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.
Please consider submitting a proposal by November 1 for the collection described below.
Nobody's Disease: Theorizing Syphilis and Subjectivity
Space and Place in World Literature (NeMLA 2015 Toronto, ON, Apr 30-May 3)
chair: Alla Ivanchikova
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association April 30 - May 3, 2015 Toronto, Ontario
Chairs: Alla Ivanchikova, Michael Modarelli
Area: World Literatures (non-European Languages)
Space and Place in World Literature
In Book Five of Middlemarch, titled "The Dead Hand," Mr. Casaubon's will acts as a "promise" by which he might "keep his cold grasp on Dorothea's ife." The power of the dead and of the past to exert control on the present is a central concern of Victorian literature and culture. Besides providing a form of narrative closure, inheritance may figure as a burden or a privilege, a "great expectation" or a surprise. The treatment of
inheritance might comment on personal and familial identities, national and racial anxieties, or cultural and artistic influences. Inheritance, or the prospect of inheriting, preoccupies figures as diverse as Thackeray, whose
"The Productive Chaos of the Progressive Era"
The Mid-American Theater Conference
Kansas City, Missouri March 19-22, 2015
Medievalists @ Penn (M@P) is a graduate-student organization at the University of Pennsylvania interested in developing a broad interdisciplinary understanding of the Middle Ages. We are pleased to announce our 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference, "The Medieval Archive."
Jessica Brantley, Associate Professor of English, Yale University
KUDZU SCHOLAR (AUTUMN EQUINOX) (Vol-5. Iss-3, 2015)
Theme: "Sustenance and Sustainability"
46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 - May 3, 2015
At cultural moments when the meaning of race is contested and reformulated, new textual languages of racial identity and performative indices of bodily inscription emerge. Bringing together studies of literature, sound and dance, this session seeks papers that explore performance and racial identity in the twenty-first century. Topics include but are not limited to Afro-futurism, representations of performance in contemporary Afro-diasporic narrative, alterity and embodiment, soundscapes, urban dance forms, spectacle and transgression, race, gender and sexuality.
Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2014
Poe abandoned his proposed Tales of the Folio Club sometime after 1835, but still wanted to issue a collected edition of his prose fiction. Dropping the literary club motif, he combined the original tales with additional items from the Southern Literary Messenger. This new collection of 25 stories became Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840). What choices informed Poe's decisions about what to include? To what extent does the term "grotesque"—especially as it relates to Poe's notions of the sublime—function as a defining characteristic of the two volumes' contents? Papers are invited on specific tales as well as on Poe's discussions of the sublime and/or the grotesque in his reviews, miscellaneous writings, and poetic treatises.
Indiana University plans an academic symposium welcoming scholars, archivists, filmmakers, and others interested in celebrating the centennial of Orson Welles's birth. The event will be held April 29-May 2, 2015 on the beautiful Bloomington, Indiana campus and hosted by Indiana University's newly established Media School; the Indiana University Libraries (including the Lilly Library, home of the Orson Welles Papers, and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive); and Indiana University Cinema, which has earned an international reputation for the high quality of its facilities and programming.
This panel applies a transnational approach, which is interested in links between British Romantic and Victorian authors with American writers such as (but not limited to) William Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Walt Whitman, Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Wordsworth and Henry David Thoreau, etc. Papers will focus on how British writers influenced the form, content, and sensibility of American writers.
The International Theodore Dreiser Society will sponsor two panels at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA on May 21-24, 2015.
Panel One: Open Topic
• Papers are invited on any topic concerning Dreiser.
Panel Two: Dreiser and Gender
• Papers are invited on topics concerning gender and sexuality in Dreiser's life and work. Over the past two decades, gender and sexuality have become particularly crucial issues in Dreiser studies. We welcome papers that contribute to the complex, provocative dialogue about these issues.
Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Panelists are not required to be members of the International Theodore Dreiser Society.
Origins and Legacies
Dewey W. Hall, Editor
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Call for Papers
Romantic Ecocriticism invites article length papers that examine the influence of cultural factors on seminal writers from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. For example, William Wordsworth read Gilbert White's The Natural History of Selborne; Samuel Taylor Coleridge derived metaphors from the lectures by Humphrey Davy; Mary Shelley derived the basis for Frankenstein from the vitalism debate initiated by John Abernathy and William Lawrence.
The New Voices Planning Committee is proud to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the 2015 New Voices Conference. This year's annual conference will be held winter 2015 at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and will feature papers, panels, workshops, creative writing readings, and speakers related to our annual theme, which is as follows.
In her 2010 collection of essays, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, the Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat writes, "There are many possible interpretations of what it means to create dangerously, and Albert Camus, like the poet Osip Mandelstam, suggests that it is creating as a revolt against silence, creating when both the creation and the reception, the writing and the reading, are dangerous undertakings, disobedience to a directive" (11). This session focuses on the literature of diasporic communities that disobey legal directives and constructions of personhood, citizenship and immigrant status in the post-9/11 era.