CFP: [18th] Printed Miscellanies (9/15/07; ASECS 3/27/08-3/30/08)

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Rebecca Bullard
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Twenty-minute papers are invited for consideration as part of the 'Printed
Miscellanies' panel at the forthcoming ASECS annual meeting, which takes
place at Portland, Oregon, from March 27-April 3 2008.

This panel explores the aesthetic and material aspects of
eighteenth-century printed miscellanies. Individual papers might focus on
particular miscellanies (such as those by Dryden and Tonson, Pope and
Swift, or Robert Dodsley, for instance) but all participants will be
encouraged to consider some of the following, broader questions:

The critical functions of miscellanies: What are the interpretative
implications of including works in miscellanies rather than/as well as
publishing them as separate pieces? In what ways does the structure of a
miscellany influence potential interpretations of individual works
contained in it? How do occasional pieces fare in miscellanies published
long after the original circumstances of their production/publication? What
is the relationship between overtly literary miscellanies, such as those
published by Jacob Tonson, and their more popular forbears and
contemporaries, such as Wit and Mirth; or Pills to Purge Melancholy? More
broadly, how should we define a miscellany – is it, for instance, a volume
containing works by several hands, or a volume containing a particular kind
of work? – and does this definition shift over time?

The material contexts of miscellanies: Can miscellanies serve as an index
of developing relations between booksellers and authors during the
eighteenth century? How do miscellanies figure the notion of authorship
and/or anonymity? What are the connections between miscellanies and various
forms of sociability, such as tavern or coffee-house culture, literary
coteries, and political clubs? Do the physical marks of production left on
particular miscellanies lend insight into the aesthetic, social, or
political concerns of their authors or publishers?

Miscellanies and cultures of collection: What are the connections between
miscellanies and other kinds of published ‘collection’: commonplace books;
collections of sermons, state tracts, poems on affairs of state, or short
stories; books of recipes and remedies; encyclopedias; collected works of
particular authors, etc.? Can we situate miscellanies within the broader
context of eighteenth-century collecting culture as seen, for instance, in
the development of museums and cabinets of curiosity?

200-300 word abstracts should be sent to by
15 September 2007. For further information about the conference, please see

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