Showing posts with label Neo-Victorian Studies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Neo-Victorian Studies. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Reminder: Neo-Victorian Studies Special Issue "Neo-Victorianism and Globalisation" (10/15/2013)


Neo-Victorianism and Globalisation:
Transnational Dissemination of Nineteenth-Century Cultural Texts
2014 Special Issue of Neo-Victorian Studies


This is a gentle reminder for those interested in submitting an article and/or creative piece to the special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies entitled Neo-Victorianism and Globalisation that the deadline for submission of full articles is approaching fast (October 15, 2014).


This special issue seeks to explore the rise and the scope of the globalisation of neo-Victorianism. We are witnesses today to a transnational spread of all things Victorian verging on 'Victorianomania', where different elements of nineteenth-century literature and material culture are continuously translated, adapted and recycled for contemporary use. On the one hand, the re-visioned revival of popular genres of the nineteenth century is evident in a spate of neo-Victorian novels that re-visit Victorian fiction in terms of style and content as well as rethink the narrative format of the eponymous 'loose, baggy monsters'. Whether they are playful investigations of cosmopolitanism within the history of globalised economy - as depicted in Amitav Ghosh's The Sea of Poppies - or of transatlantic narratives and cultural connections between Victorian London and the contemporary US cityscape - as in HBO's TV series The Wire - neo-Victorian fictions engage not only with nineteenth-century narrative pace and plotting but also with the period's cross-fertilised popular genres. At the same time, the plethora of TV, film, video games, graphic novels, fashion and interior design adaptations and appropriations of Victorian art, literature and culture are clearly influenced by the global market, testifying to the impact of the ever-spreading 'participatory culture' (Jenkins 2006). This special issue aims to chart the patterns and politics of neo-Victorianism's transnational production and dissemination.

Some of the key questions Neo-Victorianism and Globalisation seeks to
address are:

  • To what extent can we talk about the process of translating elements of nineteenth-century literature and culture into contemporary media as 'neo-Victorianism' outside of the Anglo-American context?
  • How does nostalgia inform/deform the relationship between appropriated Victorian narrative forms and their global circulation?
  • What political dynamics underlie the transnational dissemination of the '(neo-)Victorian', both as a term and concept, and what are its ideological implications?
  • How broadly can 'neo-Victorian' be expanded as a generic term before it loses its critical value?
  • Does neo-Victorianism run the risk of being construed as a form of cultural imperialism?
  • How does postcolonialism contest and/or intersect with trans- and multiculturalism in neo-Victorian remediations of the nineteenth-century past?
  • How can attention to multiple (national, ethnic, and cultural) publics and markets avoid totalising 'neo-Victorianism' as a monolithic concept?
  • Which particular Victorian genres (such as Gothic, detection or sensation fiction), predominate in different neo-Victorian media and cultural contexts and why?
  • What unacknowledged, potentially discriminatory or disabling mechanisms may be discerned in neo-Victorian critical discourse (e.g. Anglo-American/Euro-centrism, Western-focused trauma discourse, new forms of sexism, etc.)?
Please address enquiries and expressions of interest to the guest editors Antonija Primorac at primorac@ffst.hr and Monika Pietrzak-Franger at pietrzak@anglistik.uni-siegen.de. Completed articles and/or creative pieces, along with a short biographical note, will be due by October 15, 2013 and should be sent via email to the guest editors, with a copy to neovictorianstudies@swansea.ac.uk. Please consult the NVS website (submission guidelines) for further guidance.https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

CFP: Neo-Victorian Humour: The Rhetorics and Politics of Comedy, Irony and Parody (2/28/2014; 9/1/2014)


