CFP: Nineteenth-Century British and American Attitudes Towards Slavery (8/30/05; NEMLA, 3/2/06-3/5/06)

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March 2-5, 2006.
Panel: Nineteenth-Century British and American Attitudes Towards Slavery

The thirty-year period between the British abolition of slavery throughout its
empire (1833) and the American abolition of slavery throughout its union (1863)
was marked by intense transatlantic abolitionist activity. In particular, the
1840s and 1850s saw the greatest exchange and cooperation between anti-slavery
advocates from both countries. The World Anti-Slavery Convention was held in
London in 1840, and in the following decades, many prominent American
abolitionists and fugitive slaves visited England to raise awareness and funds
for the anti-slavery cause. The 1840s and 1850s also saw a peak in the British
publication of African-American slave narratives. The Narrative of the Life of
Frederick Douglass was published in 1845 and became a national bestseller, its
popularity bolstered by Douglass's immensely successful British lecture tour
from 1845 to 1846.

Submissions are invited for a NEMLA panel on transatlantic literary exchange
during this "inter-abolition" period—a period in which England more clearly
began to define her identity as a non-slave holding nation. Panelists may
address topics including (but not limited to):
--Travel narratives written by British and other European visitors to America
(eg., Dickens, Marryat, Martineau, Frances Trollope)
--British and American antislavery novels
--"White Slavery" (governessing, factory workers)
--American slave narratives
--British attitudes towards the American Civil War
--The "West Indian Experiment" (eg., Mill-Carlyle Debate)
--American cotton and British textile trade
--British and American abolitionists (eg., Wilberforce, Garrison)
--Abolition and Religion (eg., Quakers, Evangelical Anglicans, Dissenters,
--Women and slavery

Paper proposals (1-2 pp) must be submitted by August 30, 2005.
Please include a one-page CV along with your proposal.

Please send inquiries and submissions in the body of the e-mail (NO ATTACHMENTS,
PLEASE) to J. Lee at

If you do not have access to email, please send your proposal to:
J. Lee c/o Department of English
Harvard University
Barker Center
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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