Mary Russell Mitford: Local and Global
Panel CFP for BWWC 2013 Conference, University of New Mexico (4-6 April 2013):
Papers are welcome on any aspect of Mary Russell Mitford's long and prolific literary career spanning the 1810s to the 1840s, and including her poetry, drama, and prose fiction. Scholars of the Victorian era tend to know Mitford for her rural sketches in Our Village, which recently drew significant attention from Franco Moretti for their distinctive geographical orientation. Romanticists are beginning to study her successfully staged historical tragedies in London's Royal Theatres including Julian, Rienzi, Foscari, and Charles I, investigating common ground they share with Lord Byron's and Felicia Hemans's experiments with drama. Her narrative poems of the 1810s, Christina the Maid of the South Seas and Blanch present female characters caught up in conflicts of custom and culture between Polynesians and English and between Christians and Muslims. The influential Mitford, her friendships, her popularity in England and America, her wide reading, her correspondence, her unwanted but real rivalry with Lord Byron, her politics, her successful negotiations with editors and theatre managers, her approach to the local and the global and to gender and genre all invite attention to expand our view of this professional woman of letters and of the transitional decades of the 1820s and 30s in nineteenth century literature. One goal of this panel is to bring scholars together interested in a collaborative effort to plan a digital scholarly edition of Mitford's complete works and letters.
Send 250-word paper proposals by Wed. December 12 at 11:59 PM EST to Elisa Beshero-Bondar at firstname.lastname@example.org .