CFP: [Romantic] College English Association Conference

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Robin Hammerman
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The 39th Annual College English Association Conference
St. Louis, Missouri
27-29 March 2008

Conference Theme: PASSAGES

The clean, elegant lines of the St. Louis Gateway Arch rise high above the
Mississippi River, a literal representation of the city’s most famous
epithet, “gateway to the West.” Inspired by this image, the College
English Association pays tribute to St. Louis and to the many pioneers who
passed through its threshold, risking the world they knew for the promise
of a new beginning. Our theme for the 2008 conference, Passages, signals
the importance of the transitional moment when one leaps into the unknown
and faces change. Poets, novelists, and dramatists have long been drawn
to the idea of a rite of passage. Heroic quests, mythic journeys, and
coming-of-age narratives abound in British literature of the Nineteenth
Century. Travel literature follows suit, pairing literal passages with
more internal journeys of sense and feeling. We invite papers and/or
complete panels on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

Rites of Passage
Spiritual Passage
Passage as Journey
Passages between Great Britain and America
Literary Passages
Passages in Romanticism
Passages in Victorian Literature
Teaching Nineteenth Century Passages
The Streets of London
Navigating Dublin
Passages in Nineteenth Century British Women’s Literature
Queering Passages in Nineteenth Century British Literature
Oceanic Passages in Nineteenth Century Poetry
Revolutionary Passages
Rambling Passages

Passages in Byron and Wilde
Passages in Byron’s Poetry
Passages in Wordsworth’s Poetry
Passages in Coleridge’s Prose
Passages in Austen’s Fiction

Proposals can be submitted through the conference management database
housed at the following web address:

For queries about the Nineteenth Century British Literature division,
contact the Division Chair:
Robin Hammerman, Stevens Institute of Technology (

Address hard copy submissions and general conference correspondence to the
CEA conference Program Chair:
Marina Favila, English Department
Keezell Hall 215, MSC 1801
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
Office phone: (540) 568-3761


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