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CFP: [Victorian]

Monday, September 17, 2007 - 5:02pm
full name / name of organization: 
Cynthia Calhoun
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In Elaine Scarry’s book Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the
World, she claims that pain is language destroying, essentially
establishing a barrier between the self and reality that eliminates
meaningful communication with the outside world. Therefore, not only is
it impossible to adequately describe pain, but the possibility of empathy
is all but destroyed. This panel seeks critical and creative
presentations that explore and engage the question: How can a subject
effectively communicate the experience of pain? How can a community
understand or empathize with that subject? Topics may include specific
writers â€" such as Sylvia Plath or Philip K. Dick â€" or a more general
theoretical study.

CFP: [Victorian] Oscar Wilde's Critical Essays (11/15/07); collection)

Monday, September 17, 2007 - 4:09pm
full name / name of organization: 
Alfred J. Drake
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I welcome abstracts and full essays for a proposed volume on Oscar Wilde's
critical essays with an emphasis on how those texts were received in the
author's own time and how they have impacted contemporary debates in
criticism and theory. I will also consider abstracts that deal with
Wilde's fiction, poetry, or drama if they suit the collection's emphasis.

UPDATE: [Victorian] UPDATE: Victorian Women and the Occult, Women's Writing Special Issue

Monday, September 17, 2007 - 9:57am
full name / name of organization: 
Tatiana Kontou
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Call for Papers
Victorian Women and the Occult

Increasingly, contemporary scholarship reveals the strong connection
between Victorian women and the world of the nineteenth-century
supernatural. Women were intrinsically bound to the occult and the
esoteric â€" from mediums who materialised spirits to the epiphanic
experiences of the new woman, from theosophy to telepathy. This special
issue of Women’s Writing seeks to address the various ways in which
Victorian women expressed themselves and were constructed by the occult
through a broad range of texts.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

â–ºWomen and Spiritualism

â–ºWomen authors and the Victorian ghost story

CFP: [Victorian] Victorian Illustration

Friday, September 14, 2007 - 2:45pm
full name / name of organization: 
Prof Janice Hart
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We Thought We Knew You: the Refashioning of ‘Mr Verdant Green’ in Britain
and America, 1853-1910

Proposal for the NEMLA panel, Buffalo NY, April 2008

Professor Janice Hart, Director of Research, London College of
Communication, University of the Arts London

UPDATE: [Victorian] UPDATE

Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 4:04pm
full name / name of organization: 
John Tepe
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Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar
Postgraduate Conference

Victorian Other-Worlds:
Exploring Alternate Realms, Realities, and Identities in the Nineteenth

Birmingham and Midlands Institute, 20 October 2007

CFP: [Victorian] women and the artifacts of celebrity (collection; 11.1.07)

Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 1:50am
full name / name of organization: 
ann hawkins
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"Beautiful Objects: Women Writers and the Artifacts of Celebrity"

The editors seek essays for a proposed collection on women’s commodification and celebrity
prior to the twentieth-century. We have already had preliminary conversations with a publisher
who has expressed interest in the volume.

What does it mean to be a woman celebrity? In what ways does a woman writer become
commodified, and how are those commodities publicized and marketed? Are women
commodified differently than men of the same period?

CFP: [Victorian] Reading, Work, and Narrative Time (10/1/07; Narrative, 5/1/07-5/4/07)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 1:11pm
full name / name of organization: 
Matthew Garrett
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The assumption behind this panel is that a rigorous examination of the
relation between reading and working brings us to the threshold between
“intrinsic” and “extrinsic” criticism. Thematizations of work, for example,
organize our attention within the text even as they direct us outward
toward reference to the leisure that is the precondition for literary
reading itself. Most theories of narrative time depend upon an assumed
homogenization of experience that the reality of work contradicts: social
relations in class society preclude the possibility of phenomenologically
equivalent temporalities across classes, even as “homogeneous, empty time”

CFP: [Victorian] Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies: Special Issue: Gender and Disability

Monday, August 27, 2007 - 8:36pm
full name / name of organization: 
Mark Mossman
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SUBMISSION DATE: March 1, 2008

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is a peer-reviewed, online journal
committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on gender
studies and nineteenth-century British literature, art and culture. The
journal is a collaborative effort that brings together advanced graduate
students and scholars from a variety of universities to create a unique
voice in the field. We endorse a broad definition of gender studies and
welcome submissions that consider gender and sexuality in conjunction
with race, class, place and nationality.

CFP: [Victorian] Darwin and the Evolution of Victorian Studies (7/15/08)

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 1:49pm
full name / name of organization: 
Jonathan Smith
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Victorian Studies will mark the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and
the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species in 2009 with a special issue
on “Darwin and the Evolution of Victorian Studies.” Essays of not more than
8,000 words (including endnotes), prepared in MLA Style, are invited on all
aspects of Darwin and Darwin studies in the Victorian period from scholars
working in a range of areas, including literary and cultural criticism,
history and history of science, art history, and history of the book. The
deadline for submissions is July 15, 2008, to guest editor Jonathan Smith.