The English Literature 1800-1900 panel seeks papers for the 2012 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention to be held on November 8-11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In keeping with the informal theme of “debt” for the M/MLA 2012 convention, the English II: English Literature 1800-1900 panel seeks to present discussions of works and writers that deal in some fashion with that nineteenth-century juggernaut, debt. Possible themes include indebtedness and influence, borrowers and lenders, bonds and contracts, economics of lack, states of debt, oaths and promises, gift-giving, cultures of expenditure, occupy literature, trans-cultural capital, deferring, symbolic economics, ecological materialism, rethinking civic missions/practices, forgiveness, gratitude, literature of demand, emotional obligation, debts of affect, and student loans. Papers on any form or genre of British literature between 1800 and 1900 are welcome. Proposals of 200 to 400 words should be sent by May 7th to Nancee Reeves, Purdue University, firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected presenters will be informed by June 1st, 2012 and must register for the conference by July 1, 2012.