CFP: [Victorian] "Get a Move On!": Nineteenth Century Migration and Mobility

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Grace Wetzel
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"Get a Move On!": Nineteenth Century Migration and Mobility
A Graduate English Conference sponsored by the University of South
Dates: March 7-8, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley

Immigrants and expatriots, sailors and soldiers, travelers and wanderers,
men and women: people in the nineteenth century were moving. Novels and
new inventions such as railroads, steamships, and street cars provided
vehicles of transport for individuals and their imaginations, while the
transnational movements of ideas and populations gave rise to a newly
globalized Anglo-American literature.

New technologies, abilities, and time to travel led to new
representations of movement in literatures of all kinds. From travel
journals and brochures to exploration narratives and science fiction
tales, writing in nineteenth-century Britain and America reflected the
ways in which an increasingly mobile people thought of themselves and the
world at large.

This conference aims to explore representations of mobility and migration
in nineteenth-century British and American literature. Please send
abstracts of 300 words or more to Grace Wetzel at
by December 15, 2007.

Possible topics may include:
*Advancements in travel including railways, the London Underground, the
omnibus, steamships, trolleys, street cars, canals, and hot-air balloons
*Urban migration
*Rural and outmigration
*Westward expansion in the US (including Indian Removal and forced
*Sailing and scientific exploration (especially to previously unexplored
*Middle Passage
*The underground railroad
*Shipment of books, pamphlets, letters and ideas including transatlantic
*Lecture tours and professional visits
*Missionary journeys
*Pleasure trips
*Imaginary journeys (including time travel)
*Travel journals and travel literature
*Travel guides (to Europe and elsewhere)
*Travel advertisements and railway editions of books
*Military travel during the Civil War
*Itinerancy and the open road
*Orphan trains and broken families

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