Call for Papers ‘The Child of the Century’: Reading and Writing Short Fiction Across Media A conference of the European Network for Short Fiction Research Edge Hill University, UK, May 13-14, 2016 Writing in 1936, Elizabeth Bowen said: ‘The short story is a young art; as we now know it, it is the child of this century. Poetic tautness and clarity are so essential to it that it may be said to stand at the edge of prose; in its use of action it is nearer to drama than to the novel. The cinema, itself busy with a technique, is of the same generation; inRead More →

International Conference: Digital Literary Studies  Date: May 14-15, 2015  Location: School of Arts and Humanities, University of Coimbra, Portugal ‘Digital Literary Studies’ is an international conference exploring methods, tools, objects and digital practices in the field of literary studies. The digitization of artifacts and literary practices, the adoption of computational methods for aggregating, editing and analyzing texts as well as the development of collaborative forms of research and teaching through networking and communication platforms are three dimensions of the ongoing relocation of literature and literary studies in the digital medium. The aim of this two-day conference is to contribute to the mapping of material practicesRead More →

Collection of Essays on David Mitchell – Call for Abstracts Courtney Hopf (NYU) and Wendy Knepper (Brunel University) contact email: ch126@nyu.edu and wendy.knepper@brunel.ac.uk Building on from our successful Symposium on David Mitchell held at NYU London on 9 May, we are moving forward with a proposal for a collection with a major publisher and are seeking abstracts for selection. Mitchell’s oeuvre is often celebrated for its distinctive vision of cosmopolitanism, remediation of genre(s), and relationship to postmodern, posthuman, and postcolonial discourses. This collection of essays aims to expand our understanding of Mitchell’s work by considering all aspects of his literary and cultural output, including novels,Read More →

Indo-British Anthology of New Fiction: Call for Submissions Radical fiction or ‘New Fiction’ (NF) is a challenger that is here to break tradition. The passé is no longer acceptable in the Anthology, a book of new writing in English that aims to promote new modes of thinking, seeing and expression. NF is all about innovation in writing, fiction written in a new way, challenging our preconceptions. It is ‘dangerous’ stuff composed by mobile, imaginative minds across a fast-shrinking globe. We are looking for short stories in all their manifestations, preferably composed in English, from Indian or British writers. The editors want bold, angry pieces ofRead More →

Call for Papers: Affect and the Short Story (Cycle)  The Journal of the Short Story in English announces a call for papers for an upcoming special section—“Affect and the Short Story (Cycle)”  The guest editors are interested in papers addressing how the field of Affect Studies can help inform the ways we read short stories and the ways we theorize about formal and generic labels like the Short Story and, especially, the Short Story Cycle. We are also interested in papers that make use of short story or short story theory in ways that might inform our understanding of the transmission and operation of affectRead More →

Call for Articles for a special issue of the Journal of Short Stories in English devoted to D. H. Lawrence Guest editors: Christine Zaratsian (Aix-Marseille Université) and Shirley Bricout (Montpellier III) Transgressing Borders and Borderlines  This special issue aims at bringing into focus the patterns of transgression which map out borders and borderlines as well as in-between territories in D. H. Lawrence’s shorter fiction. The characters he stages within the boundaries of the stories evolve along patterns of harmony and discord which lead them to transgress limits as they “seek that invisible and promised territory, that country that does not exist but that [they bearRead More →

Katherine Mansfield and France International conference organised by the Université Paris III —Sorbonne Nouvelle (EA 4398 PRISMES) in conjunction with the Katherine Mansfield Society 19–21 June 2014 Guest speakers will be: C. K. Stead, Sydney Janet Kaplan and Gerri Kimber 2014 seems the ideal year to celebrate Katherine Mansfield’s lifelong attachment to France and her passionate involvement with all things French: not just the language, literature and the arts, but the everyday world too, from recipes and customs to the contemporary socio-political context, transport, economics and of course the devastating impact of the war. France for Mansfield was a land of transit, a haven to escape to and aRead More →

Université de Nantes, France contact email:  georges.letissier@univ-nantes.fr ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE SOCIÉTÉ DES ÉTUDES BRITANNIQUES CONTEMPORAINES The Spatial Imaginary in Contemporary British Literature and the Arts 18th- 19th October 2013 University of Nantes (France) http://www.laseac.fr/ The “spatial turn” which was largely initiated by Henri Lefebvre’s work La production de l’espace opened up new perspectives to investigate both literature and the arts through their intrinsic relation to the imaginary. The renewal of interest in the category of the imagination (J.Su, 2011) affords new tracks to study contemporary fiction writers (P. Ackroyd, M. Ali, J.Barnes, E.M. Forster, J. Fowles, G. Greene, K. Ishiguro, D.H. Lawrence, Z. Smith,Read More →

The 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English, (15*)16 to 19 July, 2014, Vienna, Austria. Theme: Unbraiding the Short Story This conference will bring writers of fiction in English (Irish, British, American, Canadian, Australian, Caribbean, South-African, Indian, Sri Lankan, Indonesian, etc.) and writers who have had (or will have for this event) their work translated into English together with scholars of the short story, and all will join in reading sessions, roundtable discussions and panels, and translation workshops. Read more about 13th International Conference on the Short Story in EnglishRead More →