The Senses in Victorian Literature (ACCUTE) (11/01/2013; 5/24-27/2014)
The Senses in Victorian Literature
A recent turn in sensory studies has seen an increased focus on how the senses are valuable to literary study. This session seeks to explore the relationship of the senses as narrated and depicted in Victorian literature. The senses, particularly touch, can be used to portray a character's knowledge; often functioning as boundary markers between the self and others. Moreover an emphasis on the senses can be indicative of larger historical or societal preoccupations. Papers addressing any of the senses (touch, taste, hearing, sight, smell) as present in Victorian texts will be considered. Readings of embodiment in relation to the sensory (how senses highlight borders of the body) or broader aspects of the sensory relative to class and societal negotiations (how senses address boundaries in society) are particularly welcome.
Please send a 300-500 word proposal, a 100 word abstract, a 50 word bio, and a completed Proposal Submission Information form (Found here: http://accute.ca/general-sessions/)
by November 1st 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org