The 20th- and 21st-Century Irish Literatures: Between Realism and Experimentation
HJEAS (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies) seeks essay submissions for a thematic section of a 2019 issue on “The 20th and 21st Century Irish Literatures between Realism and Experimentation.” HJEAS is a peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary, publishing critical articles and book reviews in the fields of American, British, Canadian, and Irish literature, history, and culture, and is available from JSTOR and ProQuest. (www.hjeas.unideb.hu)
The tension between realism and experimentation has marked the development of modern Irish literature, being intrinsic to the work of a number of major Irish writers. Often regarded as a father-figure of all experimental writing, James Joyce was attacked by as different commentators as Lukács and Pound for the scope and radicalness of experiment, particularly in Finnegans Wake. Joyce himself considered his work to be firmly set in the realist tradition. At a time when he was yet to publish his first collection of lyrics, W. B. Yeats was encouraged by his father to write realist prose, which may eventually have contributed to his abhorrence of realism in favour of ever more daring experimentation in verse writing. Nonetheless, Yeats’s poetry is packed full of amazingly realist portrayals of the world about him. J. M. Synge may have worked in a realist mode but his implementation of vernacular Aran speech paved the way for the linguistic experimentation of the following generations of Irish (also English-language) playwrights.
Modern Irish literature may seem to be a field of vacillators (whether conscious or not remains to be investigated) who employ traditional genres and modes of writing, while at the same time, almost instinctively, seeking to supersede conventions. Sometimes this happens tacitly, by pushing the boundaries of expressiveness a little further, like with Synge. Occasionally the revolt engulfs conventions in flames in which new means of expression are forged, as is the case in Joyce.
Papers may include but are in no way limited to:
- Realist and experimental modes in high modernism and onwards
- Experimental literature today and a century ago: continuity and change
- Revisions of the realist mode in contemporary Irish literatures
- Ethics and aesthetics of realist and/or experimental literature
- The great masters’ (stifling/enabling) influences
- Contemporary realisms (including magical realism)
- Voices from the margin (social, cultural, racial, etc.) and the conventions and aesthetics they have embraced or created
- Cosmopolitanism vs. parochialism – openness and resistance to foreign trends
- Irish literature and globalization (e.g., realism and experimentation in literary responses to global traumas, literature and the new media, literature and migration, etc.)
- The aesthetics of nostalgia and futurity
Completed manuscripts of 5,000-10,000 words must follow the MLA parenthetical citation with Works Cited. Please follow the HJEAS Style Sheet available here Proposals of 500 words with a 100-150 bio are due by February 15, 2018. Final papers are due by July 15, 2018. Please send the submissions and all inquiries to the guest editors, Wit Pietrzak and Katarzyna Ojrzyńska
Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies
Abortion in the British Isles, France and North America since 1800
International Conference organised by the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France), 6-8 November 2018.
Conveners: Claire Charlot, Adrien Lherm (Paris-Sorbonne, HDEA EA 4086), and Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq (University François Rabelais, Tours, ICD EA 6297).
Around the world, 2018 will mark the anniversary of a series of events relating to the decriminalisation of abortion: the enforcement of the UK Abortion Act 1967 (50 years), the US Supreme Court ruling of Roe vs. Wade (45 years), and the Canada Supreme Court ruling of R. v. Morgentaler (25 years). The Republic of Ireland is also planning a referendum on the possible repeal of Article 8 of its Constitution which, if approved, would lead to the decriminalisation of abortion there too. In addition, shortly after the British General Election of 2017, Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that women from Northern Ireland (currently excluded from the British Abortion Act) would be allowed to travel to mainland Britain to secure an abortion on the National Health Service.
Over the years, some countries have authorised abortion on therapeutic grounds (when the physical and mental health of the mother or health of the foetus is at risk), and sometimes extended terminations to other grounds such as birth control or the right of women to take control over their bodies. In this instance, the context provided by the 1960s and the 1970s would prove decisive in the liberalisation of legislation; a move described by some as ‘permissive’ and by others as ‘progressive’. A reform of the laws on contraception often pre-dated the legalisation of abortion, helping to shape a context in which women sought greater freedom from child-bearing.
