MLA 2011 CFPs: Romantic topics

The following sessions at the 2011 MLA may be of particular interest to scholars of British Romanticism:

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Session Type: Allied Organization

Organization: North American Society for the Study of Romanticism

Title: Thinking through Form: Romantic Biography

Description: Aims and possibilities of biography in the Romantic moment, when art was often made of life and “the life” was a new form of art.

Submission Requirements: 250-word abstracts   Deadline: 15 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Denise Gigante (dgigante@stanford.edu)

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Session Type: Allied Organization

Organization: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association

Title: British Romanticism and Film

Description: Essays should examine the representation of Romantic literature, authors, and themes in film, with critical attention to production values, historical context, and film as a discrete artistic medium.

Submission Requirements: Abstracts   Deadline: 15 Mar. 2010

Organizer: James C. McKusick (james.mckusick@umontana.edu)

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Session Type: Division

Organization: the English Romantic Period

Title: Locating Romantic Sociability

Description: Romantic-period writing in relation to particular scenes of sociability such as taverns, theaters, clubs, debating societies, shops, galleries, schools, pleasure gardens, chapels, drawing rooms.

Submission Requirements: 250-word abstracts   Deadline: 1 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Kevin Gilmartin (kmg@hss.caltech.edu)

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Session Type: Division

Organization: the English Romantic Period

Title: Stepping Westward

Description: A westward romanticism? or step aside from a westward orientation? What distance–step, ocean, continent–makes a difference? Consider directionality, dialect, gait, measure; propositional, prepositional, topographical romanticisms; Romanticism’s “wildish destinies.”

Submission Requirements: Papers or abstracts   Deadline: 1 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Celeste Langan (clangan@berkeley.edu)

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Session Type: Allied Organization

Organization: Byron Society of America

Title: Lord Byron: Lives and Afterlives

Description: Byron’s narrative or autobiographical impulses, 19th-century “lives,” or contemporary incarnations.

Submission Requirements: 8-page papers or 250-word proposals   Deadline: 15 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Cheryl Fallon Giuliano (giuliano@humnet.ucla.edu)

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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Romantic Agrarian Politics

Description: Rethinking connections between Romantic authors and agrarian resistance(s) to encroachment, dispossession, and enslavement. Transatlantic studies are especially welcome.

Submission Requirements: 250–500-word abstracts   Deadline: 10 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Michael Demson (mdemson@earthlink.net)

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Session Type: Division

Organization: Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century

Title: Forms of Freedom

Description: The actuality and idea of freedom in relation to the freedom or unfreedom of the kinds of texts that engage it.

Submission Requirements: Papers or abstracts   Deadline: 15 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Ian Balfour (ibalfour@yorku.ca)

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Session Type: Division

Organization: Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century

Title: Genre Trouble

Description: 19th-century works that challenge genre definitions, transgress genre boundaries, exhibit formal heterogeneity; fragments and digressions.

Submission Requirements: Abstracts   Deadline: 15 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Michal Ginsburg (m-ginsburg@northwestern.edu)

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Session Type: Division

Organization: Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century

Title: Readings of Barbara Johnson’s 19th Century

Description: Readings of and with Johnson’s 19th century (Melville, Freud, Wordsworth, Baudelaire, Mallarme, etc.).

Submission Requirements: Abstracts   Deadline: 5 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Sara Guyer (guyer@wisc.edu)

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Session Type: Allied Organization

Organization: Goethe Society of North America

Title: Self and Self-Consciousness (Selbstbewußtsein) in Goethe and Romanticism

Description: Exploring possible meanings of a “self” (self-awareness, knowledge of another self, etc.); also concepts Goethe and others employ to portray self-consciousness.

Submission Requirements: 1-page abstracts   Deadline: 10 Mar. 2010

Organizer: R. Ellis Dye (dye@macalester.edu)

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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Romanticism and Globalization

Description: In the decades between the French Revolution and the “official” Victorian phase of the British Empire, how did British Romantics begin to teach their readers to think globally?

Submission Requirements: Abstracts   Deadline: 2 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Evan M. Gottlieb (evan.gottlieb@oregonstate.edu)

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