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Book Announcement: Laurence Lux-Sterritt, English Benedictine Nuns in Exile in the Seventeenth Century

Laurence Lux-Sterritt, English Benedictine Nuns in Exile in the Seventeenth Century: Living Spirituality 

Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5261-1005-3

Details: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526110053/

This study of English Benedictine nuns is based upon a wide variety of original manuscripts, including chronicles, death notices, clerical instructions, texts of spiritual guidance, but also the nuns’ own collections of notes. It highlights the tensions between the contemplative ideal and the nuns’ personal experiences, illustrating the tensions between theory and practice in the ideal of being dead to the world. It shows how Benedictine convents were both cut-off and enclosed yet very much in touch with the religious and political developments at home, but also proposes a different approach to the history of nuns, with a study of emotions and the senses in the cloister, delving into the textual analysis of the nuns’ personal and communal documents to explore aspect of a lived spirituality, when the body which so often hindered the spirit, at times enabled spiritual experience.​

Book Announcement: Silke Stroh, Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination

Silke Stroh, Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination: Anglophone Writing from 1600 to 1900

Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2017

331 pages

Paperback: regular price $39.95; current discount price: $30 (to obtain the discount, order directly from the publisher at www.nupress.northwestern.edu and cite the discount code NU2016); ISBN 978-0-8101-3405-8

Hardback: $99.95, ISBN 978-0-8101-3403-4
E-book: $39.95, ISBN 978-0-8101-3404-1

Can Scotland be considered an English colony? Is its experience and literature comparable to that of overseas postcolonial countries? Or are such comparisons no more than patriotic victimology to mask Scottish complicity in the British Empire and justify nationalism? These questions have been heatedly debated in recent years, especially in the run-up to the 2014 referendum on independence, and remain topical amid continuing campaigns for more autonomy and calls for a post-Brexit “indyref2.”  However, postcolonialism cannot be reduced to politics: cultural concerns are equally important. Focusing on the first centuries of the British Unions, Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination also offers a general introduction to the emerging field of postcolonial Scottish studies, assessing both its potential and limitations in order to promote further interdisciplinary dialogue. Accessible to readers from various backgrounds, the book combines overviews of theoretical, social, and cultural contexts with detailed case studies of literary and nonliterary texts. The main focus is on internal divisions between the anglophone Lowlands and traditionally Gaelic Highlands. Central to the ‘internal colonialism’ debate, these divisions also play a crucial role in Scottish–English relations. This study shows how the image of Scotland’s Gaelic margins changed under the influence of two simultaneous developments: the emergence of the modern nation state and the rise of overseas colonialism. Both sparked intense debates over ethnic hierarchies, progress and development, cultural intermixture, exploitation and resistance. Examples are drawn from novels, travel writing, poetry, political and administrative documents, writings by missionaries and educators, historiography, journalism, and anthropology. Continue reading “Book Announcement: Silke Stroh, Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination”

Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance

Political Masculinities and Populism
University of Landau, Germany, 1-3 December 2017
New extended deadline for proposals: 18 April 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1712/#populism

Movement and/in/of the City
University of Kent, UK, 16 June 2017
Deadline for proposals: 24 April 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1706/#MovementCity17

Linguistic correction/correctness: GReG P.L.S. 5
Université Paris Nanterre, France, 17-18 November 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2017
http://essenglish.org/conf1711/#GReG

The Challenges of Cultural Diversity in the Labor Market: Politics, Practices and Representations in the 21st century
MSHS, University of Poitiers, France, 11-13 October 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1710/#diversity

The poetics of Woolf through the prism of translation
Paris, France, 7 October 2017
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1710/#Woolf

Memories, Marks and Imprints
Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France, 20-21 November 2017
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2017
http://essenglish.org/conf1711/#memories

Self-portraits in costumes: multiple identities at play
Nantes, France, 24 November 2017
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2017
http://essenglish.org/conf1711/#self-portraits

The Renewal of the Crime Play on the Contemporary Stage
A special issue of Coup de Théâtre
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/books-journals-2017-04-06/#crime_play

Reading Michèle Roberts
University of Lodz, Poland, 7-8 September 2017
Deadline for proposals: 1 June, 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1709/#Roberts

First letters (18th-19th centuries)
Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines Victor-Segalen, Brest, France, 24-25 May 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2017
http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1805/#first_letters

Shame and Shamelessness
Contributions are invited to an issue of Volume 23 of EJES
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2017
Shame and Shamelessness

ESSE Travel Bursaries

In 2017, like every year, ESSE offered funding of up to €19,000 to help cover costs associated with a research trip.

TWO types of travel bursaries are offered:

Type A: a number of bursaries of up to €1,500 each will be available for scholars in need of support to pursue a project or programme of research leading to the writing of their PhD dissertation.
Type B: a number of bursaries of up to €1,500 each will be available for scholars already holding a doctorate or its equivalent.

The list of successful applicants for 2017 is now available on the ESSE website (follow Research and Support / Bursaries).

