Depression-era writers responded to the vulnerabilities exposed by economic crisis, social unrest, and environmental catastrophe with artistry motivated by activism. Whether promoting proletariatism or advocating on behalf of women, people of color, and immigrants, revitalizing realism or advancing regionalism, writers leveraged language and literature as a tool to raise political consciousness and bring about social change. While comparisons between our current "economic slump" and the Great Depression are rife, the merits of activist literature from this era have been forgotten or perhaps omitted.
Calling for papers dealing with Gertrude Stein's late works. Linda Wagner-Martin and others have pointed to Stein's The Mother of Us All as marking a late-life shift in Stein's thinking about American feminism, at the same time that Brewsie and Willie reveals a new depth and dimension to Stein's thinking about World War II. Please send proposals (300 words) for papers dealing with Stein's later works, together with a cv, to Amy.Robbins@hunter.cuny.edu by March 31, 2013.
This proposed special session seeks critical assessments of recent representations of slavery in the American cultural imagination. What are we to make of the treatment of racial bondage in recent films such as Lincoln and Django Unchained, and in novels such as Toni Morrison's A Mercy? How do these representations of slavery resonate with, revise, and reimagine the nineteenth-century texts and tropes on which they draw? What are the broader aesthetic, political, and narrative implications of these and other manifestations of the recent interest in racial slavery? Papers focusing on various texts—filmic or literary—and deploying diverse approaches are welcome.
Graduate Student Conference: "21st Century Englishes" on Oct. 19, 2013
Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Contact email: email@example.com
Proposal Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013
The increasing pervasiveness of narratives in the everyday life of today's global mediated world has been explored extensively in literary theory and criticism, linguistics, critical discourse analysis, and policy making. Narratives are associated with traditional genres such as the novel and the short story, but also with the stories we live by, with the idea of story and storytelling as reflected in newspaper articles, websites, blogs, forums, visual narratives, oral stories, testimonies. Yet, very few studies address tales of women's permanent or temporary transnational relocation.
Dickens Day: Dickens and History
Senate House, London
Saturday 12th October 2013
Dickens Day, now in its 27th year, is looking at how history, in all its manifold forms, features in Dickens's life and work. Dickens's early career was overshadowed by his intense desire to write a historical novel, emulating the success, literary kudos and profits of Sir Walter Scott. The result, Barnaby Rudge, was only moderately successful and has been unduly neglected by readers and students alike. At the other end of his career, his second historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities, was an immediate success and remains one of his most famous, read and studied works.
This conference will consider the interrelationship between formal structures of knowledge and literary writing / discourse. It will interrogate the deep discursive interplay between non-fictive and fictive forms and address critical issues associated with this historical division.
How are paradigms for the collection and transmission of knowledge about the natural world informed, transmitted, and transmuted by literary means? How might literary criticism play a role in the interrogation of epistemological genres associated with the categorization of the human, including but not limited to philosophy, jurisprudence, anthropology and biology?
Topics might include (but are not limited to):
Materiality & Corporeality: The Body in Popular Fiction and Visual Culture
Postgraduate Conference, University of Portsmouth
Thursday 6th June 2013
Keynote Speaker: Professor Julian Wolfreys, Loughborough University -
Of Bodies, Being, and Loss: Memory, Amateriality,
and the Spectrality of Touch
PAMLA 2013 Conference (Nov. 1-3): The Other Detective (deadline April 15)
The detective has nearly always been seen as an Other, a figure that occupies some other space, between law and criminality, between society and its fringes. This panel will expand on this understanding to include the overtly Other Detective, the one that exists as a racial, ethnic, class, gendered or any Other.
Please submit proposals via the PAMLA website:
LIMINA CONFERENCE 2013
Exclusivity: Boundaries of Difference
To celebrate the launch of volume 19 of Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, the Collective is pleased to announce...
The 8th Annual Limina Conference will be held on Friday June 14, 2013 at the University of Western Australia, Perth.
Rights are entitlements or justifiable claims; human rights are a special kind of claim that one is entitled to by virtue of being human. In her recent study _Inventing Human Rights_ (2008), Lynn Hunt argues that rights were imagined as natural, inalienable, and universal in eighteenth-century sentimental literature, prior to their promulgation in the revolutionary Declarations. Specifically, for Hunt, it is by extensively documenting the flagrant wrongs suffered by various disenfranchised groups—women, slaves, prisoners, the insane— in the form of rape, enslavement, and carceral torture that sentimental fiction implicitly underscored their rights to bodily integrity and self-possession.
Notions of monstrosity or the monstrous in Jewish tradition and in representations of Jews. Potential issues: containment/contagion, normality, pathology, inclusion/exclusion, ritual, heresy, health/disease. Abstract of 250 words or less by 15 March 2013; Garrett Eisler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Zionist imagination in global literatures and cultures. Potential topics: pre- or proto-Zionist texts, Christian Zionism, post-Zionism, Israel and its others. Abstract, 250 words maximum by 10 March 2013; Garrett Eisler (email@example.com).
The Katherine Mansfield Society is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog, Revelations: Postgraduate Research in Mansfield Studies.
Revelations is a peer-reviewed, open-access blog which provides a forum to showcase and distribute emerging work on Katherine Mansfield. It establishes a communal space for academic conversation by early career researchers in this rapidly developing field.
Over the past several years, a debate regarding the place of online writing instruction has endured on college campuses around the world. Although online course delivery increases educational access to some segments of the population, there are some scholars who believe that the online delivery is inherently inferior to more traditional methods of instruction. Compound that with the traditional lack of formal education in online pedagogy that most instructors receive.