Maria Edgeworth 250
MARIA EDGEWORTH 250
6-8 December 2018, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
Call for Papers
Miss Edgeworth is at Abbotsford, and has been for some time; a little, dark, bearded, sharp, withered, active, laughing, talking, impudent, fearless, outspoken, honest, Whiggish, unchristian, good-tempered, kindly, ultra-Irish body. I like her one day, and damn her to perdition the next. She is a very queer character; particulars some other time.
John Gibson Lockhart, quoted in Christopher North: A Memoir of John Wilson.
To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Maria Edgeworth, we call for papers that respond to her life and writing across its full range and scope. As well as papers that address Edgeworth’s innovative writing for the young, her essays on education and her ambitious and original novels, we also invite contributions that discuss the wider intellectual, social and political world of the Edgeworth family.
Other topics may include:
Realism and history
Narrative modes: footnotes, glossary, dialogue, anecdote, letters, gossip
Essays and memoirs as forms of knowledge
Audiences: age, gender and class
Science and narrative
Domesticity in time and space
Edgeworth’s correspondence, networks and influences
Edgeworth as visitor; Edgeworth’s visitors
The conference will be held in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, and will also include a lecture at the National Library of Ireland. Confirmed speakers include Professor James Chandler (University of Chicago), Professor Clara Tuite (University of Melbourne) and Dr Susan Manly (University of St Andrews).
Claire Connolly, University College Cork
Jarlath Killeen, Trinity College Dublin
Susan Manly, University of St Andrews