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Rhetoric, Rights, and Transatlantic Modernist Fiction

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 11:51am
41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

What are the rhetorical parameters of human rights? How are rights defined, and who is entitled to them? This panel will engage with the ethical implications of formations of language in Transatlantic Modernist fiction. The Modernist era saw the development of a host of declarations, treaties, and conventions aiming to codify an emerging philosophy of supposedly "universal" human rights.

CFP: Collection on Contested Writing, 6/26/09

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 11:44am
Mary R. Lamb, Clayton State University

Contest(ed) Writing: Reconceptualizing Literacy Competitions(tentative title for edited collection)
Editor: Mary R. Lamb, Clayton State University

Essay Collection: Representations of Beauty and Violence

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 11:40am
Maryna Romanets / University of Northern British Columbia

We are seeking essays that theorize the relationship between and inter-implication of beauty and violence in literature, film and art. While inquiring into the discursive constructions and multi-layered cultural re-enactments of the "violence mythos" (Whitmer), we are interested in the mechanisms of conversion whereby the seductive powers of aestheticized violence allow a reader/viewer to move past a "front-line vocabulary of cruelty" (Ackley) and become captivated by the beauty of such representations. How, in other words, do aesthetics intersect with violence?

Questions we would like the contributors to consider include, but are not limited to, the following:

Approaches to the Late Medieval City - 10/30/09

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 10:45am
Columbia University Medieval Guild

The Columbia University Medieval Guild with the support of Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature is pleased to announce its 20th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, "Approaches to the Late Medieval City," taking place on 30 October, 2009.

FINAL CFP: time.transcendence.performance - Oct 1-3, 2009 - Deadline June 19

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 4:49am
ECPS, Monash University


International Conference
The School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Dancehouse, Forum Theatre, ACMI, RMIT Design Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia.
1-3 October 2009
register now:
(Tuesday 17 July 2009 – Deadline for early bird Registration)


Postcolonial studies and transnationalism Special Issue for 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 2:03am
Manusya Journal, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

Submission is invited for papers is invited that examine issues on postcolonial and transnational studies from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Possible topics may include colonial discourse, gender, ethnicity, nation, migration, ecocriticism, tourism, popular culture and others. Papers address theoretical dialogues between postcolonial studies and transnational studies or focus on geocultural areas are also welcomed.
Accepted papers will be published in a special issue of Manusya, a leading English-language journal based in Bangkok and sponsored by Thailand Research Fund. Papers should be between 5,000-6,000 words in length with an abstract.
Deadline for submission: September, 2009

Critical and Creative Work on Religion and Literature

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 9:29pm
The Thirty First Bird Review and Press

The Thirty First Bird Review is a Pittsburgh based journal of religion and literature. We are interested in both creative, and critical approaches to the discussion of faith and literature. The journal is not denominational, and does not take a sectarian approach to religious questions. Poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, and critical reviews are all welcome. We also publish philosophy, theology, theory and critical work. While we are not peer reviewed, we would like to publish academics who want like to take part in a serious, and yet informal discourse on the questions of religion, literature and culture.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 2:54pm
Joel Davis, Sidney Society

The Sidney Society will sponsor three open sessions on Philip Sidney and his Circle at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan). The conference website is here: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/

May 13-16, 2010

Abstracts are invited on any subject dealing with Philip Sidney and his circle. As ever, we encourage proposals from newcomers as well as established scholars.

Papers should be limited to twenty minutes in reading time. Please do not submit an abstract to two different sessions of the conference in the same year.

CFP: Sidney Society (9/15/2009; Sarasota, FL, 3/11-13/2010)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 2:07pm
International Sidney Society


The Sidney Society will sponsor one or more open sessions on Philip Sidney and his Circle at the Seventeenth Annual New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Sarasota, Florida). The conference website is
here: http://faculty.ncf.edu/medievalstudies/index.html

March 11-13, 2010

Abstracts are invited on any subject dealing with Philip Sidney and his circle. We encourage proposals from newcomers as well as established scholars.

Panel: State-Sponsored Literature in Modern China

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 1:44pm
Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting 2010

The notion of "state-sponsored literatures" carries with it the inevitable suggestion that political control limits creativity and hence lowers literary quality. Without denying that this has been often the case, a panel at AAS 2010 is being organized to explore the limits of this thesis in modern China. Papers are expected to focus on how state-literati relations from the late Qing through the present have resulted in both conformity and innovation, through re-imaginings of the proper relationship between literature and society. Those interested in presenting a paper should contact Daniel Fried, dfried@ualberta.ca

New Forms of Fiction: Exploring blendings and transgressions of fiction and reality

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 1:15pm
ProLit -- PhD Programme in Literature at Munich University

Fiction and Reality. Exploring Positions in a Complex Relationship

2009 Summer School in Munich, Germany

How does fiction relate to the "real world"? Does fiction have the power to interfere with life, and why and how do social institutions interfere with fiction? In which ways does fiction change our view of the world, and how does a changing world alter fiction? Is there a growing tendency to fictionalize the world, and how does it relate to the impulse to make fiction realistic? And which role do literary studies - and literary scholars - play in this dense and often tense web of relationships? Where is our position?


Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 10:18am
Jeremy Lopez, Shakespeare Bulletin

SHAKESPEARE BULLETIN, a quarterly academic journal devoted to Shakespeare and early modern drama in performance, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, is currently scheduling theatre reviews for issues in 2010 and 2011. Please contact the theatre review editor Jeremy Lopez (associate professor, Department of English, University of Toronto) for scheduling and submission guidelines: jeremy.lopez@utoronto.ca. For further information about the journal see also http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/shakespeare_bulletin/book_reviews.html.

Gay Theater from Wilde to McNally

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 9:37am
ANQ: American Notes and Queries

ANQ: American Notes and Queries invites submission to a special issue on Gay Theater from Oscar Wilde to Terrence McNally. Notes and short articles (5,000 words max.) are invited that address open or covert allusions that express a gay sensibility, analyze the indebtedness of one gay playwright to another (whether seriously or parodically), document gay performance style(s), or record a playwright's engagement with or rejection of the idea of gay theater. Deadline for submission: Nov. 15, 2009