In his study Pastoral Cities (1987), James L. Machor gives the name "urban-pastoral" to a cultural myth of rural-urban synthesis, which he deems foundational to the moral geography of American life, from the Puritans' "City on a Hill" to Frederick Law Olmsted's "City Beautiful". To recognize and complicate this rural-urban dream, Machor argues, was one of the achievements of American writers through the nineteenth century. And yet, despite the recent pastoral turn in literary scholarship, few critics have analyzed urban-pastoralism in later or less canonical works.
In recent decades, much important scholarship has been done to make available women's writing for evaluation and examination. Aphra Behn, Eliza Haywood, Charlotte Lennox, and Sarah Fielding have become major figures within our discussions of the period. These developments have been further enhanced by new technological advances extending access to the archive of women's writing. Accordingly, our understanding of women's writing and its role within the world of eighteenth-century publication has become complicated in rich and important ways. For contemporary scholars, the wealth of materials now available through technologies such as digital archives and on-line journals offers a view of the period unprecedented in its breadth, depth, and diversity.
This panel seeks to investigate the degree to which eighteenth-century women may have found collaborative work particularly fruitful. During most of the eighteenth century, copyright was still in flux and of benefit mainly to booksellers. Although in the middle of the century, Edward Young put forth an idea of the individual author and his original work, it was Goethe, Wordsworth and Coleridge who turned this notion into something of a manifesto. Before this, people such as Samuel Johnson and George Friderich Handel easily worked collaboratively. How do women of the period interact with the discourse on collaboration? Papers might address women's involvement with the question of collaboration and copyright.
Do current representations of positive mother-daughter relationships exist? How can mothers serve as role models to their daughters, when both mother and daughter aim for the daughter not to repeat her mother's life? By exploring contemporary representations of mother-daughter relationships in literature, film, and art from multiple countries and diverse cultural perspectives, this panel will interrogate whether and how mothers can realize their own subjectivity and help their daughters achieve agency within today's globalized, patriarchal society. Presentations should explore late-twentieth and twenty-first representations of mother-daughter connections and interactions within their specific socio-political, economic, cultural, and national contexts.
The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies invites submissions centered on the theme Children and Childhood in Global Contexts. As scholars try to elucidate the complex relationships between history and cultural identity or development, one key demographic seems consistently overlooked: children. It could be argued that scholarship intended to enlighten may also be unwittingly biased in favor of a narrative situating children as innocent, naïve, and ultimately unimportant actors. Or at the very least, they are seen as actors whose importance can only be evaluated independently of the "adult" world to which they do not, presumably, belong.
Quiet Revolutions: Politically Subversive Cinema
16th Annual Cinema Conference, San Francisco State University
October 17–18, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Chuck Kleinhans (Northwestern University) and Julia Lesage (University of Oregon), founders and editors of Jump Cut
The aim of the conference is to make translators and translation theorists meet in a colorful city of Tbilisi - the meeting place of Eastern and Western Cultures.
Topics for Presentation:
1. Literary translation in the modern world and its future prospects;
2. Tradition and theory of translation;
3. Socio-cultural, ethnolinguistic and psycholinguistic aspects of translation;
4. Intercultural communication and intercultural dialogue;
5. The problem of equivalence in translation and bilingual lexicography.
A short CV and a 250-word abstract must be submitted by 15 July 2014
Registration fee 30 E covers printed materials of the Conference(program with abstracts) and light lunch
Call for Papers: American Studies and American History
36th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference (SWPACA)
Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture
February 11-14, 2015, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center
330 Tijeras NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Toll Free: 888-421-1442
**The British Association for Modernist Studies Essay**
The British Association for Modernist Studies announces the launch of an essay prize for early career scholars. The winning essay will be published in Modernist Cultures, and the winning entrant will also receive £250 of books.
Eligibility and Requirements
PLEASE NOTE NEW CFP DEADLINE
'The Story of Memory' seeks to pose new questions about the relationship between the senses, cognition, memory, and emotion, and to reinvigorate the debate about the return to a critical investigation of story telling in the twenty-first century.
BETWEEN TEXTS AND CITIES
A themed edition of Writing Visual Culture
CALL FOR PAPERS
Writing Visual Culture is the journal of the TVAD research group. It publishes original double-blind peer-reviewed open access scholarship on all aspects of visual culture, spanning art, design and media. We are seeking submissions for a new themed edition exploring the relationships between texts and urban spaces in contemporary society.
The urban spaces with which this edition is concerned are those of the contemporary, networked cities that have emerged since the crises of Capitalism of the 1970s. These contemporary networked cities are inseparable from texts –
To mark the 45th anniversary of DeLillo's debut novel and his decades of influence, Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, an open access, peer reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon, related authors and adjacent fields, will publish a special issue dedicated to Don DeLillo in 2016.
Medieval Thought Experiments: Poetry and Speculation in Europe, 1100-1450
Monday 13 & Tuesday 14 April 2015
New College, Oxford
Keynote speakers: Prof. Vincent Gillespie (Oxford), Prof. John Marenbon (Cambridge)