CfP: “The American Academic Novel Nowadays: Its Contents and Discontents”, Panel in London, 4-7 April 2018. Deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2017.

Conference Call for Papers

“The American Academic Novel Nowadays: Its Contents and Discontents”

Panel organized within the framework of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS) and British Association for American Studies (BAAS) “Environment, Place and Protest” conference

King’s College London, University College London, and the British Library

London, 4-7 April 2018

This panel aims to explore the various interactions between academe and the real world in contemporary American fiction, non-fiction and film, in connection with modern day issues, discourses, and trends.

Submissions may include academic fiction, non-fiction and film, and the following topics:

  • Indigenous studies
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Race studies
  • Queer and feminist theory & gender studies
  • Ecocriticism and environmental studies
  • Posthumanism and animal studies
  • Refugees, migrations and immigration
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Trauma, illness and disability studies
  • Critical university studies
  • Digital media and technology
  • Religion
  • Media and journalism
  • Politics and activism

Please send an abstract (250 words), including a title, for a 20-minute paper, and a short bio note by September 15, 2017 to the panel organizer Marta Lysik at marta.lysik@uwr.edu.pl.

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Ms. Mentor’s List, for the 10th time

June 12, 2017 – chronicle.com

Evil Deans and the Academic Novel

“This summer’s selections will make you chortle, groan, or sigh with understanding and complicity — unless you are a dean.”

Suzette Mayr’s Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall

June 2, 2017 – calgaryherald.com

Suzette Mayr’s new novel looks at the horrors of academia through a satirical lens by Eric Volmers

“After all, there is a certain risk to writing a dark satire about university culture while still working at a university. Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall does not take place at the University of Calgary, where Mayr currently teaches creative writing as an associate professor in the faculty of arts. Instead, it takes place in the not-so-hallowed halls of the University of Inivea, a rotting and perhaps haunted piece of brutalist architecture found in a fictional Alberta town. A Toronto Star critic recently described the setting as a ‘delightfully twisted version of Mayr’s Calgary, a funhouse mirror designed with Kafka and Lewis Carroll in mind.’ ”

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More:

http://www.quillandquire.com/omni/suzatte-mayr-how-the-confluence-of-mental-health-issues-and-an-affinity-for-horror-novels-led-to-my-latest-book/

CfP:”Representations of Textual and Contextual Boundaries in Academic Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Film” in Kaunas, Lithuania 27-28 April, 2017

 

Session organized within the framework of the

“Texts and Contexts: The Phenomenon of Boundaries” conference

Vilnius University Kaunas, Faculty of Humanities

This panel aims to explore the representations of different boundaries at work in academic fiction, non-fiction and film, be they referring to genre and its textual fabric, or the reality and different contexts these narratives depict.

Submissions can relate, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Textual vs. material reality in academic narratives,
  • Student-teacher boundaries and off-limits behaviors in academic narratives,
  • Divisions in the academe,
  • No limits – academic utopias and dystopias,
  • Breaking the boundary of realism – sci-fi academic narratives,
  • Limits of empathy and identification – academics reading and writing academic novels,
  • Frontiers and trailblazers in the academe,
  • Probing the limits of truth, or facts and fiction in academic narratives and life writing – autofiction, roman à  clef etc.,
  • Academic metafiction and breaking down of the fourth wall – writers writing about writers and writing,
  • Limitless navel-gazing? Self-reflexivity in academic narratives, or academics writing about academe and academics
  • Academic novel – genre boundaries and margins

Please send a short abstract (no more than 200 words) for a 20-minute paper, and a bio note by 6 February, 2017 to the session organizer Marta Lysik at marta.lysik@uwr.edu.pl.

A Contemporary Version of Stoner? Loner by Teddy Wayne

September 13, 2016 – vanityfair.com

Loner Author Teddy Wayne on Tackling the Campus Novel and Male Privilege
The author discusses the dark social forces that influenced his latest book.
BY MIKE SACKS

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Vanity Fair contributor and New York Times columnist Teddy Wayne has a new campus novel, Loner (Simon & Schuster), out today, just in time for back-to-school season. Wayne’s third book follows David Federman, an alienated Harvard freshman who soon becomes infatuated with Veronica, a glamorous, sophisticated Manhattanite in his dorm.

What begins as a wry coming-of-age story soon spirals into a dark, disturbing portrait of obsession and an examination of class and gender politics.”

More:

http://kdlg.org/post/first-year-college-student-finds-himself-outclassed-loner#stream/0

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/arts_and_entertainment/hammack-loner-represents-modern-college-life/article_ed40ec9c-8f62-11e6-8e10-ff014ed49d2a.html

Ms. Mentor strikes again

July 3, 2016 – chronicle.com

Academic Novels for Real People. So much for the classics; time to break open the juicy stuff.

“Question (from ‘Hegelia’): All right, I’ve read some of the books on last month’s list of classic academic novels, filled with profs performing intellectually in their native habitats. But where are the juicy academic novels?

Answer: That depends on what you mean by ‘juicy.’ For some readers of academic novels, the scholarly in-jokes are the whole point of the genre. These are the sort of readers who chortle about the literary-theory tidbits in John L’Heureux’s The Handmaid of Desire, or claim to know the real-life inspiration for the pushy promoter of ‘Diana Studies’ in Jennifer Vandever’s The Bronte Project.”

Ms. Mentor’s Summer Reading List

June 5, 2016 – chronicle.com

Reading the Classics of Academic Literature. Five lofty texts about professors and learning for your summer book list