CFP: Transatlanticism in American Literature (UK) (9/15/05; 7/13/06-7/16/06)

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Rosemary Fisk
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Transatlanticism in American Literature: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe

Oxford, England
July 13-16, 2006

Sponsored by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, the Nathaniel Hawthorne
Society, and the Poe Studies Association

Hosted by the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, with
accommodations at nearby St. Catherine's College.

The conference organizers encourage proposals for papers that discuss
Emerson, Hawthorne, or Poe in terms of transatlantic literary culture in
their era (for instance, questions of transatlantic travel, influence,
slavery, the Civil War, marketing, reception, and copyright). We also
welcome proposals relating the three authors to each other or to their
British/European contemporaries, as well as proposals focusing on any topic
related to Emerson, Hawthorne, or Poe in these contexts.

Some possibilities: What friendships and misunderstandings do we find among
writers on either side of the Atlantic? How did Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe
read Britain and Europe and how did the British and Europeans read them? Do
cultural nationalism and national mythologies play a divisive or more
complex role among them? Does a colonial relationship persist among
representatives of British and U. S. culture? In what relation to ongoing
colonialism in Africa and the Caribbean? How do these authors define class
difference, or conservative and radical positions, in comparison with their
British/European counterparts? What attracted Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe
more to some British/European writers than to others? How have these
affinities shaped*or how might they alter*the way we conceptualize ³our²
authors, ³their² authors, and even these national literatures? What is the
afterlife of the nineteenth-century transatlantic encounter in popular or
academic culture of the present day?

Please send 1-2 page abstracts for 20-minute papers to Sam Coale, 39 Pratt
Street, Providence, RI 02906 or,

The deadline for submission is September 15, 2005.

All conference participants must be members of at least one of the
sponsoring author societies at the time of registration.

For other information about the conference, contact Rosemary Fisk at

Rosemary M. Fisk
Associate Dean/ Assoc. Professor of English
Howard College of Arts & Sciences
Samford University
Birmingham, AL 35229

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