The editorial board for Neo-Victorian Studies invite contributions on the theme of Neo-Victorian Humour for the fifth volume in Rodopi’s Neo-Victorian Series, to be published in 2015. This edited collection will examine the manifold modes, functions, and implications of humour across neo-Victorian media, such as literature, film, anime, graphic novels, videogames, visual art, performance and lifestyle (e.g. steampunk). The volume will explore neo-Victorianism in the light of contemporary aesthetics as the art of indirect speech, what Umberto Eco famously described as   “accept[ing] the challenge of the past, of the already said” to “consciously and with pleasure play the game of irony” (Reflections on The Name of the Rose, 1994) – but also to engage in more aggressive games of parody, aesthetic travesty, confrontation and denunciation. The omnipresence of a humorous awareness tends to insist on a crucial difference and distance between neo-Victorianism and its nineteenth-century referent, thus seemingly arguing against a nostalgic stance. Yet humorous devices can also be employed to recycle invidious ideologies (e.g. racism, imperialism, classism, sexism) under the politically correct guise of comical debunking or subversion, even to the point of carrying forward a pro-nostalgic agenda. From a technical point of view, humour also implies the establishment of a complicity with the audience, involving readers/viewers in complex games that may finally have less bearing on the diegetic world than on the textual, intertextual and metatextual nineteenth-century worlds being re-imagined. We encourage chapters to investigate the inherent contradictions of neo-Victorian humour’s aims and effects, both as a means of self-consciously creative experimentation and adaptation of historical events, figures, and artifacts and as a self-defeating nihilistic or anti-historical project. Possible topics may include, but need not be limited to the following:

  • humour’s shaping of contemporary views of ‘the Victorian’ and the long nineteenth century
  • the postmodern features and implications of neo-Victorian humour
  • the technical distancing devices of neo-Victorian humour: anachronism, parody, comedy, irony, structural counterpoint, double or multiple narratives, mise en abyme, and all forms of metatextuality
  • comic modes, audience complicity, and resistance
  • neo-Victorian humour and the Gothic
  • the politicisation of neo-Victorian humour
  • neo-Victorian humour, empathy, and its limits
  • comic innovation and the principle of ironic reprise
  • the role of playfulness and narrative games
  • ethical and non-ethical humour in neo-Victorianism
  • humour’s functions within and across neo-Victorian genres and media
  • neo-Victorian humour and trauma
  • the principle of humour  in adaptations and adaptive practice
  • neo-Victorianism, symbolic justice, and having the last laugh


Please send 300-500 word proposals (for 8,000-10,000 word chapters) by 28 February 2014 to the series editors, Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian  Gutleben (m.l.kohlke@swansea.ac.uk and Christian.GUTLEBEN@unice.fr). Please add a  short   biographical  note  in  the  body of your email. Completed chapters will be due by 1 September 2014.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

CFP: Neo-Victorianism and Globalisation (10/15/2013)




Neo-Victorianism and Globalisation:
Transnational Dissemination of Nineteenth-Century Cultural Texts
2014 Special Issue of Neo-Victorian Studies

This special issue seeks to explore the rise and the scope of the globalisation of neo-Victorianism. We are witnesses today to a transnational spread of all things Victorian verging on 'Victorianomania', where different elements of nineteenth-century literature and material culture are continuously translated, adapted and recycled for contemporary use. On the one hand, the re-visioned revival of popular genres of the nineteenth century is evident in a spate of neo-Victorian novels that re-visit Victorian fiction in terms of style and content as well as rethink the narrative format of the eponymous 'loose, baggy monsters'. Whether they are playful investigations of cosmopolitanism within the history of globalised economy - as depicted in Amitav Ghosh's The Sea of Poppies - or of transatlantic narratives and cultural connections between Victorian London and the contemporary US cityscape - as in HBO's TV series The Wire - neo-Victorian fictions engage not only with nineteenth-century narrative pace and plotting but also with the period's cross-fertilised popular genres. At the same time, the plethora of TV, film, video games, graphic novels, fashion and interior design adaptations and appropriations of Victorian art, literature and culture are clearly influenced by the global market, testifying to the impact of the ever-spreading 'participatory culture' (Jenkins 2006). This special issue aims to chart the patterns and politics of neo-Victorianism's transnational production and dissemination.

Some of the key questions Neo-Victorianism and Globalisation seeks to
address are:

