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CFP: "Wild Irish Girls"

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'Wild Irish Girls': A bicentenary conference to mark the publication of Sydney Owenson’s (Lady Morgan) The Wild Irish Girl and Maria Edgeworth’s Leonora

Keynote speakers: James Chandler (University of Chicago) and Claire Connolly (Cardiff University)

To commemorate the publication of these texts in 1806, proposals are invited for papers for a conference to be held on the 20th and 21st of July 2006. The event will be take place at Chawton House Library, the centre for the study of early women’s writing, which holds first editions of both novels, as well as many other editions of works by Edgeworth and Owenson. It is jointly organised by Chawton House Library and the English Department at the University of Southampton.

In light of increasing interest in both these writers’ works, and in the rise of the national novel more generally, this timely conference seeks to unite scholars working on any aspect of Edgeworth or Owenson’s writing. Paper and panel proposals (for presentations of no more than 20 minutes) are therefore invited and should be sent for the attention of Emma Clery, Gillian Dow and Sandy White at the following email address – or by post to Sandy White: English Discipline, School of Humanities, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK.

Please note deadline for abstracts: 13th of February 2006

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Conference: Jews and British Romanticism

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Announcing a one-day conference on Jews and British Romanticism, Saturday 4th February, 2006, at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London.

The conference is one of a series of collaborative events organised by the Corvey Project at Sheffield Hallam University together the Chawton House Project at the Department of English at the University of Southampton.

Participants include:

Plenary Speaker: Judith Page (University of Florida) "Shylock's Turquoise Ring: Jane Austen and the "exquisite acting" of Edmund Kean."

Roundtable on Edgeworth's Harrington including: Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary ); Anne Janowitz (Queen Mary) and Susan Manly (St Andrews); Rebecca Shapiro (St. Thomas Aquinas College, U.S.A.)

Other papers confirmed: Rebecca Shapiro, Harrington and Ivanhoe
Nadai Valman (University of Southampton) 'The Waters of Babylon: Exile, Nation and the Jews'

Proposals should be sent to Mary Peace at by Friday 18th November.

Subject to peer-review papers delivered at this conference will feature in a special issue of the CW3 (Corvey Women Writers on the Web) Journal, which will appear at start of 2007. See for details.

If you are interested in attending this conference please visit the conferences homepage for the Institute of English Studies,(where you will find full details about our events schedule, registration and accommodation, as well as links to organisers' guidelines and conference facilities.

Dr Mary Peace
Senior Lecturer in English Studies
Sheffield Hallam University

Director of Corvey Project
Editor of Corvey Women Writers on the Web Journal (CW3)

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CFP(s): Three conferences (2006)

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Call for Papers: The 37th Annual College English Association Conference, San Antonio, TX
April 6-8, 2006. "Reading the Regions/Writing the Regions/Teaching the

Panel: Blake's Visionary London

Keeping with the conference theme of "Reading the Regions/Writing the Regions/Teaching the Regions," this panel, "Blake's Visionary London," will focus upon Blake's imaginative reconstruction, critique, and interpretation of the London of his times in his mythological works. Papers reflecting a rigorous and critical historical methodology will be given special consideration.

Please submit your proposal to by October 15th, 2005. Word, WordPerfect, and .rtf formats accepted.

Paper proposals should include the following information:

Institutional Affiliation (if applicable)
Mailing Address (including zip code)
Phone Number
Email address
Title for the proposed presentation
Abstract of no more than 500 words
A-V equipment needs, if any
Special needs, if any

All papers are limited to a strict 15 minute reading time.

