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CFP: Nineteenth Century Literature and the Cultural Moment (grad) (11/15/05; 3/31/06-4/1/06)
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Nineteenth Century Literature and the Cultural Moment
Graduate Student Literature Conference
at the University of South Carolina, Columbia
Whether discussing the Industrial Revolution, the Woman Question, or other forms of political turmoil, many nineteenth-century writers condensed larger issues of the day into specific literary events -- or moments -- that both reflected and defined the historical and cultural climate of the time.
Our fourth annual graduate conference hopes to examine key cultural moments of the nineteenth century and their relationship to both contemporary and modern literary creation, criticism, and reception. How was the significance of a given moment either crystallized or created by a literary work? How did specific historical events or movements shape nineteenth-century literature? How were scientific innovations used by authors in their works to reflect social or political revolutions? How did writers on opposite sides of the Atlantic or on opposite sides of the world respond to the same cultural moments? How do modern cultural moments reflect or shape our perception of nineteenth-century texts?
Possible topics could include but are not limited to:
Historical and revolutionary moments (responses to the American and French Revolutions, the Act of Union, the Napoleonic Wars, the War of 1812, the Corn Laws, the Peterloo Massacre, the First Reform Bill, the Mexican-American War, the Italian Revolution, the Crimean War, the Civil War, the assassination of Lincoln, Reconstruction)
Abstracts of 250 words or less are due by November 15, 2005. Please include your name, the name of your institution and program, and any A/V needs that you may have. Submit abstracts electronically via email to respective representatives:
Jessie Bray (American Literature) Celeste Pottier (British Literature)
Shelley Johnson (Comparative Literature or non-English literature)