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“Beyond Genius and Muse: Collaborating Couples in 20th Century Arts” (International)

Abstract Deadline: December 16, 2016

Dates: April 18-19, 2017

Location: University of Bristol

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Common perceptions of the artist still picture a lonely genius in a room of his own, writing, painting, or composing great works in isolation while amanuenses or, more likely, his wife takes care of worldly matters. Conversely, cultural history can sometimes cast artists as vessels floating on a tide of external events. Reality is more complex, especially in the twentieth century: here, the pace of change in societal and relationship dynamics render both these imaginary positions problematic. Examining collaborating couples can force us to rethink the paradigms of working relationships in the arts. Whether couples collaborated or hindered each other, what are the means to describe such complex creative partnerships? How can feminism, gender theories, and queer studies help shift perceptions and rediscover hidden powers and intimate connections? What methodologies can we use to research and write about intra-art and interdisciplinary couples? How do such couples perceive themselves and their work? This conference seeks to engage with all kinds of collaborating couples, be it cases where traditional roles are intact, reversed, or changed otherwise.

Prof. Frances Spalding CBE, FRSL
Anthony Payne & Jane Manning OBE

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“Consuming Animals” (International)

Abstract Deadlines: December 14, 2016

Dates: March 17-18, 2017

Location: University of York, UK

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Keynote speakers: Prof. Diana Donald, Prof. Timothy Morton

This two-day interdisciplinary conference is designed to bring together those in the humanities whose work explores “humanimal” relations during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In particular, it seeks to investigate the various, and often ambiguous, ways in which animals were consumed by humans symbolically and materially. Through various methods of consumption, typically characterised by exploitation and violence, human society and accepted definitions of what it means to be human, have nevertheless been fundamentally shaped by animals. Whether on the end of a gourmand’s fork or a whaler’s harpoon, on the lap of an aristocrat or by the side of a beggar, conjured as majestic and wild by the artist’s brush or as haggard and caged by the eyes of the menagerie visitor, in private homes and city streets, in the artistic or literary imagination, the bodies of animals (alive or dead) were ubiquitous during this period. Indeed, they provided both the fashionable feather and the faithful companion; they were, simultaneously, consumed, feared, defended, caged and loved. The minds of Georgians and Victorians were filled with treacherous tigers and devoted dogs with whom they forged complex relationships and encounters – and to whom they were much more than mere material bodies.

Proposals are invited for short papers (20 minutes). Abstracts of up to 250 words, along with a short 50 word bio should be sent to by December 14, 2016.

ACIS 2017

Abstract Deadline: December 15, 2016

Dates: March 29-April 2, 2016

Location: University of Missouri-Kansas City

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The 2017 annual international meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies will be in Kansas City, Missouri, March 29-April 2, 2017, hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The conference welcomes proposals on all aspects of Irish Studies, including the arts, cinema, culture, history, language, literature, and politics of Ireland and its diaspora. The conference invites proposals for individual presentations, pedagogy roundtables, panels, and workshops, including submissions from graduate students and independent scholars.

Confirmed plenary speakers include Fearghal McGarry, Mary O’Malley, Marilynn Richtarik, and Elaine Sisson.

Individual paper proposals should be 250 words in length and include a title that will appear in the program. Panel and roundtable proposals should be 500 words total in length and provide an overview of the session. Please include a very brief bio (50 words) for all participants. Proposals and papers may be presented in English, Irish, or bilingually. Presenters and chairs must register for the conference and must be members in good standing of ACIS. (For membership details, see: We hope all presenters will participate in the life of the conference over several days.

Please submit proposals and bios as Word documents to by December 15, 2016. Proposers will be notified of acceptance by January 20, 2017.

“Form and Reform”

Abstract Deadline: December 15, 2016

Dates: July 27-29, 2017

Location: UC Santa Cruz, CA

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A conference on nineteenth-century literature, art, and history to be held at UC Santa Cruz, preceding the Dickens Universe week on Middlemarch. Keynote speakers will be Caroline Arscott (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Ian Duncan (University of California, Berkeley).

Applicants to this conference are warmly invited – but are not required – to stay for the week on Middlemarch (see below).

