CFP: [Victorian] Aesthetic Politics and Aestheticist Temporality (9/15/08; BAVS/NAVSA, 7/13-15/09)

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Kristin Mahoney
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CFP: Panel at the joint meeting of the British Association for Victorian Studies and the North
American Victorian Studies Association (PAST VS PRESENT)

13-15 JULY 2009



The Aesthetic Movement has traditionally been denigrated as apolitical and disengaged.
However, recent work within the field of Victorian studies has challenged this perception,
revealing the manner in which members of the Aesthetic Movement in England actively
participated in conversations about socialism, imperialism, militarism, and the politics of sex and
gender. Aestheticist political thought was frequently articulated through representations of the
Middle Ages or the Renaissance, and the aesthetes were intensely preoccupied with the manner
in which modernity altered the felt experience of time. In keeping with the BAVS/NAVSA 2009
theme of “Past vs. Present,” this panel seeks essays that focus on the role that temporality or the
relationship between past and present played in aestheticist political discourse. Topics might
include (but are not limited to) the politics of medievalism, “art of art’s sake” as a response to the
advent of modernity, aestheticist treatments of memory or temporality, ideas of futurity or avant-
gardism advanced by members of the Aesthetic Movement, or the turn to history in aestheticist
responses to militarism, imperialism, and labor politics. Send abstracts (300 words) to Kristin
Mahoney via email at

Deadline: September 15, 2008

Please include with your abstract a short CV (one page maximum).

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