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Mythical Animals (RSA 2011 and a volume of collected essays)

Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 9:23pm
Irina Iakounina / James Fujitani

We are putting together a panel and a volume of essays on mythical animals in the Renaissance. In this dawning age of science, did people really believe in their reality? It is common to see science and myth coexist in literature, scientific and philosophical treatises, travel journals, curiosity cabinets, etc. Where was the boundary between the real and the fabulous, the plausible and the implausible? A publisher expressed interest in our topic, and we are seeking contributors. Please send abstracts to iiakouni@kent.edu and jfujitani@apu.edu.

Popular Culture's Place in the English Composition Classroom: Special Section of Academic Exchange Quarterly (Deadline 05/15/11)

Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 5:46pm
Wendy Galgan

Focus: Often, the discussion regarding the use of popular culture in the classroom focuses on content-area courses. There are, however, myriad ways in which pop culture can be used to enhance students' critical thinking and writing abilities within the structure of English composition courses. This issue of AEQ seeks submissions that discuss both the theoretical and practical uses of popular culture in the composition classroom, as well as ways in which pop culture can be integrated into composition assignment design.

Textual Intervention and the Literary Subject [ACLA March 31 - April 3, 2011

Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 2:58pm
American Comparative Literature Association

This seminar asks questions about the myriad ways that literary agency is mediated, complicated, and enriched by forces external to the author function. As scholars concerned with the material production of texts often point out, the literature we read is often shaped and transformed by the work of editors, publishers, amanuenses, illustrators, scribes, translators, compilers, and so on. All of these laborers operating between the inaugural author and the reader substantially transform both texts and readers' experiences of these texts. But how, this seminar asks, does this substantial field of labor inform our understanding of the subjects involved in the production of literarature?