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CFP: Death Resentenced (British Nineteenth Century)

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Northeast Modern Language Association Conference April 7-11, 2010.

41st Anniversary Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. April 7-11 2009 in Montreal Quebec. 2009 marked the 25th anniversary of Garrett Stewart’s important study of the manner in which nineteenth and twentieth-century British authors represented death. In the quarter decade since Death Sentences, how do we now conceive of nineteenth-century British writers’ efforts to iterate death? And how do we readers respond to nineteenth-century portrayals of death? Especially welcome will be papers with specific, argumentative theses and close readings. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts and brief CVs (as attachments) by September 30, 2009 to Bianca Tredennick at tredenbp[at] The 41st Annual NeMLA Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June: Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. Travel to Canada now requires a passport for U.S. citizens. Please get your passport application in early.

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CFP: Theatricality and the Performative in the Long Nineteenth Century

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31st Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association

The University of Tampa, March 11-13, 2010, Tampa, Florida

Dramatic expression and self-conscious performances marked almost every aspect of nineteenth century life and artistic culture, as theatrical turns and performative mindsets introduced in the 17th-18th centuries expanded in the 1780s through the beginning of World War One. We invite paper and panel proposals that explore these themes and subjects in the long Nineteenth Century (1780-1914). Papers might address the theatrical shows—whether serious drama, circus displays, vaudeville, operas, or Shakespearean revivals—that appeared in cities and towns on both sides of the Atlantic (as well as in more distant lands). Or they might investigate how politics, social events, military engagements, domestic affairs, public trials, crime reports, religious rituals, architectural spaces, sculptural moments, exhibition halls, artistic and musical compositions, and the early moving pictures of the cinema, assumed a theatrical sensibility. Welcome also are proposals for papers and panels that bring scholarly and theoretical interests in performativity to bear on concepts of identity, individuality, and audience in the given era.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 500 words along with a brief (one page) c.v. to the Program Co-Chairs, Janice Simon (U of Georgia) and Regina Hewitt (U of South Florida) at the conference address ncsa2010[at] by Sept. 15, 2009. Speakers will be notified by or before Dec. 15.

Any graduate student whose proposal is accepted may at that point submit a full-length version of the paper in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses.

Conference sessions will be held at the University of Tampa, a campus with both the historic late-19th century Plant Hall (formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel) and a state-of-the-art conference center. Accommodations will be available at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa, a short walk from campus. For further information—available in midsummer—please visit the NCSA website or contact Elizabeth Winston, Local Arrangements Director (U of Tampa), at the conference address ncsa2010[at]

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Last Call for the 2009 Summer Wordsworth Conference

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Monday 27 July to Thursday 6 August at Forest Side, Grasmere , Cumbria

Keynote Lecturers

Part 1 (27 July to 1 August)

Frances Ferguson, Paul H Fry, Stephen Gill, Claire Lamont, Nicholas Roe, Fiona Stafford

Part 2 (1 to 6 August)

Gillian Beer, Frederick Burwick, Richard Cronin, Yoko Ima-Izumi, Michael O'Neill, Ann Wroe

The Summer Conference is in two parts or 5 nights each, with a changeover day on 1 August. The registration fee of £185 (or £155 for one part only) includes all excursions.

Full Board hotel rates for 10 nights range from £550 to £740, and youth hostel rates are £165 (5 nights) or £330 (10 nights) with a discount for those electing to share a room. For full details please see the downloadable pdf prospectus on the conference website.

All participants must register for the whole of Part 1, or Part 2, or Both and should do so by 27 April 2009. Fees rise to £200 (both parts) and £170 (one part) on 28 April. Because both resident and non-resident places are limited, early registration is advised. Accommodation costs are payable in full by 25 May, after which date no refunds of fees or other costs can be guaranteed (participants are therefore advised to take out travel insurance).

Contributions may take the form of short papers (2750 words) which are scheduled at two papers to a session or workshops (short handout-based presentations leading into an hour or more of discussion).

