CFP: Victorian Transformations (10/1/06; collection)

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Tredennick, Bianca
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CFP: Victorian Transformations (10/1/06; collection)

I am seeking abstracts for essays to be included in a proposed collection on the topic of Victorian transformations. I wish to construe this topic fairly generously at this stage, but I will particularly value abstracts which look at form, its alterations, and the effect of those alterations on culture, psychology, literature, etc. For instance, papers might examine evolution's threat to the notion of the human form as fixed and perfected or offer explanations for the nineteenth century's fascination with the deformed or explore the artistic theories leading Victorian writers to create and revise literary forms. Cambridge Scholars Press has solicited a proposal for this collection, and I will also send the proposal to other scholarly presses. Abstracts should be one to two pages long. Articles will likely range from fifteen to twenty pages in length. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Monstrosity, deformation, shape shifting
Constructing, reconstructing, deconstructing notions of identity
Cultural, political, literary or generic sea changes
Victorian rereadings, revisions or responses to literary forms
Moments of intense change: birth, illness, death, etc.
Transformative powers of art, religion, love, etc.

Abstracts should be submitted, preferably via Word or RTF email attachment, to Alternately, abstracts can be sent via regular mail to Professor Bianca Tredennick, English Department, Gonzaga University, 502 East Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258. Please include a brief CV or equivalent biographical statement with your abstract.

The deadline for abstracts is October 1, 2006.

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