CFP: New Victorian/Caribbean Connections

full name / name of organization: 
SAMLA 2009 (Atlanta, GA)

Proposals are invited that explore connections between Victorian and Caribbean novels that have not heretofore been put in conversation with each other. Proposals should be 300 words and submitted by 4/30/09 to Marc Muneal, Emory University (

Topics may include (but are not limited to):
-The Bildungsroman in both contexts, and how issues of personal and character development shape and are shaped by society, family, and self
-Questions of female subjectivity and voice "beyond Bertha," as applicable to character, narrator, author, and reader
-the emerging middle class in 19th-century Britain and the 20th-century Caribbean
-Writers writing about writing
-Victorian and Caribbean moralit(y/ies)
-Reading practices and issues of audience
-The role of music in society