All genres of Victorian literature addressed the major questions of social and political reform that characterized the period, as did many art and craft practices, genres of history writing or scholarship, and forms of popular culture. This conference will give participants an opportunity to think about the “form” of reform. Current debates about form and formalism in Victorian Studies open the door to this dimension of the word “reform,” and they urge us to re-consider their relation. The conference also invites historical papers on nineteenth-century reform movements. Ideally, such a broad topic should also suggest meta-critical questions about the period – and periodization: questions addressing the formal dimensions of conceiving our objects of study. If we can make the distinction between historicist criticism and formalist criticism, how can these engage and challenge each other afresh?

Submit a 500-word proposal and a 1-page CV to Carolyn Williams at by December 15, 2016. The conference program will be announced in January, 2017. Please address inquiries to Carolyn Williams or to Rae Greiner (, Tricia Lootens (, or Elsie Michie (


Special Issue: “Women of the Press in the 1890s”

Article Deadline: June 1, 2017

The Victorians Journal of Culture and Literature is announcing a special issue on “Women of the Press in the 1890s,” in conjunction with the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers (ICVWW) series of initiatives designed to reassess women writers and their contributions from Brontë to Bloomsbury. The volume will be guest edited by Clare Horrocks and Alyson Hunt. Please direct questions and submissions of 5000-6000 words to,, and Deadline for submission: June 1, 2017. Date of notification: August 1, 2017. Publication: Fall, 2017.

Mobilities, Literature, Culture (International)

Abstract Deadline: December 1, 2016

Dates: April 21-22, 2017

Location: Lancaster University, UK

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This two-day conference provides a forum for scholars working at the intersection of literary and cultural studies and mobilities theories to explore the cultural representation of mobilities across geographical regions and historical periods. The conference offers a timely space in which to discuss the incisive new methodologies, frameworks, and theorizations that are shaping the dynamic and growing field of literary-mobility studies.

The organisers invite papers both from scholars who draw upon cultural geography and/or sociology to gain new insights into literary and cultural texts, and from researchers who make use of literary and cultural texts in their theorizing of space and movement. The conference will encompass a wide range of movements from the global and transnational to the local and the everyday, including journeys by foot, bicycle, motorcar, rail, air, and sea, at local, regional, national and transnational levels. Textual materials of all kinds – film, photography, digital media, and the visual arts, as well as fiction, poetry, and other literary forms – and projects engaging with non-western literatures and cultures are welcome. Uniting this diverse temporal, spatial and textual field, the conference retains a core focus on the fluid, reciprocal and often innovative relationship between mobility and culture. Continue reading

Oscar Wilde and Life Writing Now (International)

Abstract Deadline: November 1, 2016

Dates: May 27-30, 2017

Location: Ryerson University, Toronto

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This wide-ranging, discursive panel explores the evolving relationship between Oscar Wilde’s biographers, editors, and literary critics since 1987. It invites papers that are retrospective as well as those that consider how future research might supplement recent developments.

Richard Ellmann’s biography of Oscar Wilde came before the world in 1987. A decade later, Stephen Fry took centre stage in Wilde, the feature film. Neil Bartlett’s Who Was That Man?: a Present for Mr.Oscar Wilde, Terry Eagleton’s Saint Oscar, and David Hare’s The Judas Kiss offer their own interpretations of Wilde’s life. The last few years have seen a steady stream of new biographies and editions of Wilde’s works. Continue reading

“Gender and Genre,” Victorian Poetry Special Issue

Deadline for essay submission: September 18, 2017

Journal Venue: Victorian Poetry, Summer 2019

CFP from VICTORIA Listserv

We are seeking essays for a special issue of Victorian Poetry devoted to the theme of “Gender and Genre,” which will appear in Summer 2019.

The critical recovery of once-neglected women poets that took place at the end of the twentieth century changed the landscape of Victorian Studies. Literary-historical accounts of Victorian poetry, once dominated by men, were revised and enriched as the scope and variety of women’s achievements came to light. That feminist undertaking has been further advanced by scholars who reveal fresh aspects of the poetic landscape by juxtaposing men’s and women’s writing. This special issue seeks to build on such cross-gender projects by calling for essays that construct dialogues between works by male and female Victorian poets who write in the same genre. How does gender shape formal and thematic approaches to specific genres – to (for instance) the lyric, the epic, the dramatic monologue, the modern ballad? By nature, this project is exploratory, experimental, and diagnostic; it requires a choice of poems that aspire to stand as representative as they open new lines of thinking about gender and genre. Continue reading

“Song and the City (c.1790-c.1840)” (International)