There is no theme for the conference and papers may address any aspect of British Romantic Studies, including comparative studies, though papers acknowledging the bicentenary of Charles Darwin would be especially timely.

Proposals (250–500 words) will be considered by two members of the Board of Trustees, should incorporate a brief c.v. (no more than one side of A4) and should be submitted in a single email attachment to by 23 March 2009.

13 Bursaries are available ranging in value from £250 to £300.

For full details please visit the conference website and download the PDF Prospectus

Dr Richard Gravil
Tirril Hall, Tirril, Penrith CA10 2JE

The Wordsworth Conference Foundation: Registered Charity No. 1124319

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CFP: "Romanticism and the City" NYC November 5-8 2009

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The fall 2009 meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism will convene in New York City from November 5 to November 8 to address the topic “Romanticism and the City.” The meeting will be jointly hosted by The City College and The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Submissions engaging with some aspect of the general theme are welcome from all disciplines, including but not limited to literary studies, history, philosophy, and political science.

Plenary Speakers:
Alexander Gelley, University of California-Irvine
Marjorie Levinson, University of Michigan
Michael Moon, Emory University

From Wordsworth’s description of Lyrical Ballads as a response to “the increasing accumulation of men in cities” to Baudelaire’s location of the impetus for his prose poetry in “la fréquentation des villes énormes,” the history of Romanticism is bound up with a continuous and evolving response to the emergence of the modern city. As work in a range of areas in our own day leads us to reconsider how we think about such oppositions as nature and culture, the organic and the mechanical, wholeness and multiplicity, the urban text or sub-text of Romanticism presents itself not only as a comparatively neglected area of investigation but as a place to pursue this rethinking.

These observations are offered to prompt debate and, above all, to invite a broadened conception of the historical reach of Romanticism in the formulation of proposals. Proposals for individual papers should be limited to 500 words and emailed to no later than May 1, 2009. General proposals for special sessions should be also limited to 500 words, or 1000 words if comprising sub-proposals, and emailed to: no later than March 1, 2009.

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CFP: The Art and the Act: John Thelwall in Practice

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Second Thelwall Memorial Conference

October 16-18, 2009 Dalhousie University Halifax, Canada

The Art and the Act: John Thelwall in Practice

Since the inaugural Thelwall memorial conference held in Bath in January 2007, interdisiciplinary scholarship on Thelwall’s multifaceted career has gathered momentum. In 2009, the 175th anniversary of his death, we will once again gather to take stock, to celebrate his remarkable legacy, and to extend the circle of those who have risen to the challenge that his theory and practice offer our research, our teaching and our lives.

Elocution is the Art, or the Act of so delivering our own thoughts and sentiments, or the thoughts and sentiments of others, as not only to convey to those around us … the full purport and meaning of the words and sentences in which those thoughts are cloathed; but, also, to excite and impress upon their minds—the feelings, the imagination and the passions by which those thoughts are dictated, or with which they should naturally be accompanied.

(Thelwall, Introductory Discourse on the Nature and Objects of Elocutionary Science)

This conference invites papers on any aspect of Thelwall’s wide-ranging arts and acts (medical, political, elocutionary, literary, journalistic, peripatetic etc). Since Thelwall challenges us to practise what we profess, papers that cross boundaries between theory and practice are particularly welcome, as are those that explore Thelwall’s legacy, and/or transatlantic connections.

