CFP: [Romantic] Enclosure and Travel in Jacobin Fiction ; INCS 5/24-5/26/09; deadline 10/13/08

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Jennifer Camden
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This proposed panel for the 2009 INCS conference in Saratoga Springs, NY,
“The Mind Is Its Own Place: Enclosure and Travel in Jacobin Fiction”
identifies a peculiar juxtaposition in Jacobin and post- Jacobin fiction:
oscillating scenes of enclosure and travel, imprisonment and freedom. In
the context of the French Revolution, such scenes most obviously comment on
the storming of the Bastille, or the Revolution’s promise of liberté. This
panel interrogates the legacy of the French Revolution in the long
nineteenth century: how do authors imagine happiness (or misery) in the
context of the French Revolution? How does the French Revolution alter
perceptions of happiness or misery? Possible topics might include, but are
not limited to: representations of the legal system in literature,
especially prisons or trials; surveillance; paranoia; vacation travel vs.
flight (and the parallels between the two); the Reign of Terror; domestic
happiness or misery as a reflection of the nation, etc. Please send paper
proposals to by October 13th, 2008.

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