Vol. IV

No. 10


Issue no 42: October/November 2007



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A monthly page advertising Conference and Journal Calls, of interest or potential interest to our readers, and supplementing the notices on our NOTICEBOARD.

Some readers may not be aware that the Calls for Papers once e-mailed to and by the University of Pennsylvania are now only to be found on-line. Instead of 
emailing cfp@english.upenn,edu, see the web form  submission at  Submissions will appear on the website archive within 24 hours.   Currently, submissions can only be viewed within their categories. Links to the archive and more information are on the main CFP page  The mass emailing part of CFP no longer functions, having grown too large to continue.  Announcements will be made on the main CFP website.


Calls here are posted in a rolling list, in chronological order of deadline, with the Table of Contents in alphabetical order of subject, linked directly to each CfP. Calls are removed on expiry. The list will run five months ahead.  Those without deadline have the month of entry printed and will remain posted for three months. Those with recently expired deadlines are included when we received them too late for the last issue of THE OSCHOLARS, and we hope that the deadline may be extended, or at least to alert readers of the conference to which they refer. These Conferences will in turn be listed when their programmes are published, in our Forthcoming Conferences page, now edited by Dr Florina Tufescu.


All details should be checked for changes with the organisers, not with THE OSCHOLARS

Please send any Call you want us to include to and please mention THE OSCHOLARS if you are offering a paper.


Readers who give papers may publish their abstracts in THE OSCHOLARS.


Click for quick access to any of these calls.

Calls in bold have a specific reference to Wilde.

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A number of these calls relate to the next NEMLA Conference in April. The full Call for papers for NEMLA can be found at



Henry James


Edith Wharton

The Press

Oscar Wilde (1)

British Studies

Oscar Wilde (2)

Modern Love

Æstheticism and/or Decadence

Modernism at the fin-de-siècle


Neo-Victorian Literature

Art & Industry

Time & Literature


Viennese Cafés


Women & Crime

Irish Childhood

Life Writing


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ELN Special Issue, ‘Time and Literature.’

A respected forum since 1962 for English literary studies, ELN (English Language Notes) has undergone a change in editorship and an extensive makeover. It is now a biannual journal devoted exclusively to special topics in all fields of literary and cultural studies. The new ELN is particularly determined to revive and reenergize its traditional commitment to shorter notes, often no more than three to four pages in print. This attribute of the journal provides a unique forum for cutting-edge scholarly debate and exchange in the humanities.

Volume 46.1 of the new ELN (Spring/Summer 2008) will investigate the topic of time and literature, bringing new theoretical and historical concerns to bear on this well-established area of literary analysis. Contributors may wish to present recent research findings on particular writers or texts, or they may venture insights on broadly defined subjects, such as comparisons between the representation of time in literature and in other art forms, or relationships between aesthetic temporality and other modes of temporality (social, organic, geological, technological, or religious). They may wish to explore topics where literary temporality intersects with one of the following fields of study: colonialism and post-colonialism; war; technology; philosophy; utopianism; economics; gender and sexuality; politics; history of science; social groups or identities; geography and space; or psychoanalysis and trauma. Work that considers the relevance of literary temporality to our contemporary historical or cultural predicament is also welcome.

Position papers and essays of no longer than twenty manuscript pages are invited from scholars in all fields of literature, history, and the arts. We would like to see work that moves traditional literary analysis into new styles of critical writing. Experimental writing is welcome as well interpretive and historical scholarship. The editors also encourage collaborative work and are happy to consider works that are submitted together as topical clusters. Another format that we invite is a debate or conversation between contributors working on a related aspect of temporality.

Special Issue Editor, ‘Time and Literature,’ English Language Notes, University of Colorado, Boulder, Hellems 101, 226 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0226, USA.

Specific inquiries regarding issue 45.3 may be addressed to the issue editor, Sue Zemka: (

The deadline for submissions is 1st November 2007.


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Eire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies welcomes submissions for a Spring/Summer 2009 special issue that will consider the theme of ‘Children, Childhood, and Irish Society1700-2007.’

Childhood figures insistently across a wide range of contemporary discussions and representations of Irish life, from constitutional referenda and tribunals of inquiry to blockbuster films, memoirs and award-winning novels, from the emergence of Gaelscoileanna to the citizenship debate.

The guest editors seek essays that place these recent developments in a broader social, cultural, and historical context. We are especially interested in essays that offer interdisciplinary perspectives from history, literature, visual culture, social welfare and social policy.

We also invite submissions informed by new sources of archival research. We encourage articles responding to the following areas:

Changing conceptions of childhood in Irish society in the period 1700 to the present.

The child and the state

The child and religion

Childhood and social class

Childhood and educational policy/practice

Childhood in the two Irelands: Anglo and native, North and the Republic

The marginalised and/or institutionalized child Irish childhood and the Diaspora

Children and family: nuclear, single parent, adopted, foster

Idealised childhood and nostalgia

Childhood sexualities

Imaging children and childhood in film, documentary, and art

Literary Childhoods: fiction, poetry, drama, and memoir

The deadline for the receipt of proposal (two pages) is 1st November 2007, and completed articles (6000-8000 words) will be due by 15th April 2008.

