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Troubling Childhood -- SCMS 2011

Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 11:48pm
Andrew Scahill / George Mason University

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This panel will explore those figurations of child that do not fit within the normative geography of child representation--what Jacqueline Rose refers to as the "impossibility" of childhood.

The transgressive child challenges deeply-held convictions about the naturalness of childhood, particularly as childlike bodies are defined as "vulnerable," "dependent," "innocent," and simultaneously asexual/heterosexual. Indeed, childhood is frequently haunted by the spectre of of its own failure, and this panel examines those troubling children who, by their transgression, trouble the boundaries of childhood.

College Writing Roundtable at NeMLA, New Brunswick, NJ, April 7-10, 2011

Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 3:47pm
Northeast Modern Language Association

Seeking proposals of fewer than 500 words detailing your experience using images--including (but not limited to) cartoons, advertisements, and news photography--in first- or second-year writing classes. Of particular interest are proposals connecting image to argument, putting the image or images in the service of particular claims, to be evaluated or made. Send proposals to Peter Witkowsky at witkowsk@msmc.edu by September 30, 2010.

The American Short Story Cycle: A Gendered Genre?

Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 2:39pm
Lisa Day-Lindsey, Northeast MLA, Women's & Gender Studies Caucus

As a genre, the short story cycle, or composite novel, has appealed for over 100 years to a wide range of American authors. The major characteristic of this genre is a collection of stories that are both interrelated and self-sufficient—what Madison Smartt Bell calls a "mosaic" quality that contributes to a holistic, yet fragmented "modular design." While critical attention to this genre has focused mostly on matters of either form or content, scholars have not usually considered the form's effect on the text's content, particularly related to gender identity formation.

The Loudest Voice: Jewish American Women's Literature

Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 1:54pm
Tahneer Oksman

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NY – Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University


Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 7:40am
Eric Hoffman

Deadline for abstracts: 31 AUGUST 2010

Length: 2,500-7,500 words with maximum 10,000 WORDS

Call for papers for a collection of critical essays on various aspects of or approaches to Dave Sim's comic book Cerebus, both a scholarly and popular, though coherent, companion (and introduction) to the series.

Any subject matter is welcome, so long as it pertains to Dave Sim and/or Cerebus.

Some recommendations of subjects that in which I am most interested:

Discussion of 1970's comics scene in which Sim first started to contribute together with a discussion of the various influences on Cerebus (Howard the Duck, Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja)

Cerebus as satire of the comics medium (The Roach, "reads," etc)