CFP: Eighteenth-Century Genre Theory and Eighteenth-Century Genre (ASECS 2014)
The idea for this panel picks up on the various panels on form at ASECS 2013. Ralph Cohen suggested that "no literary work in the period can be understood without recognizing that it is a combination of parts or forms" and points out that "Readers...were addressed, challenged, guided and goaded to discover the proper distinctions, not because earlier theories had not made them, but because mixtures had become so prevalent." How does eighteenth-century self-consciousness about form, formal mixture, or formal change relate to our understanding or misunderstanding of eighteenth-century genre?
I am still seeking submissions for the above panel at the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies' annual conference to be held in Williamsurg, Virginia, March 18-23, 2014.