Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New: Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog: Medieval Studies and New Media

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog: Medieval Studies and New Media
The New Middle Ages
Brantley L. Bryant

Palgrave Macmillan, April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-230-10507-2, ISBN10: 0-230-10507-6,
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 212 pages

Trade Paperback $25.00
Hardcover $85.00


Medieval Studies and New Mediapresents all of the most memorable posts of the medievalist internet phenomenon "Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog," newly revised and updated, along with essays on the genesis of the blog itself, the role of internet blogs in medieval scholarship, and the unique pleasures of studying a time period full of plagues, schisms, and assizes. “Le Vostre GC” and medievalists Bonnie Wheeler, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, and Robert W. Hanning draw new conclusions about the ways medieval studies are perceived, the connection between the past and the present, and the historical roots of popular culture.


Table of Contents

PART I: Medievalism, Blogging, and Popular Culture * Why Ye Sholde Nat Rede this Book--John Gower * Introduction--Bonnie Wheeler * Playing Chaucer--Geoffrey “LeVostreGC” Chaucer * Blogging the Middle Ages--Jeffrey  Jerome Cohen * PART II: Medieval Recreations * Chaucerians Do It With Pronounced E’s and Other Risible Relics of  a Career in the Medieval Trenches--Robert W. Hanning * Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog 2006-2009--Geoffrey “LeVostreGC” Chaucer et al.


Authors:
Brantley L. Bryant: Geoffrey “LeVostreGC” Chaucer blogs at houseoffame.blogspot.com and is working on a forthcoming poem collecting the “tales” of a group of pilgrims on the way to Canterbury.

Bonnie Wheeler is Professor of English at Southern Methodist University where she directs the Medieval Studies Program. She has edited and co-edited fourteen books, among them The Letters of Heloise and Abelard and Heloise and the Paraclete (with Mary Martin McLaughlin).

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is Associate Professor of English at George Washington University. He blogs at “In the Middle” (http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com) and is the author of The Postcolonial Middle Ages; Hybridity, Identity, Monstrosity and Cultural Diversity in the British Middle Ages.

Robert W. Hanning is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of The Vision of History in Early Britain and The Individual in Twelfth-Century Romance.



New from McFarland



The Heroic Ideal: Western Archetypes from the Greeks to the Present
M. Gregory Kendrick
ISBN 978-0-7864-3786-3
notes, bibliography, index
236pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2010
Price: $29.95

Description
The word "hero" seems in its present usage, an all-purpose moniker applied to everyone from Medal of Honor recipients to celebrities to comic book characters. This book explores the Western idea of the hero, from its initial use in ancient Greece, where it identified demigods or aristocratic, mortal warriors, through today. Sections examine the concept of the hero as presented in the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds. Special attention is paid to particular heroic types, such as warriors, martyrs, athletes, knights, saints, scientists, rebels, secret servicemen, and even anti-heroes. This book also reconstructs how definitions of heroism have been inextricably linked to shifts in Western thinking about religion, social relations, political authority, and ethical conduct.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Introduction      1

PART ONE. MYRMIDONS, MARTYRS, AND MUSCLE MEN: HEROISM IN THE ANCIENT WORLD      5
1. Neither Human nor Divine: The Hemitheoi and Their Cults      9
2. “Of arms and the man I sing”: The Hero as Myrmidon      13
3. “Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise”: The Hero as Martyr      24
4. “Creatures of a Day”: The Hero as Athlete      50

PART TWO. SOLDIERS AND SERVANTS OF CHRIST: HEROISM IN THE MIDDLE AGES      65
5. Miles Christi: The Hero as Warrior of Christ      69
6. Imitatio Christi: The Hero as Saint      88

PART THREE. REBELS, ROGUES, AND REPROBATES: HEROISM IN THE MODERN WORLD      105
7. “To boldly go where no one has gone before”: The Hero as Explorer      107
8. “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom”: The Hero as Romantic Rebel      130
9. Black Angels and New Men: Heroism in a Totalitarian Context      146
10. Rogues, Reprobates, Outcasts, and Oddballs: The Anti-Hero      184

Epilogue      201
Chapter Notes      205
Bibliography      219
Index      227

About the Author
M. Gregory Kendrick is a professor of modern European history and director of the UCLA Freshman Cluster Program at the University of California in Los Angeles.


Edited by Bradford Lee Eden 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4814-2 
notes, bibliographies, index
215pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Description
The twentieth century witnessed a dramatic rise in fantasy writing and few works became as popular or have endured as long as the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. Surprisingly, little critical attention has been paid to the presence of music in his novels. This collection of essays explores the multitude of musical-literary allusions and themes intertwined throughout Tolkien’s body of work. Of particular interest is Tolkien’s scholarly work with medieval music and its presentation and performance practice, as well as the musical influences of his Victorian and Edwardian background. Discographies of Tolkien-influenced music of the 20th and 21st 
centuries are included.

Table of Contents

Introduction
BRADFORD LEE EDEN      1

Horns of Dawn: The Tradition of Alliterative Verse in Rohan
JASON FISHER      7
“Inside a Song”: Tolkien’s Phonaesthetics
JOHN R. HOLMES      26
Æ´ fre me strongode longas: Songs of Exile in the Mortal Realms
PETER WILKIN      47
J.R.R. Tolkien: A Fortunate Rhythm
DARIELLE RICHARDS      61
Tolkien’s Unfinished “Lay of Lúthien” and the Middle English Sir Orfeo
DEANNA DELMAR EVANS      75
Strains of Elvish Song and Voices: Victorian Medievalism, Music, and Tolkien
BRADFORD LEE EDEN      85
Dissonance in the Divine Theme: The Issue of Free Will in Tolkien’s Silmarillion
KEITH W. JENSEN      102
“Worthy of a Song”: Memory, Mortality and Music
AMY M. AMENDT-RADUEGE      114
“Tolkien is the Wind and the Way”: The Educational Value of Tolkien-Inspired World Music
AMY H. STURGIS      126
Liquid Tolkien: Music, Tolkien, Middle-earth, and More Music
DAVID BRATMAN      140
Performance Art in a Tunnel: A Musical Sub-Creator in the Tradition of Tolkien
ANTHONY S. BURDGE      171

Contributors      201
Index      205

About the Author
Bradford Lee Eden is Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Scholarly Communication at 
the University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives in Lompoc, California.


