2017 is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Austen has become one of the most discussed and beloved literary figures; indeed, her status as one of our most beloved literary figures has often influenced the ways in which her life and works are discussed within critical circles.
The Andrew Marvell Society has partnered with the Open Library of Humanities to publish our flagship journal, Marvell Studies. Peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed, and completely open access, the journal is now open to general submissions: http://marvell.openlibhums.org/.
The Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Defoe Society
Tolerance and Intolerance in the Age of Defoe
September 7-9, 2017
New Haven, Connecticut
Jill Campbell, Yale University
Wolfram Schmidgen, Washington University
Early Modern Satire: Themes, Re-Evaluations and Practices (2 - 4 November, 2017) - EXTENDED DEADLINE
Essay abstracts solicited for for inclusion in a proposed special journal issue on the following topic:
Alterities and Abolitionist Forms: Genres of British Abolitionist Literature, 1790-1830
Proposals are sought for a special session roundtable for the 2018 MLA convention: “Family Letters in Early America”
Papers addressing letters/letter writing, actual or fictional, between parent(s)/guardian(s) and child(ren) in early America. Some thematic areas to consider include: sentiment; separation; advice; friendship; romance; letter as news, memorandum, dispatch, philosophical forum.
PRISONS AND PRISON WRITING IN EARLY MODERN BRITAIN
Northumbria University, Newcastle, Monday 10 April 2017
A Regional Day Conference of the International John Bunyan Society, organized in association with the University of Bedfordshire, Keele University, and Northumbria University
Plenary speakers include Dr Jerome de Groot, University of Manchester and Professor Molly Murray, Columbia University, New York.
CALL FOR PAPERS
From Queen Anne to Queen Victoria is a biennial conference organised by the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw (Poland). The title highlights the time span that is covered, and provides a framework for the highly varied perceptions that contribute to a picture of the great themes that link the 18th and 19th centuries.
The sixth conference will take place on 27-29 September 2017.
Our keynote speakers are:
Ann Heilmann (Cardiff University),
Jarlath Killeen (Trinity College Dublin),
Paddy Lyons (University of Glasgow).
Gothic Afterlives: Radcliffe’s Literary Precursors, Rivals, and Descendants
(Proposed special session for the 2017 NASSR conference)
Since the mid-1990s, a number of studies have not only extended the years that “Romanticism” encompasses as a literary and cultural period but also suggested that classic gothic literature (1764-1824) holds a significant place within Romantic studies. Thanks to presses like Broadview and Valancourt, a host of classic gothic novels by Clara Reeve, Sophia Lee, Charlotte Smith, William Godwin, Regina Maria Roche, Charlotte Dacre, Percy Shelley, and others that were once out of print and available only in special collections are now easily accessible.
In her 2014 A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829, Claire Connolly declares that a major aim is, and must be, ‘to restore seriousness and nuance to our understanding of the Irish fiction of the romantic period’, which her criticism seeks to achieve by ‘refus[ing] or at least redirect[ing] readings that treat the novels as so many failed efforts to contain the hectic world of early nineteenth-century Ireland’ (Connolly 1).