CFP: [18th] The German Enlightenment & the Eighteenth-Century English Novel (9/15/07; ASECS, 03/27/08-03/30/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Stephen Sweat

39th Annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
Conference March 27-30, 2008
Portland, OR

Panel Title: Aufklärung in England: Theories of Subject Formation in the
Late Eighteenth-Century English Novel.

With the reintroduction of the problem of dialectics into western
philosophy in the late eighteenth century, notions of subjectivity and
the subject’s relation to society began to shift substantially. Many
English novelists, ranging from Bage to Burney, Smith to Shelley,
Hamilton to Holcroft, and of course, Austen, began to explore and
redefine subject formation and relationships of the self to society,
especially as concerns gender, race, sexuality, and nationality. This
panel seeks to explore the opportunities and spaces for thinking about
the formation of selfhood in the English novel (approximately 1780-1832)
and the ways in which the boundaries of those spaces expanded and
contracted as a result of the paradigmatic shift in western thought.

The goal of this panel is to address the widest scope of English
novelists and German thought. Papers will be selected accordingly, and
abstracts of the selected pieces will be distributed to the panel members
prior to the conference in order to facilitate extensive discussion.
Submissions are due by Sept. 15. Submitters will be informed no later
than Oct. 1. Please email your 250-500 word abstract to Stephen Sweat at along with the following information:

Name and title
Institutional Affiliation
Complete contact information
Brief (2-3 sentences) biography
A/V Requirements (if any)

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