UPDATE: [Romantic] "Romanticism and the City" NYC November 5-8 2009

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Joshua Wilner
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The fall 2009 meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism will
convene in New York City from November 5 to November 8 to address the
topic “Romanticism and the City.” The meeting will be jointly hosted by
The City College and The Graduate Center of The City University of New
York. Submissions engaging with some aspect of the general theme are
welcome from all disciplines, including but not limited to literary
studies, history, philosophy, and political science.

Plenary Speakers:
Alexander Gelley, University of California-Irvine
Marjorie Levinson, University of Michigan
Michael Moon, Emory University

>From Wordsworth’s description of Lyrical Ballads as a response to “the
increasing accumulation of men in cities” to Baudelaire’s location of the
impetus for his prose poetry in “la fréquentation des villes énormes,”
the history of Romanticism is bound up with a continuous and evolving
response to the emergence of the modern city. As work in a range of areas
in our own day leads us to reconsider how we think about such oppositions
as nature and culture, the organic and the mechanical, wholeness and
multiplicity, the urban text or sub-text of Romanticism presents itself
not only as a comparatively neglected area of investigation but as a place
to pursue this rethinking.

These observations are offered to prompt debate and, above all, to invite
a broadened conception of the historical reach of Romanticism in the
formulation of proposals. Proposals for individual papers should be
limited to 500 words and emailed to icrnyc_at_ccny.cuny.edu no later than May
1, 2009. General proposals for special sessions should be also limited to
500 words, or 1000 words if comprising sub-proposals, and emailed to
icrnyc_at_ccny.cuny.edu no later than March 1, 2009.

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