In this session, we will especially focus on how the British classic literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries have been adapted concerning Thatcherism, the heritage industry, colonialism, Britishness (Englishness). The so-called "Heritage Fever," which hit British society in the 1980s, was largely supported by national-led policy. In the 1980s, for example, cultural heritage preservation movements spread nationwide; museums and heritage centers around the country were created. A great deal of British interest in the so-called “Old England,” such as visiting historic sites, became an honor factor.
This roundtable invites short reflections on the tensions and limits of teaching and studying literature at religious colleges and universities. Do institutional commitments, positions, and documents (conduct oaths, pledges, church constitutions, and doctrinal statements) as well as campus cultures, constituencies, and attitudes implicitly and explicitly limit what can be taught and published? How have you navigated, resisted, and/or adapted to these limits?
Per Just-In-Time Session guidelines, accepted panelists must be MLA members by Sept. 22.
CALL FOR PAPERS
New Literaria Journal, in collaboration with the Department of English, Assam University(A Central University), India invites papers for its International e-Conference on ‘Re-thinking the Postcolonial: Texts and Contexts’ to be held on 25th, 26th and 27th September, 2020.
This year, the Liberal Arts Collective at Penn State is launching a conference-style podcast, "Unraveling the Anthropocene: Race, Environment, and Pandemic,” which will run during Fall 2020 to early Spring 2021. This podcast seeks to interview a variety of academics, artists, activists, or community members to feature their work and experiences as they try to understand, explain, alleviate, or simply capture the contemporary phenomena that fall under these themes. Speakers will be volunteering to remotely record a 15-minute long informal conversation about their work or experience. Parallel events include a reading group and a closing roundtable.
Call for Papers
Special Issue, Mississippi Quarterly: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. South
Guest editors, Katie Owens-Murphy and Jeanine Weekes-Schroer
If you are Black, you were born in jail, in the North as well as the South. Stop talking about the South. As long as you are south of the Canadian border, you’re South.
Because in the United States access to a quality education
is raced and classed, educational opportunities--or rather,
the dearth of them--are linked to imprisonment. Kathryn
Hanson and Deborah Stipek write, “Dropouts are 3.5
times more likely to be arrested than high school
graduates. Nationally, 68 percent of all males in prison do
not have a high school diploma.” Even more strikingly,
Begin to Read reports that 85% of juveniles tried in
juvenile court and over 60% of incarcerated adults are
In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Philomela is devoted sister, is victim of a brutal rape and mutilation, is weaver, is revenger, is nightingale. The specter of Philomela haunts the western canon, where she is a shorthand for rape, where the song of the nightingale is shorthand for suffering. Where Philomela is invoked, the ingenious weaver of the Metamorphoses is newly silenced by threadbare retellings. In Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women, Philomela is severed from both revenge and transformation; as Lavinia in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, she is severed from the consolation and commiseration of other women; and in Eliot’s The Wasteland, her “inviolable voice” is severed from her violated body, laments to the crude unhearing.
How does contemporary literature respond to and reimagine psychotherapeutic narratives of depression? What insight into the experience of depression and the depressed self do literary texts offer that may be lost in psychotherapeutic accounts and vice versa? How do literary and psychotherapeutic discourses of depression, particularly with respect to etiologies and target psychological and affective states, complement each other? How do they resist each other? Does literature endow psychotherapy with existential significance and epistemological legitimacy and/or dismiss it with irritation as in Elif Batuman’s The Idiot? What narrative possibilities and problems do literary texts discover in the modes of psychotherapy prevalent today?
CALL FOR PAPERS
Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics special issue Animality and Textuality
Guest editor: Rodolfo Piskorski
Lawrence Buell’s essay “The Ecocritical Insurgency” (1999) claims that “human beings are inescapably biohistorical creatures who construct themselves, at least partially, through encounters with physical environments that they cannot not inhabit.” Precisely two centuries earlier, American writer Charles Brockden Brown advocates for a specifically American gothic tradition; Brown adapts the European gothic to American soil.
Submissions Open September 1, 2020
Submission Deadline: November 13, 2020
For the 2021 Conference, SWPACA is going virtual! Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be holding our annual conference completely online this year. We hope you will join us for exciting papers, discussions, and the experience you’ve come to expect from Southwest.
Un/crossing language cracks: exophonic practices and realities
Post-Scriptum’s annual conference
Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 8-9, 2021
Conference organized by Flora Roussel and Miriam Sbih
In a globalized world in which one is constantly connected with others in a positive and/or
negative way, and thereby can be pushed to merge with others, in particular those who are
given a majority based on oppression, and a voice within this homogenizing tendency, one
Call for Papers
Special Issue: Creative Interference: Between Neoliberalism and Human Rights
Edited by Anita Huizar-Hernandez and Kaitlin M. Murphy