However, despite changes in attitudes and legal frameworks, the abortion debate goes on and many attempts have been and are still being made to turn the clock back. This can take various forms: street protests, physical violence (including assault and shootings), legal challenges, and demands for amendment or repeal of existing legislation from anti-abortion lobbies and political movements or parties created for the sole purpose of going back to a world without legally-available abortion.
The aim of this conference will be to consider all these developments in France and in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the United States, and to seek to explain how debate, the Law, as well as the situation on the ground, have changed over the last two centuries in the different countries concerned. Among the possible topics of interest for the conference are: a) quantifying abortions and relating the phenomenon to that of statistical knowledge; b) charting the evolution of the legislation or rulings which led to the criminalisation and then the decriminalisation of abortion; c) examining the social status of women affected by those changes in the countries concerned; d) describing and explaining changes in attitudes among the various actors involved: public opinion, the medical profession, politicians, members of the different churches, journalists, the activists of the different movements or political parties and of course women themselves; e) exploring the sociological profiles of women who seek abortions.
Such topics raise a number of key questions. Is abortion used today as a method of birth control? Can we speak of abortion on demand? Can we speak of a backlash against abortion? Such questions, it is hoped, will contribute to an interdisciplinary discussion among conference participants concerning the issues raised by abortion.
Proposals for papers on one of these topics – or others – are invited either in French or English, and may address only one aspect of the abortion question at a national level, or adopt a comparative approach. We hope to attract specialists from a wide variety of fields: bioethics, demography, law, religious studies, economics, history, medical studies, philosophy, sociology, political science, and so on.
Please send a proposal (a 500-word abstract and a short CV) to each of the three organisers: Claire Charlot, Adrien Lherm and Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq. The deadline is 23rd December 2017. Those submitting a proposal will be informed before the New Year whether their paper has been accepted. Some papers will be published. A registration fee will be asked of participants.
Scientific committee: Nathalie Bajos (INSERM, France), Françoise Barret-Ducrocq (Paris-Diderot, France), Claire Charlot (Paris-Sorbonne, France), Ann Furedi (Bpas, United Kingdom), Hélène Harter (Rennes 2, France), Françoise Le Jeune (Nantes, France), Adrien Lherm (Paris-Sorbonne, France), Janine Mossuz-Lavau (CNRS, CEVIPOF), Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq (Tours, France), Joshua C. Wilson (Denver, USA).
Aesthetic Heteronomy: Beyond Autonomy in British and German Eighteenth-century Tradition
The eighteenth century is traditionally regarded as the grand siècle of modern aesthetic autonomy. A longstanding diachronic narrative holds that such autonomy originated in early British eighteenth-century theories on disinterestedness and was subsequently realized by the German Romantics. This anthology aims to reassess the validity of such a narrative by mapping the intellectual topography of the aesthetic heteronomy that distinguished British and German eighteenth-century discourse on aesthetic concepts. The contributions in the anthology are transdisciplinary in their focus on how European philosophers and critics inscribed the aesthetic experience of works of art and nature in discourses on political society and natural science.
The anthology is divided into three intersecting parts:
- Part I explores the role of the third Earl of Shaftesbury and other British men of letters (e.g. Addison, Hutcheson, and Dennis) in their ambition to incorporate ethico-theological ideas on disinterestedness and works of art as organic wholes, in an ongoing debate about modern political society.
- Part II addresses the impact of early eighteenth-century British thought on German Aufklärung and Neoclassicism (e.g. Baumgarten, Winckelmann, Kant, and Goethe), and the wish to pursue and alter the British legacy by introducing scientific, ethical, and pedagogical conceptions of the relation between man and organic nature.
- Part III examines the Romantic and Idealist effort (e.g. Hölderlin, Friedrich Schlegel, Schelling, Hegel, Wordsworth, and Coleridge) to develop the analogy between aesthetic concepts and organism into a new model of ideal society by criticizing a mechanistic conception of nature in natural science.
The anthology is part of the major ongoing research project Reassessing the Rise of Aesthetics. Aesthetic Heteronomy from Shaftesbury to Schelling, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), between 2017 and 2020. The project is administered by Södertörn University in Stockholm. The aim is to have the anthology published by an international university/academic press during 2019. The anthology targets undergraduates, postgraduates, academics, and advanced researchers studying British and German eighteenth-century aesthetics, philosophy, literature, music, and art. It is also written to appeal to anyone with a more general interest in the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’ and to worldwide societies for eighteenth-century studies. Current research on the rise of aesthetics in the eighteenth century is undergoing major revisions. While this anthology is intended to contribute to the ongoing re-evaluation of the birth of modern aesthetics, it also aims to fill a particular gap by bringing aesthetics into dialogue with eighteenth-century philosophy, natural science, and literature.
