CFP: [Romantic] The Diodati Circle (11/1/07; CEA, 3/27-3/29/08)

full name / name of organization: 
L. Adam Mekler
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College English Association National Conference
March 27-29, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri

We invite papers on the Diodati Circle for the 39th annual meeting of the CEA.

The famous summer of 1816 witnessed the interaction of two of the most
famous poets of the early nineteenth century, one increasingly more
celebrated author, and one relative unknown. In the case of the two latter
figures, Mary Godwin (later Shelley) and John Polidori, most of the
critical attention they have traditionally received has focused on their
connections to the two former individuals, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron.
Nevertheless, in the years immediately following the Genevan summer, Mary
Shelley and John Polidori produced the two most enduring literary creations
to arise from the ghost story contest. Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein and his
creature have never gone out of print, while Polidori’s aristocratic
vampire Lord Ruthven altered the way in which vampires would be portrayed
by later writers, culminating in the appearance of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Papers are invited for a panel that will focus on the various literary
interactions among the members of the Diodati circle, including not only
the Shelleys, Byron, and Polidori, but also Claire Clairmont, Mary’s
step-sister. Although biographical considerations are difficult to avoid,
participants are encouraged to focus on the intertextual connections among
the different figures, hopefully discussing both better known and lesser
known works.

Proposals should be submitted via the online database at by November 1st, 2007.

When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate
your topic. Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should be
directed to L. Adam Mekler, chair of the Diodati Circle panel.

You may contact Dr. Mekler with any questions at,
but submissions can not be received at that email address.

Individuals without access to computers will need to send hard copy
proposals to the following address via US mail by October 15th:

Marina Favila
CEA Program Chair
English Department
James Madison University
MSC 1801
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes.

All presenters must become members of the College English Association by
January 1, 2008. For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at

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special sessions, please consult the CEA web site -

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