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Month: August, 2011

CFP: Undressing the Bawdy – Submission Deadline: November 18, 2011 | cfp.english.upenn.edu

Derived from “bawd,” a word of uncertain etymology associated with practices of female prostitution, “bawdy” describes something that is boisterously or humorously indecent. Considering that one of the earliest known works of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, with its many descriptions of the randy exploits of a Sumarian prince, can be considered bawdy, one might suggest that bawdiness is an intrinsic quality of literary discourse. From Rabelaiss laughing pregnant hags, to Rochesters copious odes to genitalia, and Joyces “obscenities” in Ulysses, the bawdy has titillated centuries of readers. Shakespeares statement, “it is a bawdy planet,” further suggests that bawdiness is in fact a condition of earthly existence, rather than a specifically literary phenomenon. One might wonder, however, if our hypersexual society, with its tendency to overexpose the body, is limiting our ability to engage in a form of expression that seems to be at least partially enabled by sexual restrictions. Or has this contemporary tendency to “bare all” created a unique environment in which bawdy forms like the burlesque can be all the more attractive, because we yearn for the mystery, the comedy, the provocation, and the tease-because for once, we want NOT to see it all, or at least NOT to see it all at once.

These are just some of the lines of inquiry that will be explored in the second issue of Pivot, entitled Undressing the Bawdy. We invite participants from across disciplinary borders to submit proposals for papers that engage with any aspect of this highly mobile field of inquiry.

Possible topics could be inspired by, but should not be limited to, the following thematic concerns:

Gender and the body; Body/Bawdy; The connection with the dirty and abject; Bawdy genres and mediums (the dirty joke, folksongs, limericks, erotic cartoons, graffiti, the burlesque, etc.); Performing bawdiness; Bawdy as commodity; The bawdy in the Eastern and Western canon; The intersections of bawdy and grotesque, camp, and kitsch; Changing standards of censorship; Bawdy and satire; Eating, drinking, screwing: the bawdy and other appetites; The interaction between the erotic, the pornographic, and the bawdy; Famous bawds (real and fictional).

Please submit 6000-7000 word articles by November 18, 2011 by registering and submitting at http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/pivot/about

All submissions must follow the style guidelines found on the same page.

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CFP: “Borders in 16th and 17th century British Literature” at CEA, March 2012 due 11/1 | cfp.english.upenn.edu

“Above the Border of this Horizon”: Borders in 16th and 17th century British Literature

College English Association
43rd Annual Conference
March 29-31, 2012 | Richmond, Virginia
Omni Richmond Hotel, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, Virginia
(804) 344-7000

This call for papers is meant to solicit wide-ranging abstracts on the possibilities of “borders” in British literature of the 16th and 17th centuries for the 43rd annual conference of the College English Association, a collegial gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies. What emerged in the intersections between the medieval estate and burgeoning individualism, the Ptolemaic and Copernican universes, or the Catholic and Protestant systems of belief? Where were the lines drawn based on sex, race, sexual identity, and class? What borders did Renaissance cartographers map? And is there a divide between Early Modern and Renaissance?
Please submit your abstract at http://www.cea-web.org.

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CFP: Issues of Mobility and Confinement in Women’s Literature NeMLA 2012 Panel | cfp.english.upenn.edu

ISSUES OF MOBILITY AND CONFINEMENT IN WOMEN’S LITERATURE: This panel seeks papers dealing with issues of women’s confinement and mobility. We welcome papers from any literary genre and/or historical period. In particular, we encourage submissions addressing the following questions: In what ways do women female authors and/or characters work against constraints and expectations of confinement to create pathways to freedom? How are women defined by spatial divisions, and how might they counter such definitions? What does it mean for a woman to be mobile? Please send abstracts to Abigail J. Aldrich at aja205@lehigh.edu.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2011
Along with your abstract, please include:
Name and Affiliation
Email Address
Postal Address
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