Submissions should be no longer than 7,500 words. Abstracts should be no longer than 150 words. Abstracts are due by 1 December, 2017. Please send your abstract (as a Word document) and CV to the following email address here. For further information about the research project, please visit this website.
The volume is edited by
- Mattias Pirholt, Associate Professor, School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University
- Karl Axelsson, PhD, School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University
- Camilla Flodin, PhD, Department of Gender Studies, Uppsala University
Britain and the World Conference, Exeter, June 2018.
After our tenth anniversary conference in Austin in April 2017, Britain and the World returns to the UK for 2018: Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 June. It will be at Exeter University: the venue is Reed Hall and accommodation is at the neighbouring Holland Hall, and, as always, the conference is concerned with interactions within the 'British world' from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of transnational perspectives.
The Keynote Speaker will be Professor Richard Overy (Exeter), and the Plenary Speaker is Professor Audrey Horning (Queen’s University Belfast). There’ll be lunchtime roundtables on cinema and history, and on public history. Publishers present will include our journal publisher Edinburgh University Press, and our book series publisher Palgrave Macmillan, and the commissioning editor will be present throughout to discuss your publishing plans.
We accept both individual twenty-minute papers and complete panel submissions. Panels are expected to consist of three papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Complete panels should also include a chair. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a 100-150 word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. The conference does not discriminate between panels and individual paper submissions, nor between graduate students and established academics.
As ever the conference icebreaker will be held on the Thursday evening, the Dinner Party on the Friday, and the outings downtown on the Saturday. These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and more in the capital of Devon.
Exeter is two hours by direct train from London, and there is a direct National Express bus line from Heathrow Airport. Exeter also has its own international airport, and is one hour by train from Bristol.
On campus is the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, home to one of the largest collections in Britain of material relating to film. The University’s special collections are noted for archives relating to twentieth-century South West Writing (and include the papers of Daphne du Maurier), literature and visual culture, Victorian culture and imperial endeavour, Arab and Islamic studies, and religious and parish book collections. In city centre there are Exeter Cathedral and archives, the Devon and Exeter Institute (which houses a large collection of local archival materials), Exeter Castle, and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).
There are two rates, for those waged and unwaged. The rates cover everything: registration (including a rolling membership which includes subscription to Britain and the World journal), three nights’ single en-suite room and breakfast, refreshments throughout the day, lunch on all three days, and dinner on Thursday and Friday.
We have 100 rooms booked for the evenings of Wed, Thur, Fri, and 50 for Saturday, so please let us know if you’d like a fourth night’s bed and breakfast.
Individual registration rates (excluding lodging and dinner) are also available and will be posted shortly.
We’d like to stress that Britain and the World is a non-profit organisation; all proceeds are spent on the conference. The conference venue and accommodation have been chosen for their convenience and because each is situated in one of the UK’s most beautiful campuses. We think this will be a unique conference experience.
All submissions for inclusion in the conference should be received by Friday, 15 December 2017, with decisions on inclusion announced on Monday, 8 January 2018. Submissions should be made by email. Please submit all information in the body of your email (no attachments or PDFs, thank you!) and in the following order: name, affiliation, email, paper title, abstract, keywords.
Updates regarding the conference will periodically be posted on the Society website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for hotel and transportation expenses as the conference is not able to offer financial support.
On Twitter our @britishscholar hashtag is #BATW2018. Registration for the Conference will open on Monday 5 February 2018. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly.
Michelle D. Brock, Washington & Lee University
Deputy Editor/Conference Committee, Britain and the World (The British Scholar Society)
British Jewish Contemporary Cultures: An International Conference
26-27 March 2018, Bangor University, Wales.
We invite proposals for the first international British Academy funded conference on British Jewish Contemporary Cultures. Any topic which explores the study of contemporary British Jewish culture, widely defined, is welcomed. We are particularly interested in locating British Jewish contemporary cultures in global and comparative settings, as well as in terms of imperial, postcolonial and transnational narratives. The aim of the conference is to tease out the tension between a transcultural British Jewish Studies and the specificity of the Jewish experience in Britain with increasing theoretical and methodological complexity.
