CFP: Romantic Writers and Revolutionary Objects (6/1/07; ICR 10/18/07-10/21/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Pamela Buck
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International Conference on Romanticism: Romantic
October 18-21, 2007
Loyola University
Baltimore, MD

This session has been approved by the ICR conference
organizers. See also:

Special Session: Romantic Writers and Revolutionary

With the fall of the Bastille in 1789, the decade of
Revolution was underway. While it was primarily a
political movement, the French Revolution also
occurred during a time of burgeoning consumer culture.
 This special session seeks papers that explore how
Romantic period writers used material culture to
engage revolutionary ideas and further their political

Questions this panel hopes to address include, but are
not limited to, the following: How did Romantic
period writers use objects to enter debates on
revolution and comment upon the political situation,
both in France and at home? To what extent did
writing about objects re/define the Revolution? In
what ways did these writers employ objects to gain
political influence or establish public roles for
themselves? How did objects persuade readers to buy
into revolutionary views, and were objects also
vilified as mere commodities to dissuade such ideas?
How were texts about objects, and the objects
themselves, circulated across national boundaries to
help spread revolution? To what extent did texts
about objects themselves become revolutionary objects
for sale in the literary marketplace?
Please send 250-word proposals by June 1, 2007 to
Pamela Buck at

Pamela Buck
Tufts University
Department of English
Medford, MA 02155

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