CFP: “Bluestockings: The Social Network,” Conference at Swansea, June 2011

Bluestockings: The Social Network

Swansea University, 3-4 JUNE 2011

This colloquium is the first in a series initiated by an AHRC-funded network whose purpose is to set in motion a project to edit Elizabeth Montagu’s letters. The c. 8,000 letters of the ‘Queen of the Bluestockings’ (1718-1800) have been described by Barbara Schnorrenberg as ‘among the most important surviving collections from the eighteenth century’. The Steering Committee comprises Caroline Franklin (Swansea), Elizabeth Eger (King’s, London), Nicole Pohl (Oxford Brookes), and Michael Franklin (Swansea) and our ultimate aim is a complete critical edition in electronic format, providing unparalleled access to these documents.

Our colloquium Bluestockings: The Social Network will be held on 3-4 JUNE 2011 at Swansea University and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, featuring keynote lectures by Professor Betty Schellenberg and Professor Felicity Nussbaum


In attempting to diversify and extend our own network, we invite the contributions of editors and scholars working on aspects of bluestocking culture from a variety of disciplinary approaches, including history, literature, classics, politics, economics, linguistics, art, architecture and women’s studies. Possible themes and topics might include: the chief salonnières and their correspondents and how this interchange effected, in the words of David Hume, ‘the increase of arts, pleasures, and social commerce’; the distinctions between friendship, patronage and love; the role of letters in bridging distances. Consideration of the mixture of informality, intimacy and rivalry which characterized these overlapping networks of conversation, correspondence, criticism, and patronage will undoubtedly further the social and intellectual progress of our own twenty-first-century network.

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers. Please send abstracts of approximately 200 words to both Caroline Franklin and Elizabeth Eger by 14 March 2011.


Romantic and Victorian Scholarship from Cambridge University Press: New Books

Some new and forthcoming books in the field from Cambridge UP:
Blake's Gifts

Blake’s Gifts

Poetry and the Politics of Exchange
  • Sarah Haggarty
  • Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521117289)
  • Publication date: October 2010
  • Subject: English literature 1700-1830

The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • John Worthen
  • Paperback (ISBN-13: 9780521746434)
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  • Publication date: October 2010
  • Subject: English literature 1700-1830

The Cambridge Introduction to William Wordsworth

The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism

  • 2nd Edition
  • Stuart Curran
  • Paperback (ISBN-13: 9780521136051)
  • View other formats:

  • Publication date: August 2010
  • Subject: English literature 1700-1830

Commonplace Books and Reading in Georgian England

  • David Allan
  • Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521115346)
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  • Publication date: August 2010

Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination

Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination

  • Katherine Byrne
  • Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521766678)
  • Publication date: January 2011
  • Subject: English literature 1830-1900

The Cambridge Introduction to Charles Dickens

  • Jon Mee
  • Paperback (ISBN-13: 9780521676342)
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  • Publication date: November 2010
  • Subject: English literature 1830-1900

Thinking about Other People in Nineteenth-Century British Writing

  • Adela Pinch
  • Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521764643)
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  • Publication date: August 2010
  • Subject: English literature 1830-1900

CFP: Victorian Studies Association of Ontario Conference: “Manipulation,” April 2011, Toronto

VSAO 44th Annual Conference



30 April 2011

Glendon Campus, York University

CALL FOR PAPERS: We are seeking papers that explore Victorian variations on manipulation, hands, and handling. In what ways did manipulation resonate in the Victorian period? In what ways did hands resonate in the Victorian period? Papers may focus on any of the following topics on their own or in combination: literal hands (working, drawing, writing, growing things, playing music); tricks of the hand (magic, shadow theatre); handicrafts (arts and crafts, textiles, pottery); the etiquette of the hand (handshakes, greetings, gloves, rings); hidden hands (masturbation, strangulation, prosthetics, “the dead hand”); gendered hands (fighting, being brought up by hand); reading the hand (fortune telling, class, signing); manipulating hands (“by another?s hand,” “having a hand in,” “bad hands”); economics and the hand (industrialization and “hands,” work by hand, injuries to the hand); handwriting (forgery, deceit, shorthand); etc. We welcome papers on any dimension of the hand, handling and/or manipulation in the Victorian period.

