This panel invites papers on the marriage plot and the law in Victorian culture. Practices governed by both tacit and explicit rules, legal and romantic trials structure much Victorian fiction, warranting an examination of their intertwined development across the century. Possible topics include: marriage law reform and courtship literature; laws, lawyers, and criminal investigations in the marriage plot; shared narrative structures in legal and romantic writing; and tensions in publishing, publicity, and private (legal or extra-legal) affairs.
According to the new guidelines set by NeMLA, no abstracts will be accepted through email. Instead, interested scholars should submit abstracts through the NeMLA website.