Abstract Deadline: October 28, 2016

Dates: October 27-28, 2017

Location: University of Notre Dame, London Global Gateway

CFP from NASSR Listserv

Song was an integral part of the soundscape of London in the early nineteenth century. Among the cacophonous bustle that constituted a central aspect of the modernity of the metropolis, were ballad singers, convivial clubs that met in the city’s taverns and alehouses, and barrel organs playing the most popular tunes of the day. Songs were performed in the city’s theatres and pleasure gardens, sometimes as part of the planned entertainment, and sometimes performed more spontaneously. “Never shall I forget that night when the news of Nelson’s victory of the Nile reached us,” one Londoner wrote. I was at Drury-lane, and the theatre was crowded. [‘God save the king,’ ‘Britons Strike Home,’ ‘Conquer to Save’ and ‘Rule Britannia’] were called for and sung. I exulted at witnessing the sublimity of the national feelings thus wound up to the highest pitch of enthusiasm.” As the comment suggests, songs were capable of reflecting patriotic sentiments, but they also produced a more local sense of place, constituting a perception of the city through their performance.

We are planning a two-day workshop to examine the relationship between London and song in as broad a way as possible. By “song,” we mean the popular theatrical hits, operatic arias, hymns, drinking songs, and street ballads that could be heard in London, but we also mean more lyrical ballads or poetic productions that aspired to song (such as Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, for example) which might reveal the relationship of the city to its tradition of singing. By the “city” we mean the churches, palaces, theaters, drawing rooms, pleasure gardens, taverns, alehouses, brothels, boats, ships, carriages, markets, fairs, and streets in which songs could be heard, or were imagined to be heard. What can we learn about London by thinking about the songs that were performed there? What can we learn about songs by thinking about their circulation and performance spaces? How does song reflect and produce the lived experience of London in the period? Continue reading

George Egerton and the fin de siècle (International)

Deadline: November 1, 2016

Dates: April 7-8, 2017

Location: Loughborough University

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Keynote speaker: Professor Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware)

This is the first conference dedicated to the life and work of George Egerton, the nom de plume of Mary Chavelita Dunne (1859–1945). Egerton is often discussed in relation to New Woman writing and scholars have tended to focus on her first two short story collections, Keynotes (1893) and Discords (1894). Although we welcome papers that consider her early works, this conference seeks to go beyond these parameters, with the aim of recovering her wider oeuvre and reassessing her wider contribution to fin de siècle and early 20th century literature and drama.  Continue reading

“Victorian Education,” VISAWUS/VSAWC 2017 (International)

Deadline: September 26, 2016

Dates: April 28-29, 2017 (Conference) and  April 27 & April 30, 2017 (Workshop)

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

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The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada and the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States invite proposals for their 2017 joint conference, “Victorian Education.” The conference will explore Victorian concepts, theories, and expressions of education, teaching, and learning. We welcome papers that examine the Victorian interest in education and its relationship with widespread concerns about personal development, progress, and improvement at the individual, spiritual, and national levels. We also invite proposals for papers, panels, or workshops that explore the teaching of Victorian literature and culture in today’s college and university environments. The conference will also include a publication workshop for graduate students and junior scholars.

 Conference CFP: Please send 250-word abstracts with titles plus a separate 75-word biographical statement to Dr. Heather McAlpine and Dr. Ryan Stephenson ( by 26 September 2016. Please visit for more information.

Publication workshop CFP: Please send your paper title plus a separate 75-word biographical statement and CV to Lisa Surridge ( by 26 September 2016. Participants will submit 20–25-page essays one week before the first workshop day. Workshop participants need not present a conference paper.


MVSA 2017 Seminars CFP

Abstract Deadline: November 16, 2016

MVSA Dates: April 28-30, 2017

MVSA Location: Oberlin College, Ohio

MVSA 2017 Seminars Full CFPs and MVSA Conference Full CFP

We are excited to announce the call for seminar papers for the Midwest Victorian Studies Association 2017, with the theme of “Victorian Taste.”  Participants in MVSA seminars will write 5-7 page papers that will be pre-circulated to the other participants prior to the conference.  During the seminars, the seminar leader and participants will identify important points of intersection and divergence among the papers and consider future areas of inquiry and collaboration.  Seminars are limited to 12 participants. Proposals are due November 16, 2016.