We welcome proposals for panel discussions as well as individual papers of 20 minutes. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief biography to Jennifer Griffiths by 1st December 2017.
Suggested topics include but are by no means limited to:
- Writing British Jewishness
- Images of British Jewishness in film and television
- Gender, sexuality and Jewishness in contemporary culture
- Visual images (art, cartoons, graphic novels)
- British Jews and the media
- Shifting Identities: Transcultural contexts
- British Jewishness and the Holocaust
- Politics and Jewishness in contemporary Britain
- Locating British Jewishness: space and place
- British Jews and Israel/Palestine
- Black and British Jewish Intersections
- Brexit and Contemporary British Jewish culture
Conference organisers: Professor Nathan Abrams (Bangor) and Dr. Ruth Gilbert (Winchester). The conference has been generously supported by the British Academy.
British Literature and Sociology, 1838-1910
Though Émile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Georg Simmel are generally regarded as the “founders” of sociology as a discipline, sociological theory was actually rooted in nineteenth-century culture as intellectuals and scientists attempted to make sense of the political, economic, and social dislocations brought about by the Industrial and French Revolutions. Auguste Comte (who coined the term “la sociologie” in 1838), John Stuart Mill, Harriet Martineau, George Henry Lewes, Karl Marx, Henry Mayhew, Herbert Spencer, and Charles Booth were among the primary exponents of “the scientific study of society” during the Victorian era; significantly, their work often responded to or was informed by myriad literary authors and forms.
This volume represents the first collection of essays to illuminate the historically and intellectually complex relationship between literary studies and sociology in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. As Samuel Kerkham Ratcliffe noted in a December 1909 paper read before London’s Sociological Society, “Sociology and the English Novel,” the “difficulty is not to discover sociology in fiction, but to find anything therein that is without sociological value and meaning.” This point has been more recently amplified by Wolf Lepenies, in Between Literature and Science: The Rise of Sociology, and Krishna Kumar, in “Sociology and the Englishness of English Social Theory,” who both have sought to account for Britain’s relatively slow professionalization of sociology before 1950 by citing the fact that “for the English their poets, novelists, and literary critics seemed to be doing a more than adequate job of analysis and criticism of the novel problems of nineteenth-century industrial society” (Kumar 55). With these observations in mind, we invite essays that will help to address some key questions. How, precisely, did Victorian and Edwardian literary texts did help to develop and formalize the discipline of sociology? How did emergent sociological discourses and practices shape the literature of the nineteenth- and early-twentieth century? To what degree were literature and sociology offering competing systems for analyzing the society they purported to represent?
We welcome papers that consider the sociological provenance of specific Victorian and Edwardian cultural objects and practices or papers that explore how various social theories and theorists were inherently tethered to or inspired by the literary. We especially encourage submissions that explore problems in and of the social through the “contact zones” of literary studies and sociology. Essays might examine one or more specific examples of “the scientific study of society” and consider the degree to which these proto-sociological texts are themselves amenable to rhetorical, ideological, formal, historical or other permutations of “literary” analysis. Contributors might discuss how specific literary works represent persons, institutions, or methods of thought associated with sociological theory and practice, and/or whether such literary works contributed to an emergent sociological discourse (or discourses). We also invite papers that explore how nineteenth- and early-twentieth century literary texts contributed to the expansion of sociology as a discipline and/or anticipated the later theoretical interventions of Erving Goffman, Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, etc. In addition, sociological accounts of the role of literature in the formation of national identities, classes, or class fractions in Victorian or Edwardian England would be welcome. This list is meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive.
We are currently soliciting proposals (300-500 words, plus one-page CV) for essays of roughly 6000-8000 words. Proposals should be sent by or before December 15, 2017.
Maria K. Bachman, Professor and Chair
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
Albert D. Pionke, Professor
Department of English
University of Alabama
Comparative perspectives on regulating age of consent and child-marriage in the British Empire, 1880 to 1930
This is a call for proposals for a one-day interdisciplinary conference to be held on 15 June 2018 at SOAS University of London. The conference aims to explore the debates that led to the reform of age of consent laws around the British Empire during the years 1880 to 1930. We are particularly interested in exploring the issues of age of consent and child marriage through interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives in law and history.
