The historical novel has had a very interesting history itself. During the 19th century the historical novels of Scott, Hugo, Thackeray, Dickens, Tolstoy and a host of other writers enjoyed both popular success and critical admiration. Success has never really died out, but admiration has been another matter. During the 20th century, historical fiction began to be disparaged by critics who looked down on the genre and its elements of romance, adventure and swashbuckling. This disparagement reached such a pitch that Robert Graves, author of I, Claudius and Claudius the God, felt compelled to say that he only wrote these novels because of pressing financial needs.
Few political writers have had as much of an influence on literature as Niccolò Machiavelli. The Florentine and his ideas have inspired so many works throughout the years that one wonders if they should constitute their own separate genre. Although his presence is most keenly felt in early modern drama, whenever writers create a calculating villain or a speech on amoral politics, Machiavelli always seems to be standing over their shoulders.
Conference theme: "World Literature / Comparative Literature"
Session theme: "Literary Journalism in a Global Context"
Paper abstracts are invited for an International Association for Literary Journalism Studies session on Literary Journalism in a Global Context" at the American Comparative Literature Association annual conference in Vancouver. BC, Canada in March 2011.
This Roundtable will address the situation facing part-time faculty in our colleges and universities today. It asks of our participants, who will advocate on behalf of the part-time, contingent and adjunct faculty who currently make up a great percentage of our professiorate and who lack sufficient compensation, benefits and respect? Send abstracts by October 31 to email@example.com
Working Through Psychoanalysis:
Freud's Legacy in Art, Cinema, Literature and Popular Culture*
An interdisciplinary conference at the University of Leeds, UK
15–17 April, 2011
DM Thomas,author of The White Hotel
Professor David Lomas, University of Manchester
Call for Papers
The department of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo will be hosting a graduate student conference to coincide with the release of the fifteenth volume of its annually published journal, theory@buffalo. The conference will share the journal's title: "animal.machine.sovereign." Contributors to the conference must be currently enrolled graduate students and are encouraged to engage in presentations that probe the political constitution of the human-animal divide as a condition for thinking sovereignty, law, nation, the State, and politics in general.
The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World will host two sessions at the annual conference of the American Literature Association. The conference will be held May 26-29, 2011, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org
Deadline for Abstracts: November 30, 2010
We are looking for interested parties to complete a roundtable at
the 2010 American Studies Association Convention, to be held November 18-21 in San Antonio, TX. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org immediately if you are interested. See below for details:
The Problem with Nature in Race and Ethnic Studies
Chair/Moderator: Evie Shockley
Roundtable Participants: George Handley (BYU), Britt Rusert (Temple), Sonya Posmentier (Princeton)
(Organizers: Britt Rusert & Sonya Posmentier)
There is no television show more in the public eye right now than the Fox hit Glee, and as season two begins this month, it's becoming more clear than ever that the show continues to explore contemporary issues impacting teens and society. Essays are needed for a collection on the television show Glee and Teen Culture (under contract from McFarland). This collection will investigate what the show's portrayal of teenagers suggests about teenage culture and society today. General ideas for essay topics includes some of the following:
25th Annual MELUS Conference:
Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
April 7 – 10, 2011
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL
THEME: Ethnic Canons in Global Contexts
Karla Holloway, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, and Gary Shteyngart
Not Just Another 'F' Word: Reviewing and Renewing Feminist Writing Pedagogies (Roundtable)
This roundtable investigates how the writing classroom informs our understanding of feminism. It seeks papers that address the lived experiences of feminist teachers and the pragmatics of feminist pedagogies.
Papers that invite discussion about how feminist teachers and pedagogies can respond to the changing dynamics of the classroom and/ or the growing diversity of the student body are especially encouraged. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Christy Wenger at email@example.com. by September 30, 2010.
Natalie Davis suggests, "Our goal is to understand the significance of the sexes, of gender groups in the historical past. Our goal is to discover the range in sex roles and in sexual symbolism in different societies and periods, to find out what meaning they had and how they functioned to maintain the social order or to promote its change."
This panel seeks papers that explore how characters react to and engage with the watershed moments in American and World history portrayed in the series. Sample issues include:
"Peace Matters" at CEA
For over twelve years, CEA members concerned with promoting peace through teaching and learning have gathered to share the results of our research and reflection. This year, we are please to ponder how the "wheel of fortune" influences peace. Papers and panels may deal with the fortunes (and misfortunes) of war and peace, the price--and rewards--of peace, and related topics. We invite anyone interested to explore with us the belief that "there is no way to peace; peace is the way."
Submissions: August 15-November 1, 2010.
Please see the submission instructions at http://cea-web.org/
Lost and Found: In Search of Extinct Species
Explora International Conference
31 March-1 April 2011
Toulouse Natural History Museum