This year’s seminars include:
“Victorian Poetry in Good and Bad Taste,” with Julie Carr, University of Colorado, Boulder
“Shopping for Taste: The Marketplace and Everyday Cultures of Distinction,” with Erika Rappaport, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Liberalism, Sociability and Musical/Literary Taste” with Phyllis Weliver, St. Louis University
**See Full CFPs (above link) for seminar abstracts and proposal contacts.**

The “Blackwood’s” Bicentenary (International)

Abstract Deadline: March 1, 2017

Dates: July 24-25, 2017 (doesn’t conflict with BARS 2017)

Location: University of Edinburgh

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After a tumultuous and decidedly dull first six months as the Edinburgh Monthly, William Blackwood’s magazine underwent a thorough rebranding for its now-legendary October 1817 issue. On the 200th anniversary of what remains one of the boldest launches in British periodical history, we will return to the scene of Blackwood’s founding, assembling hoary-headed Blackwoodians and fledgling scholars alike for two days of debate about Maga’s highs and lows and its enduring legacies in literary, cultural, and political history.

Organizers: Nicholas Mason (Brigham Young U.) and Tom Mole (U. of Edinburgh)
Committee: David Finkelstein (U. of Edinburgh), Robert Irvine (U. of Edinburgh), Anthony Jarrells (U. of South Carolina), Jon Klancher (Carnegie-Mellon U.), David Latané (Virginia Commonwealth U.)
Sponsors: Centre for the History of the Book (U. of Edinburgh), Romantics Bicentennials series (Keats-Shelley Association of America), Studies in Scottish Literature

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“Romantic Life,” NASSR 2017 (International)

Abstract Deadline: January 17, 2017

Dates: August 10-13, 2017

Location: Ottawa, Canada

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We invite submissions for NASSR 2017 in Ottawa. The theme of the conference is Romantic Life, understood in the broadest terms possible to include:

  • biography; autobiography; lives; anecdote; history; secret history; life-writing
  • Bildung; development; progress
  • portraiture; still life; visual art; visual culture; the sister arts
  • theatre and cultures of performance
  • the good life; the happy life; vita activa; political life
  • end of life; elegy; palliation; mourning; momento mori
  • the afterlife; afterlives; romantic cultures of posterity
  • institutional life; under-lives; secret societies; clubs; shadow-lives; undergrounds; exiles
  • slavery; traffic in human lives; forced migration; diaspora; indigeneity
  • mimesis; representation; media; mediation; virtual reality; second lives; avatars
  • book history; authorship; print culture; manuscript culture; book-life; book liveliness
  • measures of life: chronologies; scales; charts; census; population; statistics
  • the sciences of life; the human sciences
  • natures; environment; ecology
  • natural history; natural philosophy
  • “it” narratives; thing theory; object-oriented ontology; the new materialisms
  • disaster; catastrophe; ecological crisis; ecocriticism
  • organicism; vitalism; materialism
  • theories of emergence
  • Lamarckian evolution; devolution; hybrids; mutation
  • preformationism and epigenesis
  • biopolitics and biopolitical life
  • human and non-human life; the humanities; animal studies; planetary life; the anthropocene

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NCSA Graduate Caucus: “Some Dance to Remember; Some Dance to Forget: Dance and Memory in the Nineteenth Century”

Abstract Deadline: September 15, 2016

Dates: February 2-4, 2017

Location: Charleston, SC

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In Dancing Out of Line: Ballrooms, Ballets, and Mobility in Victorian Fiction and Culture (2009), Molly Engelhardt proclaims:

Dance exerts a powerful hold on the modern memory, and that hold affects temporality: dance generates excitement that becomes the material of memory-making; it preserves the feelings connected to the past by framing moments of import for future recall; and it triggers that recall, for the constancy of dance components over time are powerful enough to transport participants into their dancing pasts.

In its vital connection to memory-making, dance in the nineteenth century served to facilitate, commemorate, and register rapid social, economic, and industrial change across the globe. Writers and artists turned to dance as a medium for exploring issues of physical and social mobility, nationalism, and gender. Dance could offer positive opportunities for the upwardly mobile—as in the carefully choreographed engagements of Jane Austen—or could invite rather grim associations—such as the early nineteenth-century revival in Europe and Britain of the Danse Macabre—a late medieval trope depicting the relationship between life and death as a ghoulish dance. Genres of dance in the nineteenth century could also scandalize—as in the shockingly sensual waltz, or the Dance of the Seven Veils performed by Oscar Wilde’s Salome.

