New Book Group Forming: THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne

THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne
(September 15-October 12, 2016)

Before this ugly edifice, and between it and the wheel-track of the street, was a grass-plot, much overgrown with burdock. pig-weed, apple-peru…
Come join us in the virtual literary salon for this reading season’s first selection THE SCARLET LETTER. Ah yes, we will be looking at sin, guilt and redemption but we’ll also take a look at the significance of flowers and plants in this American classic.
FREE and OPEN to all writers, readers—and master gardeners. Check it out here. The pre-read salon is already up and active.

CFP: Shakespeare 401: What’s Next?

CFP: Shakespeare 401: What’s Next?

2017 Shakespearean Theatre Conference
University of Waterloo with the Stratford Festival: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (June 22-24, 2017)
Due: 31 January 2017


An 1870 oil painting by Ford Madox Brown depicting the play’s famous balcony scene

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, full sessions, and workshops for the second Shakespearean Theatre Conference, to be held June 22-24, 2017. All approaches to Tudor-Stuart drama and its afterlives are welcome. In the wake of the Shakespeare quatercentenary, we especially encourage papers that think broadly and creatively about the future of this drama. How can old plays best speak to the diversity of contemporary identities? What new critical and creative directions seem particularly promising? Which established practices remained indispensable? What — or who — is due for a revival?

Plenary speakers:
Sarah Beckwith (Duke University)
Martha Henry (Stratford Festival)
Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)
Julia Reinhard Lupton (University of California, Irvine)

The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. The 2017 season at Stratford will include productions ofTwelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, Tartuffe, The School for Scandal, and The Bakkhai.

By January 31, 2017, please send proposals to


CFP: The Craft (Beer) of Medievalism:

 Popular Culture, the Middle Ages, and Contemporary Brewing (ICMS Kalamazoo 2017)

Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2016

CFP 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 11–14, 2017), Kalamazoo: The Craft (Beer) of Medievalism: Popular Culture, the Middle Ages, and Contemporary Brewing (A Roundtable)


According to the Brewers Association, an industry advocacy group, American craft brewing is a rapidly growing $22.3 billion market. As a visit to any store specializing in small-scale beer will affirm, medieval imagery and ideas are frequently invoked in the marketing and conceptions of such beer. This roundtable will explore the multi-faceted intersection of medievalism and the craft beer movement. Short papers may focus on claims to authenticity, heritage, and craftsmanship; the links among craft beer, medievalism, and specific discourses of national or ethnic identity; the use of medieval imagery in labeling and package design; the invocation of the Middle Ages in advertising and special events like beer festivals; or the place of historical recreation and reenactment in craft brewing. We expect panelists will approach the topic through the broad frame of medievalism in popular culture, as explored in recent works like David Matthew’s Medievalism: A Critical History and Louise D’Arcens Comic Medievalism: Laughing at the Middle Ages. By taking up the topic of craft beer, this roundtable specifically seeks to situate medievalism in a discourse of consumption that falls somewhere between passive spectatorship and more active modes of historical reenactment, and thus to make a new contribution to the study of medievalism in contemporary culture. Questions, queries, and 200-word abstracts to Megan Cook at by September 15.


CFP: Teaching Chaucer’s Tales with Visuals.

Call for papers for the Chaucer MetaPage session at the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, in May 2017

Beyond the Portraits: Teaching Chaucer’s Tales with Visuals

Deadline for Submission: September 15, 2016 

Chaucer MetaPage


The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 is mentioned in the Tales.CBeyond the Portraits: 

Teaching Chaucer’s Tales with Visuals.

For this session, we seek papers that explore the possibilities of using visual materials to teach the Canterbury Tales, going beyond the Ellesmere portraits and similar highly familiar resources. These resources could be online or off (e.g. photos, underexplored book illustrations, ephemera). The session will emphasize the pedagogical value of these materials.

CFP: Travel the Silk Road to Portland

Portland State University is pleased to announce its upcoming conference on October 12, 2017

The Art & Archaeology of the Silk Road

Extent of Silk Route/Silk Road. Red is land route and the blue is the sea/water route.

We invite papers that explore the portable arts and built environment of the Silk Road from its beginnings through the period of its fragmentation under the Mongol Empire. Papers may investigate case studies in specific visual and material culture topics or archeological sites or take a broader, comparative approach. We are particularly interested in having a geographic range of topics represented in the material shared at the conference in order to explore possible themes such as diplomacy in art, hybridity, exoticism, regionalism, and globalization.


Sogdian man on a Bactrian camel, sancai ceramic glaze, Chinese Tang Dynasty (618-907)

The language of the conference presentations will be English, and the presentations will be 20-minute papers grouped around themes for discussion panels following each set of talks. Please submit an approximately 300-word abstract and curriculum vitae to Professors Junghee Lee and Anne McClanan.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:
January 15, 2017

Acceptance Notification:
March 1, 2017

Early Registration Deadline:
August 15, 2017

Registration Deadline:
September 29, 2017

Conference Date:
October 12, 2017


CFP: Christianity and the Literature of the Vikings

Special Topic: Christianity and the Literature of the Vikings (Spring 2017)

DEADLINE: October 15, 2016

Intégrité: A Journal of Faith and Learning (Missouri Baptist University)

Intégrité is a scholarly journal published biannually by the Faith and Learning Committee and the Humanities Division at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri. Published both online ( and in print, it welcomes essays for a special issue (Spring 2017) on “Christianity and the Literature of the Vikings.” Essays may explore the intersection of the Christian faith and Old Norse literature. As a faith and learning journal, Intégrité also invites pedagogical essays that address teaching Old Norse literature at faith-based institutions of higher learning.


