2014 CFP: British and Anglophone

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‘All the world’s a stage’: Shakespeare around the Globe (Roundtable)
Jacques’ proclamation that ‘all the world’s a stage’ has proved prophetic in ways he could not have foreseen. This roundtable looks at how Shakespeare has been interpreted, staged, and filmed across the globe. What is at stake in these interpretations and adaptations? This panel should appeal those interested in literary adaptation, world cinema and transnational influences, issues of cultural hegemony and exchange, and Shakespeare’s impact on the global stage. Submit abstracts (MSWord) to Jackie Cameron at jackiec159@hotmail.com
Allegory in Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century England
This panel will investigate the role of allegory in early modern and eighteenth-century England. Prospective panelists are invited to submit proposals about, but not limited to: the definition of ‘allegory’ in relation to closely related terms like typology, mythology, and metaphor; allegory’s didactic function; attempts to write empirical allegories; the attack on allegory by Romantic writers. Please submit 500-word abstracts as a PDF document to Jason J. Gulya at jasongulya@gmail.com
Apparitions and Illusions: The Spectral in the Victorian Cultural Imagination
This panel invites submissions that explore Victorian fascination with the supernatural and the spirit world. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following: mesmerism, the occult, and the popular press; the black art of spirit photography; clairvoyant authority; gender and psychic intuition; authenticating the invisible; misgivings about faith and science; the creepily inexplicable in a good ghost tale. Send 300-word abstracts to Joellen Masters, joellenm@bu.edu with ‘Victorian Supernatural’ in the subject line.
The Arts and the Body
What role did ideas about race and sexuality play in nineteenth-century British conceptions of art and aesthetic response? Papers might consider (but are not limited to) such topics as: The figure of the gypsy musician; artistic temperament and homosexuality at the fin de siècle; Orientalism and fashion; the arts and crafts movement and British nationalism; or the body of the dancing girl. Please send 250-500 word proposals to Anna Peak at apeak@temple.edu.
Assessing Early Modern Anglo-Iberianism: Culture Crossing National Boundaries
As part of the recent Spanish turn to early modern English studies, this panel explores the various forms of literary, cultural, and economic exchange between England and Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries. In order to understand how and why culture crosses national borders, particularly during times of political turmoil, we welcome papers from both the Spanish and English perspectives, on any aspect of cross-national contact between England and Spain during the Renaissance. Send 300-500 word abstracts to munoz.55@osu.edu
Ben Jonson in Production
This panel is looking for papers that examine the plays of Ben Jonson through the lens of performance criticism. Topics of interest include recent productions of plays by Ben Jonson, ways in which audience members respond to the dramatic work of Jonson, and staging possibilities for selected plays or scenes. Please send 250-word abstracts to Marshall Botvinick, mbotvinick@gmail.com.
The Brownings in Colonial Context(s)
‘The Brownings in Colonial Context(s)’ will examine the role of the Brownings’ writings (including letters) in the developing and critiquing of the British Empire. Papers will be given preference that move away from standardly discussed texts in the postcolonial analysis of the period (i.e., ‘Caliban upon Setebos’) toward a consideration of texts that have not been discussed in this context, especially the works of Barrett-Browning. Email: fulkmk@buffalostate.edu.
Creolizing London (Roundtable)
This roundtable will examine the poetry, prose and fiction about London by the city’s ‘others’--those Black and Brown denizens whose tastes, interests, humour, cultural expressions have transformed the imperial city, making it one of the most diverse spaces in the world. Submissions that engage with literary works that recreate London as a tropicalized, creolized space are especially welcome. How have these literary engagements redefined ‘Englishness’ and ‘Britishness?’ Please send 250 word abstract to Modhumita.Roy@tufts.edu
Early English Performance and Student-Centered Learning (Roundtable)
This roundtable explores effective teaching practices for medieval and early modern performance (non-Shakespearean). Submissions should address how student-centered activities (collaborative / experiential practices, flipped / hybrid assignments, tech / web resources) overcome challenges posed by teaching lesser canonical works. Abstracts addressing a wide range of performance genres are welcome. Interested participants see http://teachingearlyenglishperformance.wikispaces.com. Please submit 250-word abstracts to rhizme@qc.cuny.edu
Empire and Manliness in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture
What were the politics behind representing the British soldier in the literature or visual arts of the long nineteenth century? Did these politics change if the soldier happened to be Scottish, Welsh, Irish, or native to the overseas colonies? What about masculinities that, though not belonging to soldiers, were highly informed by the martial aesthetics of Imperial manliness? Send all queries and submissions to askozacz@syr.edu. Include a 250-word abstract with a brief heading including name, affiliation, and any anticipated A/V requirements.
