Over forty years have passed since Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar wrote The Madwomen in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth Century Literary Imagination, their quintessential work of feminist literary criticism. Their work, and its title, struck a contentious chord by making a heavy-handed literary reference to Bertha Mason, the first wife of Mr. Rochester, who is kept in the attic and described in bestial terms in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Gilbert and Gubar’s attempt to place the “madwoman in the attic” at the forefront or center of literary conversation is a gesture that gave agency to the phrase, encouraged meaning-making around it, and strove to keep madwomen alive as a critical subject.
I am still accepting proposals for the 20th Century British panel at the South Central MLA conference on October 8-10, 2020. It is not clear yet whether this will be an online or in-person conference, but if we are in person this year's location is in Houston, Texas.
The theme of this year's conference is "Politics of Protest," but I am running this panel as an open call; while addressing this year's theme would be nice, it is not required.
Due to the unusual and unprecedented public health concerns and attendant restrictions on university sponsored-travel related to COVID-19, the 2020 conference will be held virtually.
The Neo-Victorian and the Late-Victorian: Texts, Media, Politics
2-3 September 2021, University of Brighton
The last few decades have witnessed an increasing interest in revisiting, reproducing or rewriting various aspects of nineteenth-century culture, particularly that of the late Victorian period, whether in the form of neo-Victorian literature, steampunk, media archaeology, fashion, documentaries and period dramas, among others.
FILM REVIEWS FOR THE QUINT
PAMLA 2020 Las Vegas Nov 12-15 2020
General Standing Session: Composition and Rhetoric
This session welcomes all papers addressing the fields of composition and rhetoric from
pedagogical, practical, and theoretical perspectives. In addition, we encourage papers that
address the conference theme, “City of God, City of Destruction,” in ways that connect the
rhetoric/composition field with topics or practices examining the current political, religious, and
social divides. Possible areas of interest include debates, classroom strategies, and rhetorical
The trickster figure, agent of disruption and change, has had numerous and diverse manifestations in literature, film, and popular culture. Joseph Campbell characterized the trickster as having “a very special property…he always breaks in…to trip up the rational situation. He’s both a fool and someone who’s beyond the system.
2020 marks the tenth anniversary of Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking work, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which brought unprecedented attention to the ongoing discrimination present in the United States’ criminal justice system and its many devastating effects. Numerous studies have also documented the ways in which children and young adults are impacted by the criminal justice system, whether they are in it themselves, have a family member in it, or are living with the expectation of entering it in the future.
Chapter proposals are invited for the edited book Transgender Literary Theory and Criticism. We are seeking chapters that show how transgender theory can provide novel insights for developing literary theory and conducting literary criticism, as well as chapters that analyze specific literary works that explore transgender identity and experience from the perspectives of a variety of literary theories. Confirmed contributions include:
“Cross Pollination: Marcel Proust’s Epistemology of Dysphoria,” Mat Fournier, PhD, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Ithaca College, USA
The Iris Murdoch Review board invites essays relating to the life and work of Iris Murdoch and her circle for the eleventh edition of the Review. Essays must conform to the Review's formatting guidelines and be approxmately 7000 words in length. Essays may focus on her fiction, philosophy, theology, life, informal writings, or her engagement with other figures in her life or work.
The Iris Murdoch Review (Kingston University Press) is a peer-review journal that publishes articles on the life and work of Iris Murdoch and her milieu on a yearly basis. The Review aims to represent the breadth and eclecticism of contemporary critical approaches to Murdoch, and particularly welcomes new perspectives and lines of inquiry.
Distance no longer impedes a college or university education; however, when institutions offer little or no training, scant support for faculty, poor course design, and little integration with campus life, they stymie rigorous programs. This collection of essays will interest practitioners of online teaching, design, and administration of successful online programs. If you are interested in submitting a chapter, please access the chapter proposal form on the Cambridge Scholars Publishing website and submit your completed form to email@example.com.
Molecular Intimacies of Empire
A paper session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (www.wmich.edu/medievalcongress) examining depictions of what comes in the wake of war and death in works in the Tolkienian tradition. ***This is a re-proposal of a session from the cancelled 2020 Congress.***