CFP: The Discourse on Gambling in England (9/10/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)
The False God "Favourable Chance" or "Lady Luck?": The Discourse on Gambling in England
Gambling has existed in British literature since Chaucer and before, yet the discourse on gambling exploded in Victorian England. Why was gambling such a divisive topic in the 19th century? High church, low church, secular elite, middle class: each faction opposed games of chance, but for widely disparate reasons. Where did the conflict begin? Why did the debate erupt in the Victorian age? Where has it led since? Papers could approach gambling from literary, historical, cultural, social, and/or philosophical perspectives.
Submit abstracts to Chad Cripe <cripec_at_student.gvsu.edu>