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CFP: [Victorian] Victorian Rituals: A Dickens Society Panel (3/6/09; MLA 12/27/09-12/30/09)

Monday, February 9, 2009 - 12:27pm
Robert Lougy

Significance of ritual and ceremony in Victorian life, literature, visual and performance art. Consider
such family and social practices broadly--tea service, meals, paying calls, courtship, mourning. etc.
Please send an abstract (approx. 250 words) and a brief c.v., no later than March 6, 2009

The 2009 MLA will be held in Philadelphia, December 27-30.

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CFP: [Victorian] Law, Literature, and Religion (3/15/09; 10/1-10/3/09)

Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 8:50pm
Cristina Maria Cervone

OCTOBER 1 - 3, 2009

   Villanova's Law School and Department of English will hold a law and literature symposium, the
first in a projected annual series, beginning Thursday evening, October 1, 2009, and ending
Saturday afternoon, October 3, 2009. The symposium has also been supported by a grant from
the Law and Humanities Institute.

CFP: [Victorian] Melvillean Moments - Abstract 2/27 â Conference 4/3-4/4

Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 8:02am
Alan Lovegreen


Contributors are invited to submit critical works on Herman Melville.
Papers may examine any aspect of the writer’s work, study the emergence
of his use as a cultural apparatus, or engage spin-offs that use themes
or elements of his work or image. We are interested in the politics that
allow Melville’s works and ideas to ‘transcend’ boundaries of space,
time, and media to retain their appeal. Possible topics may include:

Melville’s reemergence in the 1920s
Melville’s works in popular culture; art
Whale Lore
Critical history or popular culture response
Performance, music and song in the texts
Use of myth and history

CFP: [Victorian] Poetics of Space - Abstract 2/27 â Conference 4/3-4/4

Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 7:59am
Alan Lovegreen


While its title is borrowed from Gaston Bachelard’s work, this CFP
broadens its focus to include not only theories or politics of domestic
spaces, but asks contributors to also interrogate how larger, more
abstract “spaces” are thought of, constructed, arranged, and removed in a
wide array of literature, media, and/or other terrains. Possible topics
may include:

Physical, theoretical, and corporeal spaces
City planning or infrastructure
Urban/suburban space in theory or literature
Surplus / excess
Psychological implications of space
Space in rural settings
Social displacement
Non-fictional uses of waste
Space and cultural construction

CFP: [Victorian] Green Poetics - Abstract 2/27 â Conference 4/3-4/4

Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 7:57am
Alan Lovegreen


Contributors are invited to submit critical works on the topic of so-
called ‘Green’ writing in any
genre. Potential variants include:

Landscape architecture
Cultural geography
Comparative literature
Borderlands writing
Travel writing
Scientific research and writing
Environmental rhetoric

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed to by February
27, 2009 (text in the body of the message; please no attachments).

CFP: [Victorian] The Rogue Sea - Abstract 2/27 â Conference 4/3-4/4

Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 7:55am
Alan Lovegreen

Contributors are invited to submit critical works on the sea and its
literary, cinematic, and/or
cultural adaptations or mutations. Potential topics might intersect:

Maritime themes
Environmental rhetoric
Exploration narratives
Freudian readings
Historic or modern aspects of piracy
The ocean as territory
The sea in literature, myth, and folklore
Transatlantic studies

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be e-mailed to by February
27, 2009 (text in the body of the message; please no attachments).

CFP: [Victorian] Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture (3/15/09; PAMLA, 11/6/09-11/7/09)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 6:00pm
Alfred J. Drake

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
November 6-7, 2009
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California

"Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture."

Paper proposals sought for PAMLA's regular-session panel on
nineteenth-century British literature and culture. Proposals may address
any area of Romantic/Regency and Victorian literature and culture. Please
include the following three items in your message to session chair Alfred
J. Drake, Ph.D. at

1. your full curriculum vitae

2. a crisp (50-word maximum) summary of the full abstract

CFP: [Victorian] Edited Collection: Literature and Ethics: From the Green Knight to the Dark Knight

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 9:20am
Steve Brie

This volume will examine the crucial relationship between literature and
ethics, as it has developed and changed from the late medieval period to
the present day. The focus of the volume is predicated upon three
interrelated themes: namely, instruction, judgement, and justice. The
chapters will be informed by theoretical, philosophical, and critical
perspectives which have influenced various approaches to literary ethics.
These perspectives will include early modern humanism, utilitarianism,
existentialism and psychoanalytical hermeneutics, amongst others. The
volume is part of a series examining ethics across various academic
disciplines. Crucial questions addressed by the volume may include but are

CFP: [Victorian] Call for proposals on "Women and Work in Literature": deadline 3-15-09

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 12:44am
Susanne Weil

Conference: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA),
November 6 and 7, 2009, San Francisco State University
Special Session: Women and Work in Literature
Description: We seek three to four papers that analyze how particular
writers represent labor in women’s lives. Please send submissions by
March 15, 2009 to Susanne Weil, Centralia College, Department of English, and Please send proposals and
inquiries to both email addresses.


Monday, February 2, 2009 - 10:11pm
Annie Abrams

Discovering the Social in the History of Reading

The History of Reading Group at the University of California, Santa
invites paper proposals for our 2009 winter conference, "Discovering the
Social in the History of Reading." The one-day conference will take place
on Friday, March 13, 2009 at UCSB. The keynote speakers will be Adrian
Johns (University of Chicago) and Elaine Treharne (Florida State

UPDATE: [Victorian] Deadline Extended SCMLA 2009––Special Session: Oscar Wilde: History, Sexuality, and Displacement

Monday, February 2, 2009 - 3:08pm
Daniel A. Novak

UPDATE: Extended Deadline

In recent decades, Oscar Wilde has been theorized as a figure who
represented a historical shift or a displacement in how we think of
identity, gender, and sexuality. This panel invites papers that interrogate
these critical assumptions, broadly addressing Wilde's own thinking about
the relationship between history and identity. Papers may also focus on the
critical reception of Wilde from the early 20th century to the present.

This is a special session for the SCMLA 2009 conference in Baton Rouge, LA.
The theme of the conference is "Continuity and Displacement." A panel will
be chosen by February 20 and selected panels will be announced by March 2009.

CFP: [Victorian] CALL FOR PAPERS for Peer English 4

Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 3:40pm
Ben Parsons

Peer English

Call for Papers

Peer English (ISSN 1746-5621) is a refereed academic journal, now in its
fourth year, published by members of the School of English at the
University of Leicester. Our remit is to publish leading research from
those academics at the very beginnings of their careers (graduate study,
post-doctoral research) through to those already established within the
community. This approach also includes the notion of ‘work in progress’
and we welcome contributions of high academic standards from those
currently involved in active research, be they doctoral candidates or
Heads of Departments.

CFP: [Victorian] Color: Between Silence and Eloquence - Sorbonne, Paris (02/28/09; 06/25/09-06/26/09)

Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 2:43pm
Laurence Petit

CFP: Color: Between Silence and Eloquence (02/28/09; 06/25/09-06/26/09)

SAIT (Société des Amis d’Intertexte)
Sorbonne, Institut du monde anglophone, Université Paris 3
5, rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, 75006 Paris

Keynote speaker: Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Professor of Aesthetics at
Université Paris 3-Sorbonne.

SAIT and the Sorbonne invite proposals for their international,
interdisciplinary conference on “Color: Between Silence and Eloquence” in
Paris on June 25-26, 2009.