Edited by AmiJo Comeford and Tamy Burnett 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4661-2 
notes, bibliography, index
264pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Description
The fictionalized Los Angeles of television’s Angel is a world filled with literature--from the all-important Shansu prophecy that predicts Angel’s return to a state of humanity to the ever-present books dominating the characters’ research sessions. This collection brings together essays that engage Angel as a text to be addressed within the wider fields of narrative and literature. It is divided into four distinct parts, each with its own internal governing themes and focus: archetypes, narrative and identity, theory and philosophy, and genre. Each provides opportunities for readers to examine a wide variety of characters, tropes, and literary nuances and influences throughout all five televised seasons of the series and in the current continuation of the series in comic book form.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix
Introduction: Los Angeles, City of Story
AMIJO COMEFORD and TAMY BURNETT      1

One : Archetypes
Biting Humor: Harmony, Parody, and the Female Vampire
LORNA JOWETT      17
Doyle as “The Passing Figure” and Nella Larsen’s Passing
ANGEL ANDERSON      30
Pylean Idol: L.A.’s De(con)struction of a Postmodern Bard
JENNIFER HAMILTON      41
Lilah Morgan: Whedon’s Legal Femme Fatale
SHARON SUTHERLAND and SARAH SWAN      54

Two : Narrative & Identity
Fred’s Captivity Narrative: American Contexts for (Re)Writing Community Identity from Mary Rowlandson to Angel
TAMY BURNETT      69
Feminist Abuse Survivor Narratives in Angel and Sarah Daniels’s Beside Herself
ANIKA STAFFORD      85
Numero Cinco, Border Narratives, and Mexican Cultural Performance in Angel
VICTORIA PETTERSEN LANTZ      98

Three : Theory & Philosophy
(Re)Negotiating the Dystopian Dilemma: Huxley, Orwell, and Angel
MARY ELLEN IATROPOULOS      115
Angel vs. the Grand Inquisitor: Joss Whedon Re- imagines Dostoevsky
KATIA MCCLAIN      130
Charles Gunn, Wolfram & Hart, and Baudrillard’s Theory of the Simulacrum
K. SHANNON HOWARD      147
“It’s a play on perspective”: A Reading of Whedon’s Illyria through Sartre’s Nausea
CYNTHEA MASSON      159

Four : Genre
Helping the Helpless: Medieval Romance in Angel
AMIJO COMEFORD      175
Whedon Meets Sophocles: Prophecy and Angel
LAUREL BOWMAN      191
Detective Fiction/Fictionality from Asmodeus to Angel
ALISON JAQUET      206
It (Re-)Started with a Girl: The Creative Interplay Between TV and Comics in Angel: After the Fall
STACEY ABBOTT      221

About the Contributors      233
Bibliography      237
Index      249

About the Author
AmiJo Comeford is an assistant professor of English at Dixie State College of Utah, teaching courses in women’s literature, early British and nineteenth-century American literature, and literary theory. Tamy Burnett is a lecturer in English and women’s and gender studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, teaching courses in American literature, women’s literature, and popular culture.



New/Recent Scholarship: Olifant Vol. 25

Journal Olifant
Volume 25, Number 1 - 2 / 2006
Publisher Société Rencesvals
ISSN 0381-9132
Pages 19-484
Online Date Tuesday, January 13, 2009

All articles are available for purchase from MetaPress for $8.00/each.



Epopée et cinéma (pp. 83-96)
Norris J. Lacy (Penn State University)

Abstract

This article discusses the crucial difficulty of defining epic in cinema and examines the divergence between the "grammar" of film and that of oral or written epics. A central section analyzes technical and other elements of Frank Cassenti's film La chanson de Roland (1978) and of Dani Kouyaté's film Këita: l'héritage du griot (1995, from Burkina Faso), while offering also a few remarks concerning El Cid (Anthony Mann, 1961). Noting that there have been surprisingly few cinematic adaptations of romance epics, the article reflects briefly on some of the reasons for this neglect.

[The article is in French]



Back to the Future: Star Trek and the Old French Epic (pp. 161-74)
Kimberlee Campbell (Harvard University)

Abstract

Recent critics have commented that the science fiction serial Star Trek has evolved into a cyclical corpus of stories resembling traditional epic or saga. This study explores the parameters of that cyclicity in comparison with the chanson de geste. Although Star Trek borrows little content from the Middle Ages, poetic and narrative structures are markedly similar to the Old French epic. The author theorizes a generalized Western storytelling filiation, elaborated in response to similar collective need, through which past and future function equally to validate the present.





La "fuite du monde" dans la chanson de geste et le western (pp. 243-254)
Catherine M. Jones (University of Georgia)

Abstract

The aging heroes of Old French epic often turn to the monastic life to atone for the slaughter of countless Christian and Saracen knights. In these moniage narratives, the initial withdrawal from chivalric pursuits is temporary, for the hero is soon called out of retirement for a final confrontation with the forces of evil. A similar fate befalls numerous cowboys of the silver screen as they grow older, wiser, and weary of battle. Although the Westerner does not embrace the religious life, he is often domesticated by a pious woman. He renounces violence to lead a life for which he is ill suited. Coming out of (real or virtual) retirement for a final showdown, he fulfills his final destiny.



Renaissance Carolingian: Tullia d'Aragona's Il Meschino, altramente detto il Guerrino (pp. 313-320)
John C. McLucas (Towson University)

Abstract

Tullia d'Aragona's epic poem, Il Meschino, altramente detto il Guarino, is a poetic adaptation of Andrea da Barberino's prose Meschino. Tullia's word choices are similar, and even misreadings allow the modern reader to follow Andrea in Tullia's text. Differences other than verse for prose lie in its structure and tone: these follow conventions of her time, a century and one half after Andrea. Questions of her attitude toward women and male beauty contrast with Andrea's and derive from historical changes as well.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Kalamazoo Session Cancelled

I am sorry to report that our co-sponsored session "Arthurian Villains on Film: Studies in Commemoration of the Thirtieth Anniversary of John Boorman’s Excalibur" has been cancelled due to under-whelming interest in the topic. This it the second year in a row that we have had to cancel a session. 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

More Upcoming DVDs

Out Now:

Slings & Arrows: The Complete Collection 

Due out 7 September:

Doctor Who: The King's Demons

Due out 14 September 2010:

The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition 

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Robin Hood: The Complete Series (BBC)

Due out 21 September 2010:

Joseph Campbell on Power of Myth With Bill Moyers

Robin Hood (starring Russell Crowe)

Due out 28 September 2010:

The Legend of the Seeker: The Complete Second Season

Wagner: Rienzi 

Due out 5 October 2010:

The Secret of Kells

Due out 12 October 2010:

Arn: The Knight Templar



Due out 15 October 2010:

How to Train Your Dragon

Due out 19 October 2010:

Apocalypse Now (Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition)

Due out 26 October 2010:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Two

Tudors Season 4 Coming Soon to DVD

The final season, season four, of Showtime's The Tudors will be released on DVD on 12 October 2010 for the retail price of $42.99.

