Placing Charlotte Smith--Canon, Genre, History, Nation, Globe

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Chawton House Library
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Two hundred and ten years after Charlotte Smith's death and nearly a decade after the publication of The Works of Charlotte Smith, Smith scholarship is coming of age. The conference Placing Charlotte Smith will convene at the beautiful Chawton House Library to explore the latest research on Smith and her places. What are we learning about her place in the canon, or in the development of various genres? What sort of commentary does her placement of characters in history offer? What attitudes do her works demonstrate about place and the idea of a polis/nation? Where are the places Smith is or might be memorialized? What are the various meanings of the natural place she explores in her fiction, poetry, journalism, and children's literature? Is there now such a thing as a global Smith?

In addition to panel presentations and discussions, the conference will feature performances of musical settings of Smith's Elegiac Sonnets and of Beachy Head. Because Chawton is not far from some key Smith locales, plans include an optional excursion to significant places for Smith's life and work, including Bignor Park, Beachy Head, and Stoke-on-Guildford. The conference will also feature a discussion about founding a Charlotte Turner Smith Society.

A 250-word abstract, accompanied by a brief c.v. must be submitted to both organizers before 1 March 2016. Full panel proposals are welcome.

The organizers of Placing Charlotte Smith are:

• Elizabeth A. Dolan (Lehigh University)
• Jacqueline Labbe (Sheffield University)

Follow the conference on twitter @CSmithChawton