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MLA 2015: Gender and Medieval Affect

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 9:32pm
Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, Charles-Louis Morand Métivier

SFMS CFP for MLA 2015: Gender and Medieval Affect
How did people "feel" in the Middle-Ages? What was expected from women and men to feel, what emotions were, or were not conceivable, and, most of all, how did emotional reception or creation shape the idea of gender? Presentations examining the crossroads of literature and affect/emotions are welcome, in subjects from all the specters of national literatures and comparative literatures from the Middle-ages. Send abstracts by March 14th, 2014 to Charles-Louis Morand Métivier (cmorandm@uvm.edu)

Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir (SCMLA 2014, Austin, TX; Abstract deadline March 31st)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 9:25pm
South Central Modern Language Association

Abstract deadline: March 31, 2014

We invite papers dealing with any aspect of autobiography, biography, or memoir, but are particularly interested in papers/presentations that blur or complicate these boundaries. The SCMLA theme for 2014 is "Forces of Nature;" however, we seek the best papers regardless of relation to the conference theme.

Abstracts for the Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir regular session should be 250-300 words and must be submitted via email by March 31. Include name, university and department affiliation, contact email, paper title, and audio/visual equipment needs along with your abstract. Please email submissions to rcostello@mcneese.edu.

CFP: Textual Overtures 2014 issue, "The Body"

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 8:43pm
Textual Overtures

Textual Overtures is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 issue under the theme of "Bodies". We invite papers to address this topic from creative perspectives, including bodies of text, bodies of work, the human and non-human body, and so on. We value innovative and inventive interpretation of both subject matter and presentation, and welcome work that embraces digital media, including multimodal and hyperlinked work. We accept work from both Literature and Rhetoric & Composition disciplines.

THE ETHOS OF EROS

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 6:36pm
EMIT SOCIETY (Early Modern Image and Text Society) hosted by Rutgers University

Although the notion of Ethos is not traditionally associated with that of Eros, the various rationalizations of love in Renaissance
literature and the iconic erotization of its moral and social values (as seen in the ubiquitous code of honor) expose the constant
correlation of both categories in the period. The Spanish-speaking world of the 1500s and 1600s strikingly developed and
problematized such an interrelationship; through Ovidian, Platonic, and Petrarchan mystifications or problematizations, authors
such as Rojas, Cervantes, and Sor Juana ironized the excesses of love, questioning its moral implications and deconstructing its

Teaching with Poetry to Build Reading and Writing Skills MLA 2015

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 5:52pm
Nate Mickelson, Guttman Community College (CUNY)

This proposed special session explores innovative pedagogies that use poetry to challenge and engage developing college writers. The session has roots in Retallack and Spahr's Poetry and Pedagogy (2007), a collection of theoretical and pedagogical essays focused on contemporary poetics, and the Poetry Foundation/McSweeney's guide to using poetry in elementary and secondary-level teaching, Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (2013). The session seeks to promote conversation about the roles poetry plays in undergraduate education, especially in the context of reading and writing instruction.

Narration and Reflection

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 5:20pm
Christy Wampole, Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature

CALL FOR PAPERS: DEADLINE MARCH 7, 2014

Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature

A special issue on Narration and Reflection

guest edited by:
Stefano Ercolino (Freie Universität Berlin) and Christy Wampole (Princeton University)

In this special issue of Compar(a)ison, we seek to investigate the challenging relationship between narration and reflection, which seems to require thought and narrative to conform, respectively, to both the heuristic and rhetorical potential and strictures of mimesis and thinking. We invite contributions pertaining to literature and the visual arts. Possible lines of inquiry include:

Disability and Lyric [MLA Vancover, 8-11 January 2015]

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:46pm
Raphael Allison

While the literature of disability has recently become the focus of intense scholarly scrutiny in the interdisciplinary field of disability studies, links between disability and lyric have yet to be fully explored. This panel seeks to engage the larger question of how disability is represented—-both mimetically and in terms of lyric form—-in poetry from any period, though preference will be given to 20th- and 21st-century figures. Papers on all topics relevant to disability and lyric poetry are welcomed. Some of the questions this panel seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:

--how does disability relate to poetic form—the line, the stanza, figuration, the page? How does it question or challenge consecrated lyric genres?

