CFP: [Victorian] CFP Victorian Cosmopolitanisms (special issue) 9-08

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Victorian Literature and Culture
Special Issue: Victorian Cosmopolitanisms
Guest editors: Tanya Agathocleous (Yale) & Jason R. Rudy (U of Maryland)

Deadline for submissions: 30 September, 2008

Victorian Literature and Culture seeks contributions for a special issue on
Victorian Cosmopolitanisms. Were the Victorians cosmopolitan? Do
contemporary theories of cosmopolitanism offer a suitable framework for
describing the British nineteenth century? We invite submissions that
illuminate the historical and conceptual implications of cosmopolitanism
for the Victorian era. Specific areas of inquiry may include, but should
not be limited to: the historicity of cosmopolitanism (periodization;
characteristics of specifically Victorian forms of cosmopolitanism);
ethical and political implications of cosmopolitanism (in the context of
liberalism, nationalism, imperialism, universalism; race, class, gender,
and sexuality); aesthetics (taste and cosmopolitanism, comparative
literatures, translations, “culture”); science and technology (travel,
communication, the rise of the scientific disciplines); and the places of
cosmopolitanism (the empire, the nation, the city, the salon, the Great
Exhibition, the museum). Historical, literary, cultural, and theoretical
approaches are all welcome.
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