Fresh Perspectives on Mary Russell Mitford
Known on both sides of the Atlantic for her poetry, drama, and prose fiction, Mitford enjoyed a long, prolific, and successful literary career that spanned from the 1810s to the 1840s. Papers are welcome on any aspect of Mary Russell Mitford’s work. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, her treatment of gender, her work in multiples genres, and her extensive network of literary friendships and professional rivalries. Please email 250-500 word abstracts to Kellie Donovan-Condron (kdonovancondron@babson.edu).
Global Shaw (Roundtable)
This roundtable celebrates the diversity of Shaw’s plays. Through his iconoclastic stances on issues like war, gender and class inequality, and income distribution, Shaw and his works have garnered international attention for over a century. His talky but humorous dialogue inverts social mores to focus on human rights that transcend borders. Participants can consider particular plays, Shavian characters, or suggest why Shaw is a global figure whose works engender fresh interpretations. 250 word abstracts to: ellen.dolgin@dc.edu
‘Is the Biographer an Artist?’: Tracing Authority within Collected Remembrance
This panel seeks papers discussing authority, performativity, or the relation between subjectivity and objectivity within autobiography and/or biography. While we will entertain papers centering on auto/biographies of specific subjects, we also seek to query the extent to which auto/biographies can be considered as subjective artistic works of aesthetic value, theoretically objective works of reference, or somewhere in between. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Amanda Weldy Boyd at weldy@usc.edu.
Jews, Indians, Cannibals: Alterities in Medieval and Early Modern Literature
The representation of marginal identities has long been a concern in medieval and early modern studies. Yet this subject has also revealed differences in approach and method between the two fields. We seek papers that bring the medieval and the early modern into focus through nuanced consideration of their shared alterities: Jews, Indians, and Cannibals. How might such cases challenge us to reconsider our historical, disciplinary, or institutional practices? Please send 200-500 word abstracts to ghollis@hunter.cuny.edu or lavinsky@yu.edu.
Literary Genealogies: British Romantic Poetry and Victorian Novels
Literary genealogies that span multiple periods tend to stay within one primary genre. Poetry begets poetry, novels help to shape subsequent novels, etc. However, in British literature of the ‘long nineteenth century,’ this generational influence was felt most keenly between Romantic poets and Victorian novelists. This panel will explore the ways in which authors like Dickens, the Brontës, Eliot, Gaskell, and Hardy both connected with, and transformed, the work of their Romantic poetic predecessors. 1-2 page abstracts to elorentz@umw.edu.
Literary Science: Classics, Medievals, and Early Moderns (Roundtable)
This roundtable invites short presentations on the topics of science writing, scientific rhetoric, science fiction, and related topics from the classical era through the early modern period. New methodologies, new readings of seminal and canonical texts, the use of non-traditional scientific texts, and other unique approaches are welcome. Please send abstracts in PDF form to Miriam Diller at mdiller@eden.rutgers.edu.
Memsahibs as Imagined and Imaged by Male Writers
This panel invites scholarly articles that explore how British male colonizer-writers represent their own womenfolk’s role in the world of imperialism. Topics may include: analyzing sahibs’ literary representations of memsahibs; politics involved in portraying ‘unconventional’ memsahibs; differentiating colonizer-colonized women; male authors countering the female gaze; locating British colonial writers in the larger context of British literature; study of gender and imperialism. Email Susmita Roye at sroye@desu.edu<mailto:sroye@desu.edu.
Moral Philosophy and the Novel
This panel seeks papers that examine anglophone fiction against the background of moral philosophy. Novelists in England, America, and elsewhere in the English-speaking world have often used their works to engage in profound meditations on the nature of ethical life, and in this session we will hope to contribute to the critical movements currently engaged in drawing out such thought. Please send 250-500 word abstracts and a CV to Patrick Fessenbecker, at pfessenbecker at gmail.com
New Approaches to Performing, Teaching and Analyzing Macbeth
This Board-Sponsored session is interested in receiving proposals that discuss new trajectories in analyzing and understanding Macbeth by Shakespeare (e.g. nationalism, Scotland’s status within the British Empire, gender issues, tyranny, etc). Papers that examine new approaches to performing and teaching the play are also welcome. Please send 300-350 word proposals, along with name, e-mail and academic affiliation to Sara Gutmann <smcenter@buffalo.edu>
New Directions in British Romantic Ecocriticism
British Romantic writers have long occupied a premier place in the development of environmentalist philosophy and language, but the focus has been on a narrow pantheon of green writers and theoretical paradigm. This panel will explore new theoretical orientations, reconsider established Green Romantic canons or theoretical paradigms, consider alternate narratives of British Romantic ecocriticism and environmentalities, apply ecocritical frameworks to undertheorized Romantic period writers or subjects. 300-word abstracts to hubbell@susqu.edu
