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ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. Conference: The Joynes Center for Continuing Education and the Departments of English and History, Winthrop College, will sponsor Scotch-Irish Heritage Festival, II at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C, 17-19 November 1983. 2. Call for Papers: Patriarchs, Prophets and Demons: Major Victorians and Major Victorian Issues Revisited will be the topic of the 1984 meeting of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association in Ann Arbor, MI, 12-14 April 1984. They welcome proposals treating persons or issues traditionally considered "major" or lesser figures or issues that are candidates for upward assessment. Eight-to-ten-page papers or two-page abstracts should be sent by 15 November 1983 to Frederick Kirchhoff , English Dept., Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. at Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. 3. Conference: The Northeast Victorian Studies Association will hold its 1984 conference on 13-15 April at Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, New York. The conference theme will be The Victorian Frame of Mind: 1830-1870 in memory of Professor Walter E. Houghton of Wellesley. Those wishing to offer a paper (20 minute limit) should send a two-page proposal (with nine copies) to Robert N. Keane, English Dept., Hofstra Univ., 204 Calkins Hall, Hempstead, NY 11550. 4. Symposium: The year 1984 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Leigh Hunt (1784-1859). Because the University of Iowa's collection of books and manuscripts by Hunt is outstanding, the event will be celebrated in Iowa City with a symposium on the life and times of Leigh Hunt. The meeting will take place on 13 April 1984 and will include Richard D. Altick, Charles E. Robinson, David H. Stam, Rosemary T. Van Arsdel, and Carl Woodring. For further information, contact Robert A. McCrown, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, IA 52242. (319) 353-4845. 5. WHIM Conference: The Western Humor and Irony Membership Conference will be held 28 March-1 April 1984 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference's topic is Contemporary Humor in categories such as Ethnic Humor, Humor in British Literature, Humor in Popular Culture, Religious Humor, and Scientific Humor. The deadline for proposals is 1 January 1984 and must include a $20 fee and one-page abstract. For further information, contact Don and Alleen Nilsen, English Dept., Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ 85287. 6. Call for Papers: Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, and the University of British Columbia are sponsoring a conference in November 1984, George Orwell in 1984: A Reassessment. The committee invites papers in the following areas for plenary and workshop sessions : Orwell and His Contemporaries, Orwell and Social Class, Orwell and Politics, Orwell and the Language, Orwell and Literary Art, Orwell and Journalism, Orwell and the Spanish Civil War, Orwell and Colonialism, Orwell and Truth-Telling, Orwell and Education, Orwell and Utopia or Dystopia, Orwell and His Influence. Outlines or summaries should be sent to Dr. Peter Buitenhuis, English Dept., Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6. 7. Conference: The Dept. of English, with the Graduate School and other departments of Northern Illinois University, De KaIb, will host a conference on the works, the life and times of George Orwell on 23-24 March 1984, George Orwell: Unresolved Contradictions. For further information, contact John V. Knapp, English Dept., Reavis Hall 330, Northern Illinois Univ., De KaIb, IL 60115. 160 ...


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