In celebration of the life and works of the eminent scholar Pierre Coustillas (1930-2018), we invite contributions for a special issue of Literature Compass(https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17414113)on Coustillas, George Gissing, and their writing. Coustillas has had a profound influence on Gissing and nineteenth-century studies. From 1969 to April 2013, he edited The Gissing Newsletterand subsequently The Gissing Journal, the organ for Gissing studies. In 1997, Paul F. Mattheisen, Arthur C. Young, and Coustillas completed their landmark project: The Collected Letters of George Gissing.
Alice in Wonderland in Film and Popular Culture
Edited by Antonio Sanna
Humour and Satire in British Romanticism - Hatfield College, Durham University, UK - 13-14 September 2019
This two-day conference will explore the role of humour and satire in the Romantic period (as well as its influences and legacies in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), focusing on everything from literary and graphic satire, to scientific conceptions of humour, to witty table talk.
We are pleased to announce our next essay-writing competition. The award is open to all post-graduate research students and to all early career researchers (up to five years after the completion of your PhD) who have yet to find a full-time or tenured position. The prize is guaranteed publication in the next summer issue of Foundation (August 2020).
To be considered for the competition, please submit a 6000-word article on any topic, period, theme, author, film or other media within the field of science fiction and its academic study. All submitted articles should comply with the guidelines to contributors as set out on the SF Foundation website. Only one article per contributor is allowed to be submitted.
Call for Papers
18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference
March 5th-7th, 2020
TCU, Fort Worth
Edith Wharton’s New York:
A Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society
New Yorker Hotel
June 17th-20th 2020
Please join the Edith Wharton Society for its upcoming conference marking the centennial anniversary of the publication of Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence. We will celebrate this momentous year in New York, the setting not only of so many of Wharton’s works but also of much of her life.
Infinite Variety: The Older Actress on Stage 1660–present
A two-day symposium on 18–19 October 2019, taking place at Christ Church, University of Oxford, UK.
Symposium Directors are Dr Sophie Duncan and Professor Mary Luckhurst
The event is jointly convened by the School of Arts, University of Bristol and Christ Church, University of Oxford, with support from The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH).
Confirmed keynote speakers include Gilli Bush-Bailey (Central School of Speech and Drama), Jacky Bratton (Royal Holloway) and Fiona Gregory (Monash University).
CALL FOR PAPERS: British and Anglophone Studies Proposals
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference
Thursday, November 14, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019, Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, San Diego, California
Call for Papers: Victorian Popular Fiction Association Study Day
The Threatened Child in Nineteenth-Century
Popular Fiction and Culture
Friday, 20th September 2019, Humanities Institute, University College Dublin
Keynote: Professor Kathryn Hughes (University of East Anglia)
Walking Tour: Victorian Gothic Dublin, followed by dinner
The Midwest Conference on British Studies is happy to announce an extension for the Call for Papers for its 66th Annual Meeting to May 20, 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL, September 27-29, 2019. The keynote speaker will be Carole Levin of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and the plenary address will be given by Jordanna Bailkin of the University of Washington.
For the Northeast Modern Language Association’s (NeMLA’s) 51th Annual Conference, 5-4 March 2020, in Boston, MA, Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures, this session is seeking proposals addressing the topic, A Connecticut Abolitionist in King Arthur’s Court: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s British Reception. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s radical views on slavery in Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) took the western world by storm. Nowhere was the response more impassioned than in Great Britain.
The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) is looking for papers on gothic literature and the gothic in media for its 2019 conference November 14-17 in San Diego, California. We invite proposals for papers dealing with Gothic literature, culture, and film. This session welcomes proposals on a wide variety of topics, with particular consideration granted to papers that explore gothic children's literature or that engage with the 2019 conference theme of "Send In the Clowns." Possible foci might include adaptations, audience/reception studies, children's gothic, and emotional portrayals in relation to the Gothic. Potential subjects may include, but are not limited to:
Seeking 15-minute conference paper presentations about how literature, film, the visual arts, or other cultural products have documented, challenged, and influenced the cultural adaption of scientific practices and products from the rise of the scientific method in 17thcentury to the present day. Presentations may reflect on the range of human emotions prompted by the changes brought to culture by science and technology, from horror and anxiety to humor and hope. Of interest also are presentations that give consideration to key moments in the integration of technology into culture as reflected upon in works of literature, art, film, etc.
Possible paper topics include (but are not limited to):
Guest Editor: Maurizio Ascari (University of Bologna)
Throughout its long history, crime writing has inspired and been inspired by other genres such as the gothic, sensation fiction, horror, romance, film noir, science fiction, and true crime. This theme issue of Clues, guest edited by Maurizio Ascari, seeks to explore the richness of these generic contact zones and the acts of cross-pollination they engendered, ultimately contributing to the overall development of this galaxy of literary forms. Articles for this issue might address questions such as the following:
This is a call for abstracts of short papers (ca. 3,000 words) on the work of Lucas Malet to be presented at a summer symposium in Eversley, Hampshire. Organised in conjunction with the CK200 Festival (https://ck200.live), celebrating the bicentennial of the author’s father Charles Kingsley, this symposium provides students and scholars opportunity to discuss recent research on Malet’s work.
