CFP: [Romantic] CFP: Proposed essay collection, âRomantic Pleasureâ

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Michelle Faubert
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CFP: Proposed essay collection, “Romantic Pleasure”

This volume seeks to explore the variety of ways in which writers
communicated the many functions and objects of pleasure in both aesthetic
and somatic experience in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth
centuries. The editors, Tom Schmid and Michelle Faubert, wish to add to
such groundbreaking works as Taste: A Literary History by Denise Gigante,
Pleasure in the Eighteenth Century by Roy Porter, and Transports: Travel,
Pleasure, and Imaginative Geography, 1600-1830 by Chloe Chard to explore
what constitutes “healthy” pleasure in texts from the Romantic era. Other
areas of investigation may involve the cultural uses of pleasure and the
risks that attend overindulgence in pleasure; how pleasure can lead or
metamorphose into such dysphoric states as madness, hysteria,
hypochondria, and addiction for writers of this era; and the risks that
attend the communication of pleasure. The editors invite proposals for
essays of roughly 5,000-7,500 words which address any aspect of these
broad concerns as they appear in the Romantic period, including but not
limited to essays on such topics as:
- Pleasure and the aesthetics of the sublime, beautiful, and picturesque,
- Barthean notions of “the pleasures of the text,”
- Pleasure as a generic distinction demarcating the literary from the non-
- Pleasure in the physical presence of the text,
- The communication of pleasure,
- Bibliophilia, literary fetishism, and other textual
- The relationship of pleasure and melancholy,
- Pleasure and ethics in late eighteenth-century and Romantic philosophy.
Proposals should be approximately 500 words in length (no complete papers
at this point, please), and submissions should include the author’s name,
affiliation, surface mail address, e-mail address, and a brief CV. The
deadline for proposals is April 1, 2008; the deadline for completed papers
(5500-7500 words with notes) will be August 1, 2008.

Please send proposals to Michelle Faubert by electronic submission at the
following e-mail address:

Deadline for submission: April 1, 2008

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