Peace and War in the Nineteenth Century
In the years between the storming of the Bastille and the death of Victoria, Britain was involved in both a series of wars and a cluster of treaties designed to end conflict. Papers are invited on the various cultural responses to both the wars and the peace processes with which Britain was engaged in the long-nineteenth century. Email: bugg@fordham.edu.
Pride and Prejudice at 200
In 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was sent forth into the world to become one of the most beloved Anglophone novels. This panel invites papers that put Austen’s work in conversation with contemporary and modern-day cultural issues, especially surprising or heterodox influences or resonances. Considerations of the novel’s adaptations are particularly welcome. Please send abstracts of 250-500 words to Lauren Cameron at lauren-cameron@uiowa.edu.
Race, Identity, and Duplicity: Rethinking Racial Identity in Shakespeare
This session will explore the ways in which Shakespeare’s plays represent and complicate constructions of racial identity. How do the motifs of sight and blindness, black and white, light and dark, or the association of blackness with villainy construct, or possibly challenge, conceptions of ‘authentic’ racial identity? How do representations of characters like Othello, Shylock, and Caliban indicate the imposed limits of Western constructions of race? Send 300-word abstract to Andru Lugo <alugo@dccc.edu>
Robert Burns and his Nineteenth-Century Literary Heirs
This panel interrogates the impact of the Scottish poet Robert Burns on nineteenth-century writers around the globe. How did his efforts in developing a poetry that deals with freedom and nationalism inspire later authors? How was his poetics of national identity transported beyond Scottish borders to influence how writers across a variety of nations articulate national identity? Please submit 250-300 word abstracts, along with a brief biographical statement, to Jessica Gray (jhgray@my.uri.edu) and Rebekah Greene (rebekah_greene@my.uri.edu).
Romantic Science
ASLE Panel: Romantic Science invites papers that examine Romantic textual material concerning the nexus between literature and science. How does the use of scientific discourse by Romantic writers reshape our understanding of their work as literary texts? What are the implications of cross-disciplinary activity and thought – poet-turned-scientist or scientist-turned-poet? Proposals need to include: name, paper title, abstract (200 words), institution, and academic profile (100 words). Please send proposals to Dewey Hall at dwhall@csupomona.ed
Science and the Occult in the Long Nineteenth Century
This panel seeks papers on the intersections between science and the occult in Britain in the long nineteenth century. What do these discourses tell us about their cultural moment and the development of modern scientific epistemes? Papers ranging in topic from Romanticism to fin de siècle, from science writing to penny dreadfuls, from magic to physics are welcome. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Leigha McReynolds, lhm@gwmail.gwu.edu.
Self-Education and the Long Nineteenth Century
This panel will explore the idea of self-education in 19th and early 20th-century British literature to reflect on the current definition and function of literature within and outside institutions. Potential topics include: autodidact characters in the novel, education and class conflict, women readers/writers/scholars, the ‘art novel’ vs. genre fiction, aesthetics and self-culture, literature’s emergence as a discipline, popular lectures, autobiography & life writing. Send inquiries and 250-500 word abstracts to akotch@eden.rutgers.edu.
Staging the New Woman: Shaw, Suffrage and Theatre as Activism
Sarah Grand’s essays on the woman question published in the North American Review in 1894 coined the phrase ‘new woman’: one ‘a little above’ men because she had considered gender roles rationally. Instant lampooning followed. Shaw countered with a series of characters and ‘unwomanly’ women. Actress/activists like Elizabeth Robins and Cicely Hamilton worked with Shaw and wrote their own feminist plays. This panel will examine the impact of plays by these and other dramatists of the era on audiences. 250-word abstracts to: ellen.dolgin@dc.edu
The Thin End of the Wedge: Modernism in Little Magazines and Little Theatres (Seminar)
This seminar (re)examines the little magazines and little theatre experiments of the first third of the 20th century to try and represent modernism as a movement happening and being resisted in real time, on both sides of the Atlantic, (re)defining itself, cautiously or outrageously, rather than as fossilized matter. Papers are sought on particular publications or editors, individual dramatists and companies, opportunities created by the Modernist Journals Project, etc. 200-400 word abstracts to Bill Waddell, bwaddell@sjfc.edu
Transatlantic Encounters: Redefining Temporality in the Nineteenth Century
This panel questions how changes in temporal experience influenced the perception of race, gender and class in 19th-century British and American contexts, especially with regard to theories of transnationalism and cosmopolitanism, and the genres of realism and naturalism. We are interested in papers that open the geography of transatlantic studies to a discussion of time across literary, political, and scientific contexts. Please send a 300-word abstract and a bio to Jacob Jewusiak (jmjewusiak@valdosta.edu) and Myrto Drizou (mdriz2@uis.edu).