Intertwined within these debates are notions of gender, women’s rights, biology, and attempts to understand the native psyche. These compete with tropes of cultural relativism, orientalism, the female victim, and the white man’s burden amongst other concerns. For the purpose of this conference, consent is interpreted widely to include physical and intellectual consent to sexual activities as well as marriage. The conference aims to bring together the growing number of scholars who are currently working on the histories of age of consent in the British Empire.
Recognising that the development and history of the age of consent debate is transnational, international, and multi-layered one, the conference is conceived of as a starting point for forming an international network of scholars working in the area.
Themes of the conference include but are not limited to:
- Notions of consent – physical and/or intellectual
- Age of consent campaigns and national movements
- Religion / class / region based perspectives on consent
- Comparative or regional studies on age of consent/marriage
- Consent, female body, and nationalism/imperialism
Bursaries might be available for PG students.
Please send a 300-word abstract with a short bio. The deadline is 08 January 2018.
Dr Kanika Sharma (SOAS University of London) and Dr Laura Lammasniemi (Anglia Ruskin University)
Elizabeth I: The Armada and Beyond, 1588 to 2018
Queen’s House Conference 2018, Greenwich
19–21 April 2018
In September 2016, Royal Museums Greenwich acquired the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I. This
remarkable work of art has captured widespread attention from its creation until the present day,
providing a defining image of what has come to be seen as a critical moment in history: the failed
invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in the summer of 1588. This conference will address this
moment in time and its consequences both for Elizabeth and her subjects in the immediate aftermath of
the Armada and for subsequent generations, as the idea of the Virgin Queen and her great triumph has
been shaped and remade throughout history until the present day.
While the image was inspired by a specific event, its complex symbolism embraces issues of monarchy,
dynasty, nation and empire in the early modern period. It was designed to be a spectacle of female
power and majesty, carefully calibrated to inspire awe and wonder, an impression which has lasted to
the present day. Scholars have described the portrait as a definitive representation of the English
Renaissance, encapsulating the creativity, ideals and ambitions of the entire Elizabethan era. Equally the
portrait has inspired and informed countless representations of Elizabeth I in the visual and performing
arts, and across film, theatre and television. It has thus been instrumental in making her one of the most
recognizable historical figures for audiences today.
Elizabeth’s apparently impressive military record against the forces of tyranny and popery, affirmed
through such imagery as the Armada Portrait, became the standard by which her successors were
judged. As the seventeenth century progressed, the myth of ‘Good Queen Bess’, ‘Gloriana’ and the
Elizabethan ‘Golden Age’ took hold. At the same time, the idea of 1588 as the moment when Britain
began its rise as a major naval and imperial power established itself. The 1588 Armada became
synonymous with the menace of invasion and despotism, and victory came to signal a bright future of
English/British liberty and ascendancy. Today, Elizabeth continues to be claimed as a role model for
politicians and others seeking to associate themselves with the values that she is seen to represent.
This conference will mark the conservation and re-display of the Armada Portrait at the Queen’s House,
the last remaining building of Greenwich Palace, the birthplace of Elizabeth I and a major royal site for
the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. The Queen’s House and the collections of Royal Museums Greenwich
offer the potential to unpack a range of meanings and contexts for the image, including the domestic
and international worlds of the Renaissance period and the resonance of the Spanish Armada within
history to the present day. It is hoped that this conference will pick up on these themes, advancing our
understanding of the Armada Portrait specifically and Elizabeth I more generally, interrogating popular
notions associated with her life and reputation, offering fresh and alternative perspectives.
Some of the themes that might be considered include (but are not limited to):
• Female power and authority
• Female monarchs and consorts as war leaders
• Court culture and patronage post-1588
• Relations with Protestant Europe and reputation as a Protestant heroine
• Her role during and after the Spanish Armada
• Elizabeth in the public eye
• Commemorations of 1588 in Elizabethan culture and beyond
• Relations with the Islamic World, 1588–1603
• Trade and Empire, East and West
• Elizabeth and her biographers
• Representations in historical genre paintings
• Characterizations in film, fiction, opera and theatre
• The reputation of Elizabeth, home and abroad, from 1588 to the present day
We invite submission of abstracts (300 to 400 words) for twenty-minute papers. The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2017. Please direct queries, if any, to Janet Dickinson or Christine Riding and submit proposals and a brief biography here.
