant contribution to contemporary Anglophone Fantastika literature but are pushed out of the limelight? This edited companion to fantastical literature hopes to address gaps in research by bringing together considerations of important but underexamined authors and artists. Depending on the number of abstracts received, the collection may be further divided into separate sections – or even individual volumes – taking into consideration different media:
In 1931, Langston Hughes embarked on a tour of the southern United States, reading his poetry mostly at HBCUs in the age of Jim Crow. His goal was two-fold: he was both answering Mary McLeod Bethune’s suggestion that “people need poetry” and developing a formula for “making poetry pay.” As the Great Depression dragged on and the Scottsboro case lay heavy on his mind, Hughes understood the importance of art and the artist in providing perspective and spiritual strength to the community, but he also labored under hostile conditions that complicated every aspect of his journey.
The editors of Tinakori: Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society are seeking scholarly essays for publication in the sixth volume of the journal. Essays that address any aspect of Mansfield and her writing will be considered. Tinakori is committed to publishing innovative and rigorous research into one of the most significant women authors of the early twentieth century. It is an official online series recognised by the British Library with its own ISSN number: ISSN 2514-6106.
Call for Papers
Creaturely Fear: Animality and Horror Cinema
Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC), 21–22 July 2022 (Online)
Keynote speaker: Dr Christy Tidwell, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together under the category is that there is some “unrealistic” element, whether it’s magical, supernatural, or a futuristic/technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from China Miéville to Margaret Atwood to Philip K. Dick. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.
CALL FOR PAPERS
‘The Unconscious and Everyday Life’ PPS Postgraduate Conference 2022 on:
Boundaries and Borders of the Unknown
To be held on the University of Essex Colchester campus and on Zoom Friday 27 and Monday 30 May 2022
Open to all current Postgraduate Research and Professional Doctorate students
CALL FOR PAPERS
MONSTERS & MONSTROUS BODIES IN AMERICAN CULTURE AND SOCIETY
SPONSORED BY THE MONSTERS & THE MONSTROUS AREA OF THE NORTHEAST POPULAR CULTURE/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION
PROPOSALS BY 13 MARCH 2022
CFP: Classics Illustrated: Adaptation and Appropriation in the Comics and Other Graphic Narratives
A collection organized to further the goals of Saving the Day: Accessing Comics in the Twenty-first Century, a joint outreach effort of the Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain and the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture. (More information at https://accessing-comics-in-the-21st-century.blogspot.com/.)
Organizers: Nick Katsiadas, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania; Carl Sell, Lock Haven University; and Michael Torregrossa, Independent Scholar
CFP Fair Unknowns: Extending the Corpus of Arthurian Texts
Sponsored by the Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain
Collection edited by Carl Sell, Lock Haven University, and Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar.
Proposals due by 1 June 2022
UPDATE: EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 28, 2022
The International David Foster Wallace Society invites you to attend DFW 2022 in Austin, Texas. Special events at the Harry Ransom Center (home to Wallace’s archive), social events, and other presentations will be included, in addition to a wide variety of panels of Wallace criticism and commentary.
Panels will be held at the University of Texas Glickman Conference Center. The keynote address by Pulitzer winner Jennifer Egan will be held at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall on Thursday, June 2. The keynote, sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center, is free and open to the public.
This traditional session welcomes submissions on any representation of nonhuman animals or animality in southern literature from the last century. With the development of posthumanism and human-animal studies over the last few decades, nonhuman animals in literature invite readers to no longer consider them as only symbols of human experience, but instead as literary agents of cultural change for both human and nonhuman worlds. Particularly, this panel seeks to explore how those nonhuman animals are active in southern literature. Panelists may be interested in examining nonhuman animals or animality in a single southern text, a southern author’s oeuvre, or an entire southern genre.
The International Harold Pinter Society
MMLA CFP 2022
“Art and Politics: Pinter and the Nobel”
CUNY Graduate Center English Student Association Conference (virtual/online)
Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30, 2022
CFP EXTENSION to 03/27/2022
Breakin’ BLACK Reachin’ Back is an experiential conversation engaging with Black intellectual, political and creative concepts through the primary disciplinary nodes of Black studies, Hip Hop and DJ scholarship. This virtual two day gathering centers practitioners as theorists, interdisciplinarity and public humanities through roundtable panel conversations, keynote presentations including musical and dance performances followed by discussion/Q&A, and breakout sessions.
Modern life has become defined in many ways by our digital experiences, and it is in this technological environment that a retreat to an idealized version of the past has been increasingly realized and depicted through social media. The distinctive aesthetics of cottagecore, dark and light academia, and vintage movements represent creative cross sections through which individuals blend pop culture, literature, fantasy, art, and lifestyle elements in an often fantastical, romanticized, or idealized version of the past—one inherently informed by and expressed through a modern, digital present.
