An analysis of criticism of Charles Dickens by his contemporaries G. H. Lewes and Hippolyte Taine. Both assessments address Dickens’s popularity by relying on commonplace concepts from Victorian anthropology. However, Lewes argues for a new form of critical practice addressed to popular fiction and addresses the inadequacy of existing critical…[Read more]
THE MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION CONVENTION, CHICAGO, JANUARY 3-6, 2019
SESSION SPONSORED BY THE NORTH AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF ROMANTICISM (NASSR)
Proposals are invited for the following guaranteed session sponsored by NASSR at the 2019 MLA. NASSR is an MLA-affiliated organisation.
TRANSATLANTIC ROMANTICISMS REVIEWED
The session explores…[Read more]
Would anyone be interested in a session on Franz Kafka, a Romantic? — If a deeper reading of F.K. is of interest, please contact me and I will attempt to arrange such a session.
Susan Oliver deposited Transatlantic Influences in Periodical Editing: From Francis Jeffrey’s Edinburgh Review to Horace Greeley’s New-York Tribune in the group CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century on MLA Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago
This article explores editorial practice in the British and North American periodicals between c.1800 and c.1850. The article uses a Transatlantic studies approach.
This sample chapter is a pre-copy edited version, in accordance with copyright and open access regulations.
ABSTRACT OF SCOTT, BYRON AND THE POETICS OF CULTURAL ENCOUNTER:
Scott, Byron and the Poetics of Cultural Encounter is an innovative study of Scott’s and Byron’s poetical engagement with borders (actual and metaphorical) and the people…[Read more]
Preview of “Introduction” to The Yearbook of English Studies 47 (2017), Walter Scott: New Interpretations.
Just over half a century ago, Marxist critic Georg Lukács proposed that Walter Scott — writing more than a century earlier — was responsible for a new kind of historical narrative: readers, by identifying with everyday kinds of fict…[Read more]
This article explores Robert Louis Stevenson’s use of costume as a device for exploring Scotland’s fetishization of it’s literary and cultural history. In Stevenson’s The Master of Ballantrae, the mythologizing of James Durie as the eponymous Master depends upon a series of dramatic costume changes. Durie confounds attempts to consign…[Read more]
This chapter explores how a culture of transatlantic environmental journalism emerged during the early to middle decades of the nineteenth century. How did interest in science, travel and exploration during those years shape the ways in which North American and British magazines represented the natural environment? To what extent did articles in…[Read more]
This essay investigates Walter Scott’s writing, across several genres, as a contribution to an environmental historiography of Scotland. One of the main research questions is whether that writing provides any evidence for an early land ethic that anticipates Aldo Leopold’s twentieth-century use of that term. Scott’s response to aesthetic…[Read more]
Levente T. Szabó deposited À la recherche… de l’editeur perdu. Brassai Sámuel and the first international journal of comparative literary studies in the group CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century on MLA Commons 5 months, 1 week ago
The first international journal of comparative literary studies, entitled Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum (1877-1888), was published in Kolozsvár/Cluj/Klausenburg (in former Hungary, today in Romania). The research on the pioneering multilingual journal usually foregrounds only one of the editors, Hugo von Meltzl, the young university…[Read more]
The Grimms’ tale of “Brier Rose” (KHM 50) has self-reflexive characteristics of the Romantic literary fairy tale. In thematizing memory and alluding to the imagery used in the preface to the Grimm brothers’ collection of fairy tales, Wilhelm Grimm’s version of the story self-consciously reflects on its own origins and exhibits a self-awareness…[Read more]
Thomas Oliver Beebee started the topic CFP MLA '18: Comparatively Perfect: Guided Tours of Essential Essays in the discussion Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century on MLA Commons 1 year, 2 months ago
A Panel Sponsored by the Association of Departments and Programs in Comparative Literature
What is the “tipping point” that makes a scholarly argument persuasive? This panel combines the sharing of scholarly interests and discoveries that are the purpose of conventions with a pragmatic aspect of rehearsing the mechanics of comparative…[Read more]
Gaura Shankar Narayan started the topic CFP MLA 2018: Special Session: "South-Asia in/and Romanticism" in the discussion Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century on MLA Commons 1 year, 3 months ago
The South Asian and South Asian Diaspora Forum is partnering with the Keats-Shelley Association of America to propose a joint special session for MLA 2018 on “South Asia in/and Romanticism.” Below please find an expanded CFP and note the deadline of 1 March 2017 for submitting abstracts. Please let us know if you have any…[Read more]
Jonathan S. Skolnik started the topic “Das Sklavenschiff”: Race, Empire, and Culture in the Nineteenth Century in the discussion Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century on MLA Commons 1 year, 3 months ago
Call for Papers
North American Heine Society
German Studies Association
Atlanta, October 5-8, 2017
“Das Sklavenschiff”: Race, Empire, and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Heine’s 1854 poem “Das Sklavenschiff” mobilizes mourning and Romantic literary form for both ethical protest against racism and oppression as well as for a critique…[Read more]
This article examines the poetry of Cuban writer Cristina Ayala emphasizing the political value of her use of a rhetoric of heroism, a discursive device that masks her demands for recognition of women’s rights and those of Afro-Cubans. The analysis of her poetry suggests that the symbolic manipulation of the “hero” and the representation of “colo…[Read more]
This article examines the performativity of novelistic discourse in order to propose a different set of terms for understanding the circulation of the novel around the world than those that are based on the referential form/content model.
On performativity of Dickens as author in his prefaces
The animal characteristics of the monster in late Victorian gothic fiction make visible the biopolitical rationalisation of life in modern societies. Key moments in Bram Sto- ker’s Dracula and R.L. Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde provide evidence for the animality of late Victorian gothic monsters. In an extended reading of Ric…[Read more]
Michael Schinasi started the topic CFP 2018 special session: National Theaters Around the Globe in the discussion Comparative Studies in Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century on MLA Commons 1 year, 4 months ago
National Theaters Around the Globe
Any aspect of worldwide National Theaters (the institution usually manifest in buildings; not dramatic literatures). All periods: history, ideology, relation to culture industry, etc. 250 word abstract by 15 March 2017; Michael Schinasi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Phillip Lundberg uploaded the file: Kafka's: In the Penal Colony (Torture, Machine Ideology & the OLD Commander…. returns! Yikes….) to CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century on MLA Commons 1 year, 6 months ago
enjoy…. More in the Kafka Group.
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