CFP: [Victorian] Transatlantic Decadence: 2009 NeMLA Boston (9/15/08 deadline)

full name / name of organization: 
Emily J. Orlando

“Transatlantic Decadence”
40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
February 26 - March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

This panel will focus on transatlantic literature and visual culture of
the “fin de siècle,” the period associated with “decadence,” and/or and
the 19th-century work that set the stage for it. Discussions might
ideally explore and debate transatlantic conversations, exchanges, or
intellectual and cultural networks that helped to produce and
disseminate “decadence” as an aesthetic and literary category. Papers
would focus on nineteenth-century transatlantic literary exchanges
between, say, Poe and the Pre-Raphaelites, Kate Chopin and Maupassant,
Edith Wharton and Oscar Wilde. Papers will consider artists’
relationship to the end of the century, to each other, and to the culture
they helped produce. Also relevant are the ways in which fin-de-siècle
anxieties remain with us as we advance into the new millennium. The
panel offers the opportunity to study a key movement and cultural
development in a transatlantic context that not only makes British
Victorian literature less “foreign” or distant, but also places it (and
its interactions with American literature) in a richer cultural and
historical context. We will consider how the literature and culture of
the 19th century, which arguably marks the beginnings of modernism,
shaped that of the 20th as well as the 21st, and we might even consider
what Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker can tell us about Paris Hilton and
Britney Spears.
Deadline: September 15, 2008

Send abstracts and one-page CV to Emily Orlando (Fairfield University)
via email or snail mail. Please include with your abstract:
Name and affiliation, email address, postal address, telephone number,
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

Emily J. Orlando
English Department
Fairfield University
1073 N. Benson Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824

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