CFP: [18th] ASECS 2008 panel on Sentiment and Economics

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Michael Genovese
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“Sentiment and Economics Across Genres” Michael Genovese, U. of Virginia,

ASECS 2008: Deadline Sept. 15, 2007

Critics such as James Thompson and John Mullan have made us increasingly
aware of the role that economic and sentimental discourses played in
eighteenth-century literature. But while studies such as theirs have
focused primarily on the novel, the aim of this panel is to broaden the
critical discussion of sentiment and economics to show how prevalent these
ideas were across many modes of eighteenth-century writing. By including
papers that address a variety of genres, this panel will bring attention to
the variety of forms in which the discourses of sentiment and economics
appeared to eighteenth-century readers. The ultimate goal is for the panel
to sketch an outline of a multi-genre literary history that shows the
discourses of sentiment and economics overlapping and interacting
throughout genres that were in conversation with each other.

While Adam Smith is perhaps the most familiar writer of both sympathy and
economics, a lively discussion of sentiment and economics appeared long
before he began writing. Because these early conceptions and appearances of
sentiment and economics are less frequently addressed, papers that approach
the sentimental and the economic from an early-century perspective are
especially welcome.

Papers should actively engage the specifics of genre as well as the issues
or structures of sentiment and economics. Literary criticism as well as
historical or cultural approaches that focus on texts and
social/political/economic/cultural practices will be considered, and any
theoretical approach that sheds light on the topic will be welcome. Papers
may address sentiment and economics as it pertains to any region of the
British realm, i.e., England, the American colonies, Scotland, Wales,
Ireland, Southeast Asia, etc.

Please e-mail abstracts of 250-500 words to:
The deadline for abstract submission is September 15.

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