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CFP: [Victorian] Arabs and the New World

Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 3:03pm
Wail S. Hassan

Call for Papers
American Comparative Literature Association
April 24-27, 2008
Long Beach, CA

Seminar Title: Arabs and the New World

CFP: [Victorian] The Pretty that Hurts: The Cult of Pain and Violating the Body (Grad Panel, 10/15/07; 2/29/08-3/1/08

Monday, October 1, 2007 - 5:31pm
Want Chyi

>From self-mutilation to the rise of plastic surgery; from the Gothic
genre to representations of pain in media and art, how has transgressing
the body yielded consequences for artists and audiences? This panel seeks
critical and creative presentations that explore these questions.

Submit 350-word paper proposals by October 15 to the Southwest Graduate
English Symposium, held at Arizona State University, February 29-March 1,
2008. Please include your name, professional affiliation, home and office
numbers, mailing address, and email address. Also, please include any A/V
requirements with your submission.

CFP: [Victorian] Transatlantic Sensations

Monday, September 24, 2007 - 1:14am
Jennifer Phegley

Call for Proposals and Manuscripts for Transatlantic Sensations

Edited by John Barton ( and Jennifer Phegley
Deadline: March 1, 2008

CFP: [Victorian] "Get a Move On!": Nineteenth Century Migration and Mobility

Monday, September 17, 2007 - 8:15pm
Grace Wetzel

"Get a Move On!": Nineteenth Century Migration and Mobility
A Graduate English Conference sponsored by the University of South
Dates: March 7-8, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley

Immigrants and expatriots, sailors and soldiers, travelers and wanderers,
men and women: people in the nineteenth century were moving. Novels and
new inventions such as railroads, steamships, and street cars provided
vehicles of transport for individuals and their imaginations, while the
transnational movements of ideas and populations gave rise to a newly
globalized Anglo-American literature.

CFP: [Victorian] Hypertext and Intertext: Recasting the Master Narrative (grad panel, 10/15/07; 2/29-3/1/08)

Monday, September 17, 2007 - 5:11pm
Cynthia Calhoun

Jasper Fforde’s popular series of literary detective novels, beginning
with The Eyre Affair, popularized a little-studied literary trope:
intertextual references and devices that subvert the linear master
narrative. From farting bookworms to the “footnoterphone,” Fforde
utilizes font types, footnotes, and misspellings to argue for a multi-
textuality in his novels. How have other writers done the same? For
what purpose? How does this practice affect us as readers? This panel
seeks critical and creative presentations that explore these questions.
Topics may include self-referencing, online hypertext, multiple
narrators, and much more.

CFP: [Victorian]

Monday, September 17, 2007 - 5:02pm
Cynthia Calhoun

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
Alfred J. Drake

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
Tatiana Kontou

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
Prof Janice Hart

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
John Tepe

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
ann hawkins

"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?