Current theoretical debates about subjects and objects, bodies and minds, and genre and gender have explored in detail women’s status as objects and done much to theorize their efforts to become speaking subjects. But these discussions can be more transgressive in order to explore the ways in which Romantic writers in particular challenged the foundational ideas of materiality that they were given and on which we continue to rely when we read them in the twenty-first century. For the proposed collection, Material Transgressions: Romantic Bodies, Affects, Genders, we are soliciting essays that think outside of Romantic ideologies of gender that reiterate notions of sexed bodies, embodied subjectivity, or stable texts.
In his lifetime, Nietzsche referred to over 150 nineteenth-century writers in both his published writings and Nachlaß. Nietzsche’s use of nineteenth-century fiction and poetry ranges from somewhat nonchalant to extremely systematic. Indeed, the cornerstone of his “Advent of European Nihilism” in the late 1880s is the decline or decadence of literature during Nietzsche’s lifetime.
The panel attempts to focus on passages, individual novels or poems, and complete bodies of work in order to assess Nietzsche’s use of these texts in his philosophical project.
“One must turn back to Shakespeare then, for Shakespeare was androgynous; and so were Keats and Sterne and Cowper and Lamb and Coleridge[…] Some collaboration has to take place in the mind between the woman and the man before the art of creation can be accomplished. Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated” (Woolf, A Room of One’s Own).
Roundtable Discussion on Pedagogies Across Disciplines (addressing 19th century works)
Nineteenth Century Studies Association Meeting, “Memory and Commemoration”
February 2-4, 2017 in Charleston, SC
APOCALYPTIC SOUND AND VISION: INTERSECTIONS OF LITERATURE AND MUSIC. SAMLA 88 Panel. MUSIC & FICTION
This panel will explore the presence of eighteenth-century human rights discourse in antebellum American culture. We will have two goals: first, to seek persistences of eighteenth-century human rights theory even as it was eclipsed by discourses of Nationalism, European Imperialism, Anglo-Saxonism, scientific racism, economic determinism, and so on in the nineteenth century; second, to articulate the relationship of Enlightenment cosmopolitanism to the forces that would stifle it during the period between the American/French Revolutions and the post-WWII resurgence of human rights.
CFP: Jane Austen & the Arts: A Bicentenary Conference
23-25 March 2017
SUNY Plattsburgh is hosting “Jane Austen & the Arts,” a bicentenary conference that explores Jane Austen’s engagement with the arts. Discussions of the role of the arts, broadly defined, in structuring Austen’s novels, shaping her characters, or enriching her life are welcome.
The conference website, https://janeaustenandthearts.com, provides additional information and will soon contain online registration links.
Call for Papers
An International Conference
Hosted by the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University
At Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
13-16 July 2017
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Devoney Looser (Arizona State), Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford) and Clara Tuite (Melbourne)
We invite proposals for any papers dealing with Gothic literature, culture and film. This session welcomes proposals on a wide variety of topics, with particular consideration granted to papers that engage with the 2016 conference theme of "Archives, Libraries, Properties." Possible foci might include sociohistorical context, intellectual heritage, culture and circulation, and textual materiality in (and of) the Gothic.
Proposals may be submitted via PAMLA's online submission form: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topics/gothic
The legacies of both Marxism and poststructuralism have loomed large in literary studies in recent years. The ongoing publication of the late seminars of both Foucault and Derrida, as well as the long awaited translation of Althusser’s On The Reproduction Of Capitalism suggests a sustained interest in such methodologies, while what has been called the “descriptive turn”—which encompasses practices as disparate and ill-defined as Latourian Actor-Network Theory, Morettian “distant reading”, and Heather Love’s revival of “thin description”—has attempted to caution scholars away from symptomatic reading, ideology critique, and broadly “deconstructive” critical practice.