Sunday, September 08, 2013

Reminder: NCSA 2014 Urbanism and Urbanity "British and Continental European Romantic-era Writers" (9/30/2013;3/20-22/2014)

Urbanism and Urbanity
Chicago, IL
March 20-22, 2014
Deadline: September 30, 2013

Maria K. Bachman and Maria Gindhart, Program Co-Chairs,

As part of the 2014 Nineteenth Century Studies Association gathering in Chicago, Arnold Schmidt is seeking papers for panels on British and Continental European Romantic-era writers treating the conference theme of the “Urban and Urbanity.” Related themes might include the following:

  • the Romantic city
  • the city and fashion
  • the city and education
  • the city and commerce
  • the city as utopia or dystopia
  • the city as nation
  • the city and the citizen
  • the city and the social season
  • the city and the demi-monde
  • the city and spectacle
  • the city and popular entertainment

Papers might consider the “Urban” in writers including, but by no means limited to Coleridge, De Quincey, Mary Hays, Elizabeth Inchbald, Charles Lucas, Harriet Martineau, Hannah More, Amelia Opie, Sydney Owenson, Frances Trollope, Helen Maria Williams, Wollstonecraft, and Wordsworth. 

Scholars might also treat the theme of "urbanity" and hence focus on novels of manners and/or Romantic satirists like Austen, Byron, Edgeworth, Peacock, among others. These panels are not limited to British writers and particularly welcome papers about Continental European Romantics. 

Email 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers, as well as one-page vitae, to my attention at by the deadline of September 30, 2013.  Please feel free to contact Arnold Schmidt with questions about the appropriateness of possible paper topics.

Graduate students and international scholars may compete for partial travel funding.  For more information, see the general call for papers below.