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ALA 2015: Whitman and Social Theory

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 1:35pm
American Literature Association

American Literature Association
May 21-24, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts


Whitman and Social Theory

Leaves of Grass has long been a literary touchstone for ideas about nineteenth-century social formations of gender, sexuality, race, and class. Lately, though, Walt Whitman seems to be less a poet of social experience than a full-blown theorist of sociological issues like embodiment, socialization, object relations, crowds, and culture. This session seeks papers that examine Whitman's studies and interpretations of social phenomena, and trace the subsequent uses of his work as a theoretical resource to comprehend modern social problems.

TRANS-AM :: Losing/Becoming Self (February 12-13, 2015)

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 10:55am
Louisiana State University English Graduate Student Association

Individuals from around the globe travel to Louisiana early in the year to participate in Mardi Gras celebrations. Masks, costumes and reverie encourage participants to shed certain prefigured aspects of identity in order to become something new. Much of the excitement these traditions allow is rooted in the idea that one can undergo a personal, transformative experience by relinquishing a prefigured sense of self.

[UPDATE: Deadline: Jan. 12, 15: CFP: "Trading Stories: European-Arab Literary Relations in the Eighteenth Century."

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 7:31am
International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; 14th International Congress (Rotterdam; July 26-31, 2015)

This panel seeks to explore the interactions between Europe and the Arab world in the long eighteenth century. The panel is interested in papers that explore the following questions: What interactions were there between European and Arab writers? How did trade and commerce affect the literary sphere? How did European writers engage the Arabic literary tradition and vice versa? How did Arab writers present Europe in their writings and how did European authors depict the Arab world? How did texts travel across different literary traditions? What role did cross-cultural networks play in shaping the literary marketplace?