Tempest in a Teacup: Perspectives on Domesticity (NAVSA 2010; 11/11-11/13/10)

full name / name of organization: 
Amy Robinson / North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)
contact email: 
robinsa@eckerd.edu

NAVSA 2010; 11/11-11/13
Paper Proposals due 2/19/10

Tempest in a Teacup: Perspectives on Domesticity

Is Lucilla Marjoribank’s desire to revolutionize Carlingford through her “Thursday Evenings” silly or strategic? Are the Cranfordian’s lengthy list of rules and regulations for visiting unnecessarily oppressive or necessary to the preservation of their way of life?

This panel seeks papers that consider Victorian texts in which character perspectives diverge from the perspective of the narrator and/or reader. While characters may initially fail to keep things in perspective, texts such as Oliphant’s Miss Marjoribanks and Gaskell’s Cranford ultimately validate the importance of taking domesticity seriously. In other words, these texts arguably make a case for not “keeping it in perspective.” Papers may address such as issues as: When is a lack of perspective celebrated? Is there a link between a novel’s setting and the ability to “keep it in perspective”? How do gender and class relate to perspective? What is the relationship between point of view and comedy? How does a mock-epic tone impact perspectives on domesticity? Are small-scale crises indicative of more important, substantial crises occurring in Victorian culture?

Please submit abstracts of 500 words and a one-page CV by February 19, 2010 to Amy Robinson (robinsa@eckerd.edu).

Panel subject to approval.

cfp categories: 
victorian