MLA 2012: Romantic and Victorian CFPs

Below are some of the MLA 2012 CFPs relevant to Romantic and Victorian studies.  The next convention will be held in Seattle, Jan 5-8, 2012.


Romantic Division

“This is not a Thing:  Rethinking Romantic Materiality.”  Papers on the difference “things” make to Romantic thinking; differences between people, ideas, and things; airy nothings, fluid things, solid things, things of beauty. 250-350 word abstracts to by 15 March.


“Romantic Number(s)”: Papers on any dimension of number–counts; accountings; denomination; metrical numbers; serial numbers; cardinal and ordinal number; seriality; crowds; singularities; multitudes; populations; of being numerous; of being single, double, triple; digital and analog romanticisms; romantic zeros, infinities, algorithms, differentials; romantic mathesis. 250-350 word abstracts to <> by 15 March.


Byron Society of America

Lord Byron: Poetry in Manuscript, Poetry in Print

The function of manuscript and print in Byron’s poems; relations between handwritten and printed inscription. Topics: circulation, proofreading, printing; punctuation, capitalization, spelling, etc. 250-word abstracts by 8 March 2011; Gary Dyer (

William Morris Society

Pre-Raphaelite Audiences: Artists, Critics, Readers

We seek papers on audience response to the writings or artistry of the Pre-Raphaelites and their circle: reviews, illsurations, reader responses, or later adaptations. abstracts or proposals by 15 March 2011; Florence S. Boos ( and Gregory Branhisel (

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism

History: Discipline or Counterscience?

Theories of history in European or British Romantic philosophy, literature, thought; history as organizational model and/or dangerous supplement in aesthetics, life-sciences; other disciplines’ impact on historiography. 500 word abstracts by 8 March 2011; Tilottama Rajan (

Wordsworth-Coleridge Association

Romantic Comedy, Romantic Play

Essays should examine comedy as dramatic genre, gambling, sports, children’s games, amateur theatricals, satire, caricature, imagination as play, and/or the influence of Schiller’s Spieltrieb in British Romantic literature. Abstracts by 15 March 2011; James C. McKusick (

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing

Radical Print Culture

Historical studies of/theoretical insights into the use of print and printing (or other reproduction technologies such as mimeographs or photocopies) by radical political or social movements. abstracts (250 words) by 1 March 2011; Trysh Travis ( and Greg Barnhisel (

Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Principles of Exclusion: The Future of the Nineteenth-Century Archive

How does exclusion shape the digital archive despite its emphasis on total access? Who decides what gets left out–and how? Abstracts (1-2 p.); cvs. by 10 March 2011; Lloyd Pratt (

The Victorian Period

Ethics and Literary Experience

We seek papers discussing/theorizing/critiquing the experience-the affective responses; identifications and resistances; imagined political, aesthetic, intellectual, and moral stakes, investments, and implications–of reading Victorian literature(s) ethically. 250-350 word abstracts by 15 March 2011; Eileen Gillooly (


What counts as evidence varies historically, disciplinarily, epistemologically. We seek proposals that address the question of evidence within the Victorian Period and/or reflect upon our own evidentiary practices. 250-350 word abstracts by 15 March 2011; Eileen Gillooly (


The Brontë Sisters in Other Wor(l)ds

All aspects of The Brontë Sisters as transcreated in languages other than English and/or as received in different sociocultural contexts. 300-word abstract and short vitae by 1 March 2011; Shouhua Qi (

Literacy and the Victorian Gothic

Scenes of acquired literacy and literary indoctrination abound in nineteenth-century Gothic plots. How does literacy relate to the Gothic conventions of autodidacticism, self-transformation, transgression, and otherworldly possession? Abstracts by 11 March 2011; Bonita Rhoads (

Michael Field and the Arts

This panel analyzes the influence music, theatre, and art had on the construction of Michael Field’s dramas, verse, and diaries. 300 word abstract and one page CV by 5 March 2011; Donna S. Parsons (

The Poetry of George Meredith

2012 marks the sesquicentennial of the publication of “Modern Love”; proposals on topics related to “Modern Love,” or Meredith’s verse more broadly, are welcome. Abstracts of 250-300 words by 10 March 2011; Rebecca Mitchell (

Romantic Agrarian Politics

Rethinking connections between Romantic authors and agrarian resistance(s) to encroachment, dispossession, and enslavement. Transatlantic studies are especially welcome. 250 to 500-word abstracts by 10 March 2011; Michael Demson (

The Romantic Novel in/and Theory

What can Romantic-era novels tell us about the theoretical stakes of modern literature? Conversely, what can contemporary theory help us understand about the Romantic novel? 300-500 word abstracts by 15 March 2011; Evan M. Gottlieb (

Romanticism & Science: New Approaches

New studies on the relationship between Romantic Literature, Philosophy, and the Sciences in the early 1800s. Transcultural approaches welcome. Short CV, 250-word abstracts by 1 March 2011; Stefan Hoeppner (


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