Romantic Visions

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) (4/15-18/2018) -- Pittsburgh, PA
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Please note that all abstracts must be submitted online through the NeMLA portal.

With the Romantic reverence of Imagination, imagined worlds proliferate in prose, poetry, and the visual arts. Romantic vision poems are as various as Coleridge's "Christabel" and "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Byron's "Darkness," and Percy Shelley's "Queen Mab" and "Prometheus Unbound." William Blake's visionary poetry also comes to mind. Romantic visual arts interpenetrated into literature as well. The iconic "The Nightmare" by Henri Fuseli becomes a central image in Frankenstein; Romantic book illustration, such as Blake as Fuseli's illustrations to Erasmus Darwin's The Botanic Garden, illustrations of Milton, Shakespeare, Dante, etc., all show the visionary power of the Romantic Imagination. Papers on any aspect of Romantic Visions are welcome.

This session welcomes interdisciplinary studies of Romantic works or Romantic book illustration. Interdisciplinary studies blending the word and image are still uncommon in the Academy. This panel will hopefully help to bridge that gap. It also fits into the theme of the conference.

This panel especially welcomes interdisciplinary studies of the interpenetration of word and image in Romantic vision poems or other Romantic works. Papers could examine the book illustrations of Romantic figures like Blake and Fuseli of the works of Milton, Dante, Erasmus Darwin, etc. Or explorations of the way images interpenetrate texts like Fuseli's iconic "The Nightmare" with its vivid tableau recreation with the monster's murder of Elizabeth in Frankenstein are also welcome.