CFP: International Gissing Conference, University of York, March 2011

Fourth International George Gissing Conference

“Gissing’s World within the World: Art and the Artist”

Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 March 2011

University of York, UK

With the support of CECILLE Research Centre, University of Lille


The specific focus of the York Gissing Conference will be an often-overlooked aspect of Gissing’s artistic philosophy. While many readers have emphasized Gissing’s almost sociological engagement with material conditions, Gissing saw himself as a more detached devotee of art “pure & simple.” In a famous letter to his brother Algernon (22 September 1885), he observed that the artist should “keep apart, & preserve [his] soul alive” because the natural environment of the artist is “the shade,” where he “can make a world within the world.” Papers are therefore particularly sought on all aspects of Gissing as an artist, notably his engagement with late Victorian aesthetics and obsessive “detachment from the vulgarities of the day.” Topics may also include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Absorbing non-verbal aesthetics into the fictional constructs: the world as picture; ekphrasis; the visual arts in Gissing
  • Artistic leanings, amateur and professional: representational strategies
  • Gissing and Aestheticism
  • Exploring generic boundaries: Gissing and the Künstlerroman
  • Not his line of work? Gissing, drama and poetry
  • Classical Gissing
  • Gissing as Critic

This Conference will feature a session on “Teaching Gissing in the Twenty-first Century.” If you are interested in participating in this panel, please provide the organiser with a brief description of your particular approach to teaching Gissing. You may apply both to deliver a paper and to participate in the teaching session.

Please submit abstracts of 300 words for 20-minute papers with a brief biographical note and/or applications to be involved in the Teaching panel to Nicky Losseff, University of York ( no later than 15 November 2010. Please include the following personal details with your abstract: name and institutional affiliation, email address, postal address, telephone and mobile phone numbers, and A/V requirements (if any).

Participants will be notified of their acceptance by 15 January 2011 (or earlier, for those who require official letters of invitation for the purpose of obtaining support from their home institutions). Further details about registration costs, travel arrangements and accommodation (ensuite single bedrooms available on campus) will be available on the conference website after the summer: [site is not yet active]

Conference highlights:

  • Conference dinner to be followed by a piano concert (by students from the Music Department of the University of York – Gabrielle Fleury repertoire)
  • An optional excursion to the nearby city of Wakefield, birthplace of the author. Anthony Petyt, of The Gissing Trust, will organise a visit to the Gissing Centre and a tour of Gissing’s Wakefield.
  • Gissing-related book stalls (notably The Idle Booksellers)

Conference Organiser: Dr Nicky Losseff (University of York)

Advisory Committee: Prof M. D. Allen (University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley); Prof Maria-Teresa Chialant (University of Salerno); Prof Pierre Coustillas (University of Lille); Prof Constance Harsh (Colgate University); Dr Christine Huguet (University of Lille); Dr Simon J. James (Durham University); Anthony Petyt (The Gissing Trust, Wakefield); Dr Bouwe Postmus (University of Amsterdam).


Curran Fellowships for Research on the 19thC Periodical Press ($2500; 10/1/10)

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce the competition for the third annual Curran Fellowship, a travel and research grant intended to aid scholars studying 19th-century British magazines and newspapers in making use of primary print and archival sources. Made possible through the generosity of Eileen Curran, Professor Emerita of English, Colby College, and inspired by her pioneering research on Victorian periodicals, the Curran Fellowship is awarded annually in the form of two grants of $2,500 each.

The projected research may involve study of any aspects of the periodical press in any of its manifold forms, and may range from within Britain itself to the many countries, within and outside of the Empire, where British magazines and newspapers were bought, sold, and read during “the long nineteenth century” (ca. 1780-1914).

Applications for the Curran Fellowship for research to be undertaken in 2011 must be submitted in electronic form and sent to by October 1, 2010. Applicants should send a c.v., the names and contact information of two scholars who are familiar with the applicant and his or her research goals, and a description of the project to which these funds would be applied. Any queries about the application may be sent to the same address.

Applicants will be notified by December 1, 2010. Successful applicants will be required to submit a brief report to RSVP at the conclusion of the funded portion of their project, describing the results of their research, and are asked to acknowledge the fellowship in any published work based on that research.

The full version of this call for applications, as well as a set of
guidelines for applicants, may be found on the RSVP website at

CFP: Female Aestheticism (12/31/10; special issue of CVE)

CFP: Female Aestheticism (12/31/10; special Oct. 2011 issue of French journal of British Victorian studies, “Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens“)

The 74th issue of CVE will be devoted to “Female Aestheticism”. The proposed special issue seeks to chart the progress of the study of “forgotten female Aesthetes”. Ten years after the publication of Talia Schaffer’s ground-breaking book, “The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England” (University Press of Virginia 2000), what is the current state of research on late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century British female novelists, poets, essayists and visual artists influenced by or working within the Aesthetic Movement?