Send proposals to Professor Maria Luddy at and Professor James Smith at James M. Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Irish Studies Program, Boston College, Connolly House, 300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-552-1596


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I welcome abstracts and full essays for a proposed volume on Oscar Wilde’s critical essays with an emphasis on how those texts were received in the author’s own time and how they have impacted contemporary debates in criticism and theory. I will also consider abstracts that deal with Wilde’s fiction, poetry, or drama if they suit the collection’s emphasis. Abstracts should be approximately 500 words long. Please submit abstracts (or full essays) in MS Word or RTF by email attachment (or send inline) to Dr. Alfred J. Drake at and include in your email’s subject heading the phrase ‘Wilde Collection’ along with your name. Please include a CV as a separate attachment, and if you maintain an academic website, you are welcome to include the address. My preference is for work that has not yet been published, but I will consider previously published material.

The deadline for abstracts is 15th November 2007. I will confirm receipt promptly.

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                          IV.       WOMEN AND CRIME IN BRITAIN AND NORTH AMERICA SINCE 1500


An Interdisciplinary Conference, Lyon 2 & Lyon 3 University, Lyon, France, 12-13 September 2008.

This conference will explore the complex relationship between women and crime over the last five centuries in Britain and North America: patterns of criminality, the experience of women criminals and victims of crime; the shifting mechanisms by which forms of behaviour are labelled deviant, and the representations of such behaviour in official and popular discourse, in law, science, the media, literature, drama and art. The conference is interdisciplinary in scope and encourages contributions from different theoretical perspectives. Proposals for thirty-minute papers are invited in the fields of social, cultural and political history, literature, drama, gender studies, the history of ideas and the history of art. Papers in social, political and literary theory together with historiography are also welcome.

The conference proceedings will be entirely in English. Proposals should contain a summary of not more than 500 words, together with a curriculum vitae and may be sent by e-mail or post to the conference organiser listed below. Deadline for proposals: 15th November 2007.

Neil Davie, Professor of British History, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Faculté de Langues, Département d’Etudes du Monde Anglophone, 74 rue Pasteur, 69365 Lyon cedex 07, FRANCE.


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Trinity College, Oxford 8th March 2008, call for papers

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) is now widely recognised not only as one of the most representative figures of the British fin de siècle, but as one of the most influential Anglophone authors of the nineteenth century. His texts command a wide readership outside the Anglo-American context and his plays are regularly performed in the major European theatres. But the history of his critical reception in the twentieth century is complex and discontinuous. In Britain Wilde suffered a long period of comparative neglect and lack of scholarship that followed the scandal of his conviction for ‘gross indecency’ in 1895; and it is only in the last few decades that his works have been fully reassessed and reinstated as central in the literary and dramatic canons of the nineteenth century. While Wilde was subjected to silence in Britain, he became a European phenomenon. He was famously attacked by Max Nordau in his influential treatise Degeneration; but he also attracted wide sympathy among fellow artists abroad, including major writers such as André Gide in France, Gabriele D’Annunzio in Italy and Hugo von Hofmannsthal in Austria. His works were performed in ground-breaking productions. Wilde’s famous dandyism, his witticisms, paradoxes and provocations became the object of imitation and parody; his controversial aesthetic doctrines were a strong influence not only on decadent writers, but also on the development of symbolist and modernist cultures. Wilde became a cultural type that migrated across borders and genres: the decadent aesthete, the flamboyant dandy, the tormented artist, the homosexual. He was and is in the centre of a cultural mythology that spans from the Victorian fin de siècle to our own day.

This colloquium, to take place in Trinity College, Oxford, on 8th March 2008, is part of an ongoing project that will result in the publication of a volume dedicated to Wilde in the Series on the Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe (general editor, Elinor Shaffer). Several contributions have already been commissioned. The aim of the colloquium is twofold: to provide current contributors with a forum to exchange ideas and findings; and to widen the scope of the existing research by bringing in new scholars and students in order to come to as comprehensive an understanding as possible of the European legacy of Wilde’s work. There is the possibility that some of the papers may be eventually included in the volume

Proposals are therefore invited for papers that explore any aspect of Wilde’s European reception, from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Contributions might include, but are not limited to questions of literary influence, performance history, translation, cultural and intellectual history, censorship, gender, the Wilde myth, etc.

Please submit 300-word abstracts for 20-minute papers to Stefano Evangelista ( by 1st December 2007


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VI.       Dress and the Natural World


Courtauld History of Dress Association, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London 27th – 28th June 2008


From feathers to leathers, bones to stones, jewels and furs and hair, this conference will explore the convergence of dress and the natural world. From the ermine-lined robes of medieval monarchs to today's catwalk-strutting feather-clad models, people have long adorned their bodies with such materials, or their facsimiles. Clothing made from animal parts or representing other elements of nature has provided some of the most striking dress through time and across cultures such as the splendour of a 19th century Siberian salmon skin coat or the aspirational luxury represented by the 1950s fur-clad movie star.


Papers are solicited that draw on a wide variety of symbolic, cultural and technical aspects of flora and fauna in dress, from a diversity of approaches and a spread of historical periods and geographical areas. Topics may include fur, feathers, skins and other creature components in dress across cultures; fashion's florals; the use of hair, straw, insects in dress and accessories; sumptuary laws and their aim of regulating the use of fur and other animal elements; imitation fur, ivory, jewels, tortoiseshell and other; precious jewels; moments of significant rebellion against using animals and their parts in dress; conserving clothing that uses fugitive materials from the natural world; the renewed enthusiasm of the early 21st century for furs and skins and the ecological movement and its impact on fashion.


