Why do we do what we do in the field of literary studies? Why does it matter? To whom? What redemptive or transformative work does literature do? When? Where? How? We invite reflection and conversation about the different kinds of work literature does to and through writers, readers, teachers, thinkers, and scholars. Our topic is intentionally broad as we seek to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the creation, interpretation, and appreciation of literature from any historical period and any genre. Our format is inclusive with panels for professors, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as scholars from multiple disciplines including English, Modern Languages, Theology, Education, Psychology, Science, and Humanities.
2020 Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference
April 2-5, 2020
CALL FOR PAPERS
from current and prospective undergraduate students
28th Annual St. Francis Writers’ Conference
to be held at the
University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL on Saturday, November 16, 2019
featuring poet, editor and English teacher Peter Kahn as keynote speaker
Please submit abstracts for papers or presentations or samples of creative writing no later than Sept. 30, 2018 in any of the following categories:
Special issue title: Place, Space, and the Detective Narrative
Issue editors: Dr. Malcah Effron (MIT) and Dr. Nicole Kenley (Baylor University)
Recent scholarship on Chaucer has focused on his global influences and receptions. But how global was England in the century after Chaucer? This panel will explore this question, seeking answers in discussion of previously overlooked texts (such as Lydgate’s Fabula Duorum Mercatorum), consideration of source study, and pedagogical practice. This panel hopes to illuminate global roads into and outward from English literature of the fifteenth century, examining how its authors perceived and represented cultures and peoples far afield from their own, but also considering how those authors’ works were received, and how we view them today both in our scholarship and in the classroom.
Lydgate’s relationship with women was complicated. Within 200 lines of one poem, he denigrates their instability and denounces another author’s misogyny. Beyond the treatment of women in his works, he counted several influential women among his patrons. Political and religious extremists of our own time have attempted to appropriate medieval studies for patriarchal purposes, and we must challenge these views by fully explicating the complexities of texts about and connected to women. This roundtable solicits brief papers exploring Lydgate’s relationship with women as characters and patrons. We will attempt to untangle the various threads of Lydgate’s treatment of and relationship to women.
A full 43% of Lydgate’s works in the DIMEV have no print or online editions. Rather than situating Lydgate in relation to his “big works” that have (sometimes multiple) editions – “Siege of Thebes,” “Troy Book,” and “Fall of Princes” – we should take our cue from Thomas Warton, who in 1840 wrote that “to enumerate Lydgate’s pieces, would be to write the catalogue of a little library.” We invite proposals addressing “Lydgate’s Little Library” – those pieces that demonstrate his “versatility of talents” (to quote Warton) and do not get the scholarly or pedagogical attention that his larger works do.
CFP // EMERGING & DISMANTLING: Feminist Killjoys Confront SSSL’s Past and Present
SSSL: Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial Conference
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
OUR DICKENS: DICKENS AND HIS PUBLICS
17th-19th July 2020, Bloomsbury, London
In 2020, the 150-year anniversary of Dickens’s death, the annual Dickens Society Symposium will take place in Bloomsbury, Dickens’s home for periods of time and where he produced some of his most memorable novels. Organised by Royal Holloway, University of London, in collaboration with the Charles Dickens Museum (formerly the Dickens House Museum), the anniversary Symposium seeks to explore what Dickens means to so many people across the world and why he has meant so much to diverse publics over time.
The Early Proverb Society emphasizes the functions of that mobile, morphic form, the proverb. EPS showcases our readings at a round table (three to four discussants and one respondent) and a panel of papers (three speakers) at the 55th Congress, May 7-10, 2020. All methodological approaches are welcomed warmly.
Round table: Medieval Proverbs: Exchanges, Clashes, and Transactions
A New Era, New Media, and a New Silk Road
2019 China New Media Communication Association Annual Conference
November 23-24, 2019 | Xiamen, China
Organized by Xiamen University School of Journalism and Communication