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Filling the Vacuum of Space and Time in Eighteenth Century - Due September 15

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Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 3:45pm
ASECS Panel - Brian Tatum

Scientific discoveries in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries led to a revolution in the epistemology of space and time as intellectuals such as Anna Barbauld and Thomas Wright expanded the scope of these concepts to infinite or nearly infinite regions. Proposals about the infinite size of the universe and the discovery of deep time created a vacuum that philosophers and writers quickly tried to fill. This led to expansion both in content and form of literary texts. This panel seeks to explore the connection between eighteenth-century scientific advancements and literature.

This panel welcomes papers interested in exploring these or related topics:

Literary History and Life Writing: The Development of Nonfiction in the Eighteenth Century

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Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 3:38pm
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies panel

This panel will investigate the emergence of life writing in the eighteenth century and consider the ways in which genres of life writing work in relation to literary history and canon formation. From Colley Cibber's An Apologie for the Life of Colley Cibber to William Mason's The Life and Letters of Thomas Gray to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's The Confessions to Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets, life writing in the century took many different forms. These and other writers of autobiography and biography used new nonfiction genres to respond to harsh criticism of their work, defend particular genres from criticism, memorialize literary heroes, defend a set of literary genres, and begin to create what later became the literary canon.

NeMLA panel: Translation and Spirituality. March 17-20, 2016

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Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 12:57pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (2016 convention)

The study of translation systems as a central mode of inquiry into a culture's literary history has led to fascinating case studies in the growth, destabilization, and/or renewal of religious and political ideologies, particularly in non-European and postcolonial contexts. The use and visibility of translation as a transformative force (both in terms of politics and poetics) encourages us to conceive of translation as an endeavor with a distinctly spiritual dimension--an act that embodies the rhetoric of renewal, rebirth, and revival.

[UPDATE] Toy Story at 20 conference

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Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 11:40am
Toy Story at 20 / University of Sunderland

Registration is now open for Toy Story at 20.

The conference officially begins at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on the evening of Thursday 12th November, with a special screening of Toy Story followed by Professor Paul Wells' keynote address. The programme of papers and panels on Friday 13th November will take place at the University of Sunderland's David Puttnam Media Centre, at St Peter's Campus on the banks of the River Wear in Sunderland. For more information, please visit the conference website:

https://toystoryat20.wordpress.com.

[UPDATE - Deadline 01/09/2015] Reading Risk in Contemporary U.S. Fiction and Culture

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Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 4:56am
A Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Colloquium, University of Birminham

Five days after 9/11, Republican Party activist James Pinkerton proclaimed that 'the World Trade Center has been destroyed, but this has also been a crushing defeat for irony, cynicism and hipness. Here in New York, the city that gave the world Seinfeld, Sex and the City and Studio 54, the victors now are sincerity, patriotism and earnestness' (Newsday, September 16th, 2001). Has Pinkerton's claim come true? If traditional values like sincerity, patriotism and earnestness are ascendant, what space is left for texts that risk to contest or query the status-quo? Should we abhor risk as the cause of the financial crash, or pine for risky artistic practices that might instigate change? Do we need the texts we study to be risky?

Forgotten Books and Cultural Memory, May 27–28 2016, Abstracts due February 1, 2016

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Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 3:21am
Taipei Tech Department of English (National Taipei University of Technology)

Literary history is full of forgetting—both forced and natural. Manuscripts and books have been forgotten as a result of conquest, language changes, and politics. Other texts have been forgotten due to their physical condition: sole manuscripts are hidden away in archives, libraries burn, and paper disintegrates. Many medieval texts that are now central to the English literary canon, such as Beowulf, Piers Plowman, and the Book of Margery Kempe, were virtually unknown until the nineteenth, or even twentieth centuries. Later texts, from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, have been forgotten due to changes in taste, to their originally ephemeral nature, or to the sheer quantity of works that were published.