CHODA hopes that this conference will explore many of these symbolic, cultural, social and technical aspects of the convergence of dress and the natural world.  This conference welcomes contributions from dress, textile and art historians, conservators, ethnographers, anthropologists, fashion theorists and social historians. Preference will be given to papers that include images.


CHODA regrets that it is unable to pay for any expenses involved in the preparation and presentation of a paper, or for travel to the conference. Please send a one-page abstract and brief CV by Friday 14th December 2007 to:


Sonnet Stanfill, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department V & A South Kensington London SW7 2RL Email


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VII.     Characters of the Press


Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) 40th annual conference Roehampton University, London, England. 4th-5th July 2008


“Character” was the term commonly used of the  Victorian press for what today we might call the “brand personality” of a  periodical - its distinctive features as a commodity in the marketplace. But how was this “character” created? Some periodicals identified themselves as people (one thinks of Mr Punch, or the less  voluble human figures on many a masthead) or with people (Howitt’s Journal, Reynolds’s Miscellany, Blackwood’s, or perhaps a reliable  stable of authors, or a named editor). Many sought to improve the character of readers by offering heroes or heroines for emulation. Some preferred a recurrent set of textual practices – format, layout, size, range of departments. Some characters were generated through the targeting of specific audiences such as grocers or suffragettes, radical workers or young imperialists. Others were prompted by the occasions on which they expected to be encountered – for reading en famille on Sundays, over weekday breakfast or while commuting. And then there is the vital question of how the press in general (or sections of it) were characterised by those within and outside it: what metaphors were mobilised and why?


This conference, then, offers a wide and varied route into the exciting and still only partially explored territory of Victorian periodicals. Indeed, RSVP will be happy to consider any proposal focused on periodicals and their relationship to print culture in nineteenth-century Britain.  One-page proposals for 20-minute papers are invited, as well as for panels of three papers on related topics, to be sent to Andrew King at  by 15th December 2007.


Roehampton University is located in south-west London, 45 minutes by public transport from central London. Campus-based accommodation is available for the conference. For more on the London location, see:


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Third International Conference of the Henry James Society, 9-13 July 2008 in historic mansions by the sea at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island.

Keynote Speakers:

Bill Brown, Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor University of Chicago

Richard Howard Professor, Columbia University School of the Arts

Proposals: We invite papers and panels on any aspects of James’s work, life, or influence; on Jamesian narrative, cultural, historical or critical *strands*; on James in Newport/Newport in James; and on new directions and critical legacies in James studies.

For paper proposals, maximum 500 word abstract and brief vitae; for panel proposals, maximum 700 word abstract-summarising the panel’s rationale and describing each paper-and a brief vitae for each speaker. Panels will be accepted or rejected as a whole. Proposals must include titles of papers (and panel if appropriate); presenter’s (and panel organizer*s) name(s) and institutional affiliation(s); mailing address, phone, fax and email address; two (2) copies of submitted materials (for hard-copy proposals). Presentations should be fifteen to twenty minutes long and in English. Panels should consist of three to four papers and may be chaired by one of the presenters.

Deadline for receipt of proposals: 20th December 2007. Send proposals (and direct inquiries) either electronically to (attachments readable in Word) or by regular mail to: Professor Julie Rivkin, Jamesian Strands, Box 5593, Connecticut College, New London, CT 06320.

Susan M. Griffin Dept of English, U of Louisville Louisville, KY 40292 502-852-6801 FAX:502-852-4182 Henry James Review 502-852-4671


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The Mid Atlantic Conference on British Studies will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, 29th March 2008, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which is located between Baltimore and Washington, D. C. close to Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.


Our plenary speaker will be Julia Rudolph, University of Pennsylvania and 2007-08 Fellow at the Folger Institute, who will discuss her current research on Common Law and Enlightenment in England, 1689-1750.


The Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies invites both established scholars and graduate students to submit proposals for panels or individual papers.  Thematic, round table, and pedagogical sessions will receive special consideration.  We are particularly interested in proposals that cross chronological and disciplinary boundaries.  We will also be entertaining specific proposals for one special session panel:  ’Women's Agency in Early Modern Britain: Family, Finance and Friendship,’ organized by Rosemary O'Day, Professor of History, The Open University.


Description:  Welcome attention has been given of late to the ways in which early modern women displayed both ingenuity and resilience in the face of the many obstacles in the way of their having a fulfilling life. Less attention has been accorded the context in which their agency was set. This special session will explore the purposes for which women, married and unmarried, exercised agency and assess the importance of their agency for family, connection and society. Papers (and a commentator) from all disciplines and covering all aspects of female agency will be considered but especially welcome will be those covering patronage, network building and education.


Finally, the conference will also feature a panel discussion of Seth Koven's Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London.


All proposals should include a 200 word abstract and a one-page CV with mailing address, phone number, fax number, and email address.  Applicants should also specifically indicate if they would like their proposal considered for the special session on ‘Women's Agency.’  Please also indicate if you will need AV support.


Inquiries can be made via email to the program co-chairs: Philip Stern ( ) or Julie Taddeo ( ).


