Victorian Studies, Asia and the Pacific
Climate change is an important issue that has become a frequent topic in twentieth as well as twenty-first century literature and film. From science fiction of the past to the present-day speculative fiction, this roundtable presents an opportunity to provide and study examples both past and present regarding climate change issues in literature and film. Dystopias written by international writers reflect the world-wide concern regarding climate change. For example, novelists such as British-born Maggie Gee’s The Flood or French-born Pierre Boulle’s La Planète des singes[The Planet of the Apes] speculate on the possibility of climate changes causing devastating destruction.
The focus of this panel is to assess and illustrate the potential or possibility regarding the influence of mental disorders on various notable writers. Whether related to bipolar disorder, post-partum depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD], or some other form of clinical depression, melancholia has appeared throughout literature. For example, how is bipolarism reflected in some of Anne Sexton’s award winning poetry? What effects of Sylvia Plath’s clinical depression are evident in her writing? How does the father’s suicide of eight-year-old Ernest Hemingway possibly influence the dangerous, life-threatening choices Ernest made in his adult life?
CFP: Poetry and the Victorian Visual Imagination: New Conversations
A special issue of Victorian Poetry, Winter 2022
Guest Editors: Jill Ehnenn and Heather Bozant Witcher
Deadline for Submissions: August 31, 2020
A Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Sunday 14th March 2021 - Monday 15th March 2021
This panel examines high and low theories of the Victorian novel. Value of the 19th-century novel has fluctuated over time and under the influence of critics. Taking core theories into renewed consideration, this panel aims to gain perspective over high and low culture in its relation to the novel.
From the transient street art of Banksy and Pablo Delgado to the exhibitions of Doreen Fletcher and Gilbert and George; from the novels of Charles Dickens and Monica Ali to televisual series produced by the BBC and ITV; and from early eighteenth-century churches designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor to twenty-first century skyscrapers conceived by Norman Foster, the East End is an iconic area of London.
‘A Glass of Godly Form’:
Shakespeare as the Voice of Established Power
special issue of Parole Rubate / Purloined Letters
edited by Giuliana Iannaccaro and Alessandra Petrina
Call for papers for the Victorian Review
Editor and Contact E-mail:
Lara Karpenko, Associate Professor of English, Carroll University: email@example.com
Please send articles of 5,000-8,000 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31st 2021. Articles should be in MLA format and not under consideration at any other journal. Early submission is welcome as are queries or letters of interest.
Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society
Editors: Kym Brindle and Karen D’Souza
‘About Love. Well each of us thinks differently’
Letter from Mansfield to Dorothy Brett [20 April 1921]
19th-century Britain witnessed the convergence of many historical trends that exacerbated disability stigma, even as the era embraced a rehabilitative ethos. The growth of specialized medicine, the expansion of a sprawling asylum system, institutional categorization of the poor, public health initiatives, and the rise of eugenics: all these and more spawned attitudes and practices that worked to disable those who were physically and mentally impaired.
Current Call for Papers: Guest-Edited Autumn Issues
Victorian Popular Fictions Journal is currently accepting proposals for guest-edited Autumn 2021, 2022 and 2023 issues. If interested, please submit a proposal to Mariaconcetta Costantini and Andrew King at email@example.com by 1st September 2020. Proposals should include a short description of your topic, a sample CFP, and brief editor biographies.
Rhoda Broughton (1840-1920) was considered one of the queens of the circulating library in Victorian England. Broughton is the author of more than twenty novels and a collection of short stories, the latter featuring supernatural and mysterious elements. Her first two novels, Cometh up as a Flower and Not Wisely but too Well, earned her the reputation of a sensation writer; they were followed by other works containing sensational elements and subject-matter, and featuring rebellious, impetuous, passionate but often naïve heroines. She later resorted to one-volume novels in which she revealed skill and depth. These gems include A Beginner, Lavinia and Mamma.
Love Among the Poets: The Victorian Poetics of Intimacy
Proposed volume of essays, edited by
Pearl Chaozon Bauer (Notre Dame de Namur University)
Erik Gray (Columbia University)
Prospero Rivista di Letterature e culture straniere,
A Journal of Foreign Literatures and Cultures
Call for Papers
Prospero XXV, 2020
“The interactions that make us sick also constitute us as a community. Disease emergence dramatizes the dilemma that inspires the most basic human narratives: the necessity and danger of human contact.” Priscilla Ward, Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative. Duke UP, 2008.
In A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism (2016), Eric Hayot and Rebecca L. Walkowitz call for thinking about modernism from a global perspective, in order to recover and examine “local instances of modernism...[with] the traces of world thinking and world imagining that both respond to...global pressures...and anticipate into being the structures of feeling that...shape the world we live in” (8-9).
Cambridge Scholars Publishing announces a Call for Proposals/Submissions for a collection of essays provisionally entitled Re-examining Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Nils Clausson, author of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction: A Revaluation (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2018; paperback 2019). The focus of the collection will be on re-examining all aspects of Arthur Conan Doyle’s life and writings. Proposals should make clear how the chapter will specifically contribute to the project of re-examination.
University of Hertfordshire, 8‒10 April 2021
Dr. Jennifer K Farrell, Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association
CALL FOR PAPERS, ABSTRACTS, AND PANEL PROPOSALS
Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference
Friday-Sunday, 2-4 October 2020
The editors invite contributions to Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pursuing fundamental questions on the forms and functions of the symbolic. Symbolism publishes high-profile research on topics related to the use of figurative language, thought and signification in artistic expression and representation. While maintaining a strong literary focus, the annual also inquires into practices of the symbolic across discourses in media ranging from the cinema and painting to opera, sculpture and other arts.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1, 2020
The Victorian period is generally thought of as an age where science and its discoveries led to a shift from the religious to a scientific explanation of the natural world. Obviously at the centre of this whole shift was Charles Darwin, his powerful inferences and the delayed publication of The Origin of Species, as he feared disturbing established religious and social practices. And the crises of faith it did instill affected an entire generation. However much we wish to adhere to this scientific aspect of the Victorian period, one cannot ignore the fact that the age also saw a proliferation of the interest and belief in the supernatural, the occult, in ghost stories, séances et al.
Call for Papers for the Dickens Society
2020 MMLA Conference
“Cultures of Collectivity”
November 5-8, 2020 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center
I am seeking paper presentations for this year’s English II (1800-1900) session at the Midwest Modern Language Association's conference in Milwaukee (November 5-8) that discuss the significance and dynamics of social class and class consciousness in the representations, production, consumption, and understanding of literature in 19th century Britain. Please send a 250-word abstract, and a brief C.V. and bio to Kevin Swafford at firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstract, C.V. and bio are due on June 15
Travel is a vehicle for which to explore the condition of living, how our relationships to place shape us and our experiences, how our identities and political histories inform place, how power structures inform how we migrate (or don’t) and how that affects the places we pass through. --Bani Amor, “Getting Real About Decolonizing Travel Culture” (2017)
Literature Among the Ruins: Junky Humanities, Literary Garbage, and Textual Flotsam
Two-Part Conference Panel
Organizers: Dr. Craig Dionne and Dr. Meg Dobbins, Eastern Michigan University
Dates: October 8-10 2020
Place: Houston, TX
9 June 2020 will mark the 150th anniversary of the death of globally beloved author Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Unfortunately, many planned celebrations have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To encourage support of research and writing as our world copes with this crisis, and to bring us together for an important anniversary in this time of social distancing, #Dickens150, a virtual transatlantic global gathering, will take place on this date. All proceeds, after covering a minor technology fee, will be donated to the Charles Dickens Museum, London.