This panel considers Wynter’s letter as a call to challenge present truths of biocentrism, classifications of humanness, and the condemnation of “the speech of the street” to cultivate new modes of knowing/feeling. 250 word abstract. Contact: Amari Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Diana Molina (email@example.com).
If you are invited to participate in a 2023 session, you must be an MLA member by 7 April 2022.
All session participants must register for the convention.
Topics may include but not limited to:
How can critical comedy studies of popular and/or experimental media help us revive political theories of hope amid material conditions characterized by climate apocalypse, obscene inequality, and rising authoritarianism? We invite a range of approaches.
This week-long workshop will bring together both critical and creative writers to support one another in the development of new written work across a wide range of “popular” genres, forms and approaches. “Genres Against the Market” aims to foster a temporary community to encourage radical writers to explore new methods for reaching unconventional audiences toward a critique of economic limitation and possibility. Leaving aside the familiar form of the conventional academic essay and monograph, we aim to host a gathering to explore how radical ideas that challenge reigning forms of social and economic power can be expressed and broadcast using “popular” formats of writing.
In Death of a Discipline, Gayatri Spivak mentions the problematic identification of “literature” with the novel form in comparative literature (2005: 123). Her concern with our general blindness to non-hegemonic forms recalls the consternation frequently shown in short fiction criticism toward the enduring novel-centrism of literary studies. This conference aims to bring together scholars with an interest in examining this tension and the different ways in which it may extend to the field of world literature. But our goal is not to look at the short form once again in stark opposition to the novel.
Paul Ricoeur insisted there is always more meaning than can be articulated, appropriated, or understood. This session seeks enactments, explorations, and reconsiderations of his Interpretation Theory 50 years later. Though the book was published in 1976, Ricoeur delivered the lectures in fall 1973. It was a period of social and intellectual reckoning similar to our own. Ricoeur had recently relocated to the University of Chicago from Paris-Nanterre under criticism for his attempts to mitigate conflicts during the 1968 student uprisings. In parallel with this personal crisis, Ricoeur was turning in his thought from considerations of symbolic interpretation to considerations of texts and their social and political dimensions.
MLA, January, 2023 (San Francisco): “André Gide and the Equivocal Dynamics of Justice.” This session will examine political, legal, and social justice; aesthetic and intellectual justice, being an outlaw, etc., in the life and works of André Gide.” Abstracts of 250-300 words in French or in English due to Pamela Genova (firstname.lastname@example.org), by Monday, March 14, 2022. Panel sponsored by the Association des Amis d’André Gide.”
Penn State’s Center for American Literary Studies presents
“Now What?” What Now?: Approaching a Present in Precarity
Friday, March 18, 2022, Noon–1:00 p.m. EST via Zoom
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email
containing information about joining the webinar.
The AATSP’s guaranteed session at the MLA Convention in January 2023 will explore the creative ways in which Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies address complex social issues through public humanities scholarship and practice, all while providing relevant and significant opportunities for students.
Religion and Literature
“Post-Now” in Religion and Literature: MMLA Convention
Minneapolis, MN. November 16-22, 2022
The Religion and Literature Permanent Section invites proposals that engage with the 2022 Midwest MLA conference’s theme: Post-Now. Proposals might consider the following questions: How does literature speculate about religion? How do writers shape and reshape the religion that they imagine? How do writers create belief systems? How do different writers construct their vision of future religion? How and why did writers of the past get things wrong?
The Palgrave Handbook to the Ghost Story
This handbook seeks to open new conversations about the ghost-story form. It is open to all media, genre, and disciplines - fiction, nonfiction, theatre, cinema, video games, podcasts, graphic novels, musicals, and so forth - as well as spaces and time periods (antiquity to the present).
Chapters will provide a new angle, intervention, or perspective on various aspects of the ghost-story tradition. These can be thematic, author-based, chronologically centred, or narrative-based.
After D. H. Lawrence’s mother died, his father “struggled through half a page” of The White Peacock. After he had finished reading, he asked his son what he had been paid for the novel. When Lawrence told him his father
looked at me with shrewd eyes, as if I were a swindler. “Fifty pounds! An’ tha’s niver done a day’s hard work in thy life.”
This book project aims to examine the existence of dogma in literature and some cult texts, and how dogmas in literature are conveyed to various audiences as a mission by some literary readers, experts and academics. The questions leading up to the volume are varied and their answers require lengthy examination and interpretation. So, this project investigates; Is literature dogmatic? What about literary theories? Can they be dogmatic, too? The answers to these questions are open to clarification, but the responses can also initiate an extensive discussion and manifestation. However, above all, literature does have an aspect that drags the readers, habitually burying them in its pages, and blindly attaching them to itself.