The Pillars of the Earth on Starz

Cable network Starz has begun airing The Pillars of the Earthan eight-part mininseries based on the best-selling novel by Ken Follet. The complete series (totaling 480 minutes) will be released on DVD later this year (pre-orders are now being taken but no release date is listed) at the retail cost of $69.95 (which seems an exorbitant amount for eight sixty-minute episodes).

I append the official trailer below:

Friday, August 20, 2010

Updated CFP: Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting 2011 (10/15/10; Tempe, AZ 4/16-18/11)

http://acmrs.org/conferences/MAA_2011/MAAconference.html


Medieval Academy of America
and the
Medieval Association of the Pacific
Annual Meeting 2011
14 – 16 April 2011


2011 Tempe Meeting Addendum:
As you probably know, the fate of the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America for 2011, scheduled to be held in Arizona, was in question because of Arizona's recently passed immigration law, SB1070, which many across the country found to be morally and legally deeply flawed.  On August 3, the Executive Committee of the Academy voted to hold the meeting as planned for reasons that the Committee explained in the statement posted on the Academy's website.  Because of this decision, we are extending the deadline for submissions of papers to October 15.  The Executive Committee and the local Program Committee are working to ensure that the program of the meeting reflects and relates to similar issues at stake in Arizona and in medieval society, including such topics as race, ethnicity, immigration, tolerance, treatment of minority groups, protest against governmental policies judged unjust, and standards of judicial and legislative morality.  We are particularly interested now in receiving proposals on those topics, although we will still consider proposals on any topic. Please consult the Academy's website (or visit http://acmrs.org//conferences.html) for an updated call for papers and instructions on how to submit your proposals. If you have further questions about the Annual Meeting or the Call for Papers, please contact Audrey Walters acmrs@asu.edu

The Executive Committee
The 2011 Program Committee

Online Submission deadline extended to 15 October 2010:
http://cf.itergateway.org/medacad/conference/

Download Call for Papers

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Annual Meeting, Tempe, 2011: Call for Papers. 
Extended deadline for submission is 15 October 2010.
The annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will be held jointly with that of MAP (the Medieval Association of the Pacific) at the Chaparral Suites Hotel (http://www.chaparralsuites.com/) in Scottsdale, Arizona, 14-16 April 2011.  It will be hosted by ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies) at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe.

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies.  Given the Academy’s tradition of suggesting possible areas of investigation, the Committee also offers the following for your consideration:

1.                   Race and ethnicity
2.                  Immigration
3.                  Tolerance and treatment of minority groups
4.                  Protest against governmental policies judged unjust
5.                  Standards of judicial and legislative morality
6.                  Fiefs, feudal institutions, and property holding
7.                  Testaments and testamentary acts, lay and clerical
8.                  Liturgical reform and innovation
9.                  The crafting and creation of liturgical lives and offices
10.               Reliquaries and their fates
11.                Color and color theory in art and architecture
12.               Translation of scriptural and devotional works: patrons and audiences
13.               Universities and their involvement in secular politics
14.               Representative assemblies, lay and clerical
15.               Periodization and the Middle Ages: beginnings and endings
16.               The study of the Middle Ages from the 17th through the 20th century
17.               The Medieval Mediterranean
18.               Ballads and balladry
19.               The Pope and the Church in Literary and Artistic Representations
20.              Holy Women: Power and Influence in Medieval Europe
21.               Musica as Mediatrix between the Mortal and the Immortal
22.              Medical Texts: Authors, Readership, Uses
23.              The Professionalization of Medicine in the Medieval Period
24.              Chronicles and Chroniclers in Medieval Europe
25.              The Exile in Medieval Literature and Art
26.              Time, Remembrance, and Its Representations
27.              Innovations in Scientific Thought and Inquiry
28.              Animals and the Animalistic
29.              The Garden, Gardening, and Plants
30.              Conduct and Behavior in the Middle Ages: Pro Forma and Explicit Guides

Any member of the Medieval Academy, except those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2009 and 2010, and any member of MAP may submit a proposal.  Please do not submit more than one proposal.
Sessions usually consist of three papers of thirty minutes each, and proposals should be geared to this length. The Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.  We shall try to develop sessions that (1) address subjects of interest to a wide range of medievalists and (2) invite scholars from different disciplines and periods into dialogue with one another. We seek proposals for innovative papers and sessions and hope to see, wherever possible, cross-disciplinary participation in a broad range of topics and of periods.
Selection procedure. Proposals will be evaluated for promise of quality and significance of topic.  The Committee will make final decisions by 5 November 2010. Notification of acceptance or regrets will be sent shortly thereafter.
Submissions. Submit proposals online athttp://cf.itergateway.org/medacad/conference/ which will be available from 15 January 2010 to 15 October 2010.  Note that your statement of Academy or MAP membership (or statement that your  specialty would not normally involve membership in either organization) must be made at the end of your abstract,
If you wish to submit a hard-copy proposal instead, please send two copies to the Committee Chair, Robert E. Bjork, Director, ACMRS, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-4402.  The proposal must consist of two parts: (1) a cover sheet containing the proposer’s name, professional status and affiliation, postal address, home and office telephone numbers, fax number (if available), e-mail address (if available), and paper title; (2) a second sheet containing the proposer’s name, paper title, 250-word abstract, statement of Academy or MAP membership (or statement that your specialty would not normally involve membership in either organization), and audio-visual equipment needs. If the proposer will be at a different address when decisions are announced in November 2010, that address should be included. Please DO NOT send proposals to the Academy office.
Session proposals. The Committee will consider proposals for entire sessions. Please consult with the Committee Chair before preparing a proposal. Session proposals require the same information as individual paper proposals; abstracts for the papers in proposed sessions will be evaluated by the Committee.
Audio-visual equipment. Requests for audio-visual equipment must be made with proposals.
Graduate Student Prizes. The Medieval Academy will award up to seven prizes of $300 each to graduate students for papers judged meritorious by the local Committee. To be eligible for an award graduate students must, of course, be members of the Medieval Academy and, once their proposed papers have been accepted for inclusion in the program, must submit complete papers to the Committee by 10 January 2011.

