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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INCS 5/24-5/26/09; deadline 10/13/08
This proposed panel for the 2008 INCS conference, “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.

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