The VSAO (Victorian Studies Association of Ontario) will hold its 44th annual conference at the beautiful Glendon Campus of York University, Toronto on 30 April 2011. This one-day event includes a morning panel of three speakers, followed by lunch, the VSAO business meeting, and two plenary speakers in the afternoon. Plenary Speakers are James Eli Adams (Columbia University), “The Dead Hand: George Eliot and the Uses of Inheritance” and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra (Ryerson University), “The Dyer’s Hand and What it Works in: Laurence Housman and the Book Arts”

In keeping with this year’s theme,”Manipulation: Victorian Variations on Hands, Handling, and Underhanded Behaviour,” the VSAO executive invites abstracts for papers to be presented at our morning panel. Please send electronic copies of proposals (300-500 words) and a brief biographical statement to Barbara Leckie ( by 28 January 2011. Alternatively, hard copies can be sent by mail to Barbara Leckie / Department of English / Carleton University / 1125 Colonel By Drive / Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6.

CFP: 19C Insanity and the Asylum, May 2011, Burmingham, UK

Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century

A one-day conference on Friday 13th May 2011

“The place where optimism flourishes most is the lunatic asylum” (Havelock Ellis)

This interdisciplinary conference will address a range of issues concerning the perception of insanity and madness in the nineteenth century, its manifestations and treatments, and the patients themselves. The conference will take place on Friday 13th May, 2011, in the chapel of the Birmingham Lunatic Asylum, an impressive building used to restrain and treat patients from 1862 until 1964.

We invite papers on a range of subjects related to this theme. Please submit an abstract of 350 words to by 25th March, 2011. Subjects covered might include:

  • The life of patients in lunatic asylums
  • The literary treatment of madness and lunatic asylums
  • Early psychiatry in the asylum
  • The architecture and physical space of the lunatic asylum
  • Artists and writers and insanity
  • Poetry and madness
  • Insanity and/or the asylum in the nineteenth-century novel

New Deadline: NASSR 2011 “Romanticism and Independence,” Park City, UT

With the new year and, for many, the start of a new term, several people have reported inadvertently missing the original January 15 proposal deadline for the 2011 conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism.  Accordingly we’re making a final call for papers, extending the deadline to Monday, January 31.  Full details on the conference and proposal guidelines are pasted below.

NASSR 2011: “Romanticism and Independence”
August 11-14, 2011 in Park City, Utah

Revised deadline for proposals: January 31, 2011

Conference website:
Conference Organizers: Andrew Franta (University of Utah) and Nicholas Mason (Brigham Young University)

Plan now to join us in the mountains of Utah for “Romanticism and Independence,” the 2011 conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. The conference will be held 45 minutes east of Salt Lake City in Park City, the resort town that hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics and is permanent home to the Sundance Film Festival.

NASSR 2011 will include keynote addresses by Ian Duncan (UC-Berkeley) and Deidre Lynch (Toronto) and break-out seminars on classic books in the field and their contemporary counterparts.

The NASSR 2011 Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers and special sessions on “Romanticism and Independence.” The conference theme is capacious, and we encourage submissions that engage any of its many possible inflections: literary, aesthetic, political, social, cultural, scientific. Proposals from disciplinary perspectives beyond literature and the arts are particularly welcome. Please submit proposals of 500 words to by January 31, 2011.

In addition to paper proposals, we also invite the submission of proposals for complete special sessions on the conference theme. Special sessions should consist of three presenters and a moderator (who may also be a presenter); please submit separate proposals for each paper and a brief description of the session. In the event that a proposed special session cannot be accommodated, individual paper proposals will be considered separately.

Topics for papers and special sessions might include:

Generic and Formal Innovations
Impartiality and Disinterestedness
Religious Freedom
Declarations of Independence
Romantic Nationalism
Atlantic Revolutions
Transatlantic Independence Movements
Romanticism and the American West
“Indie Romanticism”
Romanticism and Film
Romanticism and Contemporary Culture

**Please note that the availability of audio-visual equipment will be limited and will be allocated by application after papers have been accepted.**

CFP: NAVSA 2011, “Performance and Play,” Nashville, Nov. 3-6

The North American Victorian Studies Association invites proposals for its 2011 conference in Nashville, TN:

We seek papers related to the conference theme of “Performance and Play,” in keeping with the conference’s location in Nashville, a historic center for musical and artistic innovation. Featured speakers will include Tom Gunning, Catherine Robson, and Carolyn Williams. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for topic-based seminars in which members pre-circulate 5-page position papers for discussion.  Each seminar will be led by an expert in the topic and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis (limit of 15 presenters per seminar).

