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Authorship, editorial history and literary life ((05/30/2009; journal issue)

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 9:34am
Denise Almeida Silva

Literatura em Debate (ISSN 1982-5625), a peer-reviewed digital journal published by the MA program in Literature at URI/FW, Brazil, seeks essays on: ethical and juridical questions on authorship, the historicization of the concept, author x authorship, authorship as a textual function. Other topics that are also welcome are: alter-ego, heteronym, orthonym, pseudonym, etc; involuntary and voluntary alterations and omissions in the editions of literary works;literary history and literary system ( producers, editors, receptors;activities in daily life, in bars, academies, groups , institutions and other locations of culture).

Stefan Zweig's Transatlantic Connections, Oct 1-3 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 11:38pm
SUNY Fredonia

Papers are invited for an international Stefan Zweig Symposium to be held at SUNY Fredonia on Oct 1-3 2009. This symposium, the first major scholarly event on Zweig to take place in the United States in over two decades, intends to bring together scholars, artist, critics, and students from around the world to discuss Zweig's life and works. It will include keynote lectures by Klaus Weissenberger (Rice University) and Zweig biographer Oliver Matuschek as well as a manuscript exhibition with archival materials from SUNY Fredonia's extensive Stefan Zweig collection. The symposium will also feature the United States premiere of Sylvio Back's award-winning feature film Lost Zweig (2003) in the presence of the director.

Violence & Passion in 20c Irish Literature & Film (4/15/09; MMLA 11/12-15/09)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 8:46pm
Gavin Keulks


Irish Studies Panel
2009 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention
November 12-15, 2009
The St. Louis Union Station Marriott

Ireland's political history is of course tainted by violence, as are many of its greatest literary works. Other forms of violence are more domestic -- and stereotypical -— in depiction: heavy drinkers; abusive husbands/fathers/priests); gruff manual laborers; feisty women.

The lines between passion and violence are never clearly demarcated, and as Yeats depicted so famously in "Easter 1916," crossing their borders can produce surprising results, often equally disastrous and transformative.

Obama and African American Autobiography (7/24/09; 11/12/09)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 1:10pm
Wendy Rountree / North Carolina Central University

Call for Papers

Fifth African American Literature Symposium

"It's A New Day: The Vicissitude of African American Autobiography from Briton Hammon to Barack Obama"

Configurations Special Issue: Ecocriticism and Biology (5/1/2009)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 10:38am
Configurations (John Hopkins UP)

Configurations has invited a special issue on the intersection of ecocriticism and biology. Articles on any aspect of the biological sciences and ecocriticism are welcome, but the following topics are needed:

- extensions/amplifications of Glen A. Love's Practical Ecocriticism
- ecocriticism, globalization, and the commodification of biological information
- biologists reading/responding to ecocritical texts (broadly defined)
- ecocriticism and debates within biology

Please submit an abstract of 500 words and curriculum vitae (as MS Word attachments) by May 1st to:

Dr. Helena Feder, Guest Editor

Footnotes: New Directions in David Foster Wallace Studies

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 9:34am
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

"These academics' arguments seem sound as far as they go..." –Infinite Jest

The critical discussion of David Foster Wallace has thus far been limited to a few aspects of his most popular works. Our conference seeks to expand the response beyond the popular imagination's categories of "difficult," "postmodern," and "genius," and beyond the author's own articulation of his project as a response to irony. We invite a reconsideration of Wallace with an emphasis on new perspectives of his entire oeuvre.

CFP: Looking for Cs 2010 panelists -- Technology, Textual Ownership, and Self-Sponsored Collaborative Writing Groups

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 8:13am
Rik Hunter / University of Wisconsin - Madison

Looking to put together a Cs panel on technology & self-sponsored (outside of the classroom) collaborative writing groups. I'm particularly interested in the panel concentrating on matters of textual ownership.

My research examines collaboration on WoWWiki.com, so if the focus is fan studies . . . someone looking at fan fiction, for example, would be a natural fit. I can also see the (textual) writing practices of fans producing machinima, fan films, game mods working well, too.

LECTURE: Professor Ato Quayson, UC Berkeley 4/23

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 5:25am
Center for African Studies, UCB

Lecture | April 23 | 12:30-3 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Lipman Room, 8th floor

Speaker: ATO QUAYSON, Professor, English & Director, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto
Sponsors: Center for African Studies, Department of African American Studies, Institute for the Study of Social Change, Center for Race and Gender

CFP: Literature and Joss Whedon's Angel (book collection), 5/15/09

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 3:26am
Tamy Burnett

We are currently accepting proposals for essays to be included in an edited collection tentatively titled Literature and Joss Whedon's Angel, which focuses specifically on the literary traditions and influences that shape and are reflected in the series. Our goal is to bring together a collection of essays that work primarily with Angel as a text to be addressed in the wider field of narrative and literature, since critical analysis of visual narratives in our culture is often related to our literary history and cultural consciousness. Often, our criteria for evaluating the quality of television draw heavily on the complexities of narrative structures and the reimagining of traditional tales or storytelling techniques.

Book Project-Graphic Novels and Libraries

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 5:07pm
Robert G. Weiner Texas Tech University Library

Call for Papers--Graphic Novels in Libraries and Archives: Ideas and Issues.

Graphic Novel publishing has exploded in the last decade. While, during the mid-1990s, it might have been possible for even a modestly budgeted library to acquire much of the published Graphic Novel output, now it is almost impossible even for libraries with big budgets to afford EVERYTHING published in this format. What was once considered a "cult" of devoted Graphic Novel readers and fans is now a part of the mainstream of readers. Graphic Novels is the one area of publishing that continues to grow year by year.

Frank Miller (5/10/09; MWPCA/MWACA 10/30/09-11/01/09)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 2:54pm
Terrence Wandtke

Frank Miller (5/10/09; MWPCA/MWACA 10/30/09-11/01/09)

CALL FOR PAPERS (Please circulate)

Panel for the 2009 Midwest Popular Culture Association / Midwest American Culture Association Conference in Detroit, MI, October 30-November 1

Panel Title: Frank Miller—Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Deadline for submissions: May 10, 2009

"Spaces of Consumption and Disposable Culture: A Material Dialogue in Medieval Europe (c.1100-1500)" by 6/01/09

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 1:05pm
Rebecca Flynn and Salvatore Musumeci


Rebecca Flynn and Salvatore Musumeci are seeking proposals for a new collection of essays entitled Spaces of Consumption and Disposable Culture: A Material Dialogue in Medieval Europe (c.1100-1500). This volume will explore the ways in which private or public acts of consumption during the medieval period define relationships between people and the spaces they inhabit. Proposals concerning the use/consumption of material goods (culture) and how such consumptions relate to gender and power will be of particular interest. We would like the essays in this volume to cover but not necessarily be limited to the following:

Holocaust Representations Since 1975 (conference, 18th September 2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 12:14pm
The Department of English, The University of Chester

Holocaust Representations Since 1975
A conference at the Department of English, The University of Chester,Friday 18th September 2009

Keynote speaker: Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)

We welcome contributions from a range of disciplines, including literature, film, history and philosophy. The scope of the conference will be broad, but some areas of interest might include: