MLA 2011 CFPs: Victorian topics

The following Calls for Papers for the 2011 MLA Convention in Los Angeles are of potential interest to Victorian scholars:

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Session Type: Allied Organization

Organization: Dickens Society

Title: Adapting Dickens

Description: Papers exploring adaptations of Dickens’s novels across time and media, from stage and film to neo-Victorian fiction and contemporary, even commercial, incarnations.

Submission Requirements: 250-word abstracts   Deadline: 8 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Marty Gould (mgould@cas.usf.edu)

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Session Type: Allied Organization

Organization: Dickens Society

Title: Dickens and Psychoanalysis

Description: New psychoanalytic approaches to Dickens. Papers on trauma, dissociation, dreams, hallucinatory states, unconscious memory; on Victorian theories of mind: double consciousness, mesmerism, physiognomy. Novels as case studies.

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

Organizer: John Jordan (picasso@ucsc.edu)

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Session Type: Allied Organization

Organization: William Morris Society

Title: Pre-Raphaelite Uses of the Past

Description: Collaborative session with the Arthurian Literature Society: papers on Victorian medievalism in painting, book design, literature, translation, and other genres.

Submission Requirements: Abstracts or proposals   Deadline: 20 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Florence S. Boos (florence-boos@uiowa.edu) and Michelle Warren (michelle.r.warren@dartmouth.edu)

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Session Type: Division

Organization: Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century English Literature

Title: Victorian Woolf

Description: Woolf’s Victorians and Victorianisms, her debts to Victorian contexts, sources, and precursors; her modernism reframed, denied, or backdated; her late- or neo-Victorian politics, technologies, travels, and afterlives.

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

Organizer: Jesse E. Matz (matzj@kenyon.edu)

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Session Type: Division

Organization: the Victorian Period

Title: Victorian Form: Bad Form

Description: Betrayal, disappointment, misbehavior, subversion, the aesthetic as a problem, the conventions of bad behavior, the pressures of convention, the ethics of transgression.

Submission Requirements: 250–350-word abstracts   Deadline: 6 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Jonah Sebastian Siegel (jsiegel@rci.rutgers.edu)

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Session Type: Division

Organization: the Victorian Period

Title: Victorian Form: Good Form

Description: Form as an ethical, epistemological, or aesthetic concern. Topics might include loyalty; poetic, narrative, and taxonomic conventions; harmony, symmetry, manners–and relations among these.

Submission Requirements: 250–350-word abstracts   Deadline: 6 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Jonah Sebastian Siegel (jsiegel@rci.rutgers.edu)

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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Ancient Rome and the Victorian Novel

Description: Exploring the aesthetic and poetological relevance of ancient Roman literature (e.g., Lucretius, Ovid, and Vergil) for the Victorian novel and Victorian novelists.

Submission Requirements: 250-word abstracts   Deadline: 5 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Wolfram R. Keller (wolfram.keller@staff.hu-berlin.de)

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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Exploring Victorian Subjectivity: Nineteenth-Century British Diaries

Description: Examples of private and published 19th-century British diary writing. Work with manuscript materials especially welcome.

Submission Requirements: 500-word abstracts   Deadline: 2 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Lynn M. Linder (linderlm@slu.edu)

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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Institutions of Victorian Literature

Description: Relations among Victorian Britain’s sprawling bureaucracies, its more intimate institutions (hearth and home), its literature, and the culture in which they flourish.

Submission Requirements: 300–500-word abstracts   Deadline: 2 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Matthew Dubord (mdubord@ucla.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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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Victorian Cultivations

Description: The intersection of environmental and social cultivation in 19th-century Britain, in either colonial or domestic contexts.

Submission Requirements: 350-word abstracts   Deadline: 2 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Elizabeth Chang (change@missouri.edu)

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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Victorian Ephebophilia: Men, Boys, and Literary Culture

Description: Why did Victorian writers express increasing interest in the aesthetic and erotic desirability of young males?

Submission Requirements: 200–350-word abstracts   Deadline: 8 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Joseph Eugene Bristow (jbristow@humnet.ucla.edu)

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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Victorians and Continental Politics

Description: How did Victorian writers respond to such continental political events as the revolutions of 1848, the Risorgimento, and the Commune? Papers on continental political figures also welcome.

Submission Requirements: 300-word abstracts   Deadline: 15 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Lanya Lamouria (llamouria@missouristate.edu)

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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Writing the 19th-Century City

Description: The flaneur. Urban mysteries. The flash press. Styles of urban journalism. Women writing the city. Public and private spaces. Links between city and nature writing.

Submission Requirements: Proposals and short vitae   Deadline: 21 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Jeffrey Allen Steele (jsteele@wisc.edu)

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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Nineteenth-Century Self-Writing and Social Service

Description: Examining the intersection of self-writing, social vocation, and ethics in 19th-century British and American autobiography by women.

Submission Requirements: 250-word abstracts and vitae   Deadline: 10 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Bryan Rasmussen (brasmuss@callutheran.edu)

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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Jane Austen Goes Abroad

Description: Austen’s novels have traveled beyond English borders. Examining her reception around the globe from the 19th century to the present.

Submission Requirements: 300-word abstracts, vitae   Deadline: 20 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Sandra Alagona (sandra.alagona@cgu.edu)

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Session Type: Special Session

Organization: n/a

Title: Empire, Time, Aesthetics

Description: What are distinctive forms of temporality or historicity that characterize politics of empire, imperialism, colonialism, and neoliberal globalization from 19th-century to present? Papers on chronopolitics, media and memory, speed, monuments, futurity, duration, etc.

Submission Requirements: Abstracts   Deadline: 15 Mar. 2010

Organizer: Mike Frangos (mfrangos@umail.ucsb.edu) and Susan Cook (susan.elizabeth.cook@gmail.com)

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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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