EXTENDED DEADLINE: CALL FOR PAPERS
Symposium on Fictions of the Industrial Age: Historical Readings of Nineteenth-Century Literature
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, October 23-24, 2009
In this symposium we invite papers that explore nineteenth-century European history through the readings of fiction from the nineteenth century and/or about the nineteenth century. The central questions we would like to discuss include the benefits and pitfalls of using literature for the study of history, the relationship between historical and literary understanding of the past, and contemporary attempts to grapple with history through historical fiction. We welcome scholars of all disciplines who deal specifically with how the study of literature from and about the nineteenth century can contribute to the historical study of the era. Seminar participants might address disciplinary and theoretical issues, such as teaching history through literature or the relationship between history and fiction as narrative forms. They might also present historical research on particular literary works, such as specific historical readings, nineteenth-century novelistsí use of history, or twentieth- and twenty-first century novelistsí use of nineteenth-century forms and themes to explore multiple aspects of modernity and post-modernity. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the latest research on this topic and share their own work in a seminar format, using conference-length presentations and several pre-circulated papers. Possible subjects could include novels as historical sources, mirrors or distortions of history; the role of fiction in the history of imperialism; the religious and magical culture in the gothic and fantastic literature; the impact and role of Darwinism and thermodynamics in fiction; postmodern revisions of the nineteenth century in the works of John Fowles, A. S. Byatt, Michael Faber and others; contemporary science-fictionís re-imagining of the period through steam-punk and other alternative history narratives. The organizers will then submit participantsí expanded papers as an anthology for publication (see our previous volume, Visions of the Industrial Age, 1830-1914: Modernity and the Anxiety of Representation in Europe, Ashgate, 2008, which we developed from our 2006 symposium).
ABSTRACTS: Please email an abstract of no longer than one double-spaced page to both Dr. Amy Woodson-Boulton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Minsoo Kang (email@example.com) by August 1, 2009.
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