CFP: [Victorian] Decadence at the Transatlantic Fin de Siècle

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Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Conference on Nineteenth
Century Transatlanticism

1st Annual Graduate Conference of the American Studies and Victorian
Studies Associations
Binghamton University
Binghamton, New York November 7-8, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Leonard Tennenhouse, Brown University

Panel Topic:
Decadence at the Transatlantic Fin de Siècle
While Decadent literature has typically been viewed as a distinctly
European mode that addresses the complex anxieties of degeneracy at the fin
de siècle, David Weir's forthcoming book Decadent Culture in the United
States makes a clear case for considering Decadence as a transatlantic
conception. What congruencies exist between literatures that address the
end of the American frontier and the demise of British Empire? Is there a
transatlantic conversation between the aesthetic authors of continental
Europe and the Americas during the 19 th century? What influence did
conceptions of European Decadence have on American Decadence, and vice
versa? What important distinctions can be made between transatlantic, end
of the century literatures that explore fears of moral, religious, sexual,
and national degeneration? This panel invites paper proposals that
address these questions, or any other aspects of what we might term
"Transatlantic Decadence."

Please send abstracts of 250-500 words to no later
than August 15, 2008.

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