Despite several key theoretical texts (Foucault, Sedgwick, Haggerty, Elfenbein) focusing on masculinity and sexuality during the Romantic period, scholars have been surprisingly slow to incorporate such theoretical approaches to masculinity and sexuality. This panel seeks papers that draw on, rework, and/or expand knowledge of masculinity and sexuality during the Romantic period by focusing on catastrophic masculinity. What counted as catastrophic masculinity during the period? How were such masculinities constructed through medical, juridical, religious, social, cultural, subcultural, and other discourses? While papers on the canonical Big Six male poets are welcome, the organisers hope to also include papers that situate catastrophic masculinity within more recent understandings of the ever-expanding Romantic canon, including the novel, drama, poetry regardless of the author’s sex, race, or class, and Romantic prose in its various forms between roughly 1780-1830.
In an effort to stimulate scholarship on masculinity and the history of sexuality during the Romantic period, this panel welcomes papers focusing on literary representations of masculinities, bodies, and practices commonly labeled catastrophic, disruptive, or violent during the period.
Suggested topics include:
Sensibility and/as catastrophic masculinity
Catastrophic masculinity in the Oriental tale
Colonialism and catastrophic masculinity
Masculinity and excessive desires and drives
Excessive consumption and/as catastrophic masculinity
Masculine women, effeminate men and/as catastrophic masculinities
Representations of monstrous, unnatural, or unspeakable masculinities as catastrophic
Seduction, abandonment, marriage, and/or reproduction as catastrophic
Disciplinary mechanisms regulating catastrophic masculinity and sites of resistance
Historical, medical, scientific, legal, and religious discourses that deemed specific kinds of masculinity catastrophic
Email one-page abstracts to Dr Nowell Marshall by 1 April 2012.
Richard Marsh: re-reading the fin de siècle
A one-day symposium at the University of Brighton, 20th July 2012
Richard Marsh is best-known for his 1897 novel The Beetle, a gothic bestseller at the time more popular than Dracula. Indeed Marsh was a prolific and extremely successful writer in the 1890s and the early 20th century. Strikingly, however, his writing has until recently been mostly forgotten. With several of his novels and shorter fictions now being republished, this situation is set to change. The symposium seeks to harness renewed academic interest in Marsh towards a reappraisal of his significance for a fin de siècle culture that is often considered to offer a kind of mirror onto our own culture at the start of the 21st century. It will bring together literary and historical specialists of the period to examine Marsh's oeuvre as a whole. A central concern will be to examine how Marsh's ambivalent fiction often works against the grain of more canonical texts and therefore has the potential productively to unsettle what it is thought is known about fin de siècle culture. Understanding late-Victorian / Edwardian questions about gender and sexuality, imperialism, science and the nature of history, surely remain incomplete without negotiating the complex terrain of Richard Marsh's writing.
We invite abstracts for papers on any aspect of Marsh's output, but in particular on the following themes:
Fictions of crime and detection
Discourses of race, empire and eugenics
The New Woman
Homosociality and homosexuality
Late-Victorian understandings of history / the use of the classical past
The literary market-place
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20 minute papers to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 20 April 2012.
Call for articles: OScholars Conan Doyle Special
Articles of between 1500 and 2500 words are sought for a special issue of the OScholars to be edited by Karen Devlin. Submissions will be accepted by Karen Devlin on the basis of an abstract of around 250 words and will then be double-blind peer reviewed. Subjects may include but are not limited to:
Conan Doyle and Scotland
Conan Doyle and Ireland
Conan Doyle and his contemporaries
The literary legacy of Conan Doyle
The influence of Maupassant on Conan Doyle
The 'Sherlockian' or 'Holmesian' phenomenon
London as metonym in the work of Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot
Conan Doyle as mediaevalist
Conan Doyle and masculinity
Conan Doyle's depiction of women
Conan Doyle and imperialism
Pastiche parodies and plagiarism
Contributors are encouraged to look beyond the Holmes canon. Abstracts should be sent to Karen Devlin by 30 May 2012.
'Romantic Legacies': a one-day seminar at Nottingham Trent University, 26 October 2012
The Midlands Romantic Seminar (MRS) is issuing a call for papers for a one day seminar to take place at Nottingham Trent University on Friday the 26th of October 2012 on the subject of ‘Romantic Legacies’. A broad understanding of Romanticism and literary, cultural, political and historical legacies is intended, and an interdisciplinary audience and contributions are welcomed.
A plenary paper from guest speaker Damian Walford Davies (Aberystwyth University) will be followed by papers received in response to this call, and a round table discussion of the material presented to close. Depending on the level of response, the seminar might run over the course of an afternoon, or the whole day.
Abstracts of 250 words for papers lasting around 20 minutes should be forwarded to Carol Bolton or Tom Knowles by 31 July 2012. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you require further information.