3D PUBLICATION INFORMATION

Dear Conference Participants, We plan to publish a peer-reviewed collection of materials that have been presented at the conference and thus encourage you to finish and submit your contribution by 28 February 2017.

Call for papers – Decay, Disease, Death in Literatures and Cultures

Call for papers – Decay, Disease, Death in Literatures and Cultures

Carlos Schwabe’s “The Death of the Gravedigger” presents us with what is inevitable for all: the end. Schwabe’s vision of finality, however, is neither pessimistic nor particularly intimidating. As the gravedigger looks up toward the Angel of Death’s winged embrace, we discern the sense of majesty she inspires. Her placid face offers respite from a lifetime of physical labor, allowing the gravedigger to release his well-worn shovel. The gravedigger’s work is done, his soul departs, but life around him is renewed. Flowers begin to dot the receding winter snow. It is, ultimately, a comforting image.

The Outlandish, Uncanny, and Bizarre in Literatures and Cultures

The Outlandish, Uncanny, and Bizarre in Literatures and Cultures

Unlike Barthelme’s fiction, life is not always so colorful, playful, or unpredictable. Indeed, the Yankton Sioux writer Zitkala-Sa once wrote that the bulk of modern society spends its waking hours “hopelessly treading drudgery mills.” Perhaps this grim fact accounts for our interest in that which transports us from such mechanized ruts into worlds – real and unreal – ruled by the outlandish, uncanny, and bizarre.