Prospero, A JOURNAL OF MODERN LITERATURES AND CULTURES (Rivista di Letterature e culture straniere), University of Trieste, Italy, invites contributions for the forthcoming miscellaneous issue, volume 22 (2017). Prospero is a double-blind peer review, printed and entirely open access. It publishes articles and essays in the field of literary studies which consider texts and textual analysis from a wide hermeneutic, philological and historical perspective. It specifically focuses on literary studies considered in their interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary relationships with other cultural expressions.
In keeping with this year’s MMLA Convention theme, “Art and Activism,” I welcome papers that address social/political activism in nineteenth-century British literature and culture. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to: writers as social critics; the Victorian social problem novel; radical lyric and narrative representations; Aesthetes, Decadents, and the idea of “Art for Art’s sake”; and humanists, humanitarians, and social activists in life and fiction.
Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief bio. by April 5th, 2017 to Bailey Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR PAPERS
2017 MMLA Conference’s MVSA-Affiliated Panel
November 9-12, 2017
“Arts and Activism”
In keeping with the MMLA conference theme, “Arts and Activism,” the Midwest Victorian Studies Association panel welcomes proposals that explore the intersections between literature, visual art, and activism in 19th century Britain.
Possible topics include:
We announce a call for proposals for the Dickens Society panel at the Midwest Modern Language Association convention to be held in Cincinnati, November 9-12, 2017.
The topic is "Itinerant Dickens: travel and travelers in Dickens's life and works."
Proposals (250 words) should be emailed to the panel organizer Jerome Meckier at email@example.com by April 5, 2017.
The second half of the nineteenth century was marked by the emergence of the global women’s movement. Feminism altered the course of literature by challenging those literary conventions that governed the portrayal of women and women's experience at the fin de siècle. Feminist texts explicitly advocated social change and discussed new women’s roles in society. This edited volume Liberating Herself: Emancipationist Writing at the Fin de Siècle (under contract with Cambridge Scholars Publishing) welcomes contributions on any aspect of nineteenth-century literary feminism. Comparative approaches are welcome. By April 1, please submit a 250-300 word abstract and your CV to Dr.
The Loyola University Chicago Victorian Society Presents Its Second Annual Day Conference:
Aesthetics and Form in Victorian Art, Literature, and Culture
October 28, 2017, 8:30-5:30pm
“It is not enough that it has the Form, if it have not also the power and life. It is not enough that it has the Power, if it have not the form. We must therefore inquire into each of these characters successively; and determine first, what is the Mental Expression, and secondly, what the Material Form.” John Ruskin, The Nature of Gothic IV.183.
Now that many reinterpret 19c “families” as fluid and non-normative, we explore the utility of “queerness” as ideology and method. How does 19c literature disrupt kinship/community/intimacy? Abstracts (350 words) due by 20 March 2017 to Shannon Draucker (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Talia Vestri Croan (email@example.com).
“Movement and/in/of the City”
16th June 2017
A postgraduate conference organised by the University of Kent
Keynote speaker: TBC
Deadline to send your abstract: April 1st
This proposed MLA 2018 (January 4-7, NYC) session seeks papers that address the relationship between Catholicism and English Gothic literature in ways that move beyond simplistic observations of the genre’s use of anti-Catholic tropes. Especially welcome are papers that situate Gothic literature in the history of English Catholicism or which approach the religious content and contexts of Gothic literature from “post-secular” points of view. Papers might examine anything from 18th- and early 19th-century Catholicism’s influence on the rise of Gothic literature, to the lingering anti-Catholicism (or, conversely, Catholic nostalgia) in 21st-century Gothic literature and/or film, or anything in between.
8–9 September 2017, St John’s College, Durham University (United Kingdom)