CFP: [Victorian] Ephemeral Arts (NAVSA, 4/7/08; 11/14-16, 2008)

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Paul Fyfe
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CFP: Ephemeral Arts
NAVSA 2008: The Arts and Culture in Victorian Britain
Yale University, New Haven, CT, Nov. 14-16, 2008

This panel invites presentations that consider literary works and cultural
objects that were not built to last. This category includes printed
ephemera of all sorts: street literature, one-off ballads and broadsides,
mass-market miscellanies, periodical installments, advertisements,
illustrated prints, railway fiction, book wrappers--any of the profuse
Victorian materials designed to burn not with hard, gem-like flames as
aesthetic treasures, but to flare and fade in cultural circulation.
Panelists are invited to consider how these materials reflexively shaped
the landscape of aesthetic production and reception in Victorian culture.
Papers might examine modes of temporality; ephemeral genres; Victorian mass
culture; the aesthetics of the ephemeral; authorship and anonymity; the
status of ephemera in scholarly discourse or curricula; preservation and
access in archives, electronic and otherwise; and the lesser-known or
cast-off works of eminent Victorians. Papers that address materials held in
Yale's nineteenth-century collections are especially welcomed.

Please send 500-word abstract and short CV by April 7, 2008, to Paul Fyfe
(pfyfe at virginia dot edu).

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