CFP: [18th] History in Fiction, Fiction in History: Historical Novels in the Long Eighteenth Century

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Nicholas Seager
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American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 40th annual meeting.
Richmond, VA, 26-29 March 2009.

For Georg Lukacs, the "classical form" of the historical novel was
inaugurated by Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels. This panel will
comprise three (20 minute) or four (15 minute) papers that attest to the
range of historical fiction written across the century and a half leading
up to Scott's achievement, looking at how Lukac's paradigm can be
complicated or challenged. Papers may address particular works or take a
more panoptic or theoretical approach. They may reflect on the
interdependent relationship of history and fiction in the time of the
origins of the novel, which has been elucidated in studies by Everett
Zimmerman and Robert Mayer.Papers might address the presence (or non-
presence) of historical events in fiction that we do not customarily deem
historical, or even dialogical encounters between works that we have come
to classify as historical and fictional.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words, specifying any audio-visual
requirements, to Nick Seager, by 15 September 2008: Informal enquiries are welcome. All submissions
will be acknowledged and the panel finalised by 30 September 2008.

Participants are required to be members of ASECS or another constituent
society of ISECS, with membership current as of 1 November 2008. For
information on ASECS, see:

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