CFP: [20th] NEMLA 2/26-3/1 2009: Neo-Victorian Panel (Boston)

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Dana Shiller
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The Victorians in the New Millennium

The 1990s may have been the apotheosis of the British obsession with
“Victoriana,” in Cora Kaplan’s terminology, but interesting examples
continue to emergeâ€"from Sarah Waters’ intensely successful lesbian “Vic
lit,” to coffee table books on creating a Victorian garden in your own back
yard. This panel will seek to investigate the state of the neo-Victorian
nearly twenty years after Byatt’s Possession won the Booker Prize fiction,
and Margaret Thatcher’s departure from Downing Street. Is neo-Victorian
fiction still a mixture of “politics, pastiche and pleasure,” as Kaplan has
claimed? Does any one of those terms have more of a valence than any
others? If the preoccupation with the Victorian Era has continued, are we
to assume that its cultural resonance has remained the same, or that its
relevance to the post-millennial world has changed? Submissions analyzing
the cultural significance of neo-Victorian fiction are welcome, as are
papers treating any contemporary manifestation of the Victorian, be it in
architecture, upholstery or film.

Please send abstracts by Sept. 15 as attachments via email to

Please include with your abstract:

Name and affiliation
Email address
Postal address
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Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NEMLA panel;
however, panelists can present only one paper. Convention participants may
present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative
session or participate in a roundtable.

Dana Shiller
Washington & Jefferson College

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