Transforming Places and Transcending Spaces in English Women’s Writing 1640-1740
In early modern England, women’s writing often challenged the authoritative spaces that enclosed and defined them. This panel will explore the transformative strategies used by early modern women to alter the physical, domestic, and social spaces they inhabit in both fiction and non-fiction. How do women shape, transform, and reconfigure their surroundings and to what end? Please send 300 word abstracts and a brief curriculum vita to Andrea Fabrizio or Ruth Garcia at FabrizioGarciaabstracts@gmail.com
Tudor Grammar Schools: Drama Training and the World of the Stage (Seminar)
This seminar examines Tudor school drama and its investment in reconstituting Greek and Roman cultures. Because boys were expected to concentrate on this ancient period, imaginative identification with such distant history was achieved by playing roles from the past. Papers may identify a wider range of interaction between Tudor school curriculum and the culture’s theatrical construction of itself; school and fitness for political office; school and class loyalties; school and gender coding, school and nationalism. dbender@pace.edu.
Victorian Criminalities: Nineteenth-Century Literature and the Criminal Mind
Criminals and criminal society were an affront to Victorian sensibilities; however, certain Victorian writers risked opprobrium by depicting criminals and criminal life in their fiction. This panel invites submissions that explore Victorian writers and depictions of criminality. Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following: literary constructions of criminality; women and crime; the criminal child; literature as a means of social change; crime and punishment. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Kristin.LeVeness@ncc.edu.
Victorian Inhumanities
This panel will explore the cultural history of the nonhuman in the long nineteenth century. We invite papers that unpack historical ideas of the nonhuman or of the species barrier, especially in relation to disciplinary divisions in the arts and sciences occurring over the course of the nineteenth century. Proposals might focus on canonical cultural documents or more scientific forms like lectures, natural histories, anthropological studies, and so on. Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words to jmmil@eden.rutgers.edu.
Victorian Saints and Sinners (Roundtable)
This roundtable seeks participants who interrogate the keen interest of the Victorians in missionary work, philanthropy, and other reform efforts designed to save women from lives of prostitution at home in the heart of the British Empire during the years 1837-1901. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts, along with a brief biographical statement, in .doc or .docx format to Anna Brecke (annabrecke@my.uri.edu) and Rebekah Greene (rebekah_greene@my.uri.edu).
What is Literary ‘Sympathy’? Novels in the First Half of the 19th Century (Roundtable)
Literary scholars pin a lot on ‘sympathy’ but disagree about what it is. While David Marshall defines it as emotional exchange, Adela Pinch and Rae Greiner describe it as a cognitive process. This roundtable invites interdisciplinary approaches to redefining sympathy in literature. Presenters may explore goals, consequences, or connotations of sympathy, including community or identity formation, political affinity, empathy vs. sympathy, visuality and aurality, the novel’s ‘rise,’ and more. Send 250-word abstracts to Jennifer.Croteau@tufts.edu.
The Wilde Celebration: The 160th Anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s Birth
Celebrating the 160th anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s birth, this panel invites abstracts on any aspect of his works and influence. Send abstracts of 250 words in body of email to Annette M. Magid, SUNY Erie Community College, a_magid@yahoo.com, with ‘Oscar Wilde’ in subject line.
‘Willed without witting, whorled without aimed’: Divagation and Dubliners
Rather than assume that Dubliners is best understood as an early stage in the linear development of a mature, fully-formed literary voice, this panel will explore what the collection can tell us about interruption, repetition and the critique of the teleological in Joyce’s thought by attending to the complexity of its many discursive and figural whorls. Please send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Jeff Cassvan, Queens College, jeffrey.cassvan@qc.cuny.edu and Philip Mirabelli, Lehman College, philmirabelli@gmail.com.

See also under:

Anglophone (Transnational & Other): “Achebe at the Turn of the 21st Century”; “Amitav Ghosh at the Turn of the 21st Century”; “Detecting Nation: Formations of Nationhood and Subjectivity in Detective Fiction”; “Literature and Medicine in the Eighteenth Century”; “Modernism and Cuisine”; “Reviving, and Revising, Henry James

British: “Tudor Grammar Schools: Drama Training and the World of the Stage

Canadian: “Contemporary Canadian Drama

Cultural Studies and Film: “Into The Pensieve: The Harry Potter Generation in Retrospect

German: “The First World War and Popular Culture

Women’s and Gender Studies: “Sorceresses and Witches: Enchanting Women on and off the Renaissance Stage”; “Women’s Education and the Rhetoric of Sexual Reformation