Conference threads might include:

· Music, musicians, singers, music halls
· Opera, light opera, dance, melodrama
· The theater world: players, playwrights, producers, directors, stagecraft
· Early cinema, magic lantern shows, optical toys
· Audiences, publics, receptions, reviews
· Performances of the self, gender, race, nationality
· Posture, pose, gesture, manner, style
· Timing, training, discipline, skill, perfectionism
· Imitation, impersonation, masquerade, theatricality
· Ceremonies, rituals, routines
· Art-making in public, studio tours, readings
· Performance at home, in private; female accomplishments
· Tourist productions, ethnographic shows
· Leisure, recreation, sport, games, holidays
· Entertainment, fairs, pageantry, parades
· Sexual play, eroticism, dalliance, hedonism
· Gambling, gaming, horse-racing, card games
· Bodies in motion: fighting, fencing, hunting, exercising
· Jokes, jests, wordplay, comedy, playfulness, fun
· Forms of play, linguistic play, nonsense, verse play
· Children’s play, toys, games

Proposals for individual papers should be no longer than 500 words, and should be accompanied by a one-page curriculum vitae. The organizers welcome panel proposals, as well.  Panel proposals should include 500-word abstracts for each paper and a one-page c.v. for each presenter, along with a panel title and 250-word panel description. All abstracts will be considered for the conference, regardless of panel acceptance. Proposals for papers and panels should be submitted electronically to as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format, and are due by March 1, 2011.

CFP: “Bram Stoker and Gothic Transformations,” Hull, UK, April 2012


April 12-14, 2012

Hull and Whitby, United Kingdom

Count Dracula’s declaration from Bram Stoker’s iconic 1897 vampire novel is, in many ways, descriptive of the Gothic genre. Like the shape-shifting Transylvanian Count, the Gothic encompasses and has manifested itself in many forms since its emergence in 1764 with the publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto. Its revenge has just begun. It has spread over centuries and time is on its side.

When Stoker wrote Dracula the genre was well over a hundred years old but the novel marks a key moment in the evolution of the Gothic – the text harks back to early Gothic’s preoccupation with the supernatural, decayed aristocracy and incarceration in gloomy castles in foreign locales. Dracula speaks to its own time but also transforms the genre – a revitalization that continues to sustain the Gothic today.

On the eve of the centenary of Stoker’s death, which occurred in April 1912, the University of Hull’s Department of English and School of Arts and New Media, in association with the Centre for Victorian Studies, will host a three-day international conference, Bram Stoker and Gothic Transformations. The conference will take place at the Hull Campus of the University and in Whitby.

In Dracula Mina describes Whitby as a “lovely place” but it soon becomes a site of horror, when Dracula lands from the Demeter in the form of a dog to make his first appearance on English soil. At Whitby Abbey, Lucy becomes the Count’s first English vampire bride.

The conference is interested in the iconic significance of Stoker’s vampire novel and seeks to reappraise Stoker’s work within its fin-de-siècle cultural climate.  It is also interested in exploring the broader context of the changing nature of Gothic productions from the late eighteenth century to the present. Using Dracula as a key point in the evolution of the genre, it seeks to explore the novel’s Gothic predecessors and influences, and the manner in which Stoker’s work renewed the Gothic for future generations.

How do the Gothic’s early themes of despotic rulers and fathers, grim prophecies, supernatural embodiments, incarceration, labyrinthine passages and corridors, threatened females, and sexual deviancy transform in subsequent cultural outputs from novels, theatre, films, television and computer games? How has the Gothic in its modern manifestations and variations sustained itself into a fourth century?

“At once escapist and conformist,” Clive Bloom argues, “the Gothic speaks to the dark side of domestic fiction: erotic, violent, perverse, bizarre and obsessionally connected with contemporary fears.” How does the new Gothic of the twenty-first century engage in fantasy and fear?

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words for a 20 minute paper to Dr Catherine Wynne ( by 1 May 2011.

Topics may include, but are not restricted to, the following areas:

  • Stoker’s work in its social, political and cultural context
  • The development of the Gothic from Otranto to the twenty-first century
  • Stoker’s influence on the genre
  • Irish and British Gothic
  • Gothic theatre and drama
  • Gothic visualities
  • Gothic technologies
  • Gothic bodies
  • Gothic monstrosities
  • Gothic sexualities
  • Gothic psychologies
  • Gothic narratives
  • Gothic Intertextualities
  • Gothic places and spaces
  • Hauntings and spectrality
  • Criminality and the Gothic
  • Science and the Gothic
  • Reincarnations of Dracula
  • Vampirism and the ‘Young Vampires’ of the twenty-first century
  • Anti-Gothic, Gothic Parody, Comic Gothic

The conference committee (Chair: Dr Catherine Wynne; Dr Charles Mundye; Dr Anna Fitzer;  Dr Sabine Vanacker, Victoria Dawson and Sara Williams) welcomes delegates to the University of Hull and Whitby to mark Stoker’s centenary and to celebrate his contribution to the Gothic.