CFP: [Victorian] Victorian Prosody: Special Issue of *Victorian Poetry*

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Yisrael Levin
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"What form is best for poems?" asks Elizabeth Barrett Browning in her
verse-novel Aurora Leigh. Recent years have shown a growing number of
scholars interested in investigating the cultural, political, historical,
and aesthetic significance of Victorian prosody. For a special issue of
*Victorian Poetry*, we invite papers that focus on Victorian approaches
toward the study of English prosody as a discourse distinct from both
Classical and Romantic prosody. The subject of prosody touches on Victorian
concerns about Englishness, education, music, linguistics, neurology,
physiology, mathematics, geology, philosophy, and even military science;
prosody is at once inter-disciplinary and attempts, again and again, to
re-define the very concepts of "discipline" and even "measure."

For this special issue of Victorian Poetry, the editors seek manuscripts
that offer new perspectives as well as innovative methodologies for a
better understanding of Victorian prosody. We encourage papers to explore
the relationship between poetry and prosody, and as such broaden our
perspective of poetic form in the Victorian era.

The submission process for this special issue is two-tiered:
By April 20, 2009 please submit a 500-800 word proposal indicating your
intention to submit a full-length (6000-7,000 words) essay.

Full-length essays will be due December 15, 2009.

Submissions should be sent to

Yisrael Levin (University of Victoria) and Meredith Martin (Princeton
University) at

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