Program Committee. Robert E. Bjork, ACMRS (Chair); William F. Gentrup, ACMRS; Carl Berkhout, English, University of Arizona, UA; Albrecht Classen, German Studies, UA; Roger Dahood, English, UA (MAP representative); Georgiana Donavin, Westminster College (MAP representative); Scott Kleinman, California State University, Northridge (MAP Representative); Cynthia White, Classics, UA; Alyce Jordan, Art History, Northern Arizona University; Karen Bollermann, English, ASU; Catherine Saucier, Music, ASU; Corine Schleif, Art History, ASU; Juliann Vitullo, Italian, ASU; Chauncey Wood, Adjunct Professor, ACMRS.

Local Arrangements Committee.  Audrey Walters, ACMRS (Chair); Robert E. Bjork, ACMRS; William F. Gentrup, ACMRS; Karen Lackey, ACMRS.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CFP: Comics Get Medieval 2011 (12/1/10; PCA 4/20-23/11 San Antonio)

THE COMICS GET MEDIEVAL 2011: 
A CELEBRATION IN ANTICIPATION OF THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRINCE VALIANT
CALL FOR PAPERS (PCA: SAN ANTONIO, TX 4/20-23/11)
SPECIAL SESSIONS OF THE COMICS & COMIC ART AREA
ORGANIZED BY MICHAEL A. TORREGROSSA AND JASON TONDRO 
PROPOSALS DUE TO ORGANIZERS BY 1 DECEMBER 2010

Celebrating our sixth year in 2011, proposals are now being considered for inclusion at “The Comics Get Medieval 2011,” a series of panels and roundtables sponsored by the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages and to be hosted by the Comics & Comic Art Area of the Popular Culture Association (PCA) for the 2011 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations to be held from 20-23 April 2011 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter & Riverwalk Hotels, 101 Bowie Street , San Antonio,TX 78205.

The goal of these sessions is to foster communication between medievalists, comics scholars, and specialists in popular culture studies in general.  The organizers define “medieval comics” as any aspect of the comics medium (panel cartoons, comic strips, comics books, comics albums, band dessinée, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, comics to film/film to comics, etc.) that feature medieval themes either in stories set during the Middle Ages or in stories presenting some element of the medieval in the post-medieval era.  We are also interested in papers looking at medieval comics from a pedagogical perspective.


Completed papers should be delivered in 15-20 minutes (depending on the number of presenters). All proposals will also be considered for inclusion in an essay collection to be edited by the panel organizers beginning in late 2011.  (Individuals only interested in submitting for the collection should also send proposals by 1 December 2010 deadline and indicate their preference in the email.)

In addition, a select list of potential topics and a bibliographic guide to medieval comics will appear as part of THE MEDIEVAL COMICS PROJECT web site available at and THE ARTHUR OF THE COMICS website available at , both organized by the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages.


No later that 1 December 2010, interested individuals (who must be members of PCA or ACA or join for 2011) should submit full contact information (name, address, phone/cell, and email), titles, and abstracts of 300-500 words to the sessions’ organizers, who will then forward them to area chair. Address all inquiries and proposals to the organizers at the following address:  and include “Comics Get Medieval 2011” in the subject line.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Conference: Re-imagining the Victorians: 1901-2010 (9/18/10)

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=178017

Re-imagining the Victorians: 1901-2010
Location: United Kingdom
Conference Date: 2010-09-18
Date Submitted: 2010-08-08
Announcement ID: 178017
A one-day international postgraduate conference
School of English, University of Leeds, 18 September 2010

The Victorian is a category that seems almost endlessly adaptable and appropriable in contemporary culture. Scholars of the neo-Victorian are asking searching questions about the nature of our attraction to the nineteenth century, which bridges a whole host of cultural genres. These include the literatures of adaptation and appropriation, as well as fictional biographies of eminent Victorians. They encompass filmed adaptations of Victorian works, biopics, and representations of the Victorians in fine art, fashion and material culture. This one- day international conference will invite a critical gaze that takes in not just the Victorian and the postmodern neo-Victorian, but also the large space in between. It places leading experts on neo-Victorianism in conversation with postgraduate researchers working on a broad range of fields and time periods, with the hope of generating new scholarly exchange.

The event features training sessions on interview technique and publication, transferrable skills relevant to researchers from across the arts.

Panels address such diverse topics as queer theory, transatlantic influence, and the anxiety of origin, featuring authors ranging from the Brontës, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde in the long nineteenth century, to Sarah Waters, Alan Hollinghurst, and Colm Tóibín in the present day.

Our keynote speakers are:
Professor Cora Kaplan, author of Victoriana: Histories, Fictions, Criticisms
Professor Ann Heilmann, University of Hull, co-author, with Mark Llewellyn, of Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in the Twenty- First Century, 1999-2009
Dr. Simon Grimble, University of Durham, author of Landscape, Writing and ‘the Condition of England’: Ruskin to Modernism

Bethany Layne and Amber Pouliot
Email: reimaginingthevictorians@gmail.com

Double CFP: Continuum Approaches to Digital Game Studies Book Series (9/15/10 & 11/15/10)

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=177993

Double CFP: Continuum Approaches to Digital Game Studies Book Series
Call for Papers Date: 2010-11-09
Date Submitted: 2010-08-06
Announcement ID: 177993
Double CFP: Continuum Approaches to Digital Game Studies Book Series (Edited Collection on Digital Role-playing Games and Edited Collection on First Person Shooters)

These two collections will be the first two titles in a larger series of edited volumes, Approaches to Digital Game Studies, published by Continuum. Each book in the series will be organized around a thematic or functional genre of game. Although digital game genres and the criteria for defining such genres are contested and dynamic categories, exploring the promises and pitfalls of genre is precisely one of the goals the series hopes to accomplish. Additionally, the series will bring the insights of a variety of scholarly disciplines to bear on the analysis of digital games in order to better understand the nature of this medium, its role in reshaping civic life and its impact on the production, circulation and contestation of global and local cultures.

Potential chapter contributions will be vetted by the series Review Board and invited manuscripts will be reviewed by the series Editors and approved by the Review Board.

Series Review Board:
Mia Conslavo, University of Ohio
James Paul Gee, Arizona State University
Helen Kennedy, University of the West of England*
Frans Mayra, University of Tampere
Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside*
Torril Elvira Mortensen, University of Utrech*
Lisa Nakamura, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gareth Schott, University of Waikato
Mark JP Wolf, Concordia University Wisconsin
(* indicates commitment still subject to final contract)

Series Editors:
Gerald Voorhees, High Point University
Joshua Call, Grand View University
Katie Whitlock, California State University, Chico

>>> Edited Collection on Digital Role-playing Games: “Dungeons, Dragons and Digital Denizens: Digital Role-playing Games”

One of the most popular and culturally significant game genres, digital role-playing games (RPGs) generate a rich tapestry of technologies, players, communities, cultures and commercial forces. This edited collection, provisionally titled, “Dungeons, Dragons and Digital Denizens: Digital Role-playing Games,” is designed for a broad academic audience and will feature essays that either examine specific games or consider the genre as a whole.