  • To what extent can we talk about the process of translating elements of nineteenth-century literature and culture into contemporary media as 'neo-Victorianism' outside of the Anglo-American context?
  • How does nostalgia inform/deform the relationship between appropriated Victorian narrative forms and their global circulation?
  • What political dynamics underlie the transnational dissemination of the '(neo-)Victorian', both as a term and concept, and what are its ideological implications?
  • How broadly can 'neo-Victorian' be expanded as a generic term before it loses its critical value?
  • Does neo-Victorianism run the risk of being construed as a form of cultural imperialism?
  • How does postcolonialism contest and/or intersect with trans- and multiculturalism in neo-Victorian remediations of the nineteenth-century past?
  • How can attention to multiple (national, ethnic, and cultural) publics and markets avoid totalising 'neo-Victorianism' as a monolithic concept?
  • Which particular Victorian genres (such as Gothic, detection or sensation fiction), predominate in different neo-Victorian media and cultural contexts and why?
  • What unacknowledged, potentially discriminatory or disabling mechanisms may be discerned in neo-Victorian critical discourse (e.g. Anglo-American/Euro-centrism, Western-focused trauma discourse, new forms of sexism, etc.)?
Please address enquiries and expressions of interest to the guest editors Antonija Primorac at primorac@ffst.hr and Monika Pietrzak-Franger at pietrzak@anglistik.uni-siegen.de. Completed articles and/or creative pieces, along with a short biographical note, will be due by 15 October 2013 and should be sent via email to the guest editors, with a copy to neovictorianstudies@swansea.ac.uk. Please consult the NVS website (submission guidelines) for further guidance.https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

CFP: Special Neo-Victorian Issue of the Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies (4/1/2013)




The Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies (AJVS) invites submissions for a special edition on neo-Victorianism to be published in September 2013. AJVS is a fully refereed journal published by the Australasian Victorian Studies Association, with articles covering topics as diverse as archaeology, architecture, art, economics, history, literature, medicine, philosophy, print culture, psychology, science, sociology and theatre appearing in its pages. 

The past decade has seen increasing scholarly interest in what Marie-Luise Kohlke, editor of Neo-Victorian Studies, calls "the afterlife of the nineteenth century in the cultural imaginary". This edition aims to contribute to the growing interdisciplinary dialogue about the ways in which the Victorian period is re-imagined in contemporary culture. The guest editor invites research papers on any aspect of the neo-Victorian, including, but not limited to:

  • Neo-Victorian literature, popular fiction, graphic novels and comic books;
  • Film, television and dramatic adaptations of Victorian literature;
  • Steampunk fiction, art and fashion;
  • Neo-Victorianism and cultural conservatism;
  • Neo-Victorianism and its significance for Victorian Studies;
  • Nostalgia and remembering;
  • Gender, sexuality and class politics and neo-Victorianism.

Papers of no more than 7,000 words in length should be emailed as a Word document with an accompanying abstract of approximately 200 words to Dr Michelle Smith, msmith@unimelb.edu.au  by 1 April 2013.

Author guidelines for AJVS are available at the journal website: http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/AJVS/about/submissions#authorGuidelines


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Reminder: Neo-Victorianism and Feminism: New Approaches (2/28/2013)



Special Issue 2013
Neo-Victorianism and Feminism: New Approaches

Guest Editors: Tara MacDonald and Joyce Goggin

Neo-Victorianism and feminism have been linked since the appearance of novels like Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) and John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969). Feminist theory has, furthermore, offered critics tools with which to understand and evaluate the tendency for neo-Victorian texts and media to rewrite women’s history or, simply, to write women (back) into history. Yet, as Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben have noted, “certain neo-Victorian perspectives – the nineteenth-century fallen woman, medium, or homosexual, for instance – have become rather over-used, tired, and hackneyed” (Neo-Victorian Tropes of Trauma, 23). Indeed, many neo-Victorian texts have followed in the footsteps of Rhys and Fowles in re-writing the story of the fallen woman or madwoman, and it remains to be seen if this impulse to redress the ignored histories of nineteenth-century women still has currency in the twenty-first century. Or has, rather, the repeated characterisation of these now standard figures ironically made them into clich├ęs that reinforce unproductive stereotypes rather than giving voice to women as distinctive subjects?

This special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies will explore the relationship between feminism and neo-Victorian texts, objects, and media in the twenty-first century. Papers dealing with late-twentieth century texts will also be considered, but the issue will primarily address recent developments in neo-Victorianism, in an attempt to offer new ways in which to understand neo-Victorianism as a feminist discourse (or not). For instance, what figures have been obscured in the focus on the fallen or mad woman? How has the Victorian woman remained a figurehead for contemporary feminism? Can the neo-Victorian impulse be most clearly associated with second-wave, third-wave, or post-feminism? And what forms of feminist dialogues exist between neo-Victorian critics and authors?

