Burney and the Gothic

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Call for Papers
The Burney Society of North America
Biennial Conference
Burney and the Gothic
Portland, Oregon
October 28-29, 2010

Frances Burney’s literary career coincided with the heart of the Gothic movement in Great Britain and North America, framed roughly by the publication of Horace Walpole’ s Castle of Otranto in 1767 and Robert Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer in 1820. The Burney Society is seeking papers that will illuminate Burney within this Gothic context for its biennial conference. Papers may explore the ways that Burney was influenced by and influenced Gothic writers (such as Radcliffe, Lewis, Smith, Godwin, Reeve, Lee); Burney’s responses to the Gothic; or Burney as a subject of commentary and critique by Gothic writers. Alternatively, participants may focus on themes such as Gothic and gender; Gothic violence, transgression and authority in Gothic narrative; or Gothic motifs (incest, trauma, horror, etc.) as these themes relate to Burney.

Please send one-page proposals and audio-visual requirements for twenty-minute presentations by May 1st, 2010 to Catherine M. Parisian at cmparisian@verizon.net, or 45 Stoney Glen Nellysford, VA 22958, 434-361-1987. Participants will be notified by May 15th.

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