This essay explores an unprecedented distinction between literary and popular writing that emerged in debates in Maṇikkoṭi and Āṉanta Vikaṭaṉ, two well-known Tamil magazines that were launched in the 1930s. Through short stories and critical essays, the writers who contributed to these magazines attempted to create new lenses through which to v…[Read more]
yasser elhariry deposited CFP // Re-Membering Hospitality in the Mediterranean: Essays in Anglophone Literature, Arts, and Culture in the group TM Literary Criticism on MLA Commons 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Call for Papers for Peer-Reviewed Edited Volume
Re-Membering Hospitality in the Mediterranean:
Essays in Anglophone Literature, Arts, and Culture
Co-edited by yasser elhariry, Isabelle Keller-Privat & Edwige Tamalet Talbayev
Carol Zuses started the topic Membership Suggestions for 2019 Forum Delegate Election in the discussion Literary Criticism on MLA Commons 1 month, 3 weeks ago
The next election for this forum’s Delegate Assembly representative will be held in the fall of 2019, and the forum’s executive committee will take up the matter of nominations for this election when it meets during the January 2019 convention in Chicago. Though the executive committee is responsible for making nominations, it is required to nom…[Read more]
An overview of proposed categories for the growing graphic medicine genre of cancer comics (i.e. cancer narratives in comic book form) and an initial theory on the significant linkage between this illness and particular medium.
Alexandra Berlina started the topic Readings Journal is looking for a new editor-in-chief in the discussion Literary Criticism on MLA Commons 3 months ago
years ago, I started a double-blind peer-reviewed open-access venue. A lot of great people are on board (see “board members”), and I still love the idea of a litcrit journal actual people would read, but http://www.readingsjournal.net hasn’t (yet) achieved the wide circulation I had hoped for. In the meanwhile, I left the academia in favour of…[Read more]
Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot ends in both acts with the two tramps not moving in spite of agreeing that they should leave. Even though Vladimir and Estragon realize the futility of their wait, they remain adamant in the hope that Godot may arrive. Likewise, the Unnamable who cannot go on chooses to go on. What essentially translates in b…[Read more]
‘Dirt’ and ‘Trash’ in Shakespeare’s _Romeo and Juliet_:
Update on the rhetoric of social stratification in R&J…
Gloria McMillan June 21, 2018
Shakespeare in early modern period of English culture demonstrates how modern exogamy (voluntarily marrying outside your group) rattles the social stratification structure in modern western societi…[Read more]
From the Teddy Boys of the post-war decade to the heroin chic of “Cool Britannia,” the many tribes and subcultures of Britain’s teenagers have often been at the forefront of social change. Youth Culture and the Post-War British Novel is the first book to chart that history through the work of the most important contemporary British wri…[Read more]
Review of Daniel Hack, “Reaping Something New: African American Transformations of Victorian Literature” (Princeton UP, 2017).
Critically surveys the long premodern history of race and racism, colonization and imperialism, and globalism, across c. 1000-1500 CE.
This is the typescript of the Introductory chapter of the book, THE INVENTION OF RACE IN THE EUROPEAN MIDDLE AGES, published on March 8, 2018 by Cambridge UP (503 pp., 8 chapters, 10″ x 7″ format). The book discusses Jews, Muslims, Africans and blackness, Native Americans, Mongols, and the Romani (“Gypsies”) in 7 chapters, including a critical…[Read more]
This New Rheto rical Continuum Chart for Fiction shows a spectral range between individual (New Critical, structuralist, formalist) approach to group-based (socio-rhetorical) approach to fiction in the 21st Century.
<p style=”text-align: center;”>2019 MLA Special Session: Reinterpreting Nonsense</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”>Collection of Abstracts</p>
1. Gautam Basu Thakur
“Nonhumans and Surplus Enjoyment in Sukumar Ray’s Nonsense Writings”
In his book of nonsense verses (abol-tabol [gibberish]), a nonsense novella (Hwa-Jwa-
Bwa-Rwa- Lwa), as well a…[Read more]
A Robert Brownian Dramatic Dialogue
This article examines Sphinx, the debut novel of the French novelist Anne Garréta, which was recently published in English translation in 2015. The reception of Sphinx in both French and English has focused primarily on Garréta’s virtuosic removal of gender from a love story, passing over a caricatural and crude rendering of racial difference tha…[Read more]
David Bahr started the topic Nonfiction CFP MLA 2019 Chicago–Writing Sex & Power: Liberations & Constraints in the discussion Literary Criticism on MLA Commons 8 months, 1 week ago
<h1>Writing Sex & Power: Liberations & Constraints</h1>
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<b>Forum:</b><i> GS Nonfiction Prose</i>
Papers exploring the language and rhetoric of sex and power in all nonfiction prose mediums with a focus on liberation and constraints. Submit 300 word proposals/brief bio by 15…[Read more]
Lorelei Caraman deposited Between Anthropocentrism and Anthropomorphism: A corpus-based analysis of animal comparisons in Shakespeare’s plays in the group TM Literary Criticism on MLA Commons 8 months, 3 weeks ago
The assertion of the centrality and supremacy of man, or rather, of the idea(l) of humanity, during the Renaissance period, inevitably entailed the repudiation of the animal and the beginning of the great human-animal divide. What was seen, at the time, as the rebirth of man, was also the birth of a rampant anthropocentrism which, until the recent…[Read more]
This is a call for papers for a special session at the annual MLA convention to take place in Chicago, Jan 3 – 6, 2019.
We live in the internet era with its mirrored online reality where (almost) everything seems quantifiable, searchable and generally predictable. Our minds are trained to apply logic and reason to analyze the world and organize…[Read more]
CFP: Abstracts are being accepted for a non-guaranteed panel at MLA 2019 in Chicago to be proposed jointly by the GS Drama & Performance and TC Age Studies forums. Responding to the growing interest in age/aging among theatre and performance scholars, the panel seeks papers examining any aspect of the life course from childhood to old age, in…[Read more]
The Manifesto of Modern Digital Humanities is an avant-garde statement regarding digital methodologies used by scholars of modernist literature and culture. Its experimental format uses handwritten HTML to mimic the typographical qualities of modernist literary manifestoes.
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