We invite scholars and critics to contribute to this edited collection of essays exploring the theory and criticism of digital RPGs. The collection will publish essays on digital RPGs that engage the theory and criticism of console, computer and/or massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). However, contributions not focused on MMORPGs are especially encouraged.

Contributions from all academic disciplines and geographic regions are invited. The collection and series aim to advance theory and criticism by bringing different voices and perspectives into conversation. However, critical inquiry is preferred.

All contributions must be the original work of the author and cannot be published elsewhere, unless author retains copyrights. For co-authored essays, all authors must agree to submission of work.

For consideration, please send an abstract to gamestudies.books@gmail.com by September 15, 2011. Abstracts should be 500 words and must outline a theoretically grounded approach to a specific game or set of games. Completed essays must be 7000 words (including notes and references) and Continuum uses Chicago Manual of Style for references. Reprints will be considered on a case by case basis.

Provisional Timeline:
Abstracts will be accepted until September 15, 2010
Abstracts will be evaluated and requests for manuscripts will be issued by October 15, 2010
Completed manuscript will be required by January 15, 2010
Revisions must be completed by March 1, 2011

>>> Edited Collection on First Person Shooters: “Guns, Grenades and Grunts: First Person Shooter Games”

Known for their graphical extravagance and social recognition, first-person shooters have long held a highly visible position among digital games. This edited collection, provisionally titled, “Guns, Grenades, and Grunts: First-Person Shooter Games” is designed for a broad academic audience and will feature essays that either examine specific games or consider the genre as a whole.

We invite scholars and critics to contribute to this edited collection of essays exploring the theory and criticism of FPS games. The collection will publish essays on FPS games that engage the theory and criticism of console, computer and hand-held FPS games.

Contributions from all academic disciplines and geographic regions are invited. The collection and series aim to advance theory and criticism by bringing different voices and perspectives into conversation. However, critical inquiry is preferred.

All contributions must be the original work of the author and cannot be published elsewhere, unless author retains copyrights. For co-authored essays, all authors must agree to submission of work.

For consideration, please send an abstract to gamestudies.books@gmail.com by November 15, 2011. Abstracts should be 500 words and must outline a theoretically grounded approach to a specific game or set of games. Completed essays must be 7000 words (including notes and references) and Continuum uses Chicago Manual of Style for references. Reprints will be considered on a case by case basis.

Provisional Timeline:
Abstracts will be accepted until November 15, 2010
Abstracts will be evaluated and requests for manuscripts will be issued by January 1, 2011
Completed manuscript will be required by April 1, 2011
Revisions must be completed by July 15, 2011

Queries and questions may also be sent to gamestudies.books@gmail.com.

Gerald Voorhees, High Point University
Joshua Call, Grand View University
Katie Whitlock, California State University, Chico
Email: gamestudies.books@gmail.com

Friday, August 6, 2010

CFP: Dave Sim Cerebus Book (11/30/10)

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=174541

Dave Sim Cerebus Book
Call for Papers Date: 2010-11-30
Date Submitted: 2010-03-02
Announcement ID: 174541
EADLINE: November 30, 2010

Call for papers for a collection of critical essays on various aspects of or approaches to Dave Sim's comic book Cerebus, both a scholarly and popular, though coherent, companion (and introduction) to the series.

Any subject matter is welcome, so long as it pertains to Dave Sim and/or Cerebus.

Some recommendations:

Discussion of 1970's comics scene in which Dave first started to contribute together with a discussion of the various influences on Cerebus (Howard the Duck, Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja)

Cerebus as satire of the comics medium (The Roach, "reads," etc)

Cerebus as social satire (political and religious satire)

The shift in tone from earlier and later Cerebus as a result of Dave's conversion

The influence of Cerebus on the comics industry

Cerebus and the graphic "Novel"

Dave Sim as self-publisher and his feud with Gary Groth and the Comics Journal

Dave Sim and the CBLDF

Comics fandom and Aardvark Comment (& the Yahoo Group)

Narrative structure in Cerebus

"Mind Games"

"Something Fell"

Dave Sim as magpie (Barry Windsor-Smith, Mort Drucker, etcetera)

Gerhard's impact on Cerebus

Sim's use of literary characters (Wilde, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, etc)

Sim's use of public personas (Elrod, Mick and Keef, Lord Julius, Konigsberg, The 3 Stooges, etc)

Meta-narrative in Cerebus (Viktor Davis/Reid in Reads, Sim in Minds and Guys)

Cerebus and Religion (both pre-and post-conversion)

Cerebus as a critique of feminism

Gender issues in Cerebus (male/female light/void, he/she/it, YHWH, God,
"Tangent," "10 Impossible Things," etc)


Eric Hoffman
860-328-0988
Email: lily_anselm@yahoo.com

CFP: Flow Conference 2010 at the University of Texas at Austin (8/20/10)


Flow Conference 2010 at the University of Texas at Austin -- Call for Response Papers
Location: Texas, United States
Call for Papers Deadline: 2010-08-20 (in 15 days)
Date Submitted: 2010-05-28
Announcement ID: 176535
Call for Responses
FLOW Conference 2010
September 30-October 2, 2010
The University of Texas at Austin
http://FlowTV.org
Deadline for 150-word abstracts: June 11, 2010

Flow Conference 2010 is the 3rd biannual conference for FlowTV.org, a University of Texas at Austin graduate student-run, online academic journal focusing on television and media culture.

Flow Conference 2010 will resemble traditional academic meetings in name only: There will be no panels, no papers, and no plenary sessions. Instead, the event will feature a series of roundtables, each organized around a compelling question. Respondents are asked to submit a 150-word abstract addressing one of the roundtable questions as listed on our conference Web site: http://flowtv.org/conference

Some roundtable topics include:

Global Television Flows
Virtual World Building
Postfeminist Media Culture
Race and Representation
Twitter and Celebrity
The State of the American Sitcom
TV and the Question of a "Mass Audience"
HBO & History
Comics Across Media
Serialization and Viewership
Media Policy and Scholarship
Online Publishing and Criticism
Song, Sound, and Remix

Visit the conference Web site for a complete list of roundtable questions in full detail.

