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Call for Personal Essays based in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 12:01pm
PA Writing Project

This edited collection seeks to publish narratives and non-fiction essays rooted in Pennsylvania. This collection will be organized into three sections inspired by the Pennsylvania state motto "Virtue, Liberty, and Independence." Because the editors encourage varied interpretations of these values, submissions must indicate which of the three themes the proposed piece will explore. A strong sense of place is required to be considered for possible publication. We seek essays from Pennsylvania residents and/or those who have a connection to specific locales in Pennsylvania.

We will contact those whose personal narratives are accepted for permission before inclusion. Narratives should be no more than 3,000 words in length.

Being Erica and Philosophy: Proposed Edited Collection of Essays (Proposals Due: 1 Oct. 2010)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 9:46am
Dr. Heath A. Diehl, Bowling Green State University

Since its premiere on January 5, 2009, the Canadian Broadcasting Company's Being Erica has delighted fans in its native Canada and gained a considerable following as a syndicated export in a number of other countries, including Australia, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. At the same time, the program seems to have confounded many media critics. On one hand, precious little "writing" about the program actually exists despite its swift release to DVD (usually a sign of both popularity and potential profitability—both typically strong indicators of media interest as well as scholarly pursuit).

[UPDATE] Unreliablity as a Narrative Trope in Postcolonial Literature: NeMLA April 7-11 2011, Submissions due September 30

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 8:56am

Unreliability is a common trope in postcolonial literature, which manipulates narrative focalization and uses unreliable narrators to criticize the possibility of a single reliable perspective. The absence of reliable counter perspectives to balance the unreliable narrator highlights the impossibility of recovering the past, authentic identity categories and representing the other. The absence of a reliable perspective in postcolonial novels exposes ontological uncertainties, futility of the search for authenticity, power imbalances and differential experience of history. The absence of a reliable perspective in these novels thus brings together the political, ethical and aesthetic.

Lessons in Love -- edited volume (abstracts due nov 5th 2010)

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 5:51pm
Dominique Russell (Canada) and Victoria Anderson (UK)

"Lessons in Love: Love in Contemporary Cinema"

"Boy Meets Girl" is a phrase that both derives from and sums up the conventions of cinematic love. But to what extent are women's expectations of love formed by cinematic representations? Has contemporary cinema marked a shift in feminine desire?

We are seeking scholarly essays for an edited volume on the topic of Love in Contemporary Cinema. Depictions of love may be problematic or positive, realistic or fantastic. They may be Hollywood films, obscure B movies or from the heterogeneous realm of international art cinema. We are aiming for a transnational scope, and films studied should date from the last ten to twelve years to avoid duplicating existing compilations.

Open Topic: William Dean Howells Panel at the ALA, May 24-27, 2011

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 5:14pm
Lance Rubin/The William Dean Howells Society

The William Dean Howells Society is sponsoring two panels at the upcoming American Literature Association conference, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend in Boston. For one of the panels, we are interested in papers that touch upon any topic in Howells's work. We are especially keen to hear about new directions in Howells scholarship and/or texts that often get overlooked.

Please send your brief (1-2 page) abstract and a current CV as a Word attachment to Lance Rubin at lance.rubin@arapahoe.edu by September 7, 2011. Inquiries welcome!

Teaching William Dean Howells (American Literature Association, Boston, MA: May 24-27, 2011)

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 5:06pm
Lance Rubin/The William Dean Howells Society

The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for a panel at the 2011 ALA in Boston that deal with any and all issues related to teaching Howells in the classroom. What has succeeded? What obstacles do you face? We are especially interested in presentations that offer insights into teaching Howells to undergraduate students and/or with such mega-anthologies as the Heath and Norton. Also important are presentations exploring the use of the vast resources of the media and the Internet.

Please submit your 200-250 word abstract and a current CV (or any inquiries) to Lance Rubin at lance.rubin@arapahoe.edu by September 7, 2010.

Teaching off the Grid: Non-Canonical Texts in the Classroom (9/15; Kalamazoo 2011)

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 3:04pm
Special Session, 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 12-15, 2011)

The "canon wars" of the 1980s and 90s may seem a distant memory, yet literary canonicity continues to be a vexed and embattled concept. While the list of texts considered canonical for the medieval and early modern periods is constantly growing, the canon by nature is exclusive and omits a large number of important, interesting, and very teachable non-canonical literary texts. Often, practical difficulties—including departmental requirements, a lack of suitable editions, and the absence of pedagogical discussion about these texts—hinder the inclusion of such promising texts in our classrooms.

Filming the Internet [SCMS Panel *Abstract deadline August 8th*, Conference March 10-13]

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 1:05pm
Anthony Coman

In the early 1980's cinema began an ongoing relationship with a new young medium: the internet. Since the early depictions of hackers like Flynn in Tron (1982) and David in War Games (1983), as the technology has become ubiquitous in homes and in places of work, the internet has achieved increasing prominence in a variety of film genres. Internet films have been used as a locus for philosophizing about human nature (The Matrix (1999)) and as a method of contemporizing remakes (You've Got Mail (1998)); they have been integrated into existing genres (Weird Science (1985), Fear Dot Com (2002), Chat Room (2010)), and have reflected on the business of the internet in documentary (startup.com (2001)) and feature length films (The Social Network (2010).

Deconstruction and Poetry

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 12:09pm
Oxford Literary Review

OLR 33.2: Deconstruction and Poetry

Poetry: that can mean a turning of breath.
(Paul Celan, 'Meridian')

If we understand, if we reach an edge of meaning one way or another, it's poetically.
(Jean-Luc Nancy, Résistance de la poésie)

What is most true is poetic because it is not stopped-stoppable.
(Hélène Cixous, Rootprints)

2011 SCMS Conference – New Perspectives on East Asian Genre Films – New Orleans Mar. 10-13 (deadline Aug. 6)

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 9:38am
David Scott Diffrient / Colorado State University

I am interested in putting together a panel for next year's Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference to be held in New Orleans March 10-13. This panel will explore issues related to genre filmmaking in the East Asian context and seeks to expand existing work on genre theory by taking novel approaches to the subject. Currently I have received confirmation from another scholar working in this area (related to South Korean comedy), indicating her interest in being on such a panel. As such, I'm particularly keen to receive proposals for papers dealing with Japanese, Chinese, Hong Kong, and Taiwanese genre films.

IALJS-6: "Literary Journalism: Theoria, Poiesis and Praxis" - 12-14 May 2011, Brussels, Belgium

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 5:38am
International Association for Literary Journalism Studies

The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies invites submissions of original research papers, abstracts for research in progress and proposals for panels on Literary Journalism for the IALJS annual convention on 12-14 May 2011. The conference will be held at the Département des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication (SIC) at Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium.

CFP: Popular Culture and the Classroom--(12/15/10, 4/20-23/2011)

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 12:53am

CFP: Popular Culture and the Classroom
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association & PCA/ACA Joint Conference
April 20-23, 2011
San Antonio, TX
Proposal Deadline: December 15, 2010
Conference Hotel: Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone 1-210-223-1000

Papers (panelists) needed to examine role of popular culture in today's classrooms (which includes secondary classrooms or college classrooms) at the Southwest and Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference (meeting with the PCA/ACA) April 20-23, 2011 in San Antonio, TX.