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Call for Contributions to an Essay Collection: Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 2:34pm
Audrey DeLong, PhD

The editor is currently seeking proposals for an essay collection investigating and interrogating the popular Transformers franchise.

With this summer's release of a third major blockbuster film, along with an ongoing comic series, and a new cartoon series, on top of perennial toylines, the Transformers franchise has grown and developed significantly from its humble start in 1984 as a toy-hawking cartoon, while many of its mid-80s peers have languished in neglect. What is it that has captured the imagination for so long? What has kept it alive through so many changes of media, market pressure, and fictive universe?

NEMLA, March 15-18, 2002, Rochester, NY: "Evil" Children in Film, Literature, and Popular Culture

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 2:34pm
Karen J. Renner / Northern Arizona University

From the possibly possessed Miles and Flora in _The Turn of the Screw_ to the feral children in _Lord of the Flies_ to the demonic Damien in _The Omen_, evil children take on various forms. Some are corrupted by external influences—violent media, abuse, or Satan himself. Others, as the title of William March's 1954 novel suggests, are simply "bad seeds," inheritors of morally deficient genes and rotten to the core from birth. To discuss evil children as a singular trope would thus disregard the variations in their form and function. For this panel, I am seeking papers that address the role that evil children play in literary texts, films, and popular culture. Are they repositories for particular cultural anxieties?

His Life & Lines Are Free: The Life & Work of Patrick Leigh Fermor (13 JUNE 2012 – 18 JUNE 2012)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 12:04pm
Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary

"His Life & Lines Are Free: The Life & Work of Patrick Leigh Fermor"


13 JUNE 2012 – 18 JUNE 2012


June 2012 will mark the first anniversary of the death of Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915 - 2011).

In observation of this anniversary, and in recognition of Paddy Leigh Fermor's longtime friendship with Lawrence Durrell (1912 - 1990), Durrell 2012: The Lawrence Durrell Centenary invites submission of scholarly papers on any aspect of Leigh Fermor's life, travel writing, and memoirs.

Psychological Trauma and its Material Bodies (Cultural Studies Association Conference, March 28-April 1, 2012)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 11:29am
Terra Caputo/Allegheny College

I am seeking paper proposals for a panel to be proposed for the Cultural Studies Association Conference to be held March 28-April 1 at the University of California in San Diego. This particular panel will consider the ways in which expressions of the material body articulate, negotiate, and/or represent individual or collective experiences of psychological trauma. Paper proposals that engage with issues of ethnicity and gender are especially encouraged. Please send 250-500 word abstracts and C.V. to Terra Caputo at t.caputo@allegheny.edu by August 15, 2011.

Muriel Rukeyser Centenary Issue (July 15, 2012)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 6:36am
Journal of Narrative Theory

JNT will mark the 2013 Centenary of Muriel Rukeyser's birth with a special issue devoted to her stunningly varied and provocative work. We invite submissions that deepen and complicate our understanding of Rukeyser's writings; her philosophical, poetic, and political commitments; her interest in the multiple connections between science and poetry; her articulation of an extended poetics in The Life of Poetry, which has yet to receive its due as a major modernist manifesto; her passionate response to technology; her life-long commitment to experimentalism in the context of an activist poetics; her investment in "extending the document," especially in the context of current documentary poetic practices; her role as a post-holocaust Jewish-American poet.

Peer English 8

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 3:29am
Ben Parsons/ University of Leicester

Peer English (ISSN 1746-5621) is a refereed academic journal, now in its seventh year, published by members of the School of English at the University of Leicester. Our remit is to publish leading research from those academics at the very beginnings of their careers (graduate study, post-doctoral research) through to those already established within the community. This approach also includes the notion of 'work in progress' and we welcome contributions of high academic standards from those currently involved in active research, be they doctoral candidates or Heads of Departments.

Comparative English: Reassessing Language and Literature Studies in a Globalized World; Oct. 31, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 3:03am
Myles Chilton, Chiba University; Ryan Melsom, Thompson Rivers University

The worldwide growth of English as a first and foreign language has by now necessitated the a term like 'Global Englishes' to describe the range of dialects and usages. Such a term calls attention to the de-coupling of the language from its Anglo-American 'homes', and to the popularity of English as a foreign subject of study. The place of Anglophone literary education, however, is less firm. Despite the fame of certain canonical Anglophone writers and the global domination of Anglophone publishing conglomerates, Anglophone literature is often taught in the service of language rather than literary education.