Building upon the excellence of past NeMLA conferences, the association continues to grow as a vibrant community of scholars, thanks to the wide array of intellectual and cultural opportunities at every venue. Compact yet diverse, Rochester also boasts important historical connections; it is the site of the home, publication operations, and orations of Frederick Douglass, where he edited the North Star, as well as his eponymous periodical, and delivered the speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”. Visitors can explore the houses of abolitionist, suffragette, and reformer Susan B. Anthony and the inventor of devices popularizing photography, George Eastman, as well as shopping and eateries; attendees will also be within reach of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, known for its local wineries.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html

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Attending to Early Modern Women: Deadline extended to September 30, 2011

Just a reminder that the deadline to submit workshop proposals for Attending to Early Modern Women is coming up. Visit the site for information:  www.atw2012.uwm.edu

Call for Book Reviewers | cfp.english.upenn.edu

American, British and Canadian Studies Journal, published at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu in association with the Academic Anglophone Society of Romania, is seeking book reviewers and books to review in all fields of Anglophone studies.

We publish a selection of 1000-word reviews in each issue of ABC, which appears two times a year. We are looking for forthcoming or recently released books that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in, generically, the field of English and the theoretical humanities. Publishers and authors are welcome to send books to the address below or to contact the Advisory Editor to enquire about potential title submissions.
Researchers and academic staff specialists in Anglophone studies are welcome to submit proposals for book reviews. A proposal should consist of a brief statement about the relevance and topicality of the book in question, along with basic information on its publisher and publication date, and a brief description of the review author’s background and reasons for interest in the book. Please make sure your contact address information and institutional affiliation are visible on the outside of all packages you are sending to the Editor.
Potential authors and publishers should submit proposals and may send books or bound galley proofs by e-mail (plain text, no attachments please) to Advisory Editor, Adriana Neagu adriananeagu@lett.ubbcluj.ro.

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CFP: Elizabeth I and Shakespeare: Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2012 | cfp.english.upenn.edu

Submissions are invited for the panel “Elizabeth I and Shakespeare,” to be held at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2012.

The papers need not limit the subject of discussion to Shakespeare’s reflection of Elizabeth and her distinctly androgynous nature in his plays, but may address a range of topics, such as the extent to which the writing of both is integrated in the same web of cultural, political, and gender-specific concerns.

This session is sponsored by Queen Elizabeth I Society.

Please email the abstracts (300 words or less) to Anna Riehl Bertolet, ariehl@auburn.edu, no later than September 15, 2011.

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CFP: Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Conference: Classifying the Medieval and Renaissance World, April 12-14, 2012 | cfp.english.upenn.edu

Idaho State University

Pocatello, Idaho

April 12-14, 2012

The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites proposals for papers and panels concerning the categories and classifications used to understand the Medieval and Renaissance worlds, both in the period and now.

Topics might include: Anachronism, Class, Dictionaries, Disciplines, Epistemology, Estates, Ethnicity, Gender, Genres, Grammars, Guilds, Medievalism, Narratives, Nationalism, Natural Histories, Periods, Professions, Race, Regionalism, or Travel.

Keynote Speaker: Antonette diPaolo Healey (Editor of the Dictionary of Old English and Angus Cameron Professor of Old English Studies, University of Toronto)

Please submit proposals for papers or sessions (along with a one- to two-page CV) to Thomas Klein (kleithom@isu.edu) by January 30, 2012.