Convenors: Robert Blyth, Christine Riding (Royal Museums Greenwich) and Janet Dickinson (University
of Oxford). The conference is hosted by the Royal Museums Greenwich in association with the Society
for Court Studies
Forgery and Imitation
Victorian Network is an open-access, MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and promoting the best work across the broad field of Victorian Studies by postgraduate students and early career academics. We are delighted to announce that our twelfth issue (Summer 2018) will be guest edited by Aviva Briefel on the theme of Forgery and Imitation
Recent scholarship has drawn attention to the increase in art and literary forgery in the nineteenth century, and to the preoccupation with themes of illicit imitation in the Victorian cultural zeitgeist. Critics have highlighted the manifold, intricate, and sometimes surprising ways in which forgery was woven into the social and cultural fabric of the era. The forged, the fake, and the imitative became pressing issues for artistic reproduction as growing demand and changing technology shaped the way in which texts, images, and objects circulated. The spectrum encompassed forged and imitative objects faked with criminal intent, as well as cultural and economic productivity.
Anxieties surrounding the concepts of originality and fakery also permeated nineteenth-century discussions of social authenticity – did forging an identity in a changing world open the door to faking social class, race, or gender? Did cleaving closely to imitate cultural peers maintain the status quo, mask individual dishonesty, or constitute plagiarism? Frauds, cheats, liars, and copycats of every ilk caught the public imagination. The range of depictions was broad and ambivalent. From villainous cheats like Count Fosco to romantic depictions of Chatterton, forgery and imitation marked for the Victorians a point of uneasiness that called for intricate negotiation. Furthermore, as channels of patronage and influence became increasingly fragmented, new ways of conceptualising artistic indebtedness were required. Here, too, forgery and imitation did moral battle. Appropriation, pastiche, and homage had their dark doubles: deceit, plagiarism, and hack work. Navigating intertextuality meant gauging where boundaries of influence could be crossed and where they should be policed.
We invite submissions of approximately 7,000 words on any aspect of the theme in Victorian literature and culture. Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:
- Fakery and cultural identity, the (cultural and/or economic) value of forgeries and imitations
- Fakes as cultural participation
- Identities of forgery and forged identities (individual, cultural/national)
- Illegitimacy, genealogy, and heredity theory
- Imitation in nature and evolutionary or scientific theory
- Artistic reproduction (eg. photographs, prints, and casts), copying, and forgery: the original versus the copy
- Forgery and imitation as gendered activities
- Public persona: masks and makeup
- Fashions, trends, and crazes
- Acting as imitation; theatricality versus authenticity
- Fraud, counterfeit money, financial corruption, white-collar crime
- The forgery of memory; history-writing; misremembrance
- Originality, the Romantic genius, and Victorian imitation
- Imitation as literary practice: (mis-)quotation, adaptation, plagiarism, piracy
- Literature as imitation: re-creating other mediums in words (ut pictura poesis)
- Imitating the Victorians: the re-creation of Victorian texts in neo-Victorian writing and fan cultures
All submissions should conform to MHRA house style and the in-house submission guidelines. Submissions should be received by 15 December 2017.
Fraud and Forgery in Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century
Abstract deadline: 15 January 2018
Conference dates: 22-23 June 2018
Aarhus University, Denmark
Dr. James Taylor, Lancaster University:
‘How to get rich quick: Financial advice in nineteenth-century Britain’
Professor Nick Groom, University of Exeter:
‘How much blood and horror lies behind all “good things”!’: Vampiric Authenticity and Catachthonic Forgery in the Long Nineteenth Century
“The beginning of financial crime is the attempt to make an appearance which the legitimate resources of the adventurer in the game of fortune will not justify. Other resources must, therefore, be found, and thus fraud, forgery, and misappropriation are called into existence, with all their frightful and heavy legal responsibilities.”
