DEADLINE EXTENDED: MLA 2020: Talking Back to the Dead: Neo-Victorian Gothic

deadline for submissions: 
March 27, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Indu Ohri / Modern Language Association
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Seeking paper abstracts for the special session “Talking Back to the Dead: Neo-Victorian Gothic” at the MLA Annual Convention in Seattle, WA, January 9-12, 2020.

The organizer invites submissions that explore the literary features, historical contexts, and theoretical approaches to neo-Victorian Gothic works, ghost stories, supernatural folklore, and more. The proposed session is interested in essays that analyze the neo-Victorian Gothic in literature and other media and a diversity of scholarly viewpoints is welcome. This session will participate in the emerging critical conversation on neo-Victorian Gothic works and recognize the importance of this tradition for contemporary audiences. 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 detection)
• Economics (money, finance, real estate, the workplace)
• The Other (slaves, the working classes, women, colonial subjects)
• Popular influence (adaptations, live events, ghost tours)
• Postmodernism (intertextuality, nostalgia, the death of the author)
• Individual authors’ handling of supernatural phenomena, monsters, and powers (A. S. Byatt, Sarah Waters, Gail Carriger, etc.)

Please send your CVs and 250-300-word abstracts to Indu Ohri at io3jc@virginia.edu by Wednesday, March 27, 2019.