Abstraction 2014

Once again, it’s February, which means it’s time to start work on our MLA abstracts. The next MLA – also known as the biggest conference in Modern Languages — will be held in Chicago, January 9-12, 2014. The deadline for submitting calls for papers is February 21, so I’ll try to keep this list updated as more CFPs to trickle in. You can browse the full list of CFPs to see if anything makes a good fit for your work (you need to be a current member of the MLA to access the list). But for those of you who are as lazy as I am (or have let your memberships lapse), the specifically Romantic CFPs are below. Note that most deadlines fall in mid-March. Happy abstracting! “Affect in Literature” Special Session What can we say about affect in literature? 250-word abstracts plus vitae by 10 March 2013; Yubraj Aryal ( 250-word abstracts plus vitae by 10 March 2013; Yubraj Aryal ( “Affect Theory or Affect Studies?” Special Session What would shifting to a “studies” model of affects, rather than focusing on affect “theory,” mean for contemporary understandings of affect and emotion? 250-word abstracts plus vitae by 15 March 2013; Octavio Gonzalez ( “Deletion, Erasure, Cancellation” Special Session How might we theorize the aesthetics and poetics of practices such as deletion and erasure? All periods, genres, media welcome. Full CFP at Abstracts with short biographical statement by 1 March 2013; Paul Benzon ( “Forms of Freedom: Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Liberal Thought” Special Session This session will explore the ways that poetry responds to the rise of liberalism during the long nineteenth century. Abstracts of 250 words by 15 March 2013; Anna Barton ( “John Clare: The Voices of Nature” Allied Organization: John Clare Society of North America Papers addressing any aspect of Clare’s poetry and prose, especially regarding the intersection between nature and language. One page abstract by 15 March 2013; Samantha Celeste Harvey ( “Keats & Company” Allied Organization: Keats-Shelley Association of America Keats’s life and work in the context of Romantic sociability: friends, coteries, and collectors, then and now; conversation, correspondence, and print. 250 word abstract and brief bio by 15 March 2013; Sarah M. Zimmerman ( “Milton’s Modernities” Allied Organization: Milton Society of America Papers addressing the poet’s seventeenth-century context or later influence. Full CFP at Please send 500-word abstracts or eight-page paper by 15 March 2013; Ken Hiltner ( and Feisal Mohamed ( “The Naked Eye: Visuality and Vulnerability” Special Session How does the visual/visible alongside, within, as text convey or resist vulnerability? Abstracts addressing any time period, genre, culture(s) welcome. 300-400-word abstract and 1 page CV by 8 March 2013; Allison Crawford ( “National Epic” Allied Organization: Goethe Society of North America We seek papers that analyze the particular fascination of the German literary imagination with national epic in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2013; Charlton Payne ( “Nature” Division: The English Romantic Period of/ and/ or Romanticism: the un-green, post-green, ever-green; grafts, transplants, hybrids; histories, economies; scale, pace; local/ total/ micro; de-naturing, re-naturing; (without) life; the “all in all”/ “now no more.”. 300-word proposals by 11 March 2013; Miranda Jane Burgess ( “Poverty and Naturalism” Special Session New perspectives (interpretive or theoretical) on naturalism as a genre that takes the poor and vulnerable as its preferred topic. Any literary tradition or period. 300-word abstracts by 8 March 2013; Eleni Eva Coundouriotis ( “Romantic Adaptation” Allied Organization: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association Essays should examine the purposes and techniques of textual adaptation in...

