2017 is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Austen has become one of the most discussed and beloved literary figures; indeed, her status as one of our most beloved literary figures has often influenced the ways in which her life and works are discussed within critical circles.
Essay abstracts solicited for for inclusion in a proposed special journal issue on the following topic:
Alterities and Abolitionist Forms: Genres of British Abolitionist Literature, 1790-1830
From Queen Anne to Queen Victoria is a biennial conference organised by the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw (Poland). The title highlights the time span that is covered, and provides a framework for the highly varied perceptions that contribute to a picture of the great themes that link the 18th and 19th centuries.
The sixth conference will take place on 27-29 September 2017.
Our keynote speakers are:
Ann Heilmann (Cardiff University),
Jarlath Killeen (Trinity College Dublin),
Paddy Lyons (University of Glasgow).
Frankenstein and the American Dream?
Frankenstein and the Fantastic, an outreach effort of the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association seeks proposals for a panel in commemoration of the endurance of Frankenstein and the Frankenstein tradition. The session is being submitted for the 2017 meeting of the American Literature Association to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, from 25-28 May 2017.
On the 200th anniversary of what remains one of the most remarkable launches in British periodical history, scholars of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, British literary periodicals, and Scottish politics and culture will gather in Edinburgh for two days of debate about the magazine’s highs and lows, its wide cultural impact, and its enduring legacies in literary history.
The Female Ghost and Crime Fiction
Panel Proposal: ALA Symposium Criminal America March 2017
Gothic Afterlives: Radcliffe’s Literary Precursors, Rivals, and Descendants
(Proposed special session for the 2017 NASSR conference)
Since the mid-1990s, a number of studies have not only extended the years that “Romanticism” encompasses as a literary and cultural period but also suggested that classic gothic literature (1764-1824) holds a significant place within Romantic studies. Thanks to presses like Broadview and Valancourt, a host of classic gothic novels by Clara Reeve, Sophia Lee, Charlotte Smith, William Godwin, Regina Maria Roche, Charlotte Dacre, Percy Shelley, and others that were once out of print and available only in special collections are now easily accessible.
In her 2014 A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829, Claire Connolly declares that a major aim is, and must be, ‘to restore seriousness and nuance to our understanding of the Irish fiction of the romantic period’, which her criticism seeks to achieve by ‘refus[ing] or at least redirect[ing] readings that treat the novels as so many failed efforts to contain the hectic world of early nineteenth-century Ireland’ (Connolly 1).
From the Renaissance to Romanticism25-7/May/2017 // Email: email@example.com Website: http://disbelief2017.wixsite.com/emerg // Keynote speakers: Péter Dávidházi (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary), Tim Fulford ( De Montfort University), Nicholas Halmi (The University of Oxford, UK), Ágnes Péter (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary),Tzachi Zamir (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel).
CFP George Gissing and Born in Exile
2017 celebrates the 125th anniversary of Gissing’s Born in Exile (1892), a novel that addresses so many crises of faith—in religion, science, marriage, and class, for instance—in the nineteenth century. In celebration, we invite contributions for proposed panels on Gissing and Born in Exile in the Annual Literary London Society Conference, held on 13-14 July 2017, at the Institute of English Studies in the University of London. Papers may explore any aspect of Gissing’s writing but they must speak to the conference’s focus: “Fantastic London: Dream, Speculation and Nightmare.” Papers might address: