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 2 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 3 months 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.
Why We Read Fiction focuses on one of the most exciting areas of research in contemporary cognitive psychology known as “Theory of Mind” and discusses its implications for literary studies. It covers a broad range of fictional narratives, from Richardson’s Clarissa, Dostoyevski’s Crime and Punishment, and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Woolf’s…[Read more]
Gulsah Gocmen deposited The Garip (Strange) Movement: A Poetic Return to “Naturality” or a Deep Ecological Reappraisal of “Nature”? in the group TM Literary Criticism on MLA Commons 4 months, 2 weeks ago
In 1941, Orhan Veli Kanik, Melih Cevdet Anday, and Oktay Rifat Horozcu, published a poetic manifesto, called Garip (or Strange), that heralded a new period in modern Turkish poetry, known as “The Garip Movement.” In the manifesto, Kanik, Anday, and Rifat declared a total aesthetic break from the conventions of the classical Ottoman poetry, and cha…[Read more]
Thomas Hardy’s last novel Jude the Obscure (1895) is centred on its working-class
protagonist Jude Fawley’s efforts first to become a scholar, then his experiences of
resisting the orthodoxies of his society and lastly defying Christianity as a restrictive
social force on the individuals. This paper aims to discuss Jude’s liminal character…[Read more]
Caitlin Duffy started the topic CFP: Literature as Activism, Stony Brook University English Graduate Conference in the discussion Literary Criticism on MLA Commons 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Stony Brook University
30th Annual English Graduate Conference
February 23rd, 2018
Literature as Activism
Dr. Lisa Duggan, NYU
Literature is a social act. Our encounters with literature, history, philosophy, and even science are informed by the world in which these encounters take place. No matter what text we choose, we are…[Read more]
This essay brings together cognitive literary theory and Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory of dialogic imagination to illuminate the construction of social class in the eighteenth-century novel. It offers a close reading of selected passages from Frances Burney’s Evelina (1778), made possible by combining Bakhtinian and cognitive poetics. It also dis…[Read more]
Objective: Using the MLA International Bibliography, students will develop a presentation that demonstrates their understanding of how scholarship on a single work of literature changes over time.
CFP: ACLA 2018. Dangerous Passages (Benjamin 1940/2018).
As is well known, Walter Benjamin undertook a dangerous passage over the Pyrenees, a route taken by many refugees hoping to flee Nazi-occupied France. In the spirit of Walter Benjamin — his work and/or his life — this panel examines dangerous passages of all sorts. Papers might…[Read more]
Xiaofan Amy Li started the topic CFP – interdisciplinary conference: Play, Recreation, Experimentation in the discussion Literary Criticism on MLA Commons 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Call For Papers: ‘Play, Recreation, and Experimentation: Literature and the Arts since the Early Modern Times’, 8-9 Dec 2017, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. (details of dates and venue tbc)
In the final pages of J. M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus and José Saramago’s A Caverna, the main protagonists flee to an unknown destination from their respective “utopias.” Both allegorical novels expose the ills of two guarded and structured communities. A Caverna, a parable of Plato’s cave, depicts the story of the lives of 64-year-old…[Read more]
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