19th-century CFPs for MLA 2016 in Austin

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Now that all calls for papers for MLA 2016 sessions are available, here is our list of sessions related to British 19th-century studies. Click through to view the session’s complete details including deadline and contact information. The full list of calls for papers is available for searching and browsing by members and non-members.

For those keeping track of periodization and its terminology, the calls for special sessions this year include four that identify themselves with “Romantic”/”Romanticism,” three “nineteenth-century,” and just one “Victorian.” Adding in those that use date ranges or focus on authors (this year just Jane Austen and William Morris) brings the count up to 7 calls on Romantic/early-19th, 4 full-century, and 4 Victorian/later-19th.

This year’s list debuts the MLA’s new organizing structure, which now consists of allied organizations, forums (formerly divisions and discussion groups), and member-organized special sessions:

Allied Organizations:

Byron Society of America
Byron and America
New scholarship related to Byron’s American reception and his own views of America and American … See more

Dickens Society
Dickens and Disability
Rethinking the “grotesques”: melodrama and sentiment, illness and care relations, cognitive and … See more

The Dickens Jukebox
Examining the use of music in Dickens’s novels: song types and styles, musical characters, role of … See more

John Clare Society of North America
After John Clare
Scholarship on any aspect of Clare’s influence on 19th, 20th, or 21st century poets and/or his … See more

Joseph Conrad Society of America
Conrad and the Body
Navigating the body in Conrad, including beautiful, grotesque, erotic(ized) bodies; the body as a … See more

Conrad’s Animals
What roles do animals play in Conrad? How does Conrad theorize the animal? What do his animals … See more

Keats-Shelley Association of America
“The Futures of Shelley’s Triumph”
What shadows of futurity does Percy Shelley’s unfinished final poem cast upon our present? New … See more

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
The Interval in Romanticism
The space between integers; the space-time of pause, interruption, irritation, irruption. The … See more

Romantic Ecocriticism: Thinking Forward
Papers taking Romantic ecocriticism forward. Suggestions: aesthetics, forms of knowledge, new … See more

Romantic Sovereignty
Old vs. new models; sacred vs. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; … See more

William Morris Society
Teaching William Morris
We seek papers that approach teaching Morris to reach a new generation of scholars and students, … See more

Wordsworth-Coleridge Association
Romantic Religion
Beliefs, practices, and representations of religion in the British Romantic period. Topics may … See more


CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century
Austin in Austin: Satire, Irony and Speech Acts in Nineteenth-Century Comparative Contexts
We welcome papers addressing irony and satire as instruments and targets of political power in … See more

Romantic Readers, Nineteenth-Century Publics
Comparative papers considering the overlap or discontinuity between acts of reading and literary … See more

LLC English Romantic
Romantic Sovereignty
old v. new models; sacred v. secular; grounded/ungrounded political authority; kings/beasts; rules … See more

Romanticism, Poverty, and Impoverishment
Romantic literature and: beggars, pauperism, bare life; suffering and subsistence; economics, … See more

LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English
Literature/art/culture and geology, geography, sea-levels, climate, crystals, fossils, landforms … See more

Theory and Victorian Studies
Which theories and theorists, past and present, are most relevant to Victorian studies today? … See more

Victorian Intertextualities
Allusion, adaptation, rewriting, plagiarism…. How did Victorian writers use other texts? How did … See more

Special Sessions:
19th-Century Science Fiction
Papers sought on nineteenth-century science fiction; proto-science fiction; reconsiderations of … See more

Affect Studies and British Romanticism
Papers on how affect studies has redefined our understanding of the emotions in British Romantic … See more

Character in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Rethinking the narratological, cultural, and/or historical significance of literary character in … See more

Emergent Temporalities
Papers on 19th-century literary works that register new modalities of time in light of … See more

Family, Kinship & Identity in British Literature, 1750-1900
How do eighteenth and nineteenth-century literary works represent the effects of kinship networks … See more

The Objects of Performance, 1660-1830
This panel will explore the role of objects in drama and other public spectacles of the long … See more

Performing Romanticism(s)
Papers addressing how literary scholars can use performance–the stage, lectern, classroom, and … See more

Public Austens: or, Austen in Austin
Seeking papers on Jane Austen as public figure and celebrity in historical context. 250-word … See more

