Chapters sought for new edited collection on Victorian/ Modernist convergences -ABSTRACTS DUE 15th SEPTEMBER 2015

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Abstracts required for edited collection 'Crossing Boundaries: Victorian and Modernist Literature and Periodicals, 1850-1950'.

Abstract (300 words) deadline Sept 15, 2015. Full chapters due Feb 29, 2016.

When Thomas Hardy lamented to Virginia Woolf in 1926 that modernist authors had 'changed everything now' he reinforced the idea that modernism had wrought a cataclysmic division between itself and its Victorian predecessors. Woolf had specified December 1910 as the point when literature abandoned omniscience for the realism of interiority and the historical consequence has been a linear model where Victorian and modernist literatures are placed consecutively; as generally discrete entities. But Victorian literature was similarly inventive and experimental: the proto-modernism of Emily Brontë, the realism of George Eliot, the Zola-inspired Naturalists including George Moore who segued into Symbolism. Nor was Modernist literature always forward-looking: at the time G. K. Chesterton questioned the 'originality' of Futurism and John Middleton Murry argued that modernism was less about textual revolution and more about one's ability 'to train hard on a page of Ulysses every day;' subsequently Tony Pinkney notes D. H. Lawrence's 'Victorian realism' and James Eli Adams recognizes a 'host of continuities between Victorian and modernist literature'.

This collection aims to suture the 'divide' between 'Victorian' and 'Modernist' literature, to explore the ways in which they dovetailed and overlapped and shared ideals and textual practice. Designed for Ashgate's new "Among the Victorians and Moderns" series, the collection seeks chapters (6,500 words) exploring novels, poetry, periodicals, little modernist magazines, and other textual ephemera. Topics might address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

- Victorian writers whose works can be read as proto-modern or even 'modernist'
- modernists whose work exhibits thematic and formal concerns largely recognised as 'Victorian'
- frameworks of 'Victorian' and 'modern'
- shared Victorian/modernist themes in/forms of prose, poetry, plays and periodicals
- shared sub-genres e.g. the detective novel in Victorian/modern contexts
- proto-modernist/retro-Victorian literary tendencies in the works of lesser-known authors
- authors whose output spans both periods e.g. Thomas Hardy, George Moore, W. B. Yeats, H.G. Wells
- periodicals with a publication run spanning both periods and thus engage with both Victorian and
modernist literature
- the ways in which Edwardian fiction exists as a threshold between the Victorian and the modern
- explorations of the pedagogical and taxonomical implications of Victorian and 'modernist' labels

Please send abstracts of no more than 350 words to Dr Deborah Mutch ( or Dr Louise Kane ( by Sept. 15 2015.

Ashgate have expressed an interest in publishing the collection and the proposed publishing schedule is as follows:

Sept 15th 2015: Abstracts of c. 300 words due.

Sept 30th 2015: Editors will review abstracts and contributors will be notified if their complete chapter (6,500 words) is required. Unfortunately, we cannot make a decision of acceptance based solely on the abstract. Decision of acceptance will be made after review of full, complete chapter.

Feb 29th 2016: Complete chapters due. Editors will make final decision regarding acceptance and notify of preliminary revisions needed.

March 31st 2016: Draft MS sent to Ashgate's "Among the Victorians and Modernists" series.