CFP: [18th] Samuel Richardson's Clarissa; ASECS March 2009; Deadline 9/15/08

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Kathleen Lubey
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This panel will explore the questions that arise when we hypothesize that
Clarissa is, as this panel title asserts, Samuel Richardson’s. Given his
meticulous editorial, revision, and printing process, we might easily
conclude that Richardson perfected his social commentary and aesthetic
invention in this novel whose tragic heroine evoked tears even, as he
claims in a letter to the author, from Henry Fielding. But to what degree
can a critical inquiry be satisfied with an interpretation of the novel
that locates authority in Richardson? Do the novel’s critiques of
kinship, gender, and status exceed Richardson’s vision? To what degree is
authority located in other sources—law, religion, feeling, masculinity?
How do the material-historical conditions of Richardson’s correspondence
and printing inform the novel’s composition and consumption? These
questions outline only a few possible entry points into considerations of
the relationship between Richardson and Clarissa; diverse approaches and
methodologies are welcome. One-page proposals for 20-minute papers by
email to Kathleen Lubey at (please cc to Deadline September 15, 2008.

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