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American Idols and Their Fans: What People Write and Send to Celebrities

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For a planned book collection of forward-looking essays on how celebrities and their cultural productions are received by different types of readers, viewers, listeners, etc., we are seeking original and informed analyses of letters, e-mails, Facebook and Twitter posts, zines, gifts, chat rooms, or any other ways in which fans express themselves to celebrities. We especially welcome essays that investigate topics not typically represented in scholarly discourse and/or push the boundaries of typical scholarly approaches. Abstracts of 500 words or …

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(Re-)Presentations of Working Life

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The 10th Interdisciplinary and International Graduate Conference will focus on the analysis of ‘(Re-)Presentations of Working Life’. Drawing on the academic debate well established in the fields of sociology, political sciences or theology it seeks to promote this debate within the humanities, particularly within the field of cultural studies. The conference is taking place at Erlangen University from 12-13 November 2011 and is aimed at graduates and postgraduates from the fields of linguistics, literary and cultural studies, political sciences, sociology, …

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Critical Collection

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Passing Through home: Space as Process in U.S. Ethnic Narratives of Return (July 20, 2011)
Essays are sought for a critical collection that explores the ways in which practices of displacement and travel emerge as constitutive of cultural identity in contemporary U.S. ethnic narratives of return. Ethnic subjects’ “roots/routes” (Clifford), that is, their local social networks and practices, their family relationships across space, and their imaginary representations of space, configure mobile, transitive geographies which are an integral part of the …

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Aesthetic Lives

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Université Paul-Valéry Montpelier, FRANCE, 23-24 September 2011 Guest speakers: Dennis Denisoff (Ryerson University, Toronto) and Ana Parejo
Vadillo (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Please email your proposal by June 30, 2011 to catherine.delyfer and bncoste
‘[C]reating themselves out of themselves, and moulding themselves to what they were, and willed to be’
In 1873, citing Hegel’s vision of the Greeks, Walter Pater wrote in _The Renaissance_: ‘They are great and free, and have grown up on the soil of their own …

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Narrative Lives: Working Class Autobiography

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The final seminar in the Narrative Lives series on “Working Class Autobiography” will take place on Friday 10th June 2011, 11.45-16.00 in AA003 Antonin Artaud Building at Brunel University London. Directions to Brunel can be found at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/campus/directions
The event will include readings of new short fiction by students from the Brunel MA in Creative and Professional Writing, a demonstration of the digitised Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiography on the Archive of Working Class Writing Website and the following …

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Margaret Morganroth Gullette’s Agewise

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Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in America (University of Chicago Press, April 2011)
Margaret Morganroth Gullette
An analysis of a range of discourses and practices that produce ageism and middle ageism in the United States, Agewise uses auto/biography and a/b theory in almost every chapter: In a discussion of how children learn progress and decline narratives in their families of origin, (“Our Best and Longest Running Story”), Margaret Morganroth Gullette quotes her own parents and the fictional narrator’s parents in …

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Roger Porter on the Secret Lives of Fathers

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Roger Porter, Professor of English at Reed College, has a new book out from Cornell University Press entitled Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers. The work is a critical study of memoirs written by adult children who discover their fathers have led secret lives. These secrets include second families unknown to the children, religious conversions, criminality, sexual concealments–in short, clandestine identities and duplicitous family histories of many kinds.
The study focuses on the nature of the …

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New Book by List Member

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Fathers: A Literary Anthology
http://patremoirpress.com/
In time for Fathers Day, an exciting collection of writings by literary legends about their fathers…
Vancouver, BC – May 2011 – Newly released by Patremoir Press, Fathers: A Literary Anthology is a book “to set the darkness echoing.” It is a transformational book which richly proves the wisdom of Doris Lessing’s insight that “We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed; they are always there for love or for …

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Call for Papers: The Royal Body

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Centre for the Study of Bodies and Material Culture, Royal Holloway,
University of London
2-5 April 2012
‘For the King has in him two bodies . a Body natural and a Body politic.’
The idea of the king’s two bodies, the body natural and the body politic, founded on the distinction between the personal and mortal king and the perpetual and corporate crown, has long been of interest to scholars of medieval and early modern kingship. In later centuries the …

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Jan Masaryk’s Speaking to My Country

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Plunkett Lake Press E-books of Life Writing has just issued Speaking to My Country, Jan Masaryk’s BBC World War II broadcasts, as an eBook. Masaryk’s personal radio diary of the second world war has long been out of print.
With a Foreword by Madeleine Albright and a biographical note by list member Helen Epstein, this new eBook, available from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004XWQ410), can be read on any computer, smartphone, tablet (iPad, etc) or eReader (Kindle or Nook).
Jan Masaryk’s broadcasts are …

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