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[cfp] The Superhero Revised in Comic Books, Film, and Television (Conference Panel)

Posted 29 Jan, 2005

Panel for the 2005 Midwest Popular Culture Association / Midwest American Culture Association Conference in St. Louis, MO, October 14-16.

Panel Title: "The Superhero Revised in Comic Books, Film, and Television"
Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2005

From the time of their advent in the comic books of the 1930's, superheroes have been a distinctive part of the American experience. Some critics have suggested that the enduring presence of superheroes in comic books, film, and television grows from the desire to retain the classic heroic archetypes. Others have suggested that superheroes are extremely malleable commodities that easily reflect and reinforce culture. With these ideas (and others) in play, this panel will explore the changes made to the superhero in general and particular throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.

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[cfp] The Illustrated Book and Modernism (Conference Panel)

Posted 15 Jan, 2005
Modernist Studies Association 7th Annual Conference
November 3-6, 2005
Chicago, Illinois

Proposed panel: The Illustrated Book

With a legacy in the West dating to the Middle Ages, book illustration is deeply rooted in tradition. At the same time, artists, beginning with William Blake, began to rethink and expand the relationship between words and the images they used to accompany them. Proposals exploring the relationship between text and illustration, especially those concerned with artists illustrating the texts of others, are invited for a session at the Modernist Studies Association annual meeting to be held in Chicago the first weekend of November, 2005.

Please send a one- to two-page abstract for a 20-minute presentation together with a brief CV to Michelle Kaiserlian at the following email address by February 11, 2005. Electronic submissions only.

Michelle Kaiserlian
Indiana University

[cfp] Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, and Nature (Collection)

Posted 15 Jan, 2005

Editors Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey seek proposals for a new collection of original articles to be published by State University of New York Press that address the role of visual rhetoric and picture theory in understanding the construction and contestation of space, place, nature, and environment. This collection will consider how and what imagesnmental rhetoric, and visual rhetoric to more fully develop theories of ecosee. Growing from M. Jimmie Killingsworth and Jacqueline S. Palmer's attempt to understand "the relationships among language, thought, and action in environmental politics" as expressed in their landmark book Ecospeak: Rhetoric and Environmental Politics in America, Ecosee moves to take into consideration a crucial facet of environmental rhetoric: ecosee, the visual (re)presentation of space/environment/nature in photographs, paintings, television, movies, video games, computer medias, and other forms of image-based media.

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[general] The Comic Book in American Culture

Posted 11 Jan, 2005

Dr. Michael Pemberton is teaching "The Comic Book in American Culture" at Georgia Southern University. The syllabus is online. Please email the editors if you have a class on comics so we can post the information here. We're also looking for articles on teaching comics, please email us if you're interested in submitting an article.

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[cfp] Proposals for MLA Volume on Teaching the Graphic Novel (Collection)

Posted 04 Jan, 2005

For the MLA's Options for Teaching series, the Publications Committee has approved development of the volume Teaching the Graphic Novel, edited by Stephen E. Tabachnick. As currently projected, the volume will be aimed primarily at nonspecialists --those who occasionally teach a graphic novel or wish to do so--as well as at those who already teach courses in the graphic novel.

The volume will include sections on 1) theoretical and historical issues, 2) aesthetic issues, 3) social issues, 4) course contexts, and 5) teaching specific graphic novels or graphic novelists.  The book will also offer a bibliography and list of resources for further study. Given the interdisciplinary and international nature of the graphic novel, submissions are welcome from faculty in diverse fields (e.g., literatures in English and other languages, film, art, graphic design, philosophy, history and political science, among other fields).

One-page abstracts should be emailed to by 1 May 2005, although the editor encourages contact with him well before the deadline. Abstracts can also be mailed to Stephen Tabachnick, English Department, Patterson Hall Room 467, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152-3510.



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