Please send proposals, either by mail or electronically, by 11th January 2008 to:


Philip Stern, Department of History, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC  20016-8038.


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X.        The Viennese Café as an Urban Site of Cultural Exchange


A two-day conference organised by the Viennese Café and Fin-de-siècle Culture Research Project, to be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Royal College of Art, London on 17th and 18th October 2008.

As today, the cafés of fin-de-siècle Vienna were an important component of modern city life, an extension of both home and workplace.  Cafés were as much to do with intellectual and social interaction as with procuring refreshment.  This conference will focus on the complexities of the Viennese café as an urban space in order to better understand wider questions about Viennese modernism. Through its focus on the café, the conference aims to redefine our understanding not only of the arts in Vienna, but also of modernity more generally. The conference encourages a cross-disciplinary approach to subjects and welcomes proposals for papers from scholars and practitioners in any field. Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:


The complex inter-relationships between urban modernity and artistic modernism in relation to the Viennese café.

The Viennese café as a liminal space: public and private, ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture.

The café as a site for consumption: coffee and commerce.

Contrasts and comparisons between the Viennese café and the café cultures of other world cities.

The café as a site for performance.

The café as a designed space: interrelations between modern design, society and fashion.


The Viennese Café and Fin-de-siècle Research Project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is based at the Royal College of Art and Birkbeck, University of London. 

We invite abstracts of 400 words to be submitted electronically to Dr Charlotte Ashby

The deadline for submissions is 15th January 2008.


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XI.       ‘Edith Wharton and History’


Edith Wharton Conference in Lenox, Massachusetts, 26th-28th June 2008

The broad theme of this conference, organized by the Edith Wharton Society, aims to bring historical, cultural, and literary contexts to Wharton's life and all of her work. Please send abstracts of no more than 1000 words and a one-page cv to Carol Singley [] by 20th January 2008.

Possible topics include:

§         Edith Wharton and women's history and women's studies

§         Edith Wharton and women's writing

§         Edith Wharton in the work of others (her influence on others, her appearance in the work of others)

§         Historicizing aspects of Wharton's work

§         Edith Wharton and popular culture

§         Edith Wharton and cultural phenomena and practices

§         Edith Wharton and illness, addiction, etc.

§         Edith Wharton and publishing


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Modernism/Modernity's special issue on Submissions may treat any aspect of Aestheticism/Decadence and its relation to modernism and/or the formation of 20th-century ‘modernity.’ The field is open, but topics such Aestheticism and/ or Decadence and Victorian visualities, technology, architecture, or science in 19th-century painting, poetry, literature as they ‘interface’ with related phenomena and art in modernism are welcome.


Essays dealing with the Decadent Aesthetes foremost and their relation to definitions of ‘modernity’ will be considered.  Essays need not make connections with 20th-century writers if they incorporate some discussion of ‘modernity’ drawing on any of its many definitions.  Essayswill be accepted on topics/authors whose work dates back to 1860. Indeed, the issue will contain a special ‘archival’ section containing the first translation of Gautier's brief chapter on the Pre-Raphaelites Millais and Hunt from the 1855 exhibition.

Send by attachment to: and or by post to Prof. Cassandra Laity, Department of English, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940, USA. Deadline 1st February 2008.



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The Durrell School of Corfu will host 'An Investigation of Modern Love', an international seminar, at its Library and Study Centre, 18th-23rd May, 2008. Dr. Shere Hite and Professor Joseph Boone, University of Southern California, will act as moderators. We invite submissions on all aspects of literature, psychology, cultural history, sexology, gender studies and sociology relating to 'Modern Love'. We also hope to receive submissions addressing the work of Lawrence Durrell and those who influenced him or were influenced by him.  Access the CFP Poster in .pdf here

Lawrence Durrell provocatively opened his prefatory note to Balthazar in the Alexandria Quartet by stating

'Modern literature offers us no Unities, so I have turned to science and am trying to complete a four-decker novel whose form is based on the relativity proposition.... The central topic of the book is an investigation of modern love'

From this provocation, the May seminar of the Durrell School of Corfu takes its inspiration to discuss 'Modern Love' as a notion debated across the Humanities and Social Sciences. What do we mean when we consider 'modern' and 'love'? What of Early Modern Love? To make the matter more complicated, this prefatory note originally read 'bisexual love', and bisexuality is censored from the other epigrams. What then does 'love' entail, how does it relate to gender, sexual identity, plurality, and what role does science play in discussing the matter?

We aim to draw on expertise in as many areas as possible in order to elucidate the multiple ways Love and Gender Relations are experienced, described and understood in the 21st century (and in the cultural and literary context of key writers and investigators of the past).