We especially encourage responses that address issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and ability, as well as international perspectives.

Please e-mail flowconference2010@gmail.com with a 150-word abstract and the title of the roundtable you are responding to in the subject of the email by June 11, 2010. Please respond to only one roundtable topic. Include your full name, e-mail address, and affiliation in your e-mail.

We will inform participants of acceptance via e-mail by June 28, 2010.

Upon acceptance, respondents will be asked to expand their abstract to a 600-800 word position paper, due by August 20, 2010.

In an effort to include a wide range of participants (i.e., scholars, fans, critics, activists, policymakers, industry professionals, etc.), we encourage wide distribution of this call.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at flowconference2010@gmail.com

Flow Conference 2010 Organizing Committee
Department of Radio-Television-Film
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas, USA
http//:FlowTV.org/conference
flowconference2010@gmail.com
Email: flowconference2010@gmail.com
Visit the website at http://flowtv.org/conference

CFP: Games and simulations in education -- Spec. Issue of Academic Exchange Quarterly (2/25/11)


Call for Papers: Academic Exchange Quarterly
Call for Papers Deadline: 2011-02-25
Date Submitted: 2010-05-31
Announcement ID: 176563
CALL FOR PAPERS
Academic Exchange Quarterly
Summer 2011, Volume 15, Issue 2
Expanded issue up to 400+ pages.
Articles on various topics plus the following special sections.
Games and simulations in education

Feature Editor:
Maria Mavrommati, PhD candidate- Instructor, Department of Applied Informatics
University of Macedonia, Greece
Email: mmavrom@uom.gr or mariamavrommath@gmail.com

Focus:
The proposed issue will focus on the use of games and simulations in education, secondary and tertiary. Specific interest on theoretical and practical research on the field, its purposes, functions, potentials and limitations.

Who May Submit:
Submissions by academic and independent researchers, graduate students, teachers, games and simulations industry etc. Please identify your submission with keyword: GAMES

Article submission deadline:
End of February 2011 See details for other deadline options like early, regular, and short.
Early submission offers an opportunity to be considered for Editors' Choice

Submission Procedure:
http://rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/rufen1.htm

PROMOTION VENUES know to this journal
Academic Exchange Quarterly print edition
has authors and readers in 50 U.S. states and 48 countries

AEQ print edition = wide global recognition

make it happen...

Maria Mavrommati
PhD candidate- Instructor, Department of Applied Informatics
University of Macedonia, Greece
Email: mmavrom@uom.gr or mariamavrommath@gmail.com
Email: mariamavrommath@gmail.com
Visit the website at http://rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/games.htm

CFP: Rhetoric of Violence in the Early Modern Era -- Spec. Issue of Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir-Shakespearean Afterlives (11/30/10)


The Rhetoric of Violence in the Early Modern Era, Essay Collection
Call for Papers Date: 2010-11-30
Date Submitted: 2010-06-03
Announcement ID: 176635
The Rhetoric of Violence in the Early Modern Era

We invite submissions for the 2011 issue of Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir-Shakespearean Afterlives. These might include essays (6000-7000 words including notes) for the issue proper, and review-essays (2-3000 words) or reviews of plays or exhibitions (1000-1500 words) for the issue’s supplement L’Oeil du spectateur.

The 2011 issue of the journal is dedicated to interdisciplinary and monodisciplinary approaches to the theme of violence against body and soul in literature and the arts, from the Renaissance to the Long Eighteenth Century. Focusing on the theme of the tormented body, this issue will offer a different insight on verbal and visual representations of violence in both theoretical and practical terms. It will concentrate on the analysis of how violence was presented to the early modern public and also on the iconoclastic consequences of both violence and its representations: “Of course violence at once shocked and repelled people by its brutality. But it also fascinated many because it so contradicted religious precepts and social norms” (Ruff, 2001: 28). Violence needs to be considered as a means of constraint, and as a form of political and aesthetic subversion and resistance to the excessive forms of regulation of which it was the instrument. We will consider papers on Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries (literature and performance studies), on early modern literature and the arts in England, Europe, The East and the New World, on the paragone of violence in Early Modern works of art, and on the representations of Renaissance violence and violent topics in subsequent eras.
Targeted disciplines: English Literature, Comparative Literature, Theatre studies, Performance studies, Cinema studies, History of Ideas, History of Arts, Philology.

Topics might include (non exclusive list):

- the aesthetic views and interpretations of pain in literature and / or the arts
- martyrology and its avatars: the representations of martyrdom in literature and visual arts, the politics of martyrdom
- the suffering body: the symbolic of wounds, scars socially, theologically and aesthetically
- anatomy: scientific and aesthetic implications, the evolution of the representation of the anatomized body
- exorcism and catharsis: violence as punishment and purification
- torture: political, theological and aesthetic impacts and representations
- the treatment and the use of violent mythological and biblical episodes in political and literary writings and in visual arts
- the poetics of violence: the language of violence in pamphlet literature, satirical writings, revenge plays
- violence in dramatic genres: the redefinition of dramatic genres through violence
- the representation of violent episodes in Shakespearean texts in 18th and 19th century paintings
- the use of violence in stage productions and / or film adaptations of early modern plays,

- Reviews of plays, of exhibitions related to the topic.


Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir- Shakespearean Afterlives is a peer-reviewed journal (part of Les Cahiers de la Licorne) aiming at promoting the current international scholarship on the Early Modern period and its reverberations throughout the centuries. Its purpose is to offer both a disciplinary and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and to see Renaissance drama in its contemporary and subsequent geographical and aesthetic contexts.
Please visit our website: http://licorne.edel.univ-poitiers.fr/sommaire.php?id=3680

Please send abstracts between 300 and 500 words to the editors: Pascale Drouet (pascale.drouet@neuf.fr) and Nathalie Rivere de Carles (nrivere@univ-tlse2.fr) by 30th November 2010. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 15th December 2010 and completed essays or reviews will be due by 30th April 2011.