The rules for 2018 will be available in September after the next Board meeting. The rules for 2017 have been left available for information.

Book Announcement: Television and Serial Adaptation

Shannon Wells-Lassagne, Television and Serial Adaptation

Routledge, 2017

220 pages, 28 B/W illustrations

As American television continues to garner considerable esteem, rivalling the seventh art in its “cinematic” aesthetics and the complexity of its narratives, one aspect of its development has been relatively unexamined. While film has long acknowledged its tendency to adapt, an ability that contributed to its status as narrative art (capable of translating canonical texts onto the screen), television adaptations have seemingly been relegated to the miniseries or classic serial. From remakes and reboots to transmedia storytelling, loose adaptations or adaptations which last but a single episode, the recycling of pre-existing narrative is a practice that is just as common in television as in film, and this text seeks to rectify that oversight, examining series from “M*A*S*H” to “Game of Thrones”, “Pride and Prejudice to Castle”.

See https://www.routledge.com/Television-and-Serial-Adaptation/Wells-Lassagne/p/book/9781138696358 where about 20 pages of the book can be read.

Call For Papers: ELOPE 14 (2), 2017

ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries (http://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/elope) is a double-blind, peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes original research articles, studies and essays that address issues of English language, literature, teaching and translation. The editors, Smiljana Komar and Mojca Krevel, warmly invite contributors to submit original research related to these fields for the next issue of the journal (Vol. 14, No. 2, 2017).

The language of contributions is English. Papers should be between 5,000 and 8,000 worlds in length, with an abstract of 150–180 words. They should be submitted electronically, and should conform to the author guidelines available at http://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/elope/about/submissions. Any inquiries can be sent to Andrej Stopar (andrej.stopar@ff.uni-lj.si).

Submission deadline: September 1st, 2017.

 

ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme

The ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme offers seed funding of up to 4000 Euro to support a preliminary meeting of European researchers working towards a collaborative research project in the field of English Studies. The main purpose of this grant is to encourage prospective co-researchers from different national associations to plan a bid for a larger award from alternative funding sources; it also aims to resource the time and space to work out practical and intellectual details of the proposed project. Applications will be assessed on the quality and originality of research, evidence of sustainable international collaboration, and the feasibility of the project and its development.

Details here: http://essenglish.org/workshop-scheme/

Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance

The 14th ESSE Conference
Brno, Czech Republic, 29 August-2 September 2018
Deadlines:
Submission of proposals for Parallel Lectures (nominations by national associations): 20 May 2017
Submission of proposals for Seminars and Round Tables (proposals from prospective convenors): 20 May 2017
Submission of individual papers for Seminars and the Doctoral Symposium, as well as proposals for Round Tables and Posters: 31 January 2018
http://www.esse2018brno.org/ Continue reading “Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance”

Book Announcement: Dimensions of Madeleine L’Engle

Suzanne Bray (ed.), Dimensions of Madeleine L’Engle : New Critical Approaches

McFarland, Jefferson NC, 2017

Table of contents

Introduction
Suzanne Bray –  New Directions in L’Engle Studies ?
Anne-Frédérique Mochel-Caballero – A Scientific Girl and Intuitive Boys : The Unconventional Protagonists of A Wrinkle in Time
 Chantel Lavoie – Thinking, Doing, and Delaying Insemination in Madeleine L’Engle’s Many Waters
Carole Franko –  Narration of the Poet as a Young Woman: Intertextuality, Genre, and World-Building in L’Engle’s Austin Family Novels
Sophie Dillinger – What Madeleine Inherited from her “Grandfather George”: The Influence of George MacDonald on Madeleine L’Engle in her Children’s Fantasy Books
Gregory G. Pepetone – Madeleine L’Engle: An Anti-Romantic Romantic?
Naomi Wood – Discarded Image and Expanding Universe: The (Meta)physics of C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle
Gérald Préher – A Problematic Sense of Place: Madeleine L’Engle’s “White in the Moon the Long Road Lies”
Emily Zimbrick-Rogers – Of God and Women: The Evolution of Theology in L’Engle’s Biblical Reimaginings
Suzanne Bray – “And what should I do in Illyria?”: Discovering the American South and its Gods in Madeleine L’Engle’s The Other Side of the Sun
Bibliography
Contributors’ biographies

EJES: Just Published and Forthcoming Issues

2017

21.1 Getting and Spending, eds Silvana Colella, Brecht de Groote, Frederik Van Dam
21.2 Debating the Afropolitan, eds Emilia María Durán-Almarza, Carla Rodríguez González, Ananya J. Kabir
21.3 Feminist Interventions in Intermedial Studies, eds Anna Kérchy and Catriona McAra

2018

22.1 Approaches to Old Age, eds Sarah Falcus (Huddersfield) and Maricel Oró Piqueras
22.2 Global Responses to the ‘War on Terror’, eds Michael C. Frank (Düsseldorf) and Pavan Kumar Malreddy (Frankfurt)
22.3 Poetry, Science and Technology, eds Irmtraud Huber (Berne), Wolfgang Funk (Mainz)