Original essays may be submitted exploring specific Aesthetic works/authors/artists, or addressing broader questions of social networks, cultural influence or resistance, and aesthetic significance.

Suggested authors/artists may include:
Ouida, Una Ashworth Taylor, Elizabeth Von Arnim, Olive Custance, Marie
Corelli, Vernon Lee, Lucas Malet, Victoria Cross, Alice Meynell, Ella
D’Arcy, Ella Hepworth Dixon, Netta Syrett, Mona Caird, Elizabeth Pennell,
Michael Field, Mary Evelyn Pickering De Morgan, Annie Swynnerton …

Suggested topics may include:
–    the connections, influences and differences between male and female Aesthetes
–    circles and networks of female Aesthetes
–    the influence of periodicals in the making and circulating of the work of female Aesthetes (The Yellow Book, Woman’s World etc.)
–    female Aesthetes and art institutions (Slade School of Art, Grosvenor gallery etc.)
–    gender and genre
–    the New Woman and the Female Aesthete
–    the Female Aesthete and Pre-Raphaelitism
–    female Aestheticism and Modernism, or/and female Aesthetes in the eyes of female Modernists

The deadline is 31 December 2010. Paper length is between 4000-6000 words.

Presentation style is MLA, with a few specific requirements:

-Font: Times New Roman 10, double-spaced
-Please use footnotes, NOT endnotes
-A “Works cited” section should be included at the end of the article

Please email your submission (in English or French) as an RTF attachment together with an abstract and a short bio in a separate document to

Your name and affiliation should not appear anywhere on the paper.

Email enquiries are welcome.

Dr. Catherine Delyfer
Senior Lecturer
English Departement
University of Montpellier, France
Research Centre E.M.M.A. (EA 741)
Assistant editor of CVE

CFP: Coleridge, Romanticism, and the Orient: Cultural Negotiations (Kobe, Japan, 2011)

Coleridge, Romanticism, and the Orient: Cultural Negotiations

International Conference, 16-18 July 2011
Kobe Convention Center, Kobe, Japan

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“Coleridge and the Orient” will be a three-day international conference focusing on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Romantic literature, and the Orient.

In the context of post-Saidian criticism, the conference aims to explore the large, untapped territory of Asia, the East, and the Orient in the texts of Romantic literature. The Romantic imagination is enhanced, and yet sometimes threatened by the presence of the Orient. It reflects Westerners’ ambivalent concerns and cross-cultural negotiations with the East, and is at times complicated by colonial anxiety and imperial guilt.

Topics for discussion will range widely to include Coleridge and other Romantic writers, travel writings, cross-cultural issues in Romantic Literature, a reconsideration of Romanticism and Orientalism, the reception of Coleridge and other Romantic writers in the non- European context – and much more.

[All papers will be in English.]

Plenary Speakers: Elinor Shaffer, Alan Bewell, Seamus Perry, Masashi Suzuki, Tim Fulford, Deirdre Coleman

Deadline: please send approximately 400-word paper proposals as an e- mail attached document to by 31 January 2011. Please include your e-mail address and affiliation in your proposal sheet.


the JSPS Project Group, “Coleridge and Cultural Negotiations in English Romantic Literature”
[JSPS = Japan Society for the Promotion of Science] & with the support of the Friends of Coleridge, UK

Head of the Project Group: Kaz Oishi (Nagoya University)
General enquires and proposals to:

Conference Committee: Kaz OISHI, Nahoko MIYAMOTO, ALVEY, Yoshiko FUJII, Kuri KATSUYAMA Noriko NAOHARA, Hiroshi SASAGAWA, Akiko SONODA, David VALLINS, Setsuko WAKE, Takahito YAMADA Saeko YOSHIKAWA, Tee VE-YIN

Nahoko Miyamoto Alvey, Ph.D
Associate Professor
British Section
Department of Area Studies
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
The University of Tokyo at Komaba
3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-8902

New issue: Romanticism (July 2010), on John Thelwall


Volume: 16, Number: 2 (Jul 2010) John Thelwall

The above issue is now available online from Edinburgh University Press at:

Citizen John
Gregory Leadbetter
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: v.
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John Thelwall: A Free Man Confronts the Law
Geoffrey Bindman
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 115-119.
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John Thelwall in Saint Domingue: Race, Slavery, and Revolution in The Daughter of Adoption: A Tale of Modern Times (1801)
Peter J. Kitson
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 120-138.
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John Thelwall’s Letters in the British Library
Michael Scrivener
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 139-151.
Citation | PDF plus (118 KB)
Mute Records and Blank Legends: John Thelwall’s ‘Paternal Tears’
Yasmin Solomonescu
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 152-163.
Citation | PDF plus (164 KB)
‘Thy Power to Declare’: Thelwall, Coleridge and the Politics of Collaboration
Judith Thompson
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 164-183.
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‘In no more danger of impediment than I am’: Two New Letters by John Thelwall
John Bugg
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 184-190.
Citation | PDF plus (67 KB)
John Thelwall’s Elocutionary Practices
Judith Felson Duchan
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 191-196.
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Review Essays

Disciplining Thelwall: The Art and the Act: John Thelwall in Practice Conference, 16–18 October 2009, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
MaryGeorgina FaircloughGreen
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 197-206.
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Thunderer, Recluse or Apostate? Interruptions and Continuities in the life of a Jacobin Fox
Steve Poole
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 207-217.
Citation | PDF plus (79 KB)


Steve Poole (ed.), John Thelwall: Radical Romantic and Acquitted Felon (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009), pp. xii + 227. £60.00/$99.00 hardback. 9781851969739.
Damian Walford Davies
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 218-220.
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Edward Larrissy, The Blind and Blindness in the Literature of the Romantic Period (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007), pp. 240. £60 hardback. 9780748632817.
Frederick Burwick
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 220-225.
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Robert Miles, Romantic Misfits (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp. 256. £50 hardback. 9781403989932.
Steve Clark
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 225-230.
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Stephen C. Behrendt, British Women Poets and the Romantic Writing Community (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), pp. 368. $65 hardback. 0801890543.
Susan Oliver
Romanticism Jul 2010, Vol. 16, No. 2: 230-232.
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CFP: 18th/19thC British Women Writers: “Curiosities” at Ohio State, March 2011

The 19th Annual 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

March 31- April 3, 2011

Call for Papers:
The theme for this year’s conference is “Curiosities.” We encourage submissions that consider how the concept of curiosity—in its dual meaning of intellectual pursuit and particular material objects—influenced the lives and work of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers, and continues to drive our scholarship today. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches to this topic, and are especially interested in both the ways in which women of this period expressed curiosity about their world through science, politics, philosophy, travel, religion, and art, and the ways in which these same questing, curious women became the subjects and objects of inquiry themselves.

Proposals for panels and individual papers might consider, but are not limited to, the following issues in women’s writing of the “long” eighteenth and nineteenth centuries:

Curious Explorations
• Travel writings/art; ethnographies
• Colonialism and Empire
• Immigration and emigration
• Adventure stories
• Self-exploration: memoir, autobiography, biography
• Imaginative Exploration: fantasy, dreams

Curious Bodies
• Maternity; Sexuality; Race and ethnicity
• Women and disability
• “Freak” studies
• Bodies on display: actresses, dancers , “public women”

Morbid Curiosity
• The Gothic
• Supernatural investigations; spiritualism; afterlife
• Scandal; roman à clef
• Bluebeard Tales: the “dangers” of female curiosity

Shameful Curiosities & Curious Feelings
• Suspense and Sensation
• Affect; Desire; Disgust
• Forbidden Texts/ Banned Books
• Pornography

Curiosity vs. Privacy
• Voyeurism and eavesdropping
• Gossip
• “Private” Genres: letters, diary, closet drama
• Epistolary novels
• The private sphere
• Private legacies: wills, estates, inheritance

Cabinets of Curiosities
• Collections and collectors
• Women and/as commodities
• Domestic objects
• Consumerism; shopping; possessions
• Exhibitions and museums

Curious Inquiries
• Science and medicine; The Case Study
• Education/ the pursuit of knowledge
• Philosophical and religious investigations
• “The Woman Question”
• Journalism
• Crime and investigation: women’s crime fiction; mystery writing; the
female detective
• Experimentation (artistic, scientific, personal)

**Note: The journal Prose Studies will be publishing a special issue based upon papers presented at this conference; therefore, we especially encourage proposals focusing on forms of non-fictional prose in addition to work on poetry, drama, fiction, etc.

Individual proposals should be two pages: a cover sheet including name, presentation title, university affiliation, address, e-mail address, phone number, and brief biographical paragraph; and a 500-word abstract.

Panel proposals should include a coversheet—including panel title, presenters’ names, presentation titles, university affiliations, addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, brief biographical paragraphs, and the name of a moderator—followed by separate abstracts (500-word) that describe the significance of the panel topic and each presentation.

Please do not include any identifying information on the abstracts.Proposals must be submitted electronically as an attachment in .doc or .rtf format by Nov. 1, 2010 to the conference e-mail address at: