Eighteenth-Century Narrative Traffic -- for ISECS Rotterdam, July 26-31, 2015

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Southeast Asia Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
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We invite papers on the following topic as part of a SASECS-sponsored panel at the upcoming ISECS Congress, July 26-31, 2015, in Rotterdam:

Recent scholarship of eighteenth-century British and European fiction has started to investigate how narratives themselves travel across time and space—between east and west, periphery and metropole, Europe and America. For instance, Margaret Cohen's recent book examines not only how maritime fiction makes up one of the primary gene pools for the early British, French, and American novel, but also how the form itself travelled back and forth across the Atlantic as it developed. Similarly, nearly a decade ago, Ros Ballaster illustrated how early English fiction was shaped by oriental narratives that filtered into England via France.

This panel invites papers that examine any aspect of the "narrative traffic" theme, with special focus on tracking how forms, ideas, and texts travel across time and space. We are especially interested in narrative traffic between Asia and Europe and in the development of the early novel, but we welcome papers that examine texts from any region or decade of the long eighteenth century.

For consideration, please email a 250-word abstract as well as a brief, one-page c.v. (both as Word attachments) to elltam@nus.edu.sg and SACAHILL@ntu.edu.sg. Primary texts may be in any language, but abstracts and conference papers should be in English.  Abstract deadline is Oct. 1, 2014.