CFP: [American] Class and Conflict in the Nineteenth Century

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Claire Reynolds
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creynolds@mail.uri.edu

ATQ 2008 Special Issue

Class and Conflict in the Nineteenth Century

ATQ announces a special issue for 2008 on class and conflict in
nineteenth-century American communities and culture. Since the arrival
of the earliest European settlers fleeing rigid class systems in Europe,
our national myth claims this country as a classless society, yet social
stratification has always been a powerful force in American life.
Frequently determined by economic factors such as those that created the
wage-labor class during the Industrial Revolution, it is also influenced
by social issues such as race, gender, ethnicity, regional affiliation,
and education. Our continuing obsession with class is evidenced in drama
and films such as the recent Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York.
A “mobile society,” we believe in the fluidity of our class structures;
the desire to rise above one’s class in the nineteenth century led to
massive regional demographic changes. The concept of “Manifest Destiny”
pulled émigrés westward in search of better land opportunities, a
national move from agrarian to industrial economies caused many families
to leave Appalachia and the Mountain South in search of wage-paying jobs,
and violence and racial oppression instigated migrations from the South.
Money, education, and family were among the factors affecting or denying
fluidity of class stratification.

Class conflicts reached into every segment of life—into politics, social
institutions, the family, and private lives. Articles might explore but
are not limited to the following topics:

· Economic caste systems; rags-to-riches stories; inherited wealth
and class
· The effects of class on health care, food, employment, education,
and leisure
· Markers of class—dialect, clothing, housing, personal appearance,
race, and ethnicity
· Manifestations of class oppression: alienation, isolation, and
internalized shame
· Class and family, religious practice, race and/or ethnicity, and
gender
· Antebellum and/or Postbellum class structures in the South
· The Mountain South; class stratification within isolated, rural
communities
· Rise of the “Professional Class”
· The outlaw class
· Rural-to-urban migrations
· Portrayals of class in regional music, art, and literature
· Contemporary portrayals of nineteenth-class class issues
· Folkloric representations of class

ATQ welcomes submissions from scholars in a variety of disciplines,
including literary studies, sociology, history, women’s studies,
performance studies, ethnomusicology, law, medicine, film/media studies,
architecture/urban design, business, and education. Interdisciplinary
approaches and international contributions are especially welcome. ATQ
will have the capacity to reproduce images for this special issue.
Please submit manuscripts (3,000 to 7,500 words, following the MLA
Handbook, 6th ed., 2003) by 15 April 2008. All submissions must be
accompanied by sufficient return postage.

Address manuscripts and inquiries to:
Claire Reynolds, ATQ Special Issue Editor—2008
Department of English, Independence Hall
60 Upper College Road
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881.

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