40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
February 26 - March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts
This panel will focus on transatlantic literature and visual culture of the “fin de siècle,” the period associated with “decadence,” and/or and the 19th-century work that set the stage for it. Discussions might ideally explore and debate transatlantic conversations, exchanges, or intellectual and cultural networks that helped to produce and disseminate “decadence” as an aesthetic and literary category. Papers would focus on nineteenth-century transatlantic literary exchanges between, say, Poe and the Pre-Raphaelites, Kate Chopin and Maupassant, Edith Wharton and Oscar Wilde. Papers will consider artists’ relationship to the end of the century, to each other, and to the culture they helped produce. Also relevant are the ways in which fin-de-siècle anxieties remain with us as we advance into the new millennium. The panel offers the opportunity to study a key movement and cultural development in a transatlantic context that not only makes British Victorian literature less “foreign” or distant, but also places it (and its interactions with American literature) in a richer cultural and historical context. We will consider how the literature and culture of the 19th century, which arguably marks the beginnings of modernism, shaped that of the 20th as well as the 21st, and we might even consider what Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker can tell us about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.
Deadline: September 15, 2008
Send abstracts and one-page CV to Emily J. Orlando (Fairfield University) via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or snail mail. Please include with your abstract: Name and affiliation, email address, postal address, telephone number, A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee).
Emily J. Orlando
1073 N. Benson Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824 USA
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