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

James Rovira
Rollins College
Winter Park, FL


Travel, Tourism, and Resorts
Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, March 16-18, 2006

Tourism and the rise of resorts reflect nineteenth-century economic, social, and cultural developments which brought about increased time for leisure, sport, entertainment, and vacation activities beyond prescribed hours of "work." While both the nature of the Grand Tour (formally restricted to the wealthy) and desirable destinations for travel evolved over time, sport, leisure, and vacation activities also extended to various levels of society: resort businesses boomed, exotic locales drew tourists, advances in transportation opened new destinations, and tourism became an attractive and widespread diversion. Other travel, however, was inspired by the desire to map space, to explore new
territories and gather species of plants or animals there, to engage in missionary work or to study other peoples, to flee famines, and to migrate to a new home. Travel and tourism altered conceptions of home, nation, and progress as people adapted to (or even resisted) the demands and/or pleasures of their journeys and destinations.

For our 27th Annual Conference, NCSA encourages proposals that explore the meanings of travel, tourism, and resorts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

Travels through time and space
Travel of the mind/inward
Travel companions/solitary or group travelers
The laws of travel
Economies/Business of travel
Travel destinations-city/walking/boat tours
Tours/Travels with children
Mysterious, quiet, indiscreet travelers
Traveling spectacles
Traveling secrets
Journeys East or West/home or abroad
The Middle Passage
Means/Modes of Travel
Travel innovations and progress
Traveling artists, preachers, teachers, & librarians
The distance we've traveled
Migration, immigration, emigration
Getaways and hideaways
Resort architecture; architecture of sport & leisure
Architectural sites as travel destination
Representation of travel in art & literature
Representation of sport and leisure in art/lit

Papers may come from the fields of architecture, art history, ethnic or race studies, history, literature, medicine, museum or library studies, music, or the social sciences. NCSA was founded to promote interdisciplinarity; proposals which approach the theme of the conference from an interdisciplinary basis are especially encouraged.

The conference will be held in Salisbury, on Maryland's Eastern shore, within thirty minutes of the Chesapeake Bay to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Plans to tour 19th century sites in Berlin, Maryland, and the summer resort of Ocean City, Maryland (founded 1875), are in development.

Direct flights serve Salisbury from Charlotte, NC and Philadelphia, PA.

Proposals should consist of a one-page, single-spaced abstract (12-point font), with the title of the paper and author as heading; the paper must be able to be presented within 20 minutes. Proposals should be accompanied by a one- to two-page vita. Please send materials to both Program Directors, Heidi Kaufman and Lucy Morrison. The deadline for submissions is October 14, 2005. Acceptances will be sent by mid-December, 2005.

Email: and
Post: Heidi Kaufman, 212 Memorial Hall, University of Delaware,
Newark, DE 19716; Lucy Morrison, English Department, Salisbury
University, 1101 Camden Avenue,
Salisbury, MD 21801
Fax: Kaufman 302-831-1586 / Morrison 410-548-2142

Further information about registration and accommodations will be available in the Fall from Local Arrangements Director Lucy Morrison (contact details above).


Call for Papers:
Romantic Spectacle Conference
7-9 July, 2006
Roehampton University, London
Centre for Research in Romanticism, Roehampton University, London
in association with The Centre for Romantic Studies, University of
Bristol, UK

Speakers: John Barrell, Iain McCalman, Anne Janowitz, Saree Makdisi, Peter Otto.

The conference will explore the visualization of literature and culture in the Romantic period.
The 'spectacularization' of politics and power
Ornamentalism, exoticism and empire
Theatre, theatricality, performance and display
Science, exhibition and demonstration
The sublime imagination in art and literature
New technologies of spectacle
Commerce and display
War, militarism and pageantry
The violent gaze
Caricature, cartoons and satire
Scopophilia, life writing and confession
Monumentalism and the historical imagination
A selection of conference papers will be published in a special issue
of Romanticism on the Net in 2007.

Conference Committee
Ian Haywood (Roehampton),
Susan Matthews (Roehampton),
Nick Groom (Bristol),
John Halliwell (Secretary, Bristol).

Call for Papers

The conference committee invite abstracts for 20 minute papers exploring the visualization of culture in the Romantic period. Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted electronically to in the body of an email or as an attachment in .doc or .pdf format. Please include institutional affiliation and position in the body of the text. Deadline for submission 16 January, 2006.

