If 1848 could be said to represent caesurae in politics and history, does this also hold true for literature? This seminar will explore the ways in which texts document, celebrate, represent, react to, refuse, or perpetuate this revolution, and welcomes submissions from all fields and areas of interest.
Possible questions could include: How, to what extent, and in what forms and voices does revolutionary, or reactionary, action find its way into text at all? What possibilities does the discourse of revolution open for literature? Does it demand, or create, new genres and new forms of expression? What is the role played by gender? As women take up arms, do they also take up the pen?
Could 1848 be understood as opening discourses on the genres, and genders, of catastrophe that reach beyond the immediate moment of (failed) revolution?
In short, are we still reading and writing the effects of 1848?
Please submit paper proposals online through the ACLA meeting website: http://www.acla.org/submit/index.php
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