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"Reassessing John Neal:" C19: Berkeley, April 12-15, 2012: Deadline, Sept 15, 2011.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 2:14pm
C19: THE SOCIETY OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICANISTS

Long appreciated primarily as a powerful advocate of literary nationalism in the United States, recent scholarship has begun to reveal John Neal (1793-1896) as an innovative literary stylist, a penetrating cultural critic, a pioneering regionalist, and a vital participant in the business of letters in America over his sixty-year career. A new volume of critical essays on Neal is forthcoming in 2012 (Headlong Enterprise: John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, edited by Edward Watts and David J. Carlson). This panel aims to continue the Neal "renaissance" by presenting further new work on Neal's writing (literary and non-literary), life, and cultural significance.

Image and Language: Godard and the problem of expression NEMLA 2012 Rochester deadline: September 30

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 12:19pm
Elif Sendur/Binghamton University

This panel asks to question the relation between expression and language, between the image and the word using Godard's work. This young Turk of the New Wave or the philosopher king of cinema, besides tackling the question of politics and aesthetics, constantly constantly questions the relationship between images and language, a question that is crucial for cinema as well as for literature. From Nana's question in Vivre Sa Vie "Words should express exactly what one wants to say? Do they betray us?" to his Le Gai Savoir where the relation between image and words are questioned; from his extraordinary use of letters or words on filmic scenes to his separation of his films into book chapters, Godard experiments on language in its own limit.

NEMLA 2012: Fictional Readers of French Literature

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 12:05pm
Ana Oancea

This panel welcomes papers analyzing the representation of characters in any fictional work [eg. Huysmans, O'Neill, Pasolini] who read French literature of any period. How and why do these characters read French literature? What influence does it exert on them? What is the value of French literature in these works?

Please send 300 word abstracts, in English or in French, to Ana Oancea (aio2101@columbia.edu) by Sept. 30, 2011.

'You are What you Read: Fictional Readers of French Literature' has been approved for inclusion in the NEMLA 2012 Convention, which will be held March 15-18 in Rochester, NY. The host institution is St. John Fisher College.

[UPDATE] Shakespeare and the Natural World, March 29-31, 2012 (Abstracts due October 1, 2011)

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:34am
Jennifer Park and Katie Walker / The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Recently Shakespeare studies have taken a "natural" turn. With the advent of ecocriticism and posthumanist thinking, a "green Shakespeare" has begun to emerge. The purpose of this conference is to consider the construction, politics, and history of the trope of "nature," both in Shakespeare's works and in current Shakespeare scholarship. Papers for this conference may consider animal studies, early modern zoology, bio-politics, climate theory, geohumoralism, food, medicine, botany, demonology, and more. Our aim will be to discuss a variety of questions: What constitutes early modern environmental studies? How did early modern writers define "nature," as opposed to supernature, or preternature, or culture?

Call for Papers on Marguerite Porete, International Congress on Medieval Studies, 10–13 May 2012

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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 11:02pm
International Congress on Medieval Studies

We invite conference papers on Marguerite Porete, her inquisition trial, and/or the Mirror of Simple Souls, for the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, on 10–13 May 2012.

For details, please see the Call for Papers available online at

  • http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/sessions.html
  • A proposal consists of a 300-word abstract and the participant information form downloadable from

    Southern Studies Conference (February 10-11, 2012)

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    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 10:32pm
    Auburn University Montgomery

    Southern Studies: The AUM Liberal Arts Conference at Auburn University Montgomery, February 10 and 11, 2012.

    Call for papers and panels on the topic of Southern culture.

    Hawthorne's Humor, journal (special issue), 11-15-2012

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    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 7:24pm
    Nathaniel Hawthorne Review

    Call for Papers, Hawthorne's Humor

    A special issue of the _Nathaniel Hawthorne Review_ is being planned on Hawthorne's humor, to be published in fal1, 2013. Essays (no longer than 9,000 words, WORD doc files) are invited for consideration on the following topics, although the list is not meant to be exhaustive.

    UPDATE: Performing South Asia at Home and Abroad, SALA 2012

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    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 6:08pm
    South Asian Literary Association

    Performing South Asia at Home and Abroad

    South Asian Literary Association (SALA), Seattle 2012

    Date: Wed., January 4, 2012 at 9:00am – Thurs., January 5, 2012 at 5:00pm

    Venue: Hyatt Place Downtown, 110 6th Avenue North (at Denny Way)

    Distinguished Keynote Speaker: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

    Distinguished Guest Author: Charles Johnson

    Abstract Deadline: August 31, 2011

    CALL FOR SCHOLARLY ESSAYS AND CREATIVE WORKS

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    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 5:17pm
    Label Me Latina/o

    Label Me Latina/o (www.labelmelatin.com) is an online, refereed international e-journal that focuses on Latino Literary Production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The journal invites scholarly essays focusing on these writers for its biannual publication. Label Me Latina/o also publishes creative literary pieces whose authors self-define as Latina or Latino regardless of thematic content. The Co-Directors will publish creative works in English, Spanish or Spanglish whereas analytical essays should be written in English or Spanish.

    CfP Kalamazoo Medieval ICMS 2012: Postcolonial England

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    Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:10pm
    Durham University English Department

    The Department of English Studies at Durham University invites submission of proposals for its session at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 10-13, 2012. The panel seeks proposals of 300-500 words with a working title and department affiliation by September 1, 2011. Participants will be contacted regardless of whether or not their proposal has been accepted. All proposals submitted but not accepted will be sent on to the general committee for consideration in one of the general sessions at Kalamazoo. The CfP is as follows:

    Postcolonial England

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