Further information will be available at
Enquiries can be addressed to
John Halliwell,
Research Assistant,
Centre for Romantic Studies,
Department of English,
University of Bristol.

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Conference: Romantic Correspondence(s)

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A one-day conference held by the centre for regional cultures, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham and the School of English, Nottingham Trent Unviersity, in Association with Newstead Abbey and the Midlands Romantic Seminar.

In the past decade and a half, scholarship on late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century writing has highlighted both the narrowness of traditional conceptions of Romanticism’ and the possibilities inherent in activities such as expanding the canon and rehistoricising authors, texts and contexts. In so doing, the multiple correspondences and connections of romantic period culture are finally starting to be revealed.

The organisers (Tim Fulford [NTU] and Lynda Pratt [University of Nottingham]) invite papers on all aspects of romantic correspondence(s). Topics for discussion could include: connections between canonical, non-canonical, male and female writers; European and/or transatlantic Romanticism; the influence of romantic period authors on later writers; letter-writing; editing the correspondence of romantic period authors; genre; Romanticism and history, science or exploration.

The conference will be held at Newstead Abbey, the magnificent ancestral home of Lord Byron. Plenary speakers will include: Professor Caroline Franklin (University of Wales, Swansea), Professor Marilyn Gaull (New York University), and Dr Pamela Clemit (University of Durham).

Proposals for papers should be sent to Dr Lynda Pratt, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD ( or Professor Tim Fulford, (

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CFP: British Women Writers Conference

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The 14th Annual Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference
March 23-26, 2006
The University of Florida

Call for Papers

This year's theme, "(Re)Collecting British Women Writers," encourages interdisciplinary approaches to writers of the period, with a special interest in issues related to archival scholarship and memory and how those issues manifest themselves in collections, exhibitions, and canons.

We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speakers will be Talia Schaffer (CUNY-Queens College), Carolyn Steedman (University of Warwick), and Lynne Vallone (Texas A&M University).

We encourage proposals focusing on but not limited to:

Collections and Archives:

- Politics of display and archiving
- Textual and physical collections
- Intersections of written and visual arts
- Collecting in the (pseudo)sciences
- Exhibiting the empire
- The family: children's culture
- Collections and archives in the classroom

(Re)envisioning the Canon:

- Recovering women's writing
- Intersections between canonical and non-canonical writers
- Intersections between male and female writers
- De-marginalizing and de-centering groups, texts, crafts
- Theatrical adaptations of canonical and non-canonical texts
- Women’s access to words: female literacies and publishing
- Children’s literature in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries
- Transatlantic links in children's culture

Influence and Textual Memory:

- Colony and the empire
- Nation, nationality, and the body
- Life writing: journals and letters
- Travel narratives
- Gendered intertexualities
- Subjectivity, agency, and authorship
- Family as a microcosm or metaphor
- The politics of historical representation
Please submit 1-2 page abstracts for individual presentations and panel proposals (including the name of a moderator) by September 30, 2005. Please do not include any identifying information in your abstract.

Proposals may be submitted via an online form at:

--after July 1, 2005.

Proposals may also be sent via regular mail (include a cover sheet with your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and institutional affiliation) to:

British Women Writers Conference
University of Florida
Department of English
P.O. Box 117310
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7310
For more information about the conference, please visit our website at:

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4-6 JANUARY 2006

The conference will feature plenary addresses by Ludmilla Jordanova (Cambridge), George Rousseau (Oxford) and David McCallam (Sheffield). We invite proposals for individual papers and especially for full panels of three (or, exceptionally, four papers) on any aspect of the long 18th century, not only in Britain but throughout Europe and the wider world. Such proposals might relate, inter alia, to architecture, art, curatorship, history, international relations, literature, music, politics, science, society, teaching practice and the eighteenth century outside Western Europe and North America. Please submit a 200-word abstract of the proposed paper or panel (including names of panel-speakers and summaries of panel papers), via the BSECS website at Papers should be 20 minutes long and should be read in English or French. Presentations in other languages are acceptable so long as transcripts, in English or French, are available for the audience.

The deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals is 30 September 2005. All enquiries regarding the academic programme of the conference should be addressed to the Programme Co-Ordinator, Dr. Matthew Grenby ( You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted by 21 October 2005. In the case of scholars travelling from outside the U.K. we shall endeavour to reach decisions earlier in order to facilitate travel arrangements. The deadline for conference registration will be 12 November 2005. To attend the conference without giving a paper, request an application form direct from the Venue Organiser, Dr. Chris Mounsey ( You can also download the registration form and find out more about BSECS from our website (

Five bursaries of £100 each will be available for graduate students whose papers have been accepted and who are registered for a higher degree at a U.K institution of higher education. In addition, accommodation costs and the conference fee will be waived for up to five scholars whose papers have been accepted and who are based in nations whose scholars cannot normally afford to attend conferences in Western Europe. Applications for bursaries, including a curriculum vitae and an indication of other sources of financial support, should reach Dr. Matthew Grenby by 28 October 2005 < >.

St. Hugh's College is set in fourteen acres of self-contained grounds and is surrounded by lawns, borders and mature trees, making it one of the loveliest hidden delights of Oxford. The College is within ten minutes walking distance of Oxford city centre.

Dr. Chris Mounsey
King Alfred's College
Sparkford Road
Winchester, SO22 4NR

Dr. Matthew Grenby
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU, U.K.

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CFP: The Romantic Novel

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Call for Papers

Midlands Romantic Seminar One-Day Conference:

"The Romantic Novel, 1790-1840"

Saturday 25th June 2005
Birmingham and Midland Institute, B3

Keynote speaker: Professor Kathryn Sutherland (St Anne's College, Oxford)

Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of the late eighteenth or early nineteenth-century novel. Possible topics might include: the novel of sensibility, the Jacobin novel, Godwin, Mary Shelley, children's fiction, counter-revolutionary tracts, the Gothic novel, Scott, Charlotte Smith, Maria Edgeworth, Elizabeth Ferrier, Burney, Austen, Elizabeth Hamilton, Harriet Martineau, Disraeli, Bulwer-Lytton, William Ainsworth, the Newgate Novel, the Silver-Fork Novel, the historical novel, popular fiction, early Dickens etc.

Submissions from postgraduates welcomed. Please send a 300 word abstract by 15th May 2005, to Dr Gavin Budge:

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CFP: James Hogg and Romanticism

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CALL FOR PAPERS: "Crossing Borders: James Hogg and the Global Context of British Romanticism"

Twelfth James Hogg Society Conference
Mississippi University for Women
Columbus, Mississippi, USA
April 6-8, 2006

The twelfth James Hogg Society Conference will be held April 6-8, 2006, on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi.

Papers are invited on any aspect of James Hogg. The conference is open to papers on all topics related to the life and works of James Hogg, as well as Hogg’s literary connections and influence. The conference organizers would especially welcome papers that address Hogg’s publication and reception in North America, as well as papers that make connections between Hogg’s works and North American writers. Reading time should not exceed twenty minutes.

Inquiries are welcomed at any time. Proposals or abstracts should be sent by
December 15, 2005, to

Dr. Thomas Richardson
Mississippi University for Women
1100 College Street—MUW 1634
Columbus, MS 39701 USA
Phone: (662) 329-7386
Fax: (662) 329-7387

Columbus is located in northeast Mississippi and is the birthplace of playwright Tennessee Williams. Mississippi University for Women is the first public college for women in America and includes writer Eudora Welty among its alumni. Tours of historic antebellum homes in Columbus (including Waverley Plantation) and other social events will be part of the conference. Columbus is only a 4½ -hour drive to Atlanta, New Orleans, or the Gulf Coast and, for Elvis and Blues fans, only 2½ hours to Memphis.
Dr. Sharon Alker
Assistant Professor of English & General Studies
Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA

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Keats-Shelley Memorial Association prize

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THE KEATS–SHELLEY MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION invites applications for the Keats-Shelley Prize for 2005. Supported by the John S. Cohen Foundation and The School of English, University of St Andrews.

