News of the day

News of the day

1.Upcoming conference panel: 

MLA 2016, British, Or?

 Medieval literary history presumes that the national identity of Britain is established over time and in relation to other cultures. Literary studies today question the notion that British literature reflects or produces a nationalist empire; yet, we continue to debate the question of the relevance of Middle English, and of medieval literature based on narratives of linguistic difference, cultural capital, commerce, geography, and global exchange. What is British? Where and when is what we call “the medieval” in relation to that which we deem “British”? Or, is there another way we might come to speak of a cosmopolitanism of medieval literature?

 2. Suggested reading: Global Middle East, A: Mobility, Materiality and Culture in the Modern Age, 1880-1950 (Library of Middle East History) (2014)by Liat Kozma (Editor), Cyrus Schayegh (Editor)

The start of the twentieth century ushered in a period of unprecedented change in the Middle East. These transformations, brought about by the emergence of the modern state system and an increasing interaction with a more globalized economy, irrevocably altered the political and social structures of the Middle East, even as the region itself left its mark on the processes of globalization themselves. As a result of these changes, there was an intensification in the movement of people, …

3. The American Comparative Literature Society seeks submissions for the MA thesis award. Please send any theses that address literature in at least two languages to Erin Labbie ( We hope to award the student who has written the most comprehensive, eloquent, and well-researched thesis that was submitted as recently as January 2015 and which may be completed by January 30, 2016.

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