Revisiting 1818 in 2018

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Languages Association

Call for Papers


Panel: "Revisiting 1818 in 2018"



Northeast Modern Languages Association

12-15 April 2018

Pittsburgh, PA  

Richard Johnston, United States Air Force Academy


Panel Description: 1818 is a seminal year in British literary and cultural history. Mary Shelley published Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, and Thomas Love Peacock published another important Gothic novel, Nightmare Abbey. Other notable literary works to appear in 1818 include William Hazlitt’s Lectures on the English Poets, John Keats’ Endymion, Sir Walter Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian, and Percy Shelley’s enduring sonnet “Ozymandias” (as well as Horace Smith’s less-enduring sonnet “Ozymandias,” later retitled “On a Stupendous Leg of Granite.” In January of that year, Lord Byron sent John Murray the final part of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage; by September, he had written the first canto of Don Juan. Also in January, Samuel Taylor Coleridge delivered a lecture on Hamlet, the first in a series of major lectures on literature and philosophy. In April, Coleridge met Keats; seven months later, Keats met Fanny Brawne. Elsewhere in the arts, the Scottish painter David Wilkie finished The Penny Wedding, and the Besses o’ th’ Barn Band was established near Manchester. Building on the 1816 and 1817 panels at the last two meetings of the Northeast Modern Languages Association, this panel welcomes papers on the literature, culture, and/or enduring legacy of 1818.


Submission Guidelines: Please submit 300-word proposals by 30 September 2017. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the NeMLA website:


The title of this panel is “Revisiting 1818 in 2018,” and the number is 16938.


Questions? Contact Richard Johnston at