Since the 1939 publication of Perry Miller's classic The New England Mind early Americanists have acknowledged the fundamental role New English Puritanism played in the subsequent development of American culture. Scholars like Edmund Morgan, Sacvan Bercovitch, Andrew Delbanco and many others have placed New England at the center of the development of American identity. Yet in the past generation other scholars have broadened an understanding of regionalism in the construction of American nation-hood, with many focusing on the polyglot, multiethnic and religiously non-conformist colonies of New York, New Jersey, and especially Pennsylvania.
REVISED DEADLINE: OCTOBER 5, 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 43rd Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900
February 26-28, 2015
The 43rd annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 26-28, 2015. Critical papers may be submitted on any topic that addresses literary works published since 1900, and/or their relationship with other arts and disciplines (film, journalism, opera, music, pop culture, painting, architecture, law, etc). Work by creative writers is also welcome.
This is a call for papers for a proposed panel "World Literature, World Religion" at the American Comparative Literature Association 2015 annual meeting to be held at Seattle, Washington, on March 26-29, 2015.
Our panel propose to look at the intersections between religion and literature through the lens of World Literature, which had allowed literary criticism to expand its inquiry into new realms such as the question of scale in the practice of comparative literature, the circulation and migration of literary and religious texts beyond their points of origin, and 'the universal' in aesthetics and ethics.
In recent years disasters both sudden (tsunamis, hurricanes) and prolonged (droughts, rising oceans) have impacted the lives of millions. Present and historical narratives of disaster (in prose, on film, etc.) can help us understand our charged environmental rhetoric and its impact on public discourse. Can disaster fiction spur action against anthropogenic climate change? Do spectacular representations of disaster blind us to what Rob Nixon has called the 'slow violence' of ecological degradation? Send 200-300 word proposals to Steve Asselin.
Neoliberalism and American Literature
Clinton Institute for American Studies
University College Dublin
20-21 February 2015
How has American literature responded to the political, economic and cultural dominance of neoliberalism? What does neoliberalism mean for practices of writing, reading, and selling books? This conference will focus on the production, form and consumption of literature under conditions of neoliberalism.
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University)
Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin)
Walter Benn Michaels (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Donald Pease (Dartmouth College)
Stephen Shapiro (Warwick University)
From Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine to Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera to Toni Morrison's Home, symbolic representations of "home" mediate between the individual and the various geographies of home, both physical and metaphysical. How do literary works employ the tropes of location and dislocation, of belonging and exile, of inside(r) and outside(r), to highlight the complex relationship we have to the "place" that shapes our identities and destinies? We seek papers from any theoretical or critical perspective that interrogate the notion of home and belonging in gendered, aesthetic, political, and/or social dimensions in contemporary ethnic American women's literature.
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
Northeast Modern Language Association 46th Annual Convention
Toronto, Ontario - April 30-May 3, 2015
NeMLA's Women's and Gender Studies Caucus seeks abstracts for the approved panels below – panel descriptions, submission guidelines and the full cfp are available at:
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014
Activist, Professor, or Scholar? Best Practices in Gender Scholarship - Chair: Lisa Day
Alice Munro and the Body - Chair: Alison Arant
Beyond 'Green Gables': L. M. Montgomery's Darker Side - Chair: Laura Robinson
DEADLINE EXTENDED to 1 December 2014
22nd METU British Novelists Conference
Zadie Smith and Her Work