'Durrell later came to realise... that 'modern love' was in itself an impossibility'. Richard Pine, Lawrence Durrell, The Mindscape

Opening from the issues surrounding Durrell's views on sex, his attitudes to love and women, to the gaps between man and woman, and the problems of gender and identity, seminar participants are asked to discuss any aspect of Modern Love. How representative were Durrell's views of his period? This query may be posed equally with regard to any author or artist. What is the relationship between art or literature and sociocultural attitudes toward sexuality? In what ways have both changed over time? Do we truly have 'no unities'?
Moreover, what does science offer in the 21st century, fifty years after the publication of Justine, the first volume of The Alexandria Quartet, in terms of the investigation of modern love? What has changed since Shakespeare (eg, The Sonnets), John Donne, Emily Bronte, Thomas Hardy and George Meredith (Modern Love); since Sade, Freud, Jung and D.H. Lawrence; since the Kinsey reports or Alex Comfort (a poet and correspondent of Durrell's), since Judith Butler, bell hooks, Judith Jack Halberstam, and so forth?
What have we learned about monogamy, polygamy, promiscuity, fidelity and the varieties of sexual experience in Humans and the Animal Kingdom? Since the Durrell School of Corfu reflects the concerns of both Durrell brothers, do Zoology or animal studies offer any new insights? What may be gleaned from Gerald Durrell's work, and that of other zoologists and conservationists, about the sexual life of primates, about breeding in captivity, and so forth?

Potential topics might include (but are not limited to):

§         Recent research, psychological, biological, zoological and scientific, about the nature of human and animal love, sexual behaviour and preferences (male and female), the gap between man and woman;

§         Fictional and poetic investigations and explorations of Love and 'Modern Love' in all its aspects;

§         Modernism, Post-Modernism and 'Modern Love';

§         Lawrence Durrell, especially The Alexandria Quartet, concepts of love, & sexual relations;

§         Papers on ground-breaking writers such as D.H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Constantine Cavafy, Sade, Olga Broumas, Doris Lessing;

§         Theoretical and scientific investigations of sexuality:

§         'Preference' versus 'Identity';

§         Eroticism and the Exotic, Intercultural relationships, the 'Female Other' as sex object/femme fatale; Postcolonial approaches; Masculinities Studies; Female/feminist perspectives on Love (and Lawrence Durrell);

§         Pornography, Erotica, Censorship, and Literature;

§         Film and Modern Love;

§         Gay and Lesbian studies and/or Queer Theory.


Dr. Shere Hite is an American born cultural historian, sex educator and feminist, an expert on psycho- sexual behaviour and gender relations. Her sexological work has focused primarily on female sexuality. Her books include The Hite Report on Female Sexuality, The Hite Report on Men and Male Sexuality, Women and Love: A Cultural Revolution in Progress, Sexual Honesty, by Women, for Women, and Oedipus Revisited. Her forthcoming books include Women Loving Women (relationships between women at work and at home), October 12, 2007 Arcadia U.K., and Questions, March 8, 2008 (International Women's Day), Seven Stories U.S. Her keynote topic at the seminar is expected to be concerned with the topic 'What is love as women talk about it and are there special emotions related to sex?'

Professor Joseph Boone is Professor of English at the University of Southern California, where he just finished a four-year term as Department Chair. A specialist in the novel as genre, gender and queer theory, and modernism, he is the author of Tradition Counter Tradition: Love and the Form of Fiction (Chicago 1987) and Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism (Chicago 1997). The latter includes a chapter that expands his earlier work on Durrell in a chapter titled: 'Fragmented Selves, Mythic Descents, and Third World Geographies: Fifties Writing Gone Mad in Lessing and Durrell.' Recipient of ACLS, Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Huntington Library Fellowships, among others, Boone has co-edited two collections, Engendering Men: The Question of Male Feminist Criticism (Routledge 1990) and Queer Frontiers: Millennial Geographies, Genders, and Generations (Wisconsin 2000). He has also written a dramatic musical, with his composer-brother Benjamin, based on Herman Melville's novel The Confidence-Man, and he is currently working on a project titled The Homoerotics of Orientalism. His keynote talk at the seminar is expected to be concerned with sexuality, travel, colonialism, modernism, and gay/queer figures.


Proposals (2 pages maximum), together with the author's CV, should reach the Durrell School by 1st February 2008. Presentations will be limited to 30 minutes each, with another 30 minutes allocated for discussion by participants including resident faculty and the moderators.

Full texts of accepted presentations must be received by the DSC by 1st May 2008 in electronic form. This is to facilitate circulation of the papers to all participants in advance. The papers should not be read at the seminar, but spoken to, since they will have been read by participants before the seminar opens. In other words, participants should discuss their papers in order to engage and begin discussion with an audience already familiar with the written copy.  A selection of papers will be published as part of the DSC's Proceedings.


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                           XIV.    Modernity and Modernism in fin-de-siècle Britain (1880-1914)


GRAAT one-day conference 16th May 2008


 The term modernity is used to describe a particular set of historical, cultural, economic and political conditions, and promotes - in opposition to tradition or community - a linear model of time and the abstract apparatus of the State.  Modernism refers to the literary and aesthetic representations of, and responses to, those same historical conditions.  Modernity is therefore the historical and cultural condition which makes modernism both necessary and possible.  The synergy between the two concepts, however, is often resolved into a contradiction.  Modernism often sits, that is, in a highly ambivalent, critical, subversive, relationship to the process of modernization: except when, through an enduring commitment to innovation, modernity shades back towards - in a new contradiction - the tradition of the modern, or indulges in a scientific or utopian discourse on the future revolution.  And here, certain forms of progressive radicalism appear almost indistinguishable from elitist nostalgia.


