"(Neo)-Victorian Vulnerability: Resistance and Resilience"

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2018
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ESSE - The European Society for the Study of English
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14th ESSE Conference, Brno 2018 (Czech Republic)

Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno and Czech Association for the Study of English (CZASE)

Wednesday 29 August – Sunday 2 September 2018



Scholars wishing to present their paper at the ESSE 2018 Conference in Brno are invited to submit 200-word abstracts of their proposed presentations directly to the convenors of the respective seminars.



"(Neo)-Victorian Vulnerability: Resistance and Resilience"



Maria Isabel Romero Ruiz (University of Málaga, Spain), mirr@uma.es.

Simonetta Falchi (University of Sassari, Italy), sfalchi@uniss.it.


This seminar will investigate the centrality of vulnerability and of mechanisms of resistance and resilience in (neo)-Victorian literature and culture. Considering vulnerability not as a limit but as a potentially enabling condition, the seminar wishes to address the exploration of individual and collective responses to traumas and marginalisation. Also literary and cultural representations of historical, as well as racial, medical, and neo-liberal violence will become essential to investigate the ways in which the human condition is prey to precarity. Similarly, we also wish to tackle the complexity of the processes of regeneration and healing, opening the debate on issues of subversion and resilience of marginalized (neo)-Victorian identities.


further info: http://www.esse2018brno.org/