Romantics at the 2013 MLA Convention

If you’re headed to Boston for MLA this January, here is a schedule of the sessions of Romantic interest you’ll want to check out: Thursday, January 3 “Theories of the Romantic Grotesque” noon-1:15pm Beacon D, Sheraton Presiding: Alexander Regier, Rice Univ. “Blake’s Grotesque Body: The Dismembered Corpus of the Lambeth Books,” Tilottama Rajan, Univ. of Western Ontario “Henry Fuseli’s Classical Grotesque,” Alexander Regier “Grotesque Romantic Ecology,” Timothy Morton, Univ. of California, Davis “Transatlantic Book History in the Eighteenth Century” noon-1:15pm, Beacon E, Sheraton Presiding: Sean D. Moore, Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham 1. “Toward an Imperial Book History of the Early United States,” Edward J. Larkin, Univ. of Delaware, Newark 2. “To Encourage the Printing Business in This Kingdom: Robert Bell’s Irish Paine,” Molly Hardy, Saint Bonaventure Univ 3. “Black Printers and the History of the American Book,” Christen Mucher, Univ. of Pennsylvania “British Romantic Expatriates” 3:30-4:45pm Back Bay C, Sheraton Presiding: Toby Benis, Saint Louis Univ. 1. “From Wales to Western Pennsylvania: Robert Southey’s Madoc,” Juliet Shields, Univ. of Washington, Seattle 2. “Robert Merry’s Expatriation and the Pains of Memory,” Amy B. Garnai, Tel Aviv Univ. 3. “George Templeton Strong Interprets Beethoven through Byron,” John Clubbe, Univ. of Kentucky “Slavery and the Culture of Taste” 7-8:15pm Back Bay D, Sheraton Presiding: Gaurav G. Desai, Tulane Univ. Speakers: Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke Univ.; Faith Lois Smith, Brandeis Univ.; Leonard Tennenhouse, Duke Univ.; Rafia Zafar, Washington Univ. in St. Louis Responding: Simon E. Gikandi, Princeton Univ. Session Description: This roundtable will bring together scholars of eighteenth-century British literature and scholars of transatlantic slavery to consider the arguments made by Simon Gikandi in Slavery and the Culture of Taste. The book argues that the violence and ugliness of slavery were integral to the formation of theories of taste, aesthetics, and beauty. “The University of Romanticism” 7-8:15pm Fairfax A, Sheraton Presiding: Celeste G. Langan, Univ. of California, Berkeley 1. “The Conflict of the Faculties; or, Who Invented Romantic Religion?” Colin Lovell Jager, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick 2. “Wordsworth Recalled,” Anahid Nersessian, Columbia Univ. 3. “England’s Ruins as Cultural Capital,” William Keach, Brown Univ. Responding: Jon P. Klancher, Carnegie Mellon Univ.  Friday, January 4 “Peterloo Revisited: New Forms of Political Dissent in the Aftermath of the 1819 Manchester Massacre” 8:30am-9:30am Beacon F, Sheraton Presiding: Michael T. R. Demson, Sam Houston State Univ. 1. “The Clerical Magistrate,” John Gardner, Anglia Ruskin Univ., Cambridge 2. “‘Science Is the Antichrist’: Chemistry, Instruction, and Revolution in Richard Carlile’s The Republican,” Mary Fairclough, Univ. of Huddersfield 3. “Shelley’s Other Response to Peterloo: Violence and Nonviolence in ‘A Philosophical View of Reform,'” Matthew C. Borushko, Stonehill Coll. 4. “The Violence of Form in Shelley’s ‘Mask of Anarchy,'” Seth Reno, Wittenberg Univ. “Teaching Austen in Challenging Circumstances” 8:30-9:45am Riverway, Sheraton Presiding: Emily Friedman, Auburn Univ., Auburn Speakers: Dana Gliserman Kopans, State Univ. of New York, Empire State Coll.; Sarah Raff, Pomona Coll.; William J. Stroup, Keene State Coll.; Michael Verderame, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana;Janet Aikins Yount, Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham Session Description: In this roundtable, participants will describe issues they face in trying to bring Austen into the undergraduate classroom, in traditional and nontraditional settings, focusing on classroom problems that also translate to other courses that center on literature and culture of this period or on other authors who have attracted wide cultural attention. “Teaching Byron” 8:30am-9:45am Liberty B, Sheraton Presiding: Robin S. Hammerman, Stevens Inst. of Tech. 1. “‘Electricity in the Air’: Childe Harold III, Frankenstein, and More,” Susan J. Wolfson, Princeton Univ. 2. “Sortes Byronicae: Don Juan par hasard,” Charles Waite Mahoney, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs 3. “Byron’s ‘Darkness’ and Student Reception,” G. Todd Davis, Kentucky State Univ. 4. “Don Juan for First-Year Undergraduates,” Paul Whickman, Univ. of Nottingham “Accessing Romanticism through Atlantic Slavery: Period, Archive, Memory, Scholarship” 10:15-11:30am...

