CFP: [Romantic] The European Novel Between Reaction and Revolution, 1815-1848

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Tobias Boes
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The European Novel Between Reaction and Revolution, 1815-1848
April 24-27, 2008
Long Beach, CA
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2007
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Both socially and formally, the European novel during the period from 1815
to 1848 found itself at a crossroads between reaction and revolution.
Socially, the genre which had served as an early mouthpiece of bourgeois
liberal ideology had to reconcile itself to a period of brutal repression
in the wake of the Congress of Vienna. Formally, it began to chart an
uneasy course from the idealistic and introspective preoccupations of
romanticism towards the entirely different set of artistic conventions that
have come to be known as literary realism.

Our panel assembles comparative papers that examine aspects of this tension
in its various manifestations throughout the European continent. Speaking
in the most general terms, we are interested in work that critically
reflects on the many riddles and paradoxes that characterize the European
emergence into “modernity.” How do the novels of this period complicate the
claims that modernity was an inevitable and uniform outgrowth of the
European enlightenment? What alternatives to, and local variations of,
modernization are discussed and depicted in these works? How do supposedly
“obsolete” literary conventions, such as the ballad or the picaresque,
resurface in the novels of this period? And what conceptual apparatuses â€"
sociological, literary, economic â€" can productively be brought to bear on
the novel in such a transitional state?

Please direct questions to Tobias Boes, University of Notre Dame (

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