From Shakespeare’s King Lear to Flaubert’s Frédéric Moreau, who lives off of his uncle’s money, and Edward St Aubyn’s novels about the troubled heir Patrick Melrose, literature has always been occupied with inheritance and inherited wealth. The insights provided by this literary legacy are more important than ever. Once considered a relic from the aristocratic past superseded by liberal meritocracy, inherited wealth is now recognized as a source of rising social inequality. It therefore poses an important challenge for the present – and for the future. To meet this challenge, inheritance must be understood in all its historical and cultural complexity. For inheritance is more than a means of transferring wealth between generations.
Paul de Man may have declared formalist criticism a dead-end in the 1950s, but it took until the deconstructive the 1970s for formalism finally die. For de Man, William Empson’s study of ambiguity gave the lie to I.A. Richards’s claims that literature could transmit experience. Deconstruction further insisted that the sliding of the signifier made the possibility of shared experience through literature difficult if not impossible.
Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914
General Call for Reviewers
This is an open call for reviewers for Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914, co-edited by Patricia Pulham and Diane Piccitto and published by Edinburgh University Press which produces three issues annually.
The fifteenth annual meeting of the Georgia Philological Association (GPA) will convene at the Middle Georgia State University Conference Center at 100 University Parkway, Macon, Georgia on Friday, May 15, 2020. We invite proposals for session topics, panel discussions, and scholarly papers in English on any subjects relating to literature, language, composition, philosophy, history, translation, the general humanities, interdisciplinary studies, and pedagogy. Reading times for individual paper presentations are limited to 15 minutes. Presenters may submit longer or more complex versions (8,000 words maximum) to be considered for publication in the Journal of the Georgia Philological Association.
To be held in York 12th-13th March 2020
Call for Papers: Essay Collection on Louise Imogen Guiney
International Conference on London Studies23 November 2019 – London, UKorganised by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research
Since its beginnings, London has been regarded as the epitome of progress and advancement even in times of profound crisis and discord, exerting the charm of the vast setting that concentrates most, if not all, human experiences. From ancient Londinium to the 21st-century metropolis, the ever expanding urban settlement has emerged as a complex heterogeneous entity forging a particular code of conduct governed by imagination and originality, talent and vision that generate almost endless significations of the self.
Alice in Wonderland in Film and Popular Culture
Edited by Antonio Sanna
In celebration of the life and works of the eminent scholar Pierre Coustillas (1930-2018), we invite contributions for a special issue of Literature Compass(https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17414113)on Coustillas, George Gissing, and their writing. Coustillas has had a profound influence on Gissing and nineteenth-century studies. From 1969 to April 2013, he edited The Gissing Newsletterand subsequently The Gissing Journal, the organ for Gissing studies. In 1997, Paul F. Mattheisen, Arthur C. Young, and Coustillas completed their landmark project: The Collected Letters of George Gissing.
Please consider this call for papers for a panel on flânerie at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference in Atlanta, GA, November 15-17, 2019:
SAMLA 91: LANGUAGES: POWER, IDENTITY, RELATIONSHIPS
NEW DATES November 15-17 ◆Westin Peachtree Plaza◆Atlanta, Georgia
Regular Panel: Flânerie in Literature and Popular Culture
The Language of Flânerie:
Forging Power, Identity, and Relationships on the City Streets
Dr. Kelly Comfort, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Marylaura Papalas, East Carolina University