Fall CFP Round-Up

Calls for papers are going out now for the conferences of the Association of Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS), The Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and NeMLA. Instead of sending out all the individual CFPs that pass my way, I’m providing links here to the organizations, and a list of NeMLA session proposals of potential interest to Romanticists. 44th ASECS Annual Meeting Cleveland, Ohio April 4-7, 2013 Paper proposals due September 15.  34th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association Loco/Motion Fresno, California March 7-9, 2013  250-word abstracts due September 30. 44th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Boston, Massachusetts March 21-24, 2013 Abstracts due September 30. Panels of potential interest to Romanticists: “Ecocriticism and French Romanticism (1750-1870)” This panel, which foregrounds ecocritical discourses, will examine evidence of environmental concerns in all genres of French romantic literature. Locating specific instances where French Romantics privileged a biocentric model of the natural environment, we will consider how they critiqued the unprecedented scale of human destruction driven by advances in science, industry, and urbanization. Please submit 250-300 word abstracts in English or French to Karen Quandt, “Eighteenth-Century Secularisms” This panel seeks abstracts for papers dealing with definitions of secularism in various eighteenth-century literary contexts. What are the secularisms of the past? What negotiations with religion take place in eighteenth century texts? To what extent does secularity mean the absence of religion, and for what purposes? Under what conditions can a state, a mode of thought, a work, or a genre be called secular? Please send 250-500 word abstracts for twenty-minute papers to Nicole Garret, State University of New York, Stony Brook, “Evolving Visions of the French Revolution in English Romanticism” This panel seeks papers on the evolving visions of the French Revolution among English Romantic writers. Submissions can choose literary, historical, or theoretical frameworks, exploring how particular authors reacted and re-reacted to the newest news from France, or how dialectics of events, reports, and their trace produce particular structures that reach us in these particular textual forms. Please send 250 word abstracts to Tat Sang So, “Green Romanticism: The Dawn of the Age” Green Romanticism invites papers focusing on the nature-culture binary to determine points of contact, effects of culture on nature, and responses to said effects as recorded by early 19th century British writers. How have Romantic writers been complicit in constructing nature as a sort of cultural artifact? Or how have such writers raised concerns about the encroachment of nature on culture? 300 word abstracts may be sent by email for consideration to Dewey W. Hall, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, at “The Language of German Romanticism” This session seeks to explore the newly emerging concept of language and linguistic studies in a theoretical, poetic, gendered, or historical context during the Romantic period, including, but not limited to, the works of the Grimms brothers, Friedrich von Humboldt, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Clemens Brentano or August Schlegel. Send abstracts to Dr. Christine Rapp Dombrowski at “Literary Celebrity and Social Discourse in Nineteenth Century Anglophone Culture” Building on recent scholarly attention to the intersections between literary and celebrity studies, this panel seeks papers on the phenomenon of literary celebrity in nineteenth century Anglophone culture. Of particular interest are the ways in which such celebrity inflects and is inflected by the social discourses of the period, including those of gender, sexuality, race, imperialism, class, print culture, crime, and performance. Interdisciplinary and comparative approaches encouraged. Send abstracts to and “Literature and Crime...