2005 Chairman of Judges: Stephen Fry, – Author, Actor, Comedian, Film Director. Judging Panel: Matthew Sweeney, John Hartley-Williams (Poetry). Professor Peter Kitson, Dr Seamus Perry (Essays).

Two competitions, open to all: an essay and a poem, £3,000 IN PRIZES, the winners’ work to be published.

The essay can be on any aspect of Keats’s or Shelley’s work or life, and should be of 2,000-3,000 words, including quotations. Preference will be given to entries showing originality of thought and written in a clear and accessible style. All sources must be acknowledged.

The poem (which may be a narrative) must be original, unpublished and not a parody. It should focus on a Romantic theme associated with "ghosts." It may be of any length up to 50 lines.

Other conditions of entry:

1. Two copies of your entry should be sent to Jill Gamble, KSMA Competition Secretary, School of English, The University, St Andrews, KY16 9AL, Scotland. Please enclose an SAE if you want your entry to be acknowledged. Copies of entries cannot be returned.

2. All entries must be received by 30 June 2005. Prize winners and a runner-up in each category will be notified in August. There will be a presentation ceremony in London in October. The winners will be announced at that time on the website of the Keats-Shelley Memorial House in Rome:

3. You may enter both categories but only once. There is a fee of £5 sterling for a single entry, £3 for a second entry in the other category. Payment must be enclosed, made by cheque, postal order or international money order in favour of the Keats- Shelley Memorial Association, or by sterling bank notes. All first-time serious entrants who are not already Friends of the KSMA will become Honorary Friends for one year (subscription normally £12) receiving the annual Keats-Shelley Review, free newsletters, invitations to events, etc.

4. All entries must be typed or wordprocessed on A4 or foolscap paper, and attached with a paper clip to a typed sheet giving the following: your name, address, a contact telephone number, the title of your essay or poem, and how you heard about the prize. Your entrance fee should also be attached. Please do not use staples.

5. Essays and poems must be in English and your original and unpublished work, and must not have been submitted to us in a former competition. Copyright remains with you as author, but your entry will be deemed to give consent to first publication in journals nominated by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and The John S. Cohen Foundation.

6. The submission of an entry will be deemed to indicate full acceptance of the above conditions of entry to the competition.

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CFP MLA 2005: Wordsworth-Coleridge Association

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The Wordsworth-Coleridge Association invites papers for its sessions
at the Modern Language Association Convention in Washington, D.C.,
December 27-30, 2005.

SESSION TOPIC: Landmark Works. Inspired by Seamus Perry's essay in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Meyer Abrams' The Mirror and The Lamp (Essays in Criticism 54 [2004] 260-82), we invite paper proposals focusing on landmark critical works in the field of Romanticism during the last fifty years, including books by M.H. Abrams, Carl Woodring, Geoffrey Hartman, Karl Kroeber, Earl Wasserman, Robert Langbaum, David Erdman, Kenneth Neil Cameron, E.P. Thompson, Harold Bloom, Marilyn Butler, indeed all the great scholars who shaped our field and our thinking in the U.K. or in North America. Essays should describe the contribution made by specific critical work(s) to the discipline of Romantic studies and their continued significance.

Please send detailed abstracts by 15 March 2005, via e-mail to James McKusick:

NOTE: All program participants must be members of MLA by April 1, 2005. It would be helpful to us (in preparing MLA program copy) if you would provide your full name and academic affiliation.

Sincerely yours,
James McKusick
Professor of English and Director of the Honors College
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD 21250

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