"The Sensational East End of London," MMLA, November 13-16, 2014.
The 56th Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association will be held in Detroit, Michigan at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton from November 13-16, 2014.
I am seeking papers that focus on the sensationalizing of London's East End. From the "Newgate Novels" of the early Victorian period to the spectacle of the "Ripper Murders" during the so-called "Autumn of Terror" (1888), Victorians were interested in the sordid aspects of East End. Narrative, journalistic, and investigative "explorations" of the eastern sections of the metropolis were, in fact, part of the mainstay of middle-class popular culture. The tradition of marking the East End as "darkest London" continued well into the 20th century. But what other function, beside lurid entertainment, did the sensationalizing of the East End provide? What are the discursive intersections of culture and class that configure the East End as a spectacle? Moreover, what is the narrative/cultural legacy of sensationalism in regard to the East End?
Please send a brief abstract and C.V. by June 27, 2014
Kevin Swafford, Ph.D.