Call for Papers: "Expanding Borders" for the annual Midwestern Americain Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference to be held in Fargo, North Dakota October 8-11, 2009. The Eighteenth Century ushered in a period of unprecedented expansion. We most often think of the expansion of the physical borders, but just as the physical boundaries were exploding, so were other long-standing frontiers within societies themselves: social, sexual, class and mercantile borders, among others, began to change. How did the authors and explorers, actors and playwrights, philosophers and libertines expand the limits and boundaries imposed upon them by the world around them? How did they express their discontent and present their discoveries and innovations? When did they go too far and what happened then? This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Raymond Stephenson of the University of Saskatchewan, who will give a talk entitled, ““Eighteenth-Century Boundaries: Pushing, Expanding, Crossing.” We welcome papers and panels on all varieties of topics dealing with expansion, but will consider any topics from the long Eighteenth-Century.
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