Transatlanticism invites us to consider the various effects of market circulation, and how generic features of genre must be equally mobile and culturally adaptive. Margaret Cohen writes, “Genres that travel across space, like genres that endure across time, must be able to address social and/or literary questions that are transportable, that can speak to divergent publics or a public defined in its diversity, dispersion, and heterogeneity.” Accordingly, this panel invites papers that engage these ideas as expressed in texts circulated during the revolutionary period, 1775-1830. We particularly welcome papers that examine why and/or how “constitutively international genre[s]” such as the novel were appropriated by specific groups or publics in specific locations for specific reasons. With Cohen’s observation that travel is rooted in travail, or work, in mind, we encourage submissions that treat genre’s ability to do work, be it cultural, political, or ideological. How do genres such as the exploration narrative or the confessional function differently when they are situated in differing geopolitical sites of representation? In what ways does this “travelling” influence the ideological work of genre?
4/7-4/11/2010; NeMLA, Montreal.
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