CFP: Teaching Romantic Fiction (11/30/06; journal issue)

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Miriam Wallace
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Proposals are invited for new volume of the online-journal, Romantic=20
Pedagogy Commons, on narrative fiction from 1780-1832 entitled: "Novel=20=

Prospects: Teaching Romantic-era Fiction." Proposals are due November=20
30, 2006, with final essays to follow by March 15, 2007, after=20
selections are made. See details below.

Novel Prospects: Teaching Romantic-era Fiction
Guest Editors: Patricia A. Matthew & Miriam L. Wallace
Call for Papers: Novel Prospects: Teaching Romantic-Era Fiction

                                "Let me make the novels of a country, =
and let who will make the=20
                                (Anna Laetitia Barbauld, =93On the =
Origin and Progress of Novel=20

Proposals are invited for new volume of the Romantic Pedagogy Commons=20
on narrative fiction from 1780-1832.

 =46rom a much-neglected genre for Romanticists, narrative fiction has=20=

become a consistent feature at conferences, in special issues of=20
journals, and the subject of monographs and collected essays. This=20
notoriously cannibalistic genre can include the philosophical romance,=20=

didactic fiction, the Jacobin and anti-Jacobin English novel, the moral=20=

tale, novels of sensibility, seduction narratives, gothic fictions, and=20=

the political novel, merely to name a few. As work on Romantic-era=20
fiction expands and the list of authors who might be included on course=20=

syllabi expands beyond Ann Radcliffe, Walter Scott, Mary Shelley, Mme=20
de Genlis, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, we invite considerations of=20=

how effectively to teach this material to undergraduates. Put simply,=20
what kind of work does Romanticera fiction do in the classroom, and how=20=

should it be considered in our teaching? We seek thoughtful essays that=20=

address specific pedagogical problems and offer excellent models for=20
teaching this material are solicited. We are most interested in essays=20=

that blend discussions of the larger questions surrounding the teaching=20=

of Romantic era fictions with the practical issues of bringing these=20
texts to students.

Some questions contributions might address include:

=95 What are the advantages or costs of naming these works =93Romantic=94 =
what is signified by =93Romantic=94 when speaking of narrative fiction?

=95 Are these works primarily of interest to cultural critics or those=20=

who seek to add historical context, or do they merit careful literary=20
or even aesthetic examination in themselves?

=95 What reconsiderations of dominant literary narratives does =
prose fiction demand?

=95 How does teaching this material change or impact pedagogical=20

=95 What kinds of works must be included to offer a reasonable=20
representation of the richness of this literature?

=95 Are secondary sources required before undergraduates can access =
works, or do these novels themselves function most often as secondary=20
materials themselves in a Romantic Literature course?

=95 What meta-critical issues are addressed through teaching these=20
materials? How do they invite a consideration of critical apparatuses?

=95 How might literature of this era be taught alongside texts generally=20=

included in Romanticism courses.

Essays may also helpfully include supporting materials that will be of=20=

use for other teachers and that can be accessed in electronic form such=20=

as text, sound, or image files.

Essay proposals (including title and 200-word abstract) are invited on=20=

any aspect of =93Teaching Romantic-era Fiction.=94 Essays for this =
may vary in length from 3,000-10,000, words, though 6000-8000 is=20
recommended as a goal; please indicate the proposed length of your=20
submission. Submit your proposal to Patricia Matthew=20
( by November 30, 2006. All submissions=20=

will be peer-reviewed. Romantic Circles editorial staff will adapt the=20=

code and design of essays and materials to site standards, so=20
submissions may be in MS Word or HTML format. Final essays (and=20
permissions) will need to be submitted to Patricia Matthew as e-mail=20
attachments by March 15th, 2007.

The online format of the Commons can accommodate publications which=20
include resources such as sample syllabi, lesson plans, links to=20
handouts, primary reading texts, or in-class exercises, web pages or=20
samples of web-based student activities, full-color illustrations and=20
designs, sound files, digital video, and so on. In your proposal,=20
please include comments about your plans to use these kinds of elements=20=

if you would like to do so. All submissions are encouraged to include:=20=

(1) a guide to further reading, and (2) links to useful online=20
resources. To see examples of what is possible in this medium, you=20
might take a look at the Romantic Circles Praxis volumes:=20
<>, or the =93Innovations=94 issue of =
Pedagogy Commons, <>
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS: November 30, 2006. Please submit=20=

your proposal to Patricia Matthew ( If=20=

you have questions about the proposed volume, or wish to discuss=20
possible topics, please contact the editors:
Miriam Wallace
New College of Florida
Patricia A. Matthew
Montclair University

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