MLA 2019: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Ghost Stories

deadline for submissions: 
March 11, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Modern Language Association
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Seeking paper abstracts for the special session “Nineteenth-Century Women’s Ghost Stories” at the MLA Annual Convention in Chicago, IL, January 3-6, 2019.

The organizer invites submissions that explore the literary features, historical contexts, textual elements, and adaptations/neo-Victorian incarnations of ghost stories by nineteenth-century American, British, and European women. This session will participate in the emerging critical conversation on nineteenth-century women‘s ghost stories and recognize the importance of this female literary tradition. Papers could explore the following topics in relation to these works:

• Gender roles (marriage, domesticity, the family, childhood, queerness)
• Spiritual movements (Spiritualism, psychical research, occultism, folklore)
• Colonial possessions (Scotland and Ireland, Asia, the Caribbean)
• Science (the mad scientist, fringe sciences, occult detecton)
• Economics (money, finance, real estate, the workplace)
• The Other (slaves, the working classes, women, colonial subjects)
• Literary influence (adaptations, intertexts, neo-Victorian media)
• Textual features (book history, critical reception, illustrations, periodicals)
• Individual authors’ handling of supernatural phenomena, monsters, and powers

Please send your CVs and 300-word abstracts to Indu Ohri at by March 11, 2018.