Nathalie Rivere de Carles
DEMA
Universite de Toulouse Le Mirail
5 allées Antonio Machado
31058 TOULOUSE CEDEX 7
Email: nrivere@univ-tlse2.fr

Thursday, August 5, 2010

CFP: Images of Women in Film and Media -- Spec. Issue of MP: An Online Feminist Journal (9/21/10)

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=176422

CFP: Images of Women in Film and Media
Call for Papers Date: 2010-09-21
Date Submitted: 2010-05-25
Announcement ID: 176422

Women in film:
We've come a long way, baby! Or have we? MP journal seeks submissions that explore the ways Women/Femininity/Female agency are depicted in visual media such as video games, television, film, animation (anime), comic books, graphic novels, or any other visual depictions. MP Journal welcomes academic papers, book reviews, and other well-written inquiries from a feminist perspective on modern visual representations of women. International submissions are encouraged. Submissions may be in any accepted academic format such as MLA, APA, Legal Bluebook, or Chicago Style but must be consistent throughout and thoroughly and carefully edited. Please send the submission, a 50 word bio, and a CV to Lynda_hinkle@yahoo.com before midnight September 21, 2010.

lynda_hinkle@yahoo.com
Email: lynda_hinkle@yahoo.com
Visit the website at http://academinist.org/mp

CFP: Sederi: Yearbook of the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies (10/31/10)

N.B.: Most back issues of Sederi can be accessed from their web site. Many cover early modern adaptation of medieval material.


SEDERI Yearbook 21 - CFP of the Yearbook of the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies
Call for Papers Date: 2010-10-31
Date Submitted: 2010-06-11
Announcement ID: 176823

SEDERI welcomes contributions on topics related to the language, literature, and culture of sixteenth and seventeenth-century England for its next issue (number 21) to be published in autumn 2011.
SEDERI, Yearbook of the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies, is an annual publication devoted to current criticism and scholarship on English Renaissance Studies. It is peer-reviewed by external referees, following a double-blind policy. SEDERI is short-listed among the top-quality journals published in all scientific areas by the FECYT (Spanish Repository for Science and Technology). It meets 100% of the scientific requirements established by LATINDEX and DICE-CINDOC and is officially recognised for the Spanish research assessment.
Submissions should reach the editors no later than 31 October 2010. Authors will receive notice of acceptance by the end of January 2011.
Submissions should be sent via email attachments in Word or Rich Text Format.
Please omit any personal information in the file of your paper. Send the following details in a separate file or in the text of the email: name, affiliation, title of contribution, postal and email address and telephone number.
Recommended length of contributions:
· Articles: 6000 - 8000 words (including footnotes and references).
· Notes: 3000 - 4000 words (including footnotes and references).
· Reviews: 1000 - 2000 words. Books, plays, or films reviewed should have been released in the last two years.
Note that all the submissions should include an abstract (length: 100-150 words) and at least 5 keywords. Both the abstract and the keywords should convey the essential aspects of your contribution. Both the abstract and the keywords should be bilingual English/Spanish or English/Portuguese.
All the texts submitted must follow the STYLE SHEET for this call for papers. We do not consider articles that have been published elsewhere (either in print or internet) or are under simultaneous consideration with another publisher. Only original research pieces are published by SEDERI, please do not submit translations.

EDITORIAL PROCESS
Submissions will be sent to two referees for assessment, following a blind peer-review policy. In case of disagreement, a third report will be decisive. If the paper is accepted for publication, the authors may be asked to consider the suggestions made by the referees and to bring it into line with our style sheet. The contributions, in its final form, will then go through copyediting, layout, and proofreading. Once published, the authors will receive a copy of the issue in which their work is included.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
1. Relation to SEDERI areas of interest.
2. Originality and interest of the topic in relation to current research.
3. Use of concepts and methods of analysis.
4. Interest of data analysed, results obtained and conclusions reached.
5. Depth of discussion of issues, problems and theoretical concerns.
6. Coherence and cohesion in the thread of argument and structure.
7. Clarity, conciseness and command of the language.
8. Knowledge and review of bibliographical references and sources.
9. Engagement with and discussion of other studies on the topic.
10. Title: its adequacy, clarity and informative quality.

AREAS OF INTEREST
Early Modern English Literature
Early Modern English History and Culture
Early Modern English Language
Restoration English Studies
Early Modern Anglo-Spanish cross-cultural studies
Early Modern Anglo-Portuguese cross-cultural studies

SUBMISSION INFORMATION
Restrictions on Contributors: None
Time from Submission to Decision: 3 months
Time from Decision to Publication: 9 months
Number of Readers Prior to Decision: 2-3
Articles Submitted Per Year: 20
Articles Published Per Year: 10-12
Book Reviews Published Per Year: 3-5
Information Last Updated: 12/05/2010

Berta Cano-Echevarria & Ana Saez-Hidalgo
Dpto. de Filología Inglesa
Universidad de Valladolid
Pza. del Campus s/n
47011 Valladolid (Spain)
Email: sederiyearbook@yahoo.es
Visit the website at http://www.sederi.org

CFP: 3rd Annual Conference of the Atlantic Medieval Association (8/20/10; Nova Scotia 9/24-25/10)


3rd Annual Conference of the Atlantic Medieval Association
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Call for Papers Date: 2010-08-20 (in 15 days)
Date Submitted: 2010-07-15
Announcement ID: 177540
Call for Papers
3rd Annual Conference of the Atlantic Medieval Association
September 24th-25th, 2010
Dalhousie University and King’s College
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The third annual Atlantic Medieval Association conference encourages proposals in any relevant discipline, including history, theology, philosophy, literature in all vernacular languages and Latin, and the reception and use of the Middle Ages in later cultures; we especially encourage papers examining the regions which border the North Atlantic. This year’s conference will be held on September 24th-25th at Dalhousie University and King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The keynote speaker will be Prof. Stephen Gersh (Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame), entitled “Hellenism in 15th Century Philosophy: Two Case-Studies (Nicholas of Cusa and Marsilio Ficino).” The newly conceived Atlantic Medieval Association is dedicated to fostering scholarly conversations and connections amongst medievalists living and working in the North Atlantic region, particularly Atlantic Canada and New England.

Paper proposals of approximately 300 words are invited in any discipline and any topic in the area of medieval studies. Graduate students are more than welcome to submit proposals and to attend. Please submit 300 word abstracts by August 20th, 2010, to Michael Fournier at Dalhousie University: Michael.Fournier@dal.ca.

Michael Fournier
Department of Classics
Dalhousie University
(902) 494-2518
Email: michael.fournier@dal.ca

New Scholarship: Ideology, prosody, and eponymy: Towards a public poetics of Obama and Beowulf by Tom Clark

From the latest issue of Nebula:

Ideology, Prosody, and Eponymy: Towards a Public Poetics of Obama and Beowulf.
By Tom Clark

Abstract
This article examines and integrates the categories of poetics and rhetoric by comparing concepts of the poetic in Barack Obama's 2008 election victory speech with concepts of political rhetoric in the Old English long poem Beowulf. Using close readings, the paper explores a nexus between these two modes of communication which is revealed both in the politicisation of poetry and in the poetical praxis of political communications. That is, practitioners in both domains necessarily follow the integrating logics that this paper explores. It finds a political aesthetic of sceptical conservatism that underwrites the agendas of both these epic-heroic texts.


