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CFP: [Victorian] Potentiality and the Unfinished States of Literature (3/20/08; MLA '08)

Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 1:35am
Alysia Garrison

CFP: “Potentiality and the Unfinished States of Literature”
A Panel of the MLA Graduate Student Caucus, MLA 2008

The Graduate Student Caucus, an affiliate organization of the MLA, is pleased to invite current
graduate students to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers for a panel discussion titled
“Potentiality and the Unfinished States of Literature” at the 2008 MLA annual meeting, 12/27-
12/30 in San Francisco. This panel will investigate “potentiality” as a means of thinking the
conditions of possibility of literature in all of its habits and guises.

CFP: [Victorian] William Morris Society in the United States sessions at MLA 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008 - 11:56pm
Margaret Stetz

William Morris Society in the United States
Proposals for two sessions at the Modern Language Association annual convention
27-30 December 2008
San Francisco, CA
1. “William Morris: Friends, Colleagues, and Contemporaries"
Papers (15 minutes reading time) are sought on all aspects of the Morris circle--his colleagues
and co-workers, his family, his artistic and political associates and friends and those who
influenced or were influenced by his work. Although comparative approaches or those on little-
known members of the Morris circle would be especially interesting, other topics are also
2. "Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Prose"

CFP: [Victorian] Art, Education, and Nationalism for MLA 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008 - 11:04pm
Sheshalatha Reddy

We are seeking paper proposals for a panel on nineteenth-century education
in the arts and its connections to English nationalism and/or British
imperialism at the 2008 MLA conference in San Francisco. Potential topics
could include but are not limited to the development of schools in the
“industrial arts”; the construction of a history of English art; the place
of art and literature in a modern university education in Britain and the
colonies; the adult education movement and the arts; the role of drawing in
formal and informal education; the role of British literature and art in
educating colonial subjects and/or imperialists; state-sponsored

CFP: [Victorian] British Association for Victorian Studies Annual Conference

Friday, February 22, 2008 - 10:02am
Holly Furneaux

The British Association for Victorian Studies
Ninth Annual Conference

Victorian Feeling: Touch, Bodies, Emotions

Organised by Gowan Dawson, Holly Furneaux,
Julian North and Joanne Shattock on behalf of the
Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester

1-3 September 2008

Plenary speakers:
Professor William A. Cohen (University of Maryland)
Professor Christopher Lane (Northwestern University)
Dr Samantha Matthews (University of Sheffield)
Dr Michael Roper (University of Essex)
Professor Rebecca Stott (University of East Anglia)
Dr Paul White (University of Cambridge)

CFP: [Victorian] SAMLA (11/7-9/2008): Nineteenth-Century Work

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 4:40pm
Dr. Esther Godfrey

This session welcomes proposals on any aspect of work in nineteenth-
century literature. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the
following: legal work, the medical profession, housework, needlework,
prostitution, writing, factory work, arts and crafts, teaching,
governesses, companions, chimney sweeps, London Labour and the London
Poor, nursing, the military, the clergy, government service, gambling,
Marxism, imperialism, maid work, prison labor, coal mining, and child
labor. How did literature shape and define nineteenth-century notions of
work? How can we understand the varied issues of work through the
literature of the period?

CFP: [Victorian] Borders of Genre: Travel Writing and Autobiography MLA 2008 (3/10)

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 7:26am
William Craig Howes

Borders of Genre: Travel Writing and Autobiography. When and why does
travel writing become autobiographical, if ever? 250-300 word abstracts for
papers investigating these questions, with attention to theoretical issues
and/or specific texts, due March 10 to Tom Smith at Inquiries

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Received on Fri Feb 15 2008 - 02:26:45 EST

CFP: [Victorian] CFP: The Brontes in Context - conference (05/01/2008)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 5:16pm
Bronte Conference

The Brontes in Context

2â€"3 May 2008
Centre for Literary Studies at the Institute for Social, Culture and
Policy Research, University of Salford, UK

This two-day conference aims to be a contribution to the
contextualisation of the works of the Bronte sisters. Approaches to and
interpretations of contexts of gender and sexual politics, identity, the
longing for self-realisation, materialism, education, writing and print
culture and the Brontes’ engagement with the publishing spheres, the
negotiation of female authorial identity and the constructed authorial
persona and many more themes are welcomed.

UPDATE: [Victorian] REMINDER: Textuality, Visuality and their Convergence (RMMLA Panel; March 1 Deadline)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 5:09pm
Susan Cook

Call for Papers:
Textuality, Visuality and their Convergence
Submissions are invited for this Special Topic Session at the October 9-
11, 2008 Rocky Mountain MLA Convention in Reno, Nevada. Papers may
address but are not limited to the following topics:

Writing the visual
Seeing or not seeing texts
Cultural and/or theoretical approaches to textuality and visuality
The role of visual studies in literary scholarship
The role of literary studies in visual studies scholarship
Particular readings that blend these two approaches

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV in .doc or .pdf format to
Susan Cook,

CFP: [Victorian] Victorian Rules and Regulations

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 5:10pm
Andrew Burke

CFP: Victorian Rules and Regulations
Victorian Association of Western Canada (VSAWC) Conference 2008
University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
October 16-18, 2008

Keynote Speakers: Lynne Vallone (Rutgers University) and Christopher Otter (Ohio State

UPDATE: [Victorian] Artistry and Industry

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 2:11pm
Patricia Zakreski

Artistry and Industry: Representations of Creative Labour in Literature
and the Visual Arts c. 1830-1900
18-20 July 2008, University of Exeter

Keynote speakers:
Tim Barringer (Professor of Art History, University of Yale),
Michael Hatt (Professor of Art History, University of Warwick)
Talia Schaffer (Associate Professor of English, CUNY).

Plenary Panel:
Patrizia di Bello (Lecturer in History and Theory of Photography,Birkbeck
Richard Salmon (Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature, University of
Valerie Sanders (Professor of English Literature, University of Hull)

UPDATE: [Victorian] Southern Writers, Southern Writing Graduate Conference

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:00pm
Jill E. Anderson

The 14th Annual Southern Writers, Southern Writing is a University of
Mississippi Graduate Student Conference held in conjunction with the Annual
Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.
The Graduate Students in the Departments of English and Southern Studies
invite you to submit abstracts exploring Southern culture. Accepted
submissions will be presented in Oxford, Mississippi, July 17th-19th, 2008.
 The keynote speaker will be John T. Edge, director of the Southern
Foodways Alliance and author of numerous books on Southern cuisine,
including Fried Chicken: An American Story.

Topics for papers or panels are not restricted to literature. They may include:

CFP: [Victorian] Scottish Gothic

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 7:07am
Martyn Colebrook

15-20 minute papers are invited on the topic of the Gothic within
Scottish literature. All periods and authors are of interest.

MLA San Francisco 2008

1 page abstracts with vitae by March 1

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CFP: [Victorian] Dickens and Science (MLA San Francisco 12/27-30/2008)

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 1:16am
Sally Ledger

Call for Papers for one of two panels at the 2008 MLA, sponsored by the Dickens Project in
partnership with the Dickens Society.

Dickens and Science
Significance of science in the novels; essays on science in /Household
Words /and /All The Year Round/; Dickens and Darwinism; Dickens and
Technology; Dickens and Medicine/Sanitation/Health.

Abstract and brief c.v. by 1 March to Sally Ledger (