Since the lesbian publishing sensation of the first of Sarah Waters’s trio of neo-Victorian novels, Tipping the Velvet (1998), nineteenth-century queerness has become an increasingly prominent trope across neo-Victorian media and criticism. On the one hand, neo-Victorian queerness functions as a means of recovering marginalised viewpoints and obscured histories, predominantly, though not exclusively, from the LGBTQI+ community. On the other hand, it serves as a strategic tool to negotiate both alliances and tensions between lesbianism and feminism, queer studies and gender theory, or gender-specific and queer-generic positionalities.
The Henry James Society seeks proposals on the MMLA conference theme of “Duality, Doubles and Doppelgänger” as it relates to the life and/or works of Henry James.
The conference will be held in Chicago on November 14-17, 2019.
Topics could include, but are by no means limited to:
Narratives of Ageing in the Nineteenth CenturyUniversity of Lincoln, 23rd July 2019 Organisers: Dr Alice Crossley, Dr Amy Culley, and Dr Rebecca Styler Plenary Speaker: Prof. Devoney Looser, Arizona State University'Ageing in Public: Women Authors in the Nineteenth Century’
This conference responds to the burgeoning critical interest of humanities scholars in age, ageing, and stages of life from childhood to old age in the nineteenth century.
The figure of the child and the imaginative investment in the idea of childhood are the focus of seminal studies of ageing in this period.
In keeping with the annual theme, “Duality, Doubles, and Doppelgangers,” this panel seeks to explore the relationship between duality, broadly conceived, travel, and writing about travel. We seek to interrogate the ways in which travel writing serves as a discursive engagement with multiple dualities, including self and other, authority and subordination, as well as style and content. Submissions from any time period will be considered and papers that explore a broad spectrum of genres, disciplines, and geographic regions will be given special consideration. Papers that address any approach to the conference theme are welcome. Potential topics and themes include (but are not limited to):
The Gaskell Journal
Joan Leach Memorial Graduate Student Essay Prize 2020
Deadline for submissions: 1st February 2020
The Gaskell Journal runs a biennial Graduate Student Essay Prize in honour of Joan Leach MBE, founder of the Gaskell Society.
Happiness: Enlightenment to PresentKing’s College, CambridgeSaturday, October 19 – Sunday, October 20, 2019
The question of what makes us happy, let alone how to actually define happiness, has preoccupied writers and philosophers since the Ancient Greeks. Happiness has often been viewed with suspicion; be it located in another world, aligned with worldly dangers, or pictured as an endless pursuit symptomizing our fall from grace. From the Enlightenment onwards, however, writers begin to reinvent or reinvigorate the idea of happiness in new forms. Rather than scold ourselves out of expectation, happiness is viewed as a component of real quotidian life, as something we might learn to expect from our encounters with reality.
We invite manuscripts of scholarly articles (4000-6000 words) on any of the following: Bram Stoker, the novel Dracula, the historical Dracula, the vampire in folklore, fiction, film, popular culture, and related topics.
Submissions should be sent electronically (as an e-mail attachment in .doc or .rtf). Please indicate the title of your submission in the subject line of your e-mail. Send electronic submissions to email@example.com.
Special Issue of Humanities: Realism and Naturalism in the Humanities
Guest Editor: Cameron Dodworth, Ph.D., Department of English, Methodist University
Deadline for Submissions: 30 June 2019
Extended Deadline: Anthology project, ‘Disseminating Shakespeare in the Nordic Countries, 1789 - 1916’
*Submissions Deadline extended to 22nd April*Co-emergenceCo-creationCo-existence 4th to 6th September 2019, University of PlymouthConfirmed Plenary Speakers
- Greg Garrard (University of British Columbia)
- David Higgins (University of Leeds)
- Adeline Johns-Putra (University of Surrey)
- Harriet Tarlo (Sheffield Hallam University) & Judith Tucker (University of Leeds)
It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories. (Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble)
I have spoken with an Senior Commissioning Editor at Manchester University Press (with their strengths in theatre, nineteenth century lit, and politics), and he is very excited about the prospects of this edited collection. He/MUP is eagerly awaiting a proposal.
The book is called, Wilde Politics: The Political Thought of Oscar Wilde. My Introduction is (currently) entitled, “The Politics of Being Oscar Wilde.” The three sections of the book are “Victorian Politics”; “The Politics of Aesthetics”; and “Political Philosophy.”
Call for Papers: Victorian Visions
Victorian Network is an open-access, MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best work across the broad field of Victorian Studies by postgraduate students and early career academics. We are delighted to announce that our thirteenth issue (Winter 2019) will be guest edited by Professor Kate Flint on the theme of "Victorian Visions".
Questions of crime and punishment are writ large across many of our social and political spaces. We see injustice navigated on social media and protested in the streets, spun on film and fought in music. The narratives of criminals and law makers, sometimes valorised and sometimes vilified, surround us.
Charles Dickens utilizes various devices facilitating comparison and comprehension throughout many of his novels, short stories, and other literary output. Most famously, Dickens employed doubling and doppelgängers in A Tale of Two Cities (1859) to demonstrate the ideological similarities and differences between not only look-alikes Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, but the cities of London and Paris. In Uneven Developments (1988), Mary Poovey has revealed how in David Copperfield (1850), the hero’s instinctive dislike for Uriah Heep’s mock humility may indicate his own discomfort regarding their similar financial positions and goals for career advancement.