The following represents the journal's latest CFP:
The editors now invite submissions for Nebula 7.3 (September 2010).

We encourage submission of academic articles from any discipline, covering any subject or topic, provided that the language used is non-specialist and appeals to a wide audience. Unlike many academic publications, Nebula is not limited to a specific school, faculty, or subject.
We are also interested in providing an alternative view to mainstream cultural and political ideologies. As such, we encourage non-fiction, intellectual writing, that does not follow the generic conventions of academic writing but which demonstrates substantial sophistication and which may be of interest to a broad audience. We encourage contributors to offer their political readings of a particular social/political or military crisis current in the world. We are particularly interested in writings that may be deemed marginal or seem to be against the grain of mainstream ideologies. Our project is to ensure the publication of writing of high calibre that may be rejected by conservative institutions. Nebula also accepts “free writing” that is not politically motivated, but which may be attuned to various other cultural, social or artistic concerns (including television, film, media or music studies).
Nebula also accepts creative work in any form which can be displayed on the world wide web. Poetry, graphics, cartoons, short stories are all welcome for consideration.
All claims within academic articles must be evidenced. We will not accept poorly researched material. We are very intolerant of plagiarism. All submissions must be accompanied by a short letter to the editors which will include some autobiographical information and any institutional affiliations. Please make all attachments in .doc wherever possible. Articles and reviews are not limited to any particular referencing style but MUST be consistent throughout each submission. Contributions intended for Nebula (7.3) must be received by August 10, 2010. Keep in mind that only the most original, well- presented and well thought-out pieces will be considered for publication.
Email articles in .doc or equivalent to nebula@nobleworld.biz or editors@nobleworld.biz, please also include a brief biographical note and a brief CV

Dr Samar Habib
PO BOX 321
Glebe NSW
2037
AUSTRALIA
Email: nebula@nobleworld.biz

CFP: Book on American Festivals (9/1/10)


Articles Wanted for Book on American Festivals
Publication Date: 2010-09-01 (in 27 days)
Date Submitted: 2010-07-16
Announcement ID: 177558
Festivals and Faires:
American Culture, Sub-Culture, and Counter-Culture

This book under contract with Mellen Press, which began with papers from the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association Annual Joint Conference, seeks to explore the cultural aspects of festivals and fairs in the United States or the reaction in America to foreign festivals. The specific focus of the book is to examine how particular festivals and fairs reflect culture, counter-culture, or sub-culture in America. This project may include not only contemporary American festivals, but historical ones as well.

Please submit any questions and a 250-word abstract of your proposed chapter by 1 September 2010 to:

DrKTKorolEvans@yahoo.com
Kimberly Tony Korol-Evans, Ph.D.
301-412-9455
Email: drktkorolevans@yahoo.com

CFP: Critical Explorations of the Sword and Sandal Film (10/1/10)


Critical Explorations of the Sword and Sandal Film [UPDATE]
Publication Date: 2010-10-01
Date Submitted: 2010-07-27
Announcement ID: 177777

Critical Explorations of the Sword and Sandal Film – Call for Papers The sword and sandal film, or the peplum (as it is known in Italy, where the genre originated,) has been a part of movie lore since at least 1914, when the character of Maciste debuted in the Italian silent epic Cabiria. Pepla have remained a part of cinema ever since, with stories derived from barbarian and gladiator tales or Biblical and mythological origins. Most of these movies are infused with similar tropes: low technology warfare (hence the swords and sandals,) beautiful and scantily clad women, oppressive political states, a casual (yet oft interesting) relationship to history, and a surfeit of action and violence. Mostly, though, sword and sandal epics are known for their heroes, men with hyperstimulated musculature who tend to grunt and smash their way through much of the narrative. These films celebrate the excess of the masculine, reveling in depictions of male flesh and distinctly male aspects that distinguishes the genre from any other. Hundreds of these films have been produced in Italy alone, though the more famous incarnations to North American audiences have been produced since 1980, including the Conan the Barbarian series, the Beastmaster series, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, Wolfgang Peterson’s Troy, and Zack Snyder’s 300. Currently, the genre is enjoying a renaissance, with numerous variations forthcoming: the remake of The Clash of the Titans, Centurion, and The Prince of Persia will all be released in theaters in 2010, and on television, Starz network has already renewed their original series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Despite the proliferation of these movies, however, little critical exploration has been done on these films, especially on the nature of the genre as a whole. This collection works to correct that oversight. This work hopes to examine the genre’s relationships to masculinity, sex and sexuality, women, and violence and explore critical issues that take seed in individual films, in series, or in the genre as a whole.
While articles may be written on any film that qualifies as a sword and sandal epic (if you are unsure about a particular movie or television series, please query,) the collection hopes to emphasize more recent works.
Works explored may include, but are certainly not limited to, FILMS
300 (2007)
Alexander (2004)
Barbarian Master (1984)
Barbarians and Company, The (1987)
Beastmaster (1982, and its sequels)
Centurion (2010)
Clash of the Titans (1981, 2010)
Conan the Barbarian (1982, and its sequel)
Gladiator (2000)
Hercules (1983, starring Lou Ferrigno, and its sequels)
Hercules (1997, Disney)
Ironmaster (1983)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Prince of Persia, The (2010)
Red Sonja (1985)
She (1982)
Thor the Conqueror (1983)
Troy (2004)
The Italian Hercules, Maciste, Samson, Goliath, or Ursus series of pepla
TELEVISION
Spartacus: Sand and Blood
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (in its varying incarnations)
Thundarr the Barbarian
Editor Michael G. Cornelius is co-editor of Nancy Drew and Her Sister Sleuths: Essays on the Fiction of Girl Detectives (McFarland 2008), sole editor of The Boy Detectives: Essays on the Hardy Boys and Other Novels (McFarland 2010), and the author of numerous other works. Please send completed articles of around 5000-8000 words to the editor at the e-mail address below on or before OCTOBER 1, 2010. All articles should adhere to MLA style and citations. Please use endnotes, not footnotes (and use them sparingly.) Send questions via e-mail only. If you are unsure whether or not your article would fit the collection, please send an abstract of 500 words to the editor via e-mail as well. Please e-mail for style sheet. This collection is currently under contract.

Dr. Michael G. Cornelius
Chair, Department of English and Mass Communications
Wilson College
1015 Philadelphia Ave.
Chambersburg, PA 17201

Email: mcornelius@wilson.edu