This fall, the Journal of Victorian Culture Online will feature a week of posts devoted to the connections between Neo-Victorian studies and digital humanities. The goal of this week is to consider the ways in which we are mobilizing the tools, concepts, and methodologies of digital humanities research and pedagogy to recontextualize, revise, and re-envision Victorian culture in terms of our age.
The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) invites session and paper proposals for its twentieth annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 6–8, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and especially those that focus on this year's theme of catastrophes and the apocalyptic.
Selected papers related to the conference theme will be considered for publication in the conference volume of Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, a series published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).
Since Ellen Moers' original designation of the Female Gothic, the term continues to evolve: The amalgamation of femininity's depiction in literature and Gothic studies does not conclude with Literary Women (1976). Therefore, this panel will concentrate on the female body's involvement in what is considered Gothic; as Moers denotes, what "predominates over reality, the strange over the commonplace, and the supernatural over the natural, with one definite auctorial intent: to scare." At the root of this fear is a woman's anxiety of childbirth and the subsequent call to motherhood, according to Moers. This fear can be dealt with in a variety of ways: avoidance, elimination, and torture.
The H.D. International society invites papers on H.D., treating any topic, but especially papers in keeping with SAMLA 85's special focus of "Cultures, Contexts, Images, and Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds." We also welcome papers examining the work of authors whose work significantly engages H.D.'s. By June 27, 2013, please send abstracts of 300-500 words to J.P. Craig, Alabama State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The peer-reviewed journal Studies in American Jewish Literature: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Theory is devoting a special issue to the subject of Canadian Jewish writing. Submissions are invited that consider the poetry, prose, drama, life writing, and creative non-fiction of Canadian Jewish writers. Papers on Yiddish writers, French writers, "lost" and lesser-known writers, canonical writers, and contemporary writers—poets, novelists, dramatists, memoirists, and essayists—are welcome.
The Children and Childhood Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association invites you to participate in the annual MAPACA conference. Papers in this area examine intersections of childhood and pop culture including the impact of pop culture on children and childhood, representations of childhood in pop culture, and the role of children and young adults as influencers and creators of popular and American culture.
Recent publication of The Arcadia Project, an anthology of "North American postmodern pastoral," highlights the interest of contemporary writers in pastoral artifice. In highly original compositions, these writers repurpose and self-consciously misuse pastoral conventions to evoke simulations of pastoral in the contemporary world. Paradoxically, these simulations are more real than the pastoral fantasies on which they are based. For example, the pastoral simulation called suburbia continues to expand in unsustainable ways, and to degrade our environment.
Born in Oklahoma in 1914, John Berryman is one of the most significant American poets of the twentieth century. Recognised from the beginning of his publishing career as a poet and critic of distinction, his books of poetry and prose are among the most important works by any writer in English in the period up to the early 1970s. Since his death in 1972, further posthumously published works have added to his oeuvre, marking him out as one of the most brilliant poetic and critical minds of his generation.