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CFP: Fantastic Narratives and the Natural World | cfp.english.upenn.edu

The Department of French and Italian invites contributions for an interdisciplinary colloquium on “Fantastic Narratives and the Natural World” to be held at Dalhousie University Canada, NS on April 27/28 2012. Send a 300 word abstract and a one page CV to fantasticnarratives@gmail.com by September 30 2011. Papers will be considered for publication in a special thematic issue of the refereed journal Belphégor – Popular Literature and Media Culture http://etc.dal.ca/belphegor/

Fantastic Narratives and the Natural World
Fantastic literature has always had a special relationship with the natural world. Unnatural events require a background against which to display their peculiarity. In his study on the uncanny, Freud remarked that the German word unheimlich is both an antonym and a synonym of heimlich, a term that evokes ease and familiarity, but also secrecy and concealment. The supernatural can only emerge from the natural, and what is beautiful, attractive and sublime in the natural world can most effectively turn into a disturbing force, creating the locus of uncertainty in which Todorov identifies the determining element of the fantastic.
Pliny’s Naturalis historia already used legends and stories to illustrate the peculiarities of the vegetable and animal kingdom, blending mystery with knowledge and scientific study with the thrill of the inexplicable. While resorting to the supernatural is a common strategy for explaining the natural, the latter remains the basis for our understanding and representation of what lies beyond it. In his journey to the underworld, Dante crosses several landscapes populated by hybrid beings and characterized by the violation of natural laws, but the term of comparison for the earthly paradise remains the pine forest next to Ravenna. In Macbeth, when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane, the fantastic is but a brief flash, as reality readily reasserts its rights through a rational explanation. When, in The Lord of the Rings, Fangorn Forest moves onto Isengard, the meaning of “reality” itself is questioned.
Just like the flora, the fauna can go beyond its traditional representation as an alien force to be mastered, undergo sudden metamorphoses and inspire unsettling recognitions. The pseudo-science of Physiognomy literally means “knowledge of nature,” and its exponents often recognized a similarity in human features with other animal species; in fantastic literature, these comparisons are often literally realized as the human and the animal are transformed into one another. Similarly, evolutionary theories inspired fantastic narratives that, bringing the notion of natural selection to absurd consequences, illustrated the correspondence of ontogenesis and phylogenesis, the origins of an individual organism and the development of its species.
We invite contributions that address the intersection between the natural world and the fantastic and particularly welcome cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
– Nature as a background/ protagonist of the fantastic
– Fantastic, marvelous, uncanny nature
– Allegorical and poetical readings of imaginary landscapes
– Enchanted forests, magical gardens
– Imaginary vegetations, impossible ecosystems
– Strange and supernatural animals
– Metamorphoses and hybrid creatures,
– Fantastic intrusions in scientific discourses that address the natural world

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CFP: Exploring the Renaissance 2012 | cfp.english.upenn.edu

Papers 15-20 minutes in length are invited on any aspect of Renaissance studies music, art history, history, literature, emblems, language, philosophy, science, theology, et al. Interdisciplinary studies are especially welcome. Abstracts only 400-500 words; a shorter 100-word abstract for inclusion in the program must be submitted online no later than December 15, 2011, via the SCRC website’s abstract submission form @ http://scrc.us.com/.

Suggested topics might include the following:

• The interrelations between Sidney and Spenser
• The intersection of art and science in the Renaissance
• European influences in music and the arts
• Painting in Italy
• Visionary Milton
• Shakespeare’s dramatic art
• Marvell’s poetry and the sister arts
• Renaissance women poets

Papers are also invited for the following special session:
Witchcraft and Magic in Early Modern Culture

Sessions: sessions should be proposed no later than November 1, 2011, and e-mailed to the Program Chair (link given in contact info below). Abstracts of papers for approved sessions should be submitted online via the SCRC website’s abstract form @ http://scrc.us.com/. For further 2012 conference information click http://scrc.us.com/, or contact Debra Barrett-Graves, the program chair @ dlbg@earthlink.net.

Program participants are required to join SCRC and are encouraged to submit publication-length versions of their papers to the SCRC journal, Explorations in Renaissance Culture. Shorter papers (up to 3,000 words) are invited for submission to the SCRC newsletter, Discoveries.

A limited number of graduate travel fellowships are available; graduate students presenting a paper at the conference may apply to the program chair for travel assistance (maximum $300). Complete essays must be submitted electronically by February 1, 2012, to be eligible for consideration. See the graduate travel fellowships page for instruction on how to apply.

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