NeMLA 2020: Romantic Identities

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
L. Adam Mekler/NeMLA
contact email: 

NeMLA 51st Annual Convention
March 5-8, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts
Marriott Copley Place

From William Wordsworth’s The Prelude and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria to Mary Shelley’s 1831 introduction to Frankenstein and Keats’s letters, British writers throughout the Romantic period repeatedly examined the forces and experiences that shaped their thinking about themselves as writers and about the writing process itself. Even in works that are not so explicitly autobiographical, the subject of identity represented an important concern for many of the literary figures of the period. As we approach the two-hundredth anniversary in 2020 of the publication of some of the period’s most important texts—including Percy Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound; Keats’s Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems; and Scott’s Ivanhoe—it is important to continue to examine the ways in which the works of the period explore the central concerns of the time. As the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars forced Europeans to re-examine their relations to themselves and each other, the works produced by the writers affected by these events offer important opportunities for investigation.

This panel will invite participants to consider the ways in which the writers of the period explored the changing nature of identity necessitated by the historical and political events of the time, as expressed in the both their private and published writings.

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