Borges once cheekily wrote, “Writing long books is a laborious and impoverishing act of foolishness…A better procedure is to pretend that those books already exist and to offer …a commentary.” Indeed authors as varied as Borges, Lovecraft, Dick, Apollinaire, Lew, and Asimov placed completely fictional books at the center of their own literary universes. That would make a fascinating panel, but that is not this panel. Rather, what this panel seeks are academic-style works of literary theory and criticism which take as their primary texts completely fictional novels, stories, movements, authors, and films.
Avid comic book fans sat appalled in theatres as Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel reached the climax of the film in which Superman kills his enemy Zod. Snyder’s film raises the question of whether this killing and the death of Zod could actually fit with Superman’s traditional moral compass. From Man of Steel to the CW’s Arrow and Flash series to the Avengers franchise, comic book characters are facing new ethical developments in their rejuvenation that both encompass and go beyond the idea of killing one’s enemy.
For a long time now, Canadian poets (most notably bpNichol, but there are many others) have been credited with making significant initiatory experiments in the fields we now call electronic literature and digital poetics, but there has been relatively little work done examining what precisely constitutes a Canadian digital poetics, what kinds of writing constitute the genre, and what new reading practices are invited by these new projects in digital poetics. This panel looks at the emerging field of Canadian digital poetics and asks two primary questions: what is the role of a national literature in the increasingly boundary-less world of electronic literature? and, how do Canadian digital poetics change the way that we read and engage with these texts?
GEORGIA AND CAROLINAS CEA AT SAMLA
In “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” Keats declared that beauty and truth are as one. But are they? T. S. Eliot called Keats’s pronouncement “meaningless” and “a serious blemish on a beautiful poem.” Scientists and mathematicians debate beauty in terms of symmetry. Aestheticians ponder what is beautiful and try to determine whether it is true. Ethicists and theologians explore the moral nexus between beauty and truth. For its 2016 GACCEA at SAMLA session, the GACCEA seeks proposals that discuss beauty and/or truth. Potential topics include:
To mark the centenary of the first edition of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s Poems (1918), there will be a special issue of Victorian Poetry in summer 2018. The guest editors of the issue are asking for completed essays that focus on a specific poem, or a pair of poems. (Submissions should not focus on “The Wreck of the Deutschland.”) Contributions should account for the shifting critical receptions of the texts since their publication and suggest new directions for Hopkins scholarship. Contributors might consider issues such as the politicization of Hopkins, Hopkins’s changing audience, appropriations of Hopkins, or Hopkins inside and outside of the academy.
Apologies for cross-posting. Please find below a CFP for next-year's NeMLA conference in Baltimore, MD, March 23-26, 2017. If interested, please submit a 300-word abstract through the following link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16284. The submission opens June 15 and ends Septemer 30. Feel free to forward this CFP to anyone who might be interested.
TRANSITIONS – New Directions in Comics Studies
at Birkbeck College, London, on Saturday November 19th 2016.
Organised in collaboration with Comica- London International Comics Festival, Transitions at Birkbeck College is unique in offering a regular comics studies symposium and meeting point in London, a platform for emerging research at an event that is free of charge and open to all. Originally convened by PhD students in 2009, Transitions has become an annual fixture in the UK comics scholars’ calendar.
Noire is the new noir: the Série Noire and the Franco-American detective traditions
Saturday, November 5th, 2016, The American University of Paris.
Plenary speaker: Aurélien Masson, director, Gallimard Série Noire
The new Editorial Board of ES. Revista de Filología Inglesa is pleased to announce its Call for Submissions for Issue 38 (2017).
ES. Revista de Filología Inglesa, a refereed scientific journal published yearly by the Department of Filología Inglesa at the University of Valladolid, cordially invites submission of original manuscripts, in the form of research articles and book reviews, dealing with all major areas of English Studies, these including Language and Linguistics, Literature and Criticism, History and Culture, Translation Studies, and Philology and Textual Studies.
Looking for two or three chapters on 1) Albert Brooks as a stand-up comedian, 2) Albert Brooks as a voice actor in The Simpsons, and 3) Albert Brooks as a voice actor in Finding Nemo.
deadline for submissions: May 10, 2017
Please send a CV and a 150-250 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 May 2017. Completed essays should be approximately 8,000 words (American spelling and grammar), referenced in Chicago endnote style.
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This panel seeks proposals that examine the performance of the monstrous on the early modern stage. Performances of the monstrous include but are not limited to deformity, animals, devils, witches, and other supernatural beings performed on stage. Proposals should consider the vibrant medieval iconographic images of the monstrous that continued to stimulate the early modern imagination. Questions to be addressed might include: how did staging the monstrous secure or collpase boundaries between the natural and supernatural realms? Did the monstrous on stage enforce or interrogate political, cultural, or religious authority? How might staging the monstrous call attention to the cultural power of the stage?
MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE DRAMA SOCIETY
Call for Papers: Leeds IMC 2017
Passion, Power, and Rhetoric: Latin Influences on Early Drama
The twenty-fourth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds, UK, from 3-6 July 2017. The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which – for 2017 – is ‘Otherness’. This focus has been chosen for its wide application across all centuries and regions and its impact on all disciplines devoted to this epoch.
2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the first printing of Thomas More’s Utopia, the text that created and provided the name for its own genre. Since the appearance of More’s text, utopias have been imagined as unreal realities and worlds where people exist according to a specific vision of an author, whose aim might be justice, art, or an imagined reality with a specific agenda.
We request abstracts that address any aspect of early modern utopianism. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts along with a brief bio or a one page C.V. by June 6, 2016 to: Dr. Ruth McIntyre, email@example.com.
From film noir to sci-fi, Terry Gilliam to David Lynch, dystopian narratives continue to hold a prominent place in film across independent, Hollywood, and international film communities. In keeping with the theme of authorship and audience, we seek papers addressing writing, directing, visual style, and performance in dystopian films. Papers on the work of David Lynch or other directors of dystopian films are encouraged, and we especially welcome papers that incorporate close readings of films.
Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 88 theme are especially welcome; further topic ideas are listed below.
Call for Papers: Hispanic Filmmaking in English?
North East Modern Language Association (NeMLA) in Baltimore, MD – March 23-26, 2017