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • feminist characters in neo-Victorian literature and film
  • the utility of feminist theory in reading neo-Victorian texts
  • ‘ancestors’ of contemporary figurations of the fallen woman, madwoman, medium, etc.
  • notions of time and history in relation to neo-Victorianism and feminism
  • neo-Victorian understandings of the family and marriage
  • TV/film adaptations of proto-feminist Victorian texts
  • the performance of Victorian femininity in music, theatre, performance art, etc.
  • intersections of queer theory and feminism in neo-Victorian fiction and criticism
  • postcolonial discourse and  representations of neo-Victorian womanhood

Please address enquiries and expressions of interest to the guest editors Tara MacDonald at T.C.MacDonald@uva.nl and Joyce Goggin at J.Goggin@uva.nl. Completed articles and/or creative pieces, along with a short biographical note, will be due by 28 February 2013 and should be sent via email to the guest editors, with a copy to neovictorianstudies@swansea.ac.uk. Please consult the NVS website (submission guidelines) for further guidance.

Monday, February 20, 2012

CFP: Neo-Victorian Studies General Issue 2012/13


Neo-Victorian Studies is currently soliciting scholarly and creative work for its 2012/13 general issue.  The editors welcome articles from established and early career scholars and creative artists on any topic related to the exploration of nineteenth-century legacies from twentieth/twenty-first-century perspectives.  We encourage papers that push the understanding or cultural memory of the ‘Victorian’ beyond its usual temporal and geographical boundaries, investigating the politics of memorialisation, appropriation, adaptation and revision within inter-disciplinary frameworks and across multimedia. We seek work that expands current theoretical concepts of neo-Victorianism and actively interrogates the conditions under which the nineteenth century re-appears in and continues to inform our globalised present. We welcome work on issues as diverse as historical trauma; nationalism and legacies of empire; the politics of nostalgia; ‘the repressive hypothesis’; cultural and economic neo-colonialism/reverse colonisation; aesthetic and political ideologies; the ‘neo-Victorian’ as hybrid genre, mode, or trace; and the 'after-lives' of Victorian figures, texts and artworks. We invite projects that explore the different genres, cultures and spaces of re-doing the nineteenth century or that examine the neo-Victorian as style, performance and practice.

In addition to

  • scholarly theoretical/critical articles of 6000-8000 words (plus bibliography)
  • creative pieces (any genre of creative writing or creative arts)

 NVS also invites:

  • polemical pieces
  • interviews
  • notices of work in progress
  • reviews of relevant critical/creative publications in the field
  • critical/creative responses to previous contributions
Please direct enquiries and send electronic submissions via email with Word Document attachment to the General & Founding Editor, Marie-Luise Kohlke at neovictorianstudies@swansea.ac.uk. Please consult our submission guidelines, prior to submission.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Reminder: Neo-Victorian Studies special issue 2012 "The Other Dickens: Neo-Victorian Appropriation and Adaptation" (2/29/2012)


As part of the bicentenary celebrations of Dickens's birth, the editors of a special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies on 'The Other Dickens: Neo-Victorian Appropriation and Adaptation' invite contributors to consider the 'other' Dickens - those aspects of Dickens's life and work that have been the subject of recent revision, reappraisal, and transformation in contemporary culture. The special issue will aim to critically assess our persisting fascination with this canonical Victorian figure and, more generally, the 'Dickensian' cultural legacy of the Victorian age in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We would especially welcome papers and creative pieces which address the continued influence of Dickens on neo-Victorian studies, in literature, in bio-fiction, as well as in film and television adaptations of his novels.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Dickens and adaptation/re-writings
  • Dickens and the legacies of Empire
  • International/trans-cultural Dickens in the age of globalisation
  • Dickens and contemporary politics (social reforms, the 'Big Society', philanthropy)
  • Dickens and twenty-first-century material/commodity culture and consumerism
  • Dickens and revisions of gender in the private and public spheres
  • Dickens and neo-Victorian nostalgia
  • Gothicised Dickens/Dickens's ghosts
  • Dickens and Dickens's women in bio-fiction
  • Dickens and (self-)performance/performing the past

Please send a 500 word proposal for a 6,000-8,000 word chapter to the guest editors Elodie Rousselot (Elodie.Rousselot@port.ac.uk) and Charlotte Boyce (charlotte.boyce@port.ac.uk) by 29 February 2012, adding a short biographical note. Completed articles and/or creative pieces will be due by 15 July 2012 and should be sent as a Word.doc attachment via email to the guest editors, with a copy to neovictorianstudies@swansea.ac.uk. Please consult the NVS website http://www.neovictorianstudies.com/ for further submission guidelines.