Halifax is ideally located between British and American Thelwall communities, with direct international connections. Birthplace of representative government and freedom of the press in Canada, this colourful 18th century port hosts several universities and a dynamic arts scene. In conjunction with the conference, Dalhousie Theatre Productions will stage a full-scale performance of one of Thelwall’s plays.
Papers and panel proposals by February 17, 2009 to

Judith Thompson
Department of English, Dalhousie University
6135 University Ave. Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P9

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CFP: Affect, Mood, Feeling: 1748-1819

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Romanticism at Western

The University of Western Ontario: London, Ontario

25-26 April 2009

Keynote Speaker: Professor Ross Woodman (UWO Emeritus)

Recent work in Romanticism encourages us to consider the myriad manifestations and roles of affective experience in Romantic theory and criticism. In Romantic Moods, for example, Thomas Pfau locates within the folds and crosscurrents of European Romanticism “a persistent and unsettling ‘feeling’ of the irreducible tenuousness and volatility of being.” The wide-ranging implications of such an innovative re-imagination of Romantic affect may be felt in the various conscious and unconscious resistances to an Enlightenment faith in the unity of experience, a progressive concept of history, and the transparency of the public sphere, resistances that perhaps come to light in Keats’ yearning, “O for a life of Sensations rather than of Thoughts!”

As a focus for its third annual conference, the Romantic Reading Group at UWO encourages enquiry into Romantic affect, mood, and feeling. The historical timeframe suggested by the conference title aims to impose some restriction on a potentially expansive thematic: 1748 reflects the publication of Hume’s An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding and 1819 marks a watershed year in Romanticism—a year witnessing the publication of major works by Percy Shelley (The Cenci), the first two Cantos of Byron’s Don Juan, three novels by Scott, Coleridge’s public lectures at the Crown and Anchor, and much of Keats’ most well known poetry. Far less triumphantly, however, it is also the year of the Peterloo massacre.

Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

● the nature of Romantic feeling ● the revolutionary potential of feeling ● feeling and the formation of the subject ● Romantic moods (anxiety, trauma, melancholy, boredom, paranoia) ● the socio-economics of feeling ● the historicity of sentiment ● the pathology of feeling ● symptomatic appearance of emotion ● sentimentality, sensibility, and genre ● the Gothic ● affect and embodiment ● Romantic sympathy and community ● the rhetoric of emotion ● the poetics and dramatics of passion ● affect and empiricism ● Romantic feeling and the transcendental ● the boundaries between the understanding, feeling, and judgment ● the ethics of affect ● negotiating sincerity ● confessional narratives ● moral sentiment, education, and virtue ● affect, feeling, and the Scottish Enlightenment ● excitability, irritability, and contagion ● metropolitan moods ● the psychosomatics of passion ● political feeling

We invite abstracts of 250 words that explore the ideas and implications (political, historical, literary, philosophical, aesthetic, economic, medical, scientific, and so forth) of Romantic affect, mood, and feeling.

Deadline for Abstracts: 1 March 2009

Please send abstracts to:

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NCSA Emerging Scholars Award

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The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, the Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) announces the creation of the Emerging Scholars Award.

This award recognizes an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author's doctorate. Entries can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I), must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author.

The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the following annual meeting of the NCSA. Prize recipients need not be members of the NCSA, but are encouraged to attend the conference to receive the award.
Entrants must be within five years of having received a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional.

Articles published in any scholarly journals, including on-line journals, or in edited volumes of essays are eligible.

Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award.

Only articles physically published between September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2007 (even if the citation date of the journal is different) are eligible for the 2008 Emerging Scholar Award.

Submission Process
An article can be submitted by an author or by the publisher or editor of a journal or essay collection.

In any given year, an applicant may submit more than one article for this award.

The winning article will be selected by a committee representing diverse disciplines.

Send three off-prints or photocopies to: Professor Maria K. Bachman, Department of English, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC 29528-6054; e-mail

DEADLINE: Postmarked November 2, 2007.

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CEA Conference panel: The Diodati Circle

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College English Association National Conference
March 27-29, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri

We invite papers on the Diodati Circle for the 39th annual meeting of the CEA.