Print edition of Snorri’s Edda of 1666

Some possible topics include:

CF• The consequences and quality of Iceland’s national conversion to Christianity in 1000 A.C.E. and its treatment in the Icelandic Family Sagas (Íslendingasögur)

• Christianity and the supernatural in any saga genre

• The influence of Christianity on the writings of Icelandic historian and poet Snorri Sturluson

• The relationship between Christianity and Old Norse paganism

• Christianity and the medieval Icelandic legal system

• Medieval Icelandic devotional texts

• The value of Old Norse for literary study in faith-based institutions of higher learning

For this issue the journal also welcomes reviews of scholarly books published since 2010 that explore topics related to Christianity, literature, and pedagogy.

Essays should be 10-25 pages in length, and book reviews should be 5-8 pages. For citation style, refer to the current edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Articles should include in-text citations in parentheses, a list of endnotes (if applicable), and an alphabetical listing of works cited at the end. Proposals and abstracts may be submitted until October 15, 2016. Essays are due no later than March 1, 2017. Please send submissions as Word attachments.

Matthew Bardowell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Missouri Baptist University

St. Louis, MO 63141

(314) 744-7608

CFP: Get Your FOLKTALES on in UTRECHT (July 6-9, 2017)

CFP: World Mythologies and Folktales/ Mythologies and Folktales of the World: Literary Interpretations

American Comparative Literature Association ACLA 
July 6-9, 2017
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Deadline for submissions: September 23, 2016

Beach of Utrecht“, Painting by Ernst Oppler, c. 1910CFP

Organizer: Nivin El Asdoudi

Co-Organizer: Doaa Omran

“The relationship between myth and literature is …problematic…On the one hand, myth is a sub-category of literature, on the other hand, it is a more general form of it”(Kenan).The complex relationship between myth/ folktales and literature has always been the concern of critics and writers. Borghes, for example, states that “myth is at the beginning of literature and at its end.” In Dreamtigers, he argues that there is always a tension between reality and fiction in works of literature that have myths, folktales or romances at their heart. He arrives at the conclusion that time can blur the difference between reality and fiction and that fiction can easily turn into myth over time, as in Don Quixote. Myths have always inspired writers from different periods and cultures such as Callimachus, Cavafy, Rilke, Banker and El Hakim. The attitude towards myths and folktales vary from one author to another. While medievalism influenced Tolkein’s mythology in Lord of the Rings, the debunking of folktales and fairytales was the main purpose of Marie de France and Carter. Writers such as Achebe and Asturias drew heavily on African and South American folklore in order to offer the reader a post-colonial counter-discourse. Myths and folktales can be also found at the core of magical realist works or works with magical realist elements such as in the case of Okri’s and Oddoul’s writings.

The aim of this panel is to explore adaptations of myths and folktales in world literature whether classical, medieval, modern or contemporary. We seek papers that analyze these literary works from a comparative perspective. Comparisons of literary adaptations /re-readings /questionings or debunking of myths and folktales from different cultures and /or periods are highly encouraged. Modes of reading include but are not restricted to the following:

Structuralist /Poststructuralist
Some of the key questions include:

How do writers use re-readings of myths /folktales as a tool to challenge or consolidate notions of gender and in what way is their cultural background a decisive element?
How do women writers deploy myths /folktales as a means of feminist empowerment?
How do magical realist authors use myths/folktales as sources of magic in their writings?
How do authors employ myths /folktales as sub-texts that define their attitude towards nationalism and in what way does a comparative reading highlight this issue?

Submission : through ACLA website by September 23rd.


The Oudegracht c. 1890.

Colliding in a Mash Up with Nancy Drew

How absolutely delightful to discover that my poem “Nancy Drew in The Kalevala” will be included in the NANCY DREW ANTHOLOGY: A Collection of Poetry, Prose, Art & Photography Featuring Everyone’s Favorite Female Sleuth to be published by Silver BirchPress in October 2016.


Edward Stratemeyer conceived the character and wrote plot outlines but hired Mildred Wirt Benson to ghostwrite the first volumes in the series under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.

CFP: Othello’s Island 2017, Nicosia Cypress

Call for Papers
Othello’s Island 2017

Othello and Desdemona by Alexandre-Marie Colin, 1829

The 5th annual multidisciplinary conference on medieval, renaissance and early modern studies and their later legacies

Venue: Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR)

Nicosia, Cyprus, 6 to 8 April 2017

with optional historic-site visits on 9 April

Acollaborative event organised by academics from CVAR, Northern Arizona University, Sheffield Hallam University, SOAS University of London the University of Kent and the University of LeedsCFR

The deadline for submissions of proposals is 1 January 2017. Early submission is strongly advised.