2009 marks, in addition to an historic moment in US politics, the anniversary of many watershed moments in the history of Hispanic Literatures. On the Peninsula, this year marks the 400th anniversary of the expulsion of the moriscos from Spain, ending the era of the so-called convivencia of three cultures in Iberia. In Latin America, we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the 1609 publication of the Comentarios Reales by the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, offering a new perspective in the telling of indigenous history in the New World. . In more recent history, we commemorate seventy years since the end of the Spanish Civil War and the ushering in of a dictatorship, which would attempt to silence dissident voices in three ensuing decades.
"Agri-Literature." This panel will address the way recent American literature responds to the disappearance of the family farm. The rise of agribusiness has produced a number of literary conditions: a crisis of the pastoral imagination, a Depression-born masternarrative of reproletarianization, a renewal of interest in regional fiction, and a development and redevelopment of ecopoetics. Papers will explore this range of conditions, focusing on the way the issue of agribusiness turns literary figures into activists and vice versa.
In The Necessary Angel, Wallace Stevens argues that the relationship between arts is migratory, similar to the relationship between the external and internal worlds: "The world about us would be desolate except for the world within us. There is the same interchange between these two worlds that there is between one art and another, migratory passings to and fro, quickenings, Promethean liberations and discoveries." How have poets historically conceptualized the relationship between poetry and the visual arts? How has this relationship been manifested in poetic practice? How do we read collaborative or interart forms?
Proposals for papers, panels, and research seminars are invited for an interdisciplinary conference on the social, historical and political contexts of English-language dictionaries (unilingual or bilingual; contemporary or historical) as well as other language-reference texts (glossaries, wordlists, grammars, etc.). This conference will be hosted by the Strathy Language Unit and the Department of English at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, June 3-5, 2010.
The Southern Literature and Popular Culture area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panel and paper proposals for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, this year to be held at the Book Cadillac Westin in Detroit, MI from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November.
The area seeks papers whose topics address any aspect of Southern literature or popular culture. This includes works by southerners OR about the south. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to:
- Drama and performance
- Humor (Blue Collar Comedy, etc.)
- Music and Visual art
MSA 11: Languages of Modernism
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
November 5-8, 2009
There seem to be two ideas regarding what is called "creative," "expressive," or "personal" writing in composition discourses. In one view, creative writing is seen as the work of the lone genius, who creates the Literature studied by English departments. Such a view, while having fallen out of favor in composition studies, is still considered viable in creative writing departments. Furthermore, as Susan Miller argues, it continues to haunt composition in the form of the split between composition and literature departments, and student writing and "real" writing. In the other view, creative writing is deemed overly subjective, apolitical, and generally inconsequential.
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