The famous summer of 1816 witnessed the interaction of two of the most famous poets of the early nineteenth century, one increasingly more celebrated author, and one relative unknown. In the case of the two latter figures, Mary Godwin (later Shelley) and John Polidori, most of the critical attention they have traditionally received has focused on their connections to the two former individuals, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Nevertheless, in the years immediately following the Genevan summer, Mary Shelley and John Polidori produced the two most enduring literary creations to arise from the ghost story contest. Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein and his creature have never gone out of print, while Polidori's aristocratic vampire Lord Ruthven altered the way in which vampires would be portrayed by later writers, culminating in the appearance of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Papers are invited for a panel that will focus on the various literary interactions among the members of the Diodati circle, including not only the Shelleys, Byron, and Polidori, but also Claire Clairmont, Mary's step-sister. Although biographical considerations are difficult to avoid, participants are encouraged to focus on the intertextual connections among the different figures, hopefully discussing both better known and lesser known works.

Proposals should be submitted via the online database at

by November 1st, 2007.

When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate your topic. Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should be directed to L. Adam Mekler, chair of the Diodati Circle panel.

You may contact Dr. Mekler with any questions at,
but submissions can not be received at that email address.

Individuals without access to computers will need to send hard copy proposals to the following address via US mail by October 15th:

Marina Favila
CEA Program Chair
English Department
James Madison University
MSC 1801
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes.

All presenters must become members of the College English Association by January 1, 2008. For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at

For more information about CEA, the general conference theme, or other special sessions, please consult the CEA website:

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NCSA 2008 Article Prize

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The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2008 Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the annual meeting of NCSA hosted this year by Florida International University, Miami, FL, April 3-5, 2008.

Articles published between September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2007 are eligible for consideration for the 2008 prize and may be submitted by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. Submission of interdisciplinary studies is especially encouraged. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines.

Send three copies of published articles/essays to the chair: Professor Joan DelPlato, Department of Art History, Simon's Rock College of Bard, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Questions should be sent to: Applicants must document the date of actual publication by providing a letter from the editor of the journal or anthology in which the article appeared. Applicants should provide an email address so that receipt of their submissions may be acknowledged. One entry per scholar and three per publisher are allowed annually; those who submit entries are asked to note the interdisciplinary focus of the prize. Essays written in part or in whole in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations. Deadline for submission is November 15, 2007.

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CFP: "Politics and Propaganda"

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Call for Papers
Politics and Propaganda
Florida International University, Miami, Florida April 3-5, 2008

Keynote Speaker: Sally Mitchell,
Emerita Professor of English and Women's Studies, Temple University,
“Political Women: The First Generation”

We welcome paper and panel proposals concerning any aspect of politics during the long nineteenth century, including, but not limited to political figures, movements (Chartism, socialism, communism, anarchism, trades unions, reform), parties, campaigns, immigration, imperialism, suffrage, gender politics, war, slavery, nationalism, pacifism, uprisings, and revolutions.

Equally welcome are paper and panel proposals concerning propaganda, including but not limited to advertising, periodicals, promotion (including self-promotion), news, campaign materials, songs, slogans, cartoons, souvenirs, paraphernalia, monuments, posters, and public art.

Abstracts (250 words) for 20-minute papers, author’s name and paper title in heading, with one-page c.v. by Oct. 1, 2007 to: Kathleen McCormack, Program Chair, Florida International University,

Graduate students whose proposals are accepted can at that point submit a full-length version of the paper in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses.

Registration and accommodation information will be available on November 1, 2007:

The conference will include a reception and tour at the Wolfsonian Museum-FIU, a leading museum of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century design, which also contains the country’s largest collection of twentieth-century German, Italian, and American political propaganda, including prints, posters, drawings, books and serial holdings, and objects that document the rise and demise of fascist and other political movements.

We have also arranged a Biscayne Bay Boat Tour with local historian and scholar Dr. Paul George of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. The tour will trace the development of Miami’s coastline in the nineteenth century, including the influence of the first and second Seminole wars, as we view the Key Biscayne Lighthouse, the Cape Florida Lighthouse, and the Barnacle, the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still in its original location.

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