George Gissing: Work, Life, Friends, Reputation

deadline for submissions: 
October 19, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association
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 Abstracts for papers on George Gissing are sought for a Gissing panel at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, to be held March 11-14, 2021. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Oct. 19.  Additionally, the decision has been made to have a virtual NeMLA conference.

To submit you must go to the NeMLA website http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html

For papers to be read at the convention, participants must be NeMLA members and must register for the conventon.  It is not necessary to be a member in order to submit an abstract or paper for consideration, but you must go to the NeMLA website to submit -- I cannot accept any abstracts or proposed papers directly myself.

Description:  George Gissing is still remarkably unknown, for a writer as prolific and provocative as he is in works like Odd Women and New Grub Street. Papers are sought on his works—especially the lesser known, like his novels Demos, Thyrza, and critical book on Charles Dickens—connections with and textual intersections with friends like Eduard Bertz and H. G.  Wells; themes like alienation, sexuality, and the New Woman in his works, his short stories, etc. Genre studies are also possible since, like Thomas Hardy, Gissing witnessed the death of the three-volume novel.  Abstract:  George Gissing is one of the most important Victorian novelists, but is still remarkably unknown, for a writer as prolific and provocative as he is in works like Odd Women and New Grub Street. Novels like Demos and Thyrza are important to the history not just of philosophies of Positivism but for the history of the three-volume novel. Themes like alienation, sexuality, the New Woman, and marriage are prominent, and treated in a way surprisingly relevant to today. His critical book on Charles Dickens and connections and textual intersections with friends like Eduard Bertz and H. G. Wells offer rich possibilities for stimulating paper presentations.