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Can Comics Be Poetry? (abstracts due: November 15)

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 8:35am
Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference Dartmouth College February 28 – March 2, 2014

Comics scholars lament the problematic association of comics and fiction. Many of the most celebrated "graphic novels" are not novels at all but autobiographies. These "graphic narratives" make use of fictive literary devices, to be sure, but they also employ other devices of storytelling that are distinct from fiction. And yet, even that argument fails to address whether long-form comics can ever convey literary meaning without narrative.

What gets lost in some of the genre-squabbling over graphic novels is the extent to which comics can be poetry. This panel probes the possibilities of a lyric comics mode, a comics form that has more in line with poetry than narrative.

4th Global Conference: Femininities and Masculinites (May, 2014: Lisbon, Portugal)

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 8:06am
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

4th Global Conference: Femininities and Masculinities

Friday 2nd May – Sunday 4th May 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

Call For Presentations:

Gender studies is an interdisciplinary field of academic study on the issues of gender in its social and cultural contexts. Since its emergence from feminism, gender studies have become one of the most deliberated disciplines. The following project aims at an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and perspectives on the issues of femininities and masculinities in the 21st century. It invites ground-breaking research on a plethora of topics connected with gender, to propose an interdisciplinary view of the frontiers and to stake out new territories in the study of femininities and masculinities.

The Page: Visual and Material Literature (March 14-16, 2014)

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 7:48am
Graduate Students Association, Department of English, University of Ottawa

The Page: Visual and Material Literature
2014 Department of English Graduate Student Conference
University of Ottawa
14-16 March 2014

CFP for Edited Collection: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 4:09am
Birkbeck College, University of London

Proposals are invited for essays which explore non-normative representations of gender and sexuality in a range of contemporary popular fantasy, including, but not limited to: tv episodes and series, films, computer games and MMORPGs, novels and short stories, comics and graphic novels, role-playing games and fanfiction.

In creating a fantasy world anything is possible, therefore writers, artists, directors and producers of fantasy worlds must acknowledge a degree of responsibility for their world beyond that of other creators. Given that they can create a world and its inhabitants to be any way at all, why it is that a fantasy world is created -like this- is a valid question to ask.