Washington Irving: Connections & Discontinuities (State College, PA 5/20-5/23, 2010; Deadline 09/01/09)
This panel, to be proposed for the C19 Conference at Penn State, will examine Irving's place in literary history. Irving is often understood as "anticipating" the work of several authors, and that is, of course, one approach that proposals might take. However, we also seek alternative views—we might ask how Irving synthesizes American literary production before 1807, how he links traditions before and after the War of 1812, how he forms a transnational connection with literary traditions in England, Germany, Spain, and Latin America, or his relationship to the rest of the Knickerbocker literary matrix. Or, perhaps more provocatively, how does Irving's work resist historical, geographical and intellectual connections to the rest of nineteenth century literary history?
Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words and an abbreviated CV to Christopher Apap (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 1, 2009.