NEMLA 2014: Empire and Manliness in Nineteenth Century British Literature and Culture (Sept. 30th)

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Adam Kozaczka (Syracuse University)
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This panel will explore representations of masculinity in the context of the long nineteenth century's (1789-1914) Empire-informed conceptions of national and gendered identity.

What were the politics behind representing the British soldier in the literature and/or visual arts of the long nineteenth century? Did these politics change if the soldier happened to be Scottish, Welsh, Irish, or native to the overseas colonies? What about masculinities that, though not belonging to soldiers, were highly informed by the martial aesthetics of Imperial manliness?

One of the few panels at this NEMLA interested in the burgeoning field of masculinity studies, this panel seeks papers that examine a wide range of masculine identities from the long nineteenth century and beyond. Papers need not be limited to military masculinities, and may examine any aspect of male gender construction in the British Empire.

Send all queries and submissions to (Adam Kozaczka) by September 30th, 2013. Include a roughly 250-word abstract with a brief heading including name, affiliation, and any anticipated A/V requirements.

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