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CFP: Hotel in 19th-Century Literature and Culture, edited collection
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Hotels and Inns in Britain and in the United States in the Long Nineteenth Century
We invite submissions for a collection of essays on the hotel in literary works, in journals and correspondences, in travelogues, or in other texts written or published during the long nineteenth century. Our predominant focus is on literary and cultural studies.
We want to concentrate on the long nineteenth century. Inns offering a bed and food to the weary traveler have existed since antiquity, yet textual accounts of the hotel or the inn as a space in which travelers from various social, regional, or national backgrounds, men and women, the old and the young, met and mingled became central to the traveling experience as a locus of self-discovery and self-assertion or of alienation and instability from the mid-eighteenth century onwards. In the long nineteenth century, traveling was facilitated by technical innovations (improved roads, railways), international and especially transatlantic travel became more frequent, and at the end of the century, an increased awareness of types of accommodation existed. The kinds of guesthouses one could stay in had become more differentiated: grand hotels, urban hotels, rural inns, and small pensions offered very different sorts of comfort and of human encounters. Literary and non-literary texts abound with accounts of real and fictitious hotels.
Our collection of essays seeks to examine this under-researched field. We invite fresh looks at old and new material, at real and fictitious hotels, splendid abodes as well as Gothic dwellings. The collection will be geographically restricted to Britain and the United States. Papers with a transatlantic focus (e.g. British travelers in American hotels, American travelers in British inns) are particularly welcome, but excursions of Anglo-American travelers to the Continent and their experiences with Continental accommodations are also of interest.
Types of hotels and guests:
Real, virtual, and emotional spaces:
The hotel, class, and the family:
We invite two-page proposals by the deadline of June 7, 2013. Please also include a short bio. If your proposal is selected, the final essay will be due on December 15, 2013. Please email the proposals to both of the following addresses:
Prof. Monika Elbert (Montclair State University, New Jersey), email@example.com