The organisers invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on aspects of late-Victorian/Edwardian society which foreground and explore these tensions.  The aim is to encourage an interdisciplinary approach linking social and intellectual history with music, architecture, the visual arts, and literature.  Colleagues who work on British civilization may want to consider the many confrontations between the forces of radicalism and reaction, the ambiguous positions taken up by some intellectuals in the development and reform of the British State and constitution, the sometimes paradoxically conservative implications of popular protest and emerging gender politics; or the many tensions and contradictions inherent in the status of Britain's empire at this time, expanding, yet fragile, at once an instrument of social policy innovation and the locus of pride in the favoured race.  For colleagues working in literary studies the aesthetic movement and end-of-century "decadence" also provided a variety of opportunities to theorise ambivalence and subversion, contradiction and paradox.  The theme also allows those who may wish to bring together the historical and the literary, to explore modernity/modernism through a cultural approach.


Please send abstracts by 2nd February 2008 to Trevor Harris ( AND Stephanie Prevost ( AND Sebastien Salbayre (


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  XV.      The inaugural issue of Neo-Victorian Studies


Neo-Victorian Studies is a new peer-reviewed, inter-disciplinary e-journal dedicated to contemporary re-imaginings of the nineteenth century in Literature, the Arts and Humanities.


The editors of Neo-Victorian Studies invite submissions from established and early career researchers and creative artists for the inaugural issue, to be published April-May 2008, on any topic related to the exploration of the nineteenth century from a twentieth/twenty-first century perspective. Contributions on the period's cultural legacies in non-British contexts, e.g. Asian, African, North and South American frameworks, are equally welcome.


Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

* theorising the neo-Victorian novel

*  intertextual / intervisual negotiations with the past

* cultural traumas and practices of commemoration

* refracting or 'queering' narratives of nation and empire

* tracing patterns of environmental impact and destruction

* the legacies of nineteenth century sexual politics

* the heritage of Victorian social policy

* rewriting histories of science and medicine

* the biographical imagination

* re-conceptualising children and childhood

* the fascinations of criminality

* spectrality, spiritualism, and the occult

* the space of cultural memory / the sense of place


Submissions may include:

* scholarly theoretical/critical articles of

6000-8000 words (plus bibliography)

* short creative pieces (any genre)

* polemical pieces

* interviews

* notices of work in progress

* reviews of relevant critical/creative publications in the field

* (for later issues) critical/creative responses to previous contributions



Please direct enquiries and send electronic submissions via email with Word Document attachment to the General Editor Marie-Luise Kohlke at  Please consult the submission guidelines, prior to submission. To be considered for the inaugural issue, submissions must be received no later than 10th February 2008.



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                           XVI.    Artistry and Industry: Representations of Creative Labour in Literature and the Visual Arts c. 1830-1900


18th-20th July 2008, University of Exeter


Keynote speakers include Elizabeth Prettejohn (Professor of History of Art, University of Bristol) and Talia Schaffer (Associate Professor of English, CUNY). This interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the nature and representation of artistic labour within the nineteenth century’s expanding print and visual culture.


Its focus will be on artistic ‘industry’ in a variety of forms including, but not limited to, the nature of artistic work as conceptualised by writers and artists, artistry as a profession, and art as commodity.


Drawing together contributors from Literature, Art History, History, Drama and beyond, Artistry and Industry will also examine the connections and the separations between those artistic milieux regarded as high-culture (painting, sculpture, literature) and those classed as ‘art-industry’ - such as pottery-painting, art needlework or engraving – or even hack-work (such as Grub-Street writing).


We seek insights not only into the production, dissemination and consumption of particular texts or objets d’art, but into the myths and images developing around such figures as The Painter, The Lady Novelist, The Man of the Theatre, The Craftswoman, The Poet, The Illustrator and The Muse. We invite abstracts (up to 300 words) from across the arts and humanities for 15-20 minute papers. Please submit abstracts, including your name as you would like it to appear, institutional affiliation, and email address by 15th February 2008, to Themes to consider include: Celebrity/obscurity/notoriety/reputation/respectability Hand-making/mass (re)production/publishing and distribution Interior design/ dress design Designer/Writer/Actor/Musician et al as artist Fine/decorative/domestic arts Advertising/literature/manuals for amateur/creative work Professional/amateur status Aesthetics/commerce Literary/visual representation


Conference organizers: Dr Sunie Fletcher, Dr Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi, Sally Anne Huxtable, Dr Patricia Zakreski.


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XVII.  Crime Cultures


University of Portsmouth, UK14th-16th July 2008


Confirmed keynote speakers: Elisabeth Bronfen, Linden Peach, Nicole Rafter, Renata Salecl, Mark Seltzer


Notions of criminality, pathology and deviance are increasingly central to our understanding of culture.  From stalkers to serial killers, terrorists to ‘school shooters’, violent crime seems one of the key symptoms of our age. Not surprisingly, the academic study of crime fiction has been undergoing a resurgence in the 21st Century. Crime fiction is now established as something approaching a core subject on literature curricula, as well as an expanding, exciting field of research. This expansion, however, also means that the generic approach which has traditionally governed academic approaches to crime fiction now seems too constrained.


The organizers of ‘Crime Cultures’ invite papers and panels which both incorporate and extend beyond established crime texts and genres, exploring more broadly the intersection between crime and culture. Contributors are encouraged to consider the significance of crime in books and films not usually considered ‘crime fiction’, to re-assess canonical crime texts, to analyse how culture ‘constructs’ crime and criminals, or to examine how culture produces, shapes, appropriates or mimics criminal behaviour.


