Our panel invites papers that consider the relationship among disciplines in the Victorian period. What can we learn about our present from the intertwined Victorian modes of knowledge production and distribution?
The Proposed joint session of the William Morris Society with the Society for the History of Authors, Readers and Publishers (SHARP):
How did the Pre-Raphaelites become well-known to their contemporaries and later readers? What role did publishers play in their reception? And what was the impact of the rise of a professional class of journalists and reviewers on their reputation?
Modern Language Association Convention
Toronto, January 7-10, 2021
Call for Papers: Guaranteed sessionWe seek proposals on new approaches to the lives of Morris and his associates, including his Pre-Raphaelite, Arts and Crafts, socialist, and familial circles. Papers on twentieth-century and contemporary responses to Morris's legacy as broadly conceived are also welcome.Please send a one-page abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 18, 2020
The term “addiction” was not widely established in the 19th century. Even today, although amply attested in medical and legal dictionaries, it is not unambiguous: the label “addict” is highly stigmatizing, while “addiction” to yoga or organic sourdough is a status marker. Nineteenth-century writers nonetheless depicted recognizable states of dependency and loss of autonomy, which 21st-century readers find unmistakably familiar.
Travel is a vehicle for which to explore the condition of living, how our relationships to place shape us and our experiences, how our identities and political histories inform place, how power structures inform how we migrate (or don’t) and how that affects the places we pass through. --Bani Amor, “Getting Real About Decolonizing Travel Culture” (2017)
British women novelists of the Victorian era often explored the accepted and shifting concepts of woman’s role at home, in the workplace, and in society as a whole. Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Oliver Schreiner, for example, discuss a woman’s right to education and the careers open to her as well as how she chooses, if she has a choice. This panel will explore these writers’ arguments for women’s equality and examine repercussions deriving from their writing. Panelists might address such questions as how authors expressed their acceptance of or discontent with women’s position in society or whether the conversation changed as the nineteenth century came to an end. Papers should not exceed 15 minutes.
The John Clare Society of North America invites paper proposals for its guaranteed panel at the Modern Language Association Convention in Toronto, January 7th-10th, 2021. Scholarship exploring any aspect of Clare’s poetry, prose, interests, influence, and/or life is welcome. Send abstract and short bio by 13 March 2020 to Erica McAlpine at email@example.com
CFP: Poetry and the Victorian Visual Imagination: New Conversations
A special issue of Victorian Poetry, Winter 2022
Guest Editors: Jill Ehnenn and Heather Bozant Witcher
Deadline for Submissions: August 31, 2020
This cfp is for a proposed special panel for the 2021 MLA Conference to be held in Tornoto, January 7-10, 2021.This panel seeks papers on the life and works of George Eliot related to the theme of "persistence." Please send a 300 word abstracts and a 1-2pp CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 20th.
Rhoda Broughton (1840-1920) was considered one of the queens of the circulating library in Victorian England. Broughton is the author of more than twenty novels and a collection of short stories, the latter featuring supernatural and mysterious elements. Her first two novels, Cometh up as a Flower and Not Wisely but too Well, earned her the reputation of a sensation writer; they were followed by other works containing sensational elements and subject-matter, and featuring rebellious, impetuous, passionate but often naïve heroines. She later resorted to one-volume novels in which she revealed skill and depth. These gems include A Beginner, Lavinia and Mamma.