CFP: Transatlantic Periodicals and Cultural Self-Definition (3/1/07; NEASECS, 10/25/07-10/28/07)

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Richard Squibbs
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CFP for the 2007 Northeast American Society for
Studies Conference to be held October 25-28, 2007 at
Dartmouth College.
The conference theme is "Transatlantic Destinies:
Connections and
Disconnections across the Atlantic Seaboard in the
Eighteenth Century."


Transatlantic Periodicals and Cultural Self-Definition

The direct impact of periodicals, and most notably of
belletristic essay journals, on colonial Americans who
sought cultural cachet in their own right is most
famously registered in Ben Franklin's Autobiography,
where he takes on the Spectator's language in an
effort to gain a rhetorical upper hand on a tenacious,
and learned, disputant. From the beginning of the
eighteenth century to the early nineteenth century,
colonial American and early Republican essayists and
magazine editors attempted to forge distinctly
American urban cultures through engaging, both
critically and by imitation, attitudes toward fashion,
commerce, news, and learning enshrined in volumes of
English and Scottish periodical essays and other essay
journals. This panel invites proposals for papers on
any aspects of this transatlantic periodical culture.
Studies of the transmission of periodicals from
Britain to America are especially welcome, as are
papers addressing how the reception of periodicals
alters as their published format changes from
periodically circulated sheets to bound volumes.
Papers dealing less with such material concerns, and
more with the content – literary and otherwise – of
periodicals are very welcome too, especially as they
concern critical adaptations of British cultural
attitudes by American colonists, and later by writers
of the early Republic.

Please send proposals of no more than 500 words
(attached as Word files) by March 1 2007 to:

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