Possible topics may include, but are not limited to: figures of crime (iconic investigators and criminals, real or fictional); figuring crime (how notions of crime are used to understand culture); crime histories; theories of crime; the ‘aesthetics’ of crime; shifting demarcations of crime; symptomatic contemporary crimes (e.g. stalking, terrorism, gun massacre); postcolonial crime; political crimes and assassinations; ‘True Crime’; war crimes; gun culture.


Proposals (200-300 words) for 20-minute presentations are welcome from scholars of any discipline and should be submitted electronically to the conference organizers Dr Bran Nicol, Dr Patricia Pulham, and Dr Eugene McNulty, by Friday 29th February 2008 via the conference e-mail address: A registration form will become available at about the same time.  Please note AV requirements and indicate if you would like the abstract to be considered for inclusion in the post-conference publications.


Contact details:


Bran Nicol, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, University of Portsmouth, Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS, England



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  XVIII. 1st Anarchist Studies Network Conference


4th-6th September, 2008 (to be confirmed)


Loughborough University


Call for Workshop Convenors


Building on the success of a number of subject specific conferences over the last two years, the PSA Anarchist Studies Network is planning a full, independent conference for September 2008. The conference is open, organised primarily through workshops to allow themes to emerge from submissions. Our aims are to facilitate communication, stimulate the development of networks, and develop understandings of anarchism. The conference is open to everyone with an interest in anarchist studies and participants are encouraged to present work in progress as well as more finished contributions.


This call is for workshop convenors to propose themes, ideas, and topics for discussion, which can then be developed over the coming months.  We invite proposals from activists, organisers, researchers, popular educators, students - indeed anyone desiring to participate in this on-going conversation.  In the best anarchist tradition, the event will be defined by the participants. What would you like to see happen? What kind of discussions do you think are important? Would you like to organise a workshop or contribute in other ways?


The design of workshops and other sessions are the preserve of their convenors in discussion with the conference organisers. The aim is to allow convenors the fullest opportunity to tailor sessions to the specific needs of their subject area, the session and its participants, and to create a convivial environment in which to present and debate ideas.  Panels can vary from two to twelve papers or presentations over one to four workshop-sessions in any given subject area relevant to anarchist studies broadly defined.


Submission Notes:




At this stage we are simply looking for workshop or panel convenors. If you would like to organise a session at the conference, please submit a brief description of the panel (300-500 words), including the name and contact details of the facilitator/convenor.


 Panel proposals will be posted on the ASN website after the expiry of the deadline as a resource for individuals and groups to orient themselves.


We will accept unsolicited paper abstracts and forward them to appropriate convenors where possible. However you are encouraged to respond to convenors' individual calls for papers in the first instance. Please therefore refer to the ASN website regularly.


DEADLINE: 1st March 2008




Proposals toward evening entertainments, artistic interventions, etc very welcome!


CONTACT for submissions, proposals, registration and further details: Ruth Kinna ( or Dave Berry ( 


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                                 XIX.   A special issue of Life Writing (volume 6, number 1 - April 2009)


Edited by Jo Gill, University of Exeter and Mel Waters, University of Newcastle.


Submissions of articles (8000 words max) and shorter reflections (up to 2000 words) are invited for a special issue of the journal Life Writing on the theme of ‘Poetry and Autobiography’.


This special issue will examine some of the assumptions about, and crossovers between, the discrete disciplines of life writing and poetry. While poetry, as a genre which is persistently exercised by questions about language, form, subjectivity, authority, truth, and reference, shares much common ground with life writing, the relationship between the two genres is rarely interrogated. In addition, so-called ‘personal’ poetry is infrequently read with an attentiveness to the kinds of questions about authenticity and representation with which prose life writing is often (and productively) met.


Contributions to this special issue of Life Writing will ask what, if anything, is distinctive about autobiographical poetry; what are the conventions and practices which attach to the form and shape the ways in which it is read? What does it demand of its practitioners and what does it offer to its readers? How useful are current theories of life writing – predicated as they often are on a study of prose narrative – to the study of the poetic text? How, if at all, might scholars of poetry and autobiography begin to bridge the gaps that separate the two disciplines in existing critical discourses? Is it necessary to rethink dominant interpretative frameworks in the light of the insights offered by poetry?


We invite papers which consider the complicated relationship between the two genres, and which address the hypothesis that poetry might have something valid to contribute to the theory and practice of life writing. Likewise, we are keen to see scholarship that asks how theories of life writing might help to expose and understand the complexity of the poetic ‘I’.


In common with the Aims and Scope of the journal, we are interested in work that incorporates an interdisciplinary perspective and we welcome submissions which broaden the geographical focus of life writing beyond the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe.


Work submitted to the Articles section should follow the journal’s usual style guidelines (see Work submitted to the Reflections section carries critically informed personal narrative linking theory and experience; on this occasion, the journal is happy to consider poetry in this section. Items in both sections must be original and unpublished. All submissions undergo an anonymous peer-review process.


Initial enquiries may be addressed to or Please submit completed articles by e-mail attachment to both of the above addresses, or by post to:


Jo Gill, Department of English, University of Exeter, Queen’s Building, Queen’s Drive, Exeter, EX4 4QJ, UK.

Mel Waters, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Percy Building, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle, NE1 7RU, UK.

