NeMLA( Northeast Modern Language Association) 48th Annual Convention March 23-26 in Baltimore, Maryland, Session title: 'Reader, I married him!': Investigating 19th-century Readers and Reading the 19th Century As Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre reminds us with her exclamation, “Reader, I married him!,” writers of fiction in the nineteenth century were very aware of their readership with texts. In the increasingly literate century, readers were savvy consumers, rapt fans, and scathing critics. They read penny papers, novels, and genre specific magazines. They read at home, in libraries, and on trains.
Is a Recipe a Poem? Nineteenth Century Domestic Literature
NeMLA 2017, Baltimore Maryland
March 23-27, 2017
Deadline for abstracts September 30, 2016
Call for proposals for the Dickens Society-sponsored panel at the Northeast Modern Language Society convention to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, March 23-26, 2017:
Dickens, race, and empire. This session will explore the many facets of Dickens’s engagement with Victorian debates around race and empire. Open to proposals that examine any aspect of these issues and explore all parts of Dickens’s career, it seeks to consider Dickens within the context of both contemporary and current critical conversations around these key elements of Victorian culture and society.
The link to the NeMLA conference site is at
Friday, 28th October, 2016
Professor Bradley Deane (University of Minnesota Morris)
Dr Patricia de Montfort (University of Glasgow)
‘Victorian manhood was by definition a state of permanent crisis, a site of anxiety and contradiction as much as a source of power.’
(Phillip Mallett, The Victorian Novel and Masculinity)
“The final revelation is that Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of art.”—Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying
Special Issue Call for Papers WOMEN’S WRITING“Generations”Winter 2017 Issue
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the British Women Writers Association in 2017, Women’s Writing invites submissions for a special issue on the theme of “Generations.” While generational transitions are often productive and even revolutionary, they are seldom ever easy or smooth. Such transitions may be accompanied by paradigm shifts, struggles to be heard, or difficulty letting go. In this spirit, the editors especially welcome investigations into the complexities of generational exchange and transition in the field of women’s writing.
This book project seeks to elaborate lines of thinking that emerged during the panel, “The Unsettling Real in the Composition of Nineteenth-Century American Photography,” from this year’s C19 conference at Penn State University. The heart of our inquiry concerns the problem of referentiality and the real in photographic compositions that proliferated middle-class culture through the machinery of Victorian-era mass production. Contemporary scholarly analysis of this photographic tradition has tended to follow the classical semiotic assumption that the referent and its representation occupy distinctly different epistemological spaces. In contrast, we draw on the insights of contemporary aesthetic theory and the field of object studies to c
This panel seeks informed readings of British sermons written between 1500 and 1900, reflecting on the ways that the sermon fits in the literature classroom and for literature readers today.What new avenues of research can be pursued in studying the sermon in Great Britain's literature from 1500-1900? How do the well-known sermon writers (e.g., Donne, Andrewes, Wesley) and lesser-known (Barrow, Whitefield, Edwards) form, transform, and deform the genre? And how do we respond to the form as instructors of British literature in the post-Christian, twenty-first century? This panel seeks informed readings of sermons and ability to discuss them in their historical context as well as pedagogically for college/university classrooms today.
To mark the centenary of the first edition of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s Poems (1918), there will be a special issue of Victorian Poetry in summer 2018. The guest editors of the issue are asking for completed essays that focus on a specific poem, or a pair of poems. (Submissions should not focus on “The Wreck of the Deutschland.”) Contributions should account for the shifting critical receptions of the texts since their publication and suggest new directions for Hopkins scholarship. Contributors might consider issues such as the politicization of Hopkins, Hopkins’s changing audience, appropriations of Hopkins, or Hopkins inside and outside of the academy.