Forever: University of Toronto Graduate Conference, May 15-16 2014

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:33pm
English Graduate Conference at University of Toronto

Best friends forever; been that way forever; nothing lasts forever; forever young. 'Forever' is ubiquitous in our cultural imagination. It finds its way into statements of intimacy and commitment, as well as statements of loss; it seems applicable both to the spiritual and the mundane; likewise to the very long and the ephemeral. 'Forever' comes up in discourses of religion, in manuscript and book history, and in medieval and early modern conceptions of time.

"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature" (January 8-11, 2015)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:56pm
MLA Folklore and LIterature Discussion Group

MLA Folklore and Literature Discussion Group
2015 MLA Convention (Vancouver, British Columbia)

"Storytelling in the Past and Present: Global Perspectives on Folklore and Literature"

Abstracts on folklore and literature relevant to the session title. Presenters must be MLA members. 250 words abstract and CV by 12 March 2014; Sharon Lynette Jones (sharon.jones@wright.edu).

American Environmetal Literature Before 1900 (American Literature I, Pre-1900)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:53pm
SAMLA Conference 2014

Since the publication of Lawrence Buell's The Environmental Literature, there has been increasing awareness that the environment has played a significant role in the shaping of American literature since its beginnings but especially in the nineteenth century. This panel welcomes papers focused on the environment in American literature written before 1900, particularly those focused on topics dealing with the conference theme of sustainability. Following is a list of possible topics, but any papers related to the overall theme of the "environmental imagination" in American literature before 1900 will be considered.

New Critics V: Undergraduate Literature and Composition Conference--abstract due March 3

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:51pm
Bianca Tredennick/SUNY Oneonta

We are now accepting 150-word abstracts for the firth annual New Critics: Undergraduate Literature and Composition Conference. Abstracts must be for critical (not creative) papers, and can be on any subject having to do with literature or composition. We are also accepting abstracts on film or other popular culture criticism. Accepted papers must be readable in no more than 15 minutes. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 3, and the conference will be held on the SUNY Oneonta campus (Oneonta, NY) on Saturday, April 19, 2014. This conference is free to attend. We are proud to have PEN Award Winner, Colette Brooks (New School) as our keynote speaker.

1945–1975: British Culture for Architecture Call for Participation - International Seminar

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:47pm
Canadian Centre for Architecture

The Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal is launching a Multidisciplinary Research Program on the social, economic and technological shifts that took place in Britain in the period 1945–1975 and, specifically, how these transformations and reform efforts were registered through culture.

The CCA invites researchers or practitioners from any relevant discipline to propose papers fitting this topic for a working seminar to be held during April 2014. The seminar will be the first phase of an 18-month research program generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Victorian Collections and Collecting (October 16-18, 2014)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:35pm
Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States

We encourage papers across all disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Collecting/Collections and commodity culture
Connoisseurship, expertise, and elites
Collecting and identity formation
Communities/coteries of taste
Art, museums, and curation
Science collections
Collecting among the nouveau riche
Collecting nature
Collecting and empire
Competitive collecting
Collecting and Entrepreneurship
Eccentric and eclectic collections
Collecting as a response to modernity
Cataloging, indexing, and taxonomies
Neo-Victorian and steampunk collections
Hoarding and obsession

After Loss, After Despair: Environmental Literature, Memorialization, and Futurity (MLA, 1/8-11/2015)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 11:11am
Clare Echterling / Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Environmentalism must consider loss while also looking forward: we mourn the environmental changes and losses that have already occurred, mitigate those that are upon us, and work to prevent those in the future. Firmly entrenched in the Anthropocene, though, our environmental future appears very bleak. Apocalyptic visions abound, and grief, anger, and even despair pervade the many arenas of environmental discourse. Yet the danger of despair is the very absence of hope that defines it and threatens to quell enactments of alternative futures. How do we move forward, then, when material ecological changes—losses—also bring about cultural and individual psychic changes patterned by despair?

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