D. Morier Evans, Facts, Failures and Frauds (1859)
Literature from the long nineteenth century abounds in acts of fraud and forgery, whose far-reaching implications captured the popular imagination during this period of rapid economic development and offered a means of engaging with the unstable realities of a burgeoning capitalist and industrial era. Sara Malton points out that forgery ‘enacts a violation on several fronts: it signifies a transgression against property, identity, the authority of law, the nation-state, and the economic system’. Acts of fraud and forgery are more than simply crimes of mendacity; they destabilise and jeopardise the intertwined systems upon which society is founded. Writers and readers were simultaneously alarmed and fascinated by such acts, which became elemental to new plots but also raised unsettling questions about origins, authority, and the nature of wealth and merit.
Acts of textual forgery frustrate the continuity between text and truth, signifier and signified, with the popularity of object or ‘it-narratives’ complicating these dichotomies even further, and the deployment of pseudonyms by authors problematising the question of authority and the fluid transmission of texts. Authors of this period also implicated the body in acts of forgery, with disguise and false identity common themes in nineteenth-century sensation fiction and often linked with acts of monetary falseness. Novelistic realism, and its strange claim on reality, is intimately entangled with the vocabulary of counterfeiting: plausible worlds minted on the flat ontology of words. Many financial protagonists in Balzac, Dickens, Trollope, and Zola combine financial success with loose dealings in disguises and words, and become symbols of economic categories in turmoil. Before this, romantic poetry participated in debates about bullion and the gold standard, absorbing it into larger discussions of language, nature and truth, and speculative economies – often thinly veiled frauds themselves – further contributed to the nebulous nature of ‘paper wealth’ during the period. Romantic fraud and forgery also surface, with bigamy and false vows appearing in popular texts such as Jane Eyre and Jude the Obscure.
This conference will consider representations of fraud and forgery in all areas of literature from the long nineteenth century (1789-1914), from its deployment as theme to its entanglement with the processes of literary production themselves. Following the recent financial crisis and contemporary concerns over ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’, consideration of the complex slippages between text and reality, money and value, are more urgent than ever, and for this reason we also encourage papers on contemporary neo-Victorian works and the reimagining of Victoriana through the prism of modern concerns with truth and representation.
We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers, or panels of three papers, on topics that can include, but are not limited to:
- The body: disguise; mistaken identity; the signature; impersonation; evidence of the senses; the body as text; misleading the senses; the body as evidence; sexual fraud and forgery
- The child: illegitimate children; fraud and forgery in children’s literature; the child as forged ‘text’; children and trickery; child fraudsters
- Love and marriage: bigamy; polygamy; fraudulent marriage contracts or vows; marital falsehoods; inheritance and the ‘marriage market’
- Death: fraudulent deaths; death and authority; inheritance
- Politics: political fraud and forgery; acts of censorship; mendacious politicians; political satire
- Gender: cross-dressing; the gendering of fraud; gendered susceptibility to fraud and forgery
- The spiritual and supernatural: spiritualism as fraud; the legitimacy of supernatural phenomena; spiritual means of divining ‘truth’; religion as moral economy; discursive overlap between religious ideas and the semantics of finance
- Financial fraud and forgery: speculation; gambling; relationship between financial writing and fiction; ideas of credit; paper money and the gold standard; financial bubbles and joint stock companies
- Genres and authorship: poetry and the poetics of monetary meaning; the authority of fiction; periodicals and authorship; financial narratives and ‘it-narratives’; pseudonyms
- Paratexts: images and documents as evidence in literary narratives; maps; forged documents
- Neo-Victorian and other anachronistic narratives: imitations of Victorian style and genre; adaptations or dramatisations of Victorian works
Please send proposals of no more than 300 words and a 50 word biography in Word format by 15 January 2018 to Dr. Elly McCausland and Jakob Gaardbo Nielsen here.
We hope to be able to offer a limited number of travel bursaries for postgraduates and early career researchers; further details will be available after the deadline for submissions.
For practical questions: Jakob Gaardbo Nielsen, PhD fellow at the School of Communication and Culture (dept. of comparative literature), Aarhus University, Denmark.
