19th-Century Panels at MLA 2016

If you will be attending the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin, TX (7-10 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.

Thursday, January 7

  1. Sublime Bodies, circa 1730–1830, 
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 18D, ACC
  2. Romanticism, Poverty, and Impoverishment
, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 19B, ACC
  3. Nineteenth-Century Publics, Romantic Readers1:45–3:00 p.m., 301, JW Marriott
  1. What the Victorians Can Do for Theory3:30–4:45 p.m., 10A, ACC
  1. Writing on and against Fashion: Literature, Dress, and the Transformation of Style circa 1860–19303:30–4:45 p.m., 409, JW Marriott
  1. The Futures of Shelley’s Triumph3:30–4:45 p.m., 4BC, ACC
  1. Romantic Quotation: The Use of Quoted Material in British Romanticism5:15–6:30 p.m., 6B, ACC
  1. “The Dickens Jukebox”: Music at Work and Play in Narrative Form5:15–6:30 p.m., 8B, ACC
  1. William Morris and the Legacy of Socialist Aesthetics5:15–6:30 p.m., 19B, ACC
  1. Standardization, Logistics, and Relative Time in Victorian Literature and Culture7:00–8:15 p.m., 9A, ACC
  1. The Interval in Romanticism7:00–8:15 p.m., Lone Star C, JW Marriott

 Friday, January 8 

  1. Byron and America, 12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., 7, ACC
  1. What’s Vital about Statistics? The Critical Nineteenth-Century Statistical Imaginary1:45–3:00 p.m., 5C, ACC
  1. After John Clare3:30–4:45 p.m., 6B, ACC
  1. Oscar Wilde’s Parisian Impression(s)3:30–4:45 p.m., 407, JW Marriott
  1. Literary and Scientific Networks5:15–6:30 p.m., 8A, ACC
  1. Affect Studies and British Romanticism5:15–6:30 p.m., 5A, ACC
  1. More-Than-Human Publics in Nineteenth-Century English Literature5:15–6:30 p.m., 5B, ACC

448A. Cash Bar Arranged by the Forums LLC Scottish, LLC English Romantic, and LLC Late-Eighteenth-Century English7:00–8:15 p.m., 12B, ACC

Saturday, January 9

  1. The Scottish Fetish: Beyond the Kilt8:30–9:45 a.m., 5A, ACC

481. Romantic Religion in Global Perspectives, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 6B, ACC

488. What Theory Can Do for the Victorians8:30–9:45 a.m., 9B, ACC

  1. Dickens and Disability10:15–11:30 a.m., 18D, ACC
  1. Romantic Ecocriticism: Thinking Forward10:15–11:30 a.m., 10B, ACC
  1. The Public Jane Austen in Austin; or, How to Keep Austen Weird12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 8C, ACC
  1. Literature and the Species Concept1:45–3:00 p.m., 311, JW Marriott
  1. Nervous Systems: Maps, Meters, Diagrams, Frost, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 18A, ACC
  1. New Religious Movements and the Victorian Literary Imagination1:45–3:00 p.m., 10A, ACC
  1. Flame, Pyre, and Flash: Technologies of Fire in Nineteenth-Century English Literature and Culture3:30–4:45 p.m., 8C, ACC
  1. Romantic Readers, Nineteenth-Century Publics3:30–4:45 p.m., 7, ACC
  1. Computational Approaches to Literary Character3:30–4:45 p.m., 404, JW Marriott
  1. Nineteenth-Century Science Fiction5:15–6:30 p.m., 8B, ACC

Sunday, January 10

  1. Beyond Round and Flat: The History and Form of Victorian Character8:30–9:45 a.m., 5A, ACC
  1. Romantic Sovereignty8:30–9:45 a.m., 5B, ACC
  1. Global Romanticism in Theory and in Practice10:15–11:30 a.m., 10A, ACC
  1. Anthropocenic Agency in the Nineteenth Century10:15–11:30 a.m., 8C, ACC
  1. Digital Approaches to Fictional Dialogue10:15–11:30 a.m., 5A, ACC
  1. The Female Voice in Lyric, Elizabethan to Victorian,12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 9B, ACC
  1. The Romantic Public12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 8A, ACC
  1. Idyll Times1:45–3:00 p.m., 8B, ACC
  1. Victorian Collaboration: Relationships, Literature, and Community1:45–3:00 p.m., 4A, ACC
  1. Romantic Genealogies of Kinship1:45–3:00 p.m., 5B, ACC

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