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

In Conferences on January 31, 2011 at 10:44 am

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 c.franklin@swansea.ac.uk and Elizabeth Eger elizabeth.eger@kcl.ac.uk by 14 March 2011.

Romantic and Victorian Scholarship from Cambridge University Press: New Books

In Books on January 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm
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

In Conferences on January 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm

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 (barbara_leckie@carleton.ca) 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

In Conferences on January 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

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 serena.trowbridge@bcu.ac.uk 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

In Conferences on January 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

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: http://nassr11.byu.edu/
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 nassr.utah@gmail.com 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

In Conferences on January 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

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 navsa2011@gmail.com 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

In Conferences on January 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm


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 (c.wynne@hull.ac.uk) 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.

CFP: “Aesthetic Lives,” Montpellier, France, September 2011

In Conferences on January 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Call for Papers


‘[C]reating themselves out of themselves, and moulding themselves to what they were, and willed to be’

Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, FRANCE

23-24 September 2011

In 1873, citing Hegel’s vision of the Greeks, Walter Pater wrote in _The Renaissance_: ‘They are great and free, and have grown up on the soil of their own individuality, creating themselves out of themselves, and moulding themselves to what they were, and willed to be.’ This Paterian celebration of autonomy and self-fashioning was read with delight, cultivated, and variously implemented by the members of the Aesthetic Movement. Not only did Aestheticism create new objects, but it enabled singular lifestyles to be born. In the last third of the nineteenth century, the facts of existence ceased to be perceived as heteronomous. Life itself was gradually envisioned as a work in progress for an individual at once more aware of his/her freedom as subject and more conscious of changing societal constraints. New lifestyles flourished and novel representations of life emerged. From the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (which immediately preceded the Aesthetic Movement) to James Whistler, Oscar Wilde, William Morris, ‘Ouida’, ‘Michael Field’, or Edward Carpenter, many were those who devoted themselves to practicing and writing about literature and art while evolving a lifestyle which early twentieth-century critics would later identify with the ‘men [and women] of the nineties’.

Fashioning one’s own life became both conceivable and technically and politically possible as individuals gradually ceased to acquiesce in given social configurations of power and value and started interrogating the status quo. Such questioning was often the source of original individual choices and collective interventions such as the creation of clubs, guilds, presses or journals. Within given social, economic and political structures/strictures, of which writers and artists were highly conscious, ‘Aesthetic’ living became an important embodiment of subjective experience and individual experiment.

After our first 2009 trans-disciplinary international conference entitled ‘British Aestheticisms’, our 2011 conference on ‘Aesthetic Lives’ hopes to focus on issues of Aesthetic subjectivity, on the lived experience of Aesthetic individuality or difference, and on original trajectories in the context of Aesthetic practices. How did writers and artists turn their existence into an artwork? What does it mean to found a club, an artistic community, a new journal when one is (or claims to be) an Aesthete? What were the cultural, social, economic or political constraints which hindered or enabled Aesthetic projects, aspirations and itineraries?

Importantly, the notion of ‘Aesthetic life’ is not meant in the limited biographical sense, but should be taken in the broad sense of a personal negotiation and a carving of one’s chosen itinerary or ethical choices in the context of Aestheticism. What kind of ethics can arise from Aesthetic choices? What are its daily manifestations, practically speaking? What were the obstacles or aporiae encountered by those who followed Pater’s ideas about self-fashioning and life as a work of art? How were these subjective choices received? And how do they anticipate the choices made by the figures of Modernism?

We welcome papers (in French or in English) studying individual artists and writers, specific formal or informal groups, and various arts of Aesthetic living. Descriptive and hagiographic approaches are to be strictly avoided.

A selection of papers will be published. Please email your proposal by May 1st 2011 to bncoste@free.fr AND catherine.delyfer@univ-montp3.fr

Guest speakers to be announced soon.

CFP: “Travel Writing and Form, 1780-1914,” King’s, London, May 2011

In Conferences on January 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm


King’s College London, 26 & 27 MAY 2011

Keynote speakers: Mary Beard (Cambridge), Dane Kennedy (George Washington), and Dea Birkett (The Guardian)

There has always been a certain amount of unease and anxiety about how best to mould the quotidian, often repetitious, experience of travel into a digestible, literary narrative. The travel writer cannibalises other modes of literary, geographical and scientific writing, while simultaneously forging experimental, innovative and dynamic forms in the struggle to represent the heterogeneous and often chaotic experience of travel. It is the aim of this two-day conference to bring together academic researchers and professional travel writers in order to explore the relationship between travel writing and formal innovation in a variety of media across the long-nineteenth century. As Franco Moretti has suggested, ‘new space gives rise to a new form’, and the period 1780-1914 saw the rise of both new technologies of movement and new categories of traveller. We are specifically interested in how new perspectives, networks, and markets enabled by these developments impacted upon literary and media form and how literature in turn affected the ways in which people travelled.

We welcome papers from across a range of academic disciplines, including history, literature, art history, media history, geography and classics. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Journals and diaries
Scrapbooks and ephemera
Guides and guidebooks
Travel journalism
Travel in verse
Travel on the stage
Sentimental journeys
Boring journeys
Tourists in literature; literary tourists
Colonial / postcolonial forms
Reading / drawing maps
Geography and ethnography
The portable canon
Gendered forms

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers from researchers at all stages in their careers. Please send your proposal (max. 250 words) and a brief biography to travelconference@gmail.com by 18 February 2011. Informal enquiries may also be directed to Mary Henes and Brian Murray at the above address.

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Institute (King’s College London) and the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group


Jonathan Laskovsky
Research and Resources Manager (Literatures)
Literatures and Languages
King’s College London
Strand London WC2R 2LS

tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1407
email: jonathan.laskovsky@kcl.ac.uk
web: www.kcl.ac.uk/complit

CFP: Conference, “Literature and Mathematics in C19 Britain and Europe,” Glasgow, May 2011.

In Conferences on January 7, 2011 at 11:46 am


Literature and Mathematics in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Europe

An interdisciplinary conference

at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK,

16-18 May 2011.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers or for panels on any aspect of the relationship between literature and mathematics in Europe during the long nineteenth century.  Proposals and papers should be in English.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Daniel Brown (University of Western Australia).

Professor Marilyn Gaull (The Editorial Institute, Boston University)

Professor Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow)

How did nineteenth-century European literary writers and readers interact with mathematics, both advanced and basic?  How were mathematical ideas transformed into narrative or poetry, satirised, domesticated, played with, adapted for religious and political use?  What would be the consequences for nineteenth-century studies of better knowledge and understanding of the period’s mathematical culture?

Mary Poovey wrote in her History of the Modern Fact that for the literary critic, ‘numbers constitute something like the last frontier of representation’.  This conference invites nineteenth-centuryists to explore ways of crossing that frontier.

Topics may include:

  • Metrics and measure in poetry and mathematics
  • Form, geometry and space in literature and mathematics
  • Literature and mathematics in education
  • Demonstration vs ‘moral evidence’
  • Mathematical life-writing
  • Mathematics as language
  • Sacred and profane mathematics
  • Mathematical narratives
  • Towards a methodology of literature and mathematics studies
  • Mathematical models of nineteenth-century writing and reading

Proposals and enquiries should be sent to Alice Jenkins: alice.jenkins@glasgow.ac.uk by 7 February 2011. Acceptances will be mailed out by 14 February and the draft programme will be published shortly afterwards.

This event is funded by the European Research Council and supported by ArtsLab at the University of Glasgow.


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