Victorian Literature and Education (deadline: 11/15/09; NAVSA/ACCUTE, 5/28/09-5/31/10)

full name / name of organization: 
Jason Camlot, NAVSA/ACCUTE

The Victorian period saw the development of a wide rangeof new curricula, new modes of pedagogy, and the establishment of neweducational institutions.  The 1836 royal charter that granted theUniversity of London the right to confer university degrees, the founding ofthe first Women's colleges in the late 1840s, the 1870 Education Act, are justa few historical results of the intense thought, effort and innovation ofnumerous individual educators, politicians, writers and thinkers.  Withsuch development and reform came a rich expository, philosophical and creativeliterature that engaged with important questions about the scope and functionof education, and the role of educational methods and institutions for thedevelopment of the individual.

This call invites proposals for individual or collaborative papers on the theme of "Victorian Literature and/ofEducation" to be presented at the NAVSA sponsored panels of the 2010 ACCUTE conference, to be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from May 28-31, 2010.   Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Art Education
  • Autodidacticism
  • Classical Humanism
  • Educational Reform
  • Education and the Victorianbildungsroman
  • Education of the Laboring Classes
  • Examinations
  • Literature curricula in the Victorianperiod
  • Physical Education
  • Public Schools in Victorianliterature
  • Religious Education
  • Secular Education
  • Science Education
  • University Poetry Prizes
  • Utilitarianism and Education
  • Victorian Pedagogy
  • Women and Education

Send 250word proposals or completed papers for 15-20-minute talks to Jason Camlot <>.  Deadline: 15 November 2009.