"Publishing the Past: History and Eighteenth-Century Print Culture" (ASECS 2012, San Antonio, TX, March 22-25)

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ASECS, 43rd Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX

March 22-25, 2012

"Publishing the Past: History and Eighteenth-Century Print Culture"

From new editions of Chaucer to fictional portrayals (or imitations) of the past in works as diverse as Chatterton's Rowley poems and Scott's _Waverley_, the long eighteenth century saw a consistent engagement with producing national history. Even as the publishing industry itself moved rapidly towards modernity, with increasing production and circulation of printed materials of all sorts, it also provided authors, translators, editors and scholars with new means of disseminating their conceptions of the past, both recent and distant. This panel invites papers on any aspect of the past as it was imagined and produced in the long eighteenth century.

Possible paper topics include: the rise of the historical novel; literary criticism and versions of the past; new publishing technologies and their effect on old texts; reception of historical or pseudo-historical works; the Gothic past; history as politics; and continuities or conflicts in portrayals of the English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh past.

Please email questions or abstracts of 250 words to Hannah Doherty at hdoherty@stanford.edu by September 15th, 2011.