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[UPDATE/Extension] Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 11:39am
McGill Graduate Conference

The deadline for McGill's Graduate Conference has been extended to January 14, 2011. The theme is luxury, commodity, privilege, and consumption in literature, film, and other texts and cultural artefacts.

We are honoured to be hosting Dr. George Toles (University of Manitoba) as our keynote speaker and to have secured a faculty address from Dr. Allan Hepburn (McGill).

Please find the call for papers below.

McGill English Graduate Conference Call for Papers Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege

"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity." G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)

Print History: Cultural Artifacts and Transnational Networks [1.3.2011]

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 11:06am
Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature

Inquire invites interdisciplinary articles (from graduate students only) that trace and/or describe print artifacts (books, chapbooks, newspapers, magazines, letters, pamphlets, etc.), past or present, as material, social, economic, and political works embedded in transnational networks. Articles may involve book history, bibliography, literary criticism, or cultural theory. Possible topics include literacy and reading practices, the creation, production, dissemination, and reception of text-based, illustrated, or mixed works, relations among publishers, printers, editors, authors, and readers, media production technology, copyright and international trade, popular, proletarian, educational, commercial, scientific, and political literatures, etc.

First ASSE International Conference on British and American Studies "Only connect..." 11-13 June 2011, Vlore, Albania

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 10:48am
Albanian Society for the Study of English (ASSE)

"Only connect …"

Call for papers

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2011

"Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die."

Howards End, E. M. Forster

2nd CFP Transgression and the Sacred: Philosophy and Literature Conference, UCD, Dublin, 22-23 February 2011.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 10:18am
University College Dublin

This conference will consider the relationship between transgression and the sacred from a broad historical perspective in philosophy, literature and literary theory.

Plenary speakers for this conference: Professor Richard Kearney (Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College), Professor Fred Botting (Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, Kingston University London), and Professor Sean Hand (Professor of French and Head of the Department of French Studies at the University of Warwick).

We welcome papers from established academics, postgraduate students and independent scholars.

"The sacred world depends on limited acts of transgression" (Georges Bataille, Eroticism)

CFP: "Romance." Deadline extended to May 10, 2011 [UPDATE]

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 10:11am
Mosaic, a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature

The OED has to give some three pages to defining the word ROMANCE that, with all of its rich history, is at the centre of this Mosaic call for papers. We invite innovative interdisciplinary literary and critical submissions for a special issue we are planning on this theme. For this issue, our interests include, but are not limited to, the following: "the Romantics," who have undergone a renascence of late; the French novel, the roman; romantic fiction; Romanticism; the state of the love story in literature and/or film; and the figure of the "romantic."

[UPDATE] CFP: The Figure of the Author in the Short Story in English, 8-9 April 2011, Angers, France

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 8:43am
Université d’Angers, France and Edge Hill University, U.K.

The CRILA short story research group (JE2536) of the Université d'Angers, France, will be hosting an international conference in collaboration with Edge Hill University, U.K. on "The Figure of the Author in the Short Story in English," 8-9 April 2011 at La Maison des Sciences Humaines, Université d'Angers, France.

Plenary speaker: Charles E. May, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Long Beach.

Scotland - SCOTTland, Schönburg, Germany 26-29 May, 2011

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 8:24am
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

The title slogan has been infused with a breath of fresh air by the publication of Stuart Kelly's Scottland – The Man Who Invented A Nation (2010). To quote Kelly, Scott's publication of Waverley (1814) "changed the entire world's perception of Scotland, and Scotland's perception of itself". Sir Walter Scott's influence, however, did not start with the publication of Waverley but already manifested itself in his earlier lyrical publications, most notably in The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802-1803). With this collection of ballads, Scott intended to "contribute somewhat to the history of [his] native country".

CALL FOR PAPERS: NYU French Graduate Conference

Monday, December 13, 2010 - 11:04pm
NYU French department

The Department of French at New York University
announces its annual Graduate Conference:
La Bête Noire : Loving to hate
March 25th & 26th, 2011

CFP: Volume 10 Is it Brazil's Turn? - Comparative Approximations to the Country of the Future

Monday, December 13, 2010 - 12:39pm
Brújula: Revista interdisciplinaria sobre estudios latinoamericanos

Even as global financial and political institutions reel from the effects of the recent crisis, Brazil continues to gain media attention for its impressive record of economic growth and institutional development, and for the internationalist and independent-minded foreign policy it has adopted under President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Concurrently, the first decade of the 21st century has seen Brazil enter (or reenter) the vanguard of global culture, with films like City of God gaining a broad international audience, and signs of brasilidade (Brazilianness) as varied as Paulho Coelho's esoteric novels, Brazilian steakhouses, capoeira, açaí, and havaiana flip-flops becoming fixtures of pop culture around the world.

The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman

Monday, December 13, 2010 - 9:53am
Editors A. Burdge, J. Burke, K. Larsen: Kitsune Books

Submissions are sought for the forthcoming second volume of the critical essay series: The Mythological Dimensions to be published by Kitsune Books in 2012. This second volume will be on the subject of the Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman with a mind toward the incredible opportunity for multidisciplinary discourse on his work.