PAMLA 2016: British Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016)

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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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We are seeking proposals for papers focusing on the literature, culture and social history of the British/Anglophone long-eighteenth century. This standing session entertains paper proposals on a wide variety of topics, but particularly welcomes papers focusing on context, especially the relation of an author's life to his or her texts, and the influence from earlier historical periods on works, items, customs, etc. of the eighteenth century.

Proposals attending to the conference theme "Archives, Libraries, Properties" are especially welcome.

The 2016 PAMLA conference special topic, "Archives, Libraries, Properties," is an invitation to reflect on production, curation, transmission, and transformation. Accordingly, special topics may include but are not limited to:

• Collective, corporate, and individual ownership of text or story
• Text as historical document
• YA literary tradition
• Linear and non-linear literary temporalities
• Nostalgia
• Dystopias and utopias
• Science fiction
• Historical fiction
• Neo-Victorian literature
• Representations of the past in time-slip fantasy and/or ghost stories
• Retellings/re-visions of iconic stories
• Representations of historical and/or cultural icons
• Biofiction
• Memory
• Historical sensibilities and aesthetic influences
• Transmedial adaptation
• Intertextuality
• Anachronisms
• Graphics and illustrations
• YA books/culture as commodity

Submit proposals of roughly 500 words as well as a 50-word abstract by June 10, 2016. Proposals must be submitted through the PAMLA online system: You can find out more regarding PAMLA sessions and topic areas here:

The 2016 PAMLA conference will be held in Pasadena, California, from Friday, November 11, through Sunday, November 13, at the Westin Pasadena. More information is available at the PAMLA website, Conference guidelines and procedures, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, can be found at

For further information or for questions about the session, please contact Amanda Weldy Boyd at