NEMLA: March 15-18, 2012. Call for papers – Approaches to Adventure in the Late 19th Century

full name / name of organization: 
Rebekah Greene/University of Rhode Island
contact email: 
Rebekah_greene@my.uri.edu

This panel examines the burgeoning interest in adventure during the years 1880-1901. Joseph A. Kestner in his recent _Masculinities in British Adventure Fiction, 1880-1915_ has suggested that adventure texts are filled with ‘codes’ such as ‘rescue, heroism, survival, courage, duty, isolation, voyaging’ for audiences to ‘live up to’ (1). Papers that scrutinize late Victorian literary treatments of these codes, in addition to tropes such as travel, sailing, mountain climbing, and camping are warmly welcomed.

Possible questions to examine include:
What is the cultural or historical significance of this attention to adventure and why should it be celebrated?
Why are the codes of adventure important, for both the individual and for the state?
How do Victorian authors of adventure texts use their works to problematize empire?
Can adventure texts function as pedagogical tools for younger readers, colonial administrators, or emigrants?
Do adventure texts function at different levels for colonizing or colonized audiences?
How do female authors treat the codes of adventure?
What does this intense engagement with adventure reveal?

Please submit 250-500 word abstracts (as an MS Word attachment, please) to Rebekah Greene, rebekah_greene@my.uri.edu, with NEMLA 2012 as the subject heading by August 1st, 2011.

Information for the convention can be found at http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/

cfp categories: 
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
gender_studies_and_sexuality
general_announcements
postcolonial
travel_writing
victorian