Queer Monsters of the British Fin de Siècle
This panel will interrogate the queer contributions of monster protagonists to fiction of the … See more

The Romantic Public
Forms, definitions, spheres, resistances, effects, legacies of “the public” – past, present, and … See more

Secularization Since Darwin in the Novel
How and to what effect does the novel since the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species … See more

Sublime Bodies, c. 1730-1830
How did C18 and C19 authors use the discourse of the sublime to understand physicality, embodiment, … See more

Transatlantic Romantic Quotation and Romanticism
This panel will discuss the employment of (un)quoted material and/or quotation marks by British and … See more

Victorian Sensation and “Locomotive” Women
Recover female counterpart of the “locomotive man” (Nead) in Sensation fiction (1860s); … See more

William Morris and the Legacy of Socialist Aesthetics
We seek papers on socialist aesthetics in the work of Morris, his contemporaries, and successors. … See more

19th-Century Panels at MLA 2015

If you will be attending the 2015 MLA Convention in Vancouver (8-11 January), you may be interested in the following sessions on British literature of the long 19th century. The complete convention program is available and searchable on the MLA website. If we’ve left anything out, feel free to let us know.


Deep Time of the Nineteenth Century: A Literary Archaeology of Media and Objects
1:45–3:00 p.m., 215, VCC West

The Endurance of Alice: Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at 150
3:30–4:45 p.m., 120, VCC West

William Morris and Old Norse
3:30–4:45 p.m., 121, VCC West

Visual Dickens
3:30–4:45 p.m., 205, VCC West

Victorian Ecologies
5:15–6:30 p.m., 220, VCC West

Teaching Nineteenth-Century Transatlanticism: New Configurations and Curricula
7:00–8:15 p.m., 220, VCC West

Conrad’s Victory at One Hundred: A New Text and a Reassessment
7:00–8:15 p.m., 204, VCC West

Romanticism and Translation
7:00–8:15 p.m., 114, VCC West


Tea, circa 1770 to 1840
8:30–9:45 a.m., 111, VCC West

John Clare: Vanishings
10:15–11:30 a.m., 114, VCC West

Romanticism at Sea?
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 1, VCC East

The Ballad beyond Bibliography
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 215, VCC West

Victorian Animal Studies
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 220, VCC West

Romantic Antipathies
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 112, VCC West

Scottish Literature: Into the Great Unknowns
1:45–3:00 p.m., 115, VCC West

Dickens: Surface, Depth, Close, Distant
1:45–3:00 p.m., 113, VCC West

Oscar Wilde, Literary Forgery, and Historical Memory
3:30–4:45 p.m., 120, VCC West

Romantic Ephemerality
3:30–4:45 p.m., 215, VCC West

William Morris: The Ecological and the Oceanic
5:15–6:30 p.m., 120, VCC West

Conrad and Ecocriticism

5:15–6:30 p.m., 113, VCC West


Scaling Romanticism
10:15–11:30 a.m., 121, VCC West

Spatial Poetics
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 120, VCC West

Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Sites of Memory
1:45–3:00 p.m., 120, VCC West

“To Feel for Ever”: Young Keats, Affect, and History
1:45–3:00 p.m., 112, VCC West

New Approaches: Victorian Studies and Science Studies
3:30–4:45 p.m., 116, VCC West

Newspapers as a Poetic Medium, 1880–1900
January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 217, VCC West

Byron Now

5:15–6:30 p.m., 112, VCC West

Narratological Dickens
5:15–6:30 p.m., 121, VCC West


Victorian Travelers and the Afterlives of Cultural Memory
8:30–9:45 a.m., 116, VCC West

British Romantic Life Writing
8:30–9:45 a.m., 120, VCC West

Theater, Melodrama, and the Nineteenth-Century Novel
10:15–11:30 a.m., 215, VCC West

The Buried Portrait: Media, Aura, and Memory in Victorian Image Culture
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 217, VCC West

Literary History and Ideas of Mind
1:45–3:00 p.m., 202, VCC West

Constrained Labors: Working within Confines in the Long Nineteenth Century
1:45–3:00 p.m., 113, VCC West

Speculative Approaches to Feelings in Romanticism

1:45–3:00 p.m., 210, VCC West