Institute of English of University of Opole and Faculty of English of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań are pleased to announce the interdisciplinary international conference:
Call for papers: Redefining Australia and New Zealand: Historical Heritage and Contemporary Perspectives in Language, Culture and Literature
24-25 November 2017 Opole, Poland
3rd International Conference of the University of Banja Luka (BiH) in cooperation with the University of Opole (Poland) and the University of Central Oklahoma (USA)
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.
International Conference on “Decay, Disease, Death in Literatures, Cultures, and Language” at University of Opole,
26-28 SEPTEMBER 2016
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.
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.