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NeMLA Italian Studies - 2014 Special Issue: The Jewish Experience in Contemporary Italy

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 11:32pm
Philip Balma / University of Connecticut

Even before his untimely passing in 1987, Primo Levi's contributions to the Italophone literary panorama inspired a significant amount of critical responses. One could argue that his name has become synonymous with contemporary representations of the Italian Jewry, including (but not limited to) artistic reflections of World War II and the Shoah. This volume aims to highlight new or underexplored approaches to the study of the Italkim, but also to properly contextualize and further the extant critical discourse on Italian-speaking, foreign-born authors such as Edith Bruck and Giorgio Pressburger who (among others) have had an undeniable impact on how Italian and European audiences perceive the modern Jewish experience.

PAMLA 2013 Conference (Nov. 1-3): The Body on the Extreme (deadline April 15)

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 10:45pm
Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

Literary and cinematic representations of the body and identifying the implications of those representations remain crucial topics of inquiry for feminist, gender, disability, race, class studies. This panel, "The Body on the Extreme," will consider how and why writers, poets, filmmakers position the body at the extreme limits of normalcy or acceptability.

Please submit proposals via the PAMLA website:
http://www.pamla.org/2013/

Contemporary Uses of Fairy Tales in Popular Culture

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 10:21pm
Melissa Lenos

I invite submissions for an edited collection of essays on contemporary uses of fairy tales in popular culture. The collection will focus on recent reinterpretations and reboots of classical fairy tales, ways the contemporary texts address the original tales and narratological implications of the repetitions and adjustments of these stories. In essays that explore the functions and consequences of fairy tale reboots, remakes and updates, authors will consider the ways fairy tale generic conventions have been revised over time, representations of race, gender, class and sexual identity, the roles of archetypes, mythic tropes and patterns and the emergence of self-referential and meta-tales within these texts.

[UPDATE] Is It All About the Text? Reading, Writing, Teaching, Technologizing, Theorizing

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 6:39pm
Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University

Is It All About the Text? Reading, Writing, Teaching, Technologizing, Theorizing

Annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University--Saturday, April 20, 2013

Conference Organizer: Dr. Vara Neverow
neverowv1@southernct.edu

Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT

Saturday, April 20, 2013
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
English Department
Engleman Hall
(D-Wing)

Is It All About the Text?
Reading, Writing, Teaching, Technologizing, Theorizing

Time & Temporality Workship

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 5:00pm
University of Portsmouth

Participants:

Professor Mark Currie (Queen Mary, University of London)

Dr Jana Funke (University of Exeter)

Michael O'Rourke (Independent College Dublin)

Dr Joseph Tendler (Independent Researcher)

[UPDATE] CFP Deadline Approaching: Neo-Victorian Villainy Symposium

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 4:55pm
Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York, UK

Neo-Victorian Villainy:
Adaptation and Reinvention on Page, Stage and Screen
25th May 2013

Submission deadline: 24th March 2013

This one-day symposium aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussion between scholars in Film, Theatre, Television, Neo-Victorian Studies, Literature, Adaptation Studies, and Fan and Popular Culture Studies. At its heart is the research question:

In what ways do modern representations of the villain in popular culture draw on the popular culture and iconic villains of the Victorian period?

Edith Wharton at MLA 2014 (9-12 January)--Deadline Extended!

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 4:05pm
Edith Wharton Society

Queer Wharton. A panel organized by the Edith Wharton Society at the 2014 MLA (9-12 January). Homosexuality and homosociality in Wharton; queer authors, intertexts, and aesthetics in Wharton's writing; Wharton's relations with gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals; queering Wharton's travel writing and memoirs.
Submit 250-word abstracts and c.v.s to Meredith Goldsmith (mgoldsmith@ursinus.edu) by March 25, 2013.

Edith Wharton Essay Prize-- Deadline Extended!

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 4:04pm
Edith Wharton Society

Instituted in the fall of 2005, the Edith Wharton Essay Prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton by a beginning scholar. Graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who have not held a tenure-track or full-time appointment for more than four years are eligible to submit their work. The winning essay will be published inThe Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed journal indexed in the MLA Bibliography , and the writer will receive an award of $250.

Blending Boundaries: Creative Writing and Rhetoric

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 3:07pm
Jessica Jorgenson---SAMLA Conference

The diverse fields within English studies often create boundaries that few cross, but this proposal aims to bridge those established boundaries. The focus of this panel looks at authorship and how authorship is theorized within English studies. An example of authorship's function in English studies occurs in Creative Writing. Often in creative writing workshops the Platonic view of authorship becomes a philosophy and focus of the pedagogy, but an instructor often requires assignments where students mimic established authors creating what Gilbert and Gubar have termed an "anxiety of authorship." But what are other influences or anxieties students face in workshop models? How can creative writing teachers respond and create stronger workshop models?

American Women Writers of Color Conference Nov. 1 – Nov. 3, 2013

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 1:24pm
Salisbury University

Call for Papers:
American Women Writers of Color Conference
Nov. 1 – Nov. 3, 2013 Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel,
Ocean City, MD

Keynote Speaker:
Daphne Books
Professor of English and African-American Studies at Princeton University

Author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910,
Jeff Buckley's Grace, and the forthcoming work Subterranean Blues: Black Women and Sound Subcultures—from Minstrelsy through the New Millennium.

Firefly

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 1:15pm
Scarecrow Press

Call for Papers: Joss Whedon's Firefly
Michael Goodrum (Essex) and Philip Smith (Loughborough)

It has been ten years since Joss Whedon's Firefly (2002-3) was first screened. Although narrative covered only one season and a film, the series has enjoyed a long afterlife through comic books, a roleplaying game, and the fan community. Despite the continued interest in, and development of, the series, Firefly remains relatively unexplored in academic literature, particularly when compared to the critical attention directed towards Whedon's earlier series,Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003).

[UPDATE] "Architecture and Literature: Reading the Room" (1-3 November, San Diego); Proposal Deadline: 15 April

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:38pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)

Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively. This panel seeks papers on literary works from any genre, region or time period that consider the treatment of architecture as background, foreground, structural model or other component of the literary work or works in question.

Dante and Milton – National Visionaries and Visionary Nationalists, 1. & 2. November 2013, Senate House, University London

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:21pm
Universität Paderborn, Universität Regensburg, at the Senate House, University of London

1.& 2. November 2013, Sentate House, University of London

Dante Alighieri and John Milton, the two vernacular composers of epic poems, hold firm positions in the literary canons of Italy and England respectively. Both authors have also become universal cultural icons deeply engrained in the world's cultural memory, with their importance extending vastly beyond their literary and political influence: on the one hand, Dante as the exiled avenger of sins and crimes, on the other, Milton as the blind polemicist and observer of current political affairs.

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