CFP: "Form in Space and Time" (ASECS 18-21 March 2010 in Albuquerque; deadline for submissions 15 September 2009)

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David A. Brewer
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"Form in Space and Time"

Form has made a big comeback in recent scholarship, often in ways that are
supposedly compatible with the imperative to historicize which has dominated the
last few decades. Yet all too often, the new attention to form, for all the lip
service it pays to the place of history in its inquiries, conceives of the historicity of
form as simply that of the place and time of its inception. I invite papers which
consider what happens to form when it travels, through space or time or both,
and how the changes which it undergoes or defies might help us better
conceptualize a properly historical—or, for that matter, geographical—attention to
form. I'm open to papers dealing with any medium from anywhere in the
eighteenth-century world (generously defined), but will be giving marked
preference to proposals which highlight their broad methodological payoff. 

Please send queries and proposals to or via post to David A. Brewer, Dept. of English, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 43210-1370, USA.

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