It’s that time of year again, folks: time to start work on our MLA abstracts. The next MLA — also known as the biggest conference in Modern Languages — will be held in Boston, January 3-6, 2013. The deadline for submitting calls for papers is next week, so we can expect more CFPs to trickle in, but it already looks like a great year for Romanticism. You can browse the full list of CFPs to see if anything makes a good fit for your work (you need to be a current member of the MLA to access the list). But for those of you who are as lazy as I am (or have let your memberships lapse), the specifically Romantic CFPs are below. Note that most deadlines fall in mid-March. Happy abstracting! “Teaching Byron” Allied Organization: Byron Society of America Pedagogical approaches to Byron’s life and works. Any and all aspects of teaching Byron will be considered. Multidisciplinary approaches, global contexts, textual editions, new and/or time-tested approaches. Abstracts of 250-500 words by 10 March 2012; Robin S. Hammerman ( “Tropes of Passing Time in the 19th-Century European Novel” Allied Organization: Graduate Student Caucus We seek papers that investigate narrative strategies employed by authors that construct the passing of time in the 19th-century European novel. 250-word-abstracts; graduate student by 10 March 2012; Ervin Malakaj ( “Perspective and Interior Spaces before 1850” Allied Organization: International Society for the Study of Narrative How do narratives present interior spaces without internal focalization? Do descriptions allow reconstruction through perspectival renderings, or are they nonfocalised, aperspectival? 300-word abstracts and brief bios. by 1 March 2012; Suzanne Parker Keen ( and Monika Fludernik ( “Reimagining the Romantic Imagination” Allied Organization: Keats-Shelley Association of America Papers on any aspect of imagination in the Romantic era welcome, including physiological, cognitive, medical, philosophical, scientific, and esthetic constructions. 350-500 word abstracts by 20 March 2012; Alan Richardson ( “British Romantic Books” Allied Organization: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association Essays should examine book production and publishing history, libraries and learned societies, relationships between authors and editors, elucidating how the publication process shaped the reception of British Romantic literature. Abstracts by 15 March 2012; James C. McKusick ( “John Clare: Nature and the Self” Allied Organization: John Clare Society of North America Papers addressing any aspect of John Clare’s poetry and prose, especially regarding his representation of the human and non-human worlds. One-page abstract by 15 March 2012; Samantha Harvey ( “The Many 18th Centuries of Orientalism” Division: Comparative Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature 18th-Century Orientalism mediated between distant sociocultural spaces and temporalities, between Europe and far-flung colonies. What was its role in the imperial articulation of disparate civilizations? Abstracts. by 15 March 2012; Aamir R. Mufti ( “Anthropomorphism” Division: Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century Papers on anthropomorphism, with a particular interest in critical or strategic uses in or in relation to romanticism and the nineteenth century. Brief abstracts (no more than one page). by 10 March 2012; Sara Guyer ( “Risk” Division: Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century We request papers addressing the topic of risk as it intersects with Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2012; Anne-Lise Francois (>). “The University of Romanticism” Division: The English Romantic Period See Prelude VII:52-57. Relation of Romantic writers/writing to institutions, practices of learning, bodies of knowledge; egalitarianism/elitism/cultural capital; clerisy/heresy/secularism; letters/arts/sciences; clubs, societies, associations, print networks; autodidacticism. 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2012; Celeste G. Langan ( “Mixture and Impurity” Division: Late-Eighteenth-Century English Literature Against ancient privilege for purity...

Proposed Constitution for the Romanticism Group...

Statement of Purpose: The Romanticism Group is a discussion group at the CUNY Graduate Center that invites students and faculty from all departments to share current scholarship, interests, ideas, and ideas about European Romanticism. Our primary purpose is to foster an intellectual and social community of scholars that encourages interaction across disciplines between students and faculty. Events: The group’s biweekly meetings foster discussion of recent publications in the study of Romanticism and offer students the opportunity to get feedback on their work from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives. Several times each semester, the group hosts a speaker from within or outside the CUNY community at a seminar open to all. Each event also has a social component since it offers an opportunity for those working in various disciplines to come together, network, and consider working together in the future. Membership: Membership is open to all Graduate Center students, and we welcome the participation of all CUNY students and faculty as well as those from other institutions. Governance: Only students matriculated at the Graduate Center will hold voting membership. Non-voting membership is open to non-matriculated Graduate Center students as well as to students and faculty from other academic institutions. Every academic year, elections are held by voluntary nomination followed by a general anonymous vote. There are two co-chairs. The co-chairs share the responsibilities of scheduling and running monthly meetings, organizing events, applying for funding, and serving as liaisons to the DSC. Mission Statement: The Romanticism Group, a DSC-chartered organization, is an interdisciplinary study group for CUNY Graduate Center students interested in the study of Romanticism....
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