“An island at the center of the world”: Reconsidering Ireland’s Role on the Global Stage
6th Annual Dean Hopper Conference, Drew University
Madison, New Jersey
April 20 and 21, 2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s recent interview in Time magazine concluded with an optimistic and historically loaded statement: “Geographically, we are at the periphery of Europe, but I don't see Ireland in that way...The way I see us is as an island at the center of the world.” Varadkar’s quote contains echoes of the historiography of empire, which, particularly in the postcolonial era, has brought about intellectual frameworks of core and periphery, hubs and spokes. Barry McCrea’s Languages of the Night (2015) questions exactly this sort of binary. McCrea’s book offers insight into experiential commonalities amongst a number of European linguistic territories, including Brittany and Provence in France, Catalonia and Basque Country in Spain, as well as others, proving that continental Europe itself is also fractured with regional distinctions that cannot be juxtaposed against its neighboring islands as a homogenoustotality. As Varadkar and McCrea make clear, today’s thinkers in both the political and academic realms are more concerned than ever with Ireland’s continuously evolving relationship to both Europe and the wider world. This concept is further complicated by Ireland’s longstanding historical engagement with its own diaspora, as is exemplified by the statement of then-Minister for Enterprise, Mary Harney in 2000. Speaking to a meeting of the American Bar Association, she noted “geographically, we are closer to Berlin than Boston. Spiritually, we are probably a lot closer to Boston than Berlin.”
Drew University’s 6th Annual Dean Hopper Conference aims to examine these historical, cultural, and political connections, while expanding conversations surrounding Ireland’s role on the international stage in the 20th and 21st centuries. This conference aims to engage issues of spatiality through concepts of peripheries, diasporas, and their related power structures in Ireland and abroad. Related papers from all disciplines are welcomed in Irish or English.
Suggested topics and disciplines may include but are not limited to:
- Spatial analysis (in history, literature, poetry, etc.)
- Irish regional identities
- Irish social and political engagement with Trump’s America
- “Town Twinning”, “Partner Towns”, and “Sister Cities”
- Irish Language Rights and the Irish Language Abroad
- Ireland and post-colonialism
- Pre- and Post-Brexit Policy
- Northern Irish Political Policy
- The Belfast Agreement: 20 year perspective
- Immigrants, emigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers
- Literature and Poetry of the Troubles
- Irish Poetic and Narrative Traditions
- Maintenance of Music and Visual Arts Across Place
- Nua-Litríocht na Gaeilge agus an Diaspóra Éireannaigh
- An Litríochta Trasnáisiúnta/ An Tairseachúlacht
- Litríocht náisiúnta agust litríocht mionlaigh
- Scríobhneoirí ar deoraíocht
- An chathair mar thairseach
- Scríbhneoirí idir dhá chultúr
Please send a 250 word abstract and 100 word biography to Rebecca Van Horn or Patrick J. Mahony at email@example.com by 15 Jan. 2018
Literature, Education and the Sciences of the Mind in Britain and America, 1850-1950
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
17-18 July, 2018
Keynote Speakers:Professor Helen Small, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Professor Priscilla Wald, Duke University
This conference aims to stimulate a wide-ranging discussion about the interactions between British and American literature, education, and the sciences of the mind between 1850-1950. We welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of British or American literature, education and/or the sciences of the mind broadly construed.This conference is part of Dr Sara Lyons’ (PI), Dr Michael Collins’ (Co-I) and Dr Fran Bigman’s (Research Associate) AHRC-funded project, Literary Culture, Meritocracy, and the Assessment of Intelligence in Britain and America, 1880-1920. The project is an investigation of how British and American novelists understood and represented intellectual ability in the period, with a particular focus on how they responded to the rise of intelligence testing and the associated concepts of I.Q. and meritocracy. For additional information, please visit our website. Possible topics include literature and:
- Teaching and Being Taught; pedagogical theory and practice
- Representations of Places of Learning
- Examinations, grades, scholarships, qualifications
- Inequality, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Education
- Academic Success and Failure
- Intellectuals, Experts, Professionalism
- Autodidacticism, Informal Education
- Varieties of education: aesthetic, classical, moral, religious, scientific, technical
- Learning Styles and Types of Intelligence
- Intellectual ability and disability
As well as literature and:
- Professionalisation/ Institutionalisation of Psychology
- Psychometrics and personality testing
- Physiology and psychology
- Psychological Schools and Controversie
- Psychology and Philosophy
Please submit an individual proposal of no more than 350 words or an outline for a 3 paper panel proposal by the 1 March, 2018. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Please include your name, a short bio, and email address in your proposal.