Deadline for submissions: 15th March 2008.


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The 7th Annual Literary London conference will be hosted by the Department of English, School of Arts, Brunel University, London, at the Uxbridge Campus, 2nd – 4th July 2008.

‘Uxbridge has cornered the market in liminal architecture’
– Iain Sinclair, London Orbital (2002


‘When you get to Beckenham, which is the last parish in Kent, the country begins to assume a cockney-like appearance; all is artificial, and you no longer feel any interest in it’
– William Cobbett, Rural Rides (1830)

‘… what London attracts with the mirage of its work shining across the counties and the countries, London holds with the glamour of its leisure’
– Ford Madox Ford, The Soul of London (1905)

‘The motorway towns were built on the frontier between a tired past and a future without illusions and snobberies’
– J.G. Ballard, Kingdom Come (2006)

The majority of Greater London consists of areas like Uxbridge; places which once had an independent existence but have been relentlessly consumed by the outward sprawl of the city. As we can see from Cobbett’s observations, even in the first half of the nineteenth century there was no longer a simple boundary between City and Country but something of a twilight zone in which nothing was real. While Cobbett bemoaned the collapse of traditional rural paternalism into the enforced pauperism of wage labour, the zone enabled new forms of living. For Ford, it was precisely the persistence of an almost parodic version of the ‘Country’ in the outer zones which allowed the masses to partake in the cultured leisure pursuits of the gentry as London and Country seasons merged into one daily commute. Thus was the trace of true individualism preserved within modern mass society and, thereby, the possibility of a fulfilling utopian future was kept tantalisingly open. But the transition was never completed: Ford talked of romantic suburbanites doomed to ‘an always tragic death’ and while, less than forty years later, George Orwell thought that he had found ‘the germs of future England’ along the arterial roads ‘in Slough, Barnet, Dagenham, Letchworth, Hayes’, this England has not so much appeared as become part of the landscape of the past. Sinclair talks of West Drayton in this manner as an historical frontier in which ‘Bicycle shops are a nostalgic recollection of the days when H.G. Well’s clerks took to the country roads.’ In Ballard’s Kingdom Come, the implicit utopian nostalgia of the Cross of St George has become the nostalgia for an English fascism that never was and the outer London zone simmers with the threat of millennial meltdown as all the part-digested historical essences ever consumed by the sprawl threaten to spew forth. There may never be a better time to identify the constituent elements of London’s outer zones. This conference welcomes any such attempts as it seeks to map the very liminality of London.

Please note that the headline theme of the event does not exclude other proposals concerning any other aspect relevant to Literary London themes and contexts, which are most welcome, as are complete panels (subject to final approval by the conference organizers). Additionally, while the main focus of the conference will be on literary and cultural representations of London, the organizers actively encourage interdisciplinary contributions relating to film, architecture, geography, theories of urban space, etc.. Papers from postgraduate students are welcome for consideration.

Originally founded in the 1960s expansion of Higher Education in Britain, Brunel’s Uxbridge campus lies four miles and twenty minutes taxi ride from Heathrow Airport, and is a reasonable journey by underground to central London (King’s Cross and Piccadilly approx. 50 minutes; Waterloo approx. 55 minutes; Kew Gardens and Tower of London approx. just over an hour – estimated timings Transport for London). Participants staying longer can avail themselves of various research libraries including the British Library, London’s theatre land and all of the city’s historical and architectural sights, plus its culture. Both Oxford and Cambridge can be visited easily in a day from Uxbridge.

London is one of the world’s major cities with a long and rich literary tradition reflecting both its diversity and its significance as a cultural and commercial centre. Literary London 2008 aims to:

§         Read literary and cultural texts in their historical and social context and in relation to theoretical approaches to the study of the metropolis;

§         Explore the relationship of margins, the central and spaces between;

§         Investigate the changing cultural and historical geography of London;

§         Situate Londoners, the city’s visitors and their various psychogeographic spaces;

§         Consider the social, political, and spiritual fears, hopes, and perceptions that have inspired representations of London;

§         Trace different traditions of representing London and examine how the pluralism of London society is reflected in London literature and its cultural narratives; and,

§         Celebrate the contribution London and Londoners have made to English and World literature

This should be an occasion for productive dialogue between scholars of literary and material culture. Papers on any of literary, theoretical, narrative and material aspects of London and its representation are anticipated. Proposals for comprised panels of three (or four) speakers are also welcome.

Proposals of approximately 300 word are invited for 20-minute papers which consider any period or genre of English literature about, set in, inspired by, or alluding to central and suburban London and its environs, from the city’s roots in Roman times to the present day. Add a brief description (where relevant indicating institutional affiliation and publications in particular) of the proposer, by email only, to both: Nick Hubble and Philip Tew

Note that your subject line must include the phrase ‘LITERARY LONDON BRUNEL 2008’ since your message will be initially retrieved and sorted automatically. If you do not do so it may well be lost in this process.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 28th April 2008.

Notification of early acceptance can be provided for those requiring institutional funding, particularly in the case of international scholars. The conference fee will be posted in due course once the costing has been finalized. There will be discounted rates for postgraduate students, the retired, and additional general discounts for those paying in advance (to be announced).

Literary London Web site:

The Annual Literary London conference is mutually supportive of the e-journal of the same name.



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