From the quadrilles of Jane Austen to the Ballets Russes, dance continues to shape our understanding of the literature, art, and history of the nineteenth century. In honor of the theme of this year’s Nineteenth Century Studies Association conference—“Memory and Commemoration”—the Graduate Caucus invites proposals for a special panel entitled “Some Dance to Remember; Some Dance to Forget: Dance and Memory in the Nineteenth Century.” How did citizens of the nineteenth century use dance to commemorate, remember, and register individual and collective experience? How do we as scholars use dance as a lens to understand our nineteenth-century subjects? How do the dance legacies of the nineteenth century shape our modern memory of that time? This special panel will prepare conference attendees for an optional nineteenth-century dance workshop at the conference, hosted by the Graduate Caucus.

Please submit a one-page CV and 250-word proposal for 15-20 minute papers to by September 15, 2016. While the Graduate Caucus sponsors this event, the panel is open to all. We are happy to respond to any queries you may have at this email address. For more information about NCSA and the conference in Charleston, visit

“Union and Disunion in the Nineteenth Century” (International)

Abstract Deadline: November 28, 2016

Dates: June 22-23, 2017

Location: Plymouth University (England)

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PUNCS (Plymouth Nineteenth Century Studies) invites proposals for 20-minute papers for a proposed international, interdisciplinary conference in 22 – 23 June 2017 on the general theme of union and disunion.

The first international conference hosted by PUNCS began on the day of the Brexit vote, and commentators have seen this event in the context of other signs of anti-globalisation, and in a landscape of violent disintegrations or forcible integrations in the Twenty-first century.

We are interested in papers by scholars working in British, continental European, American and world history in the Nineteenth century, in literary studies, history, legal history, art history, economic history, geography and other disciplines.

Please send your 300 word abstract and a brief c.v. to one of the organisers listed below. The deadline is 28 November 2016.

We hope to edit a selection of papers for publication after the conference.

Dr Annika Bautz

Dr James Gregory

Dr Daniel Grey

Professor Kim Stevenson


“Generations,” BWWC 2017

Abstract Deadline: January 15, 2017

Location: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dates: June 22-25, 2017

CFP Link

For its 25th annual meeting, the British Women Writers Conference invites papers and panel proposals considering the theme of “Generations.”

As we look back on a quarter-century of feminist scholarship and practice within British Studies, we want to celebrate those who have defined the British Women Writers Association’s past and nurture those who will shape its future. Of course, even within literary traditions or scholarly networks, generational transitions are rarely ever easy or smooth. Such transitions may be accompanied by paradigm shifts, struggles to be heard, or difficulty letting go. We therefore welcome investigations into the complexities of generational exchange and transition in women’s writing.

Papers may focus on generation as a biological, cultural, social, historical, or political process as well as on attendant manifestations in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and contemporary scholarly discourses. In the end, we hope that a comprehensive exploration of generations will help illuminate shifts in literary studies, women’s writing, and critical practice.

By January 15, 2017, send 300-word abstracts for paper proposals, along with a brief bio (in one document) to Panel proposals should include individual paper abstracts, short speaker bios, as well as a brief panel description (in one document). All proposals must engage the conference theme and relate to British women’s writing during the long eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for a travel grant sponsored by the BWWA.

“Western Esotericism and Deviance” (International)

Abstract Deadline: November 15, 2016

Dates: June 1-3, 2017

Location: Augustinerkloster, Erfurt, Germany

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The conference is presented by ESSWE in cooperation with the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany.

One of the master narratives in the study of Western esotericism is that esoteric ideas, authors and currents have, for the most part of Western history, been subject to processes of othering, marginalization, rejection or prohibition by dominant or mainstream cultural and religious discourses. For some scholars, this exclusion has been one of the main criteria for defining the very concept of “Western esotericism.” However, recent approaches that have highlighted the entanglement of esoteric ideas and mainstream culture point to the need of developing a more nuanced picture of the relationship between esoteric and mainstream discourse, in pre-modern as well as contemporary times. The conference theme, “Western Esotericism and Deviance,” thus calls for a closer examination of this master narrative by specifically addressing the social and cultural embeddedness of esoteric ideas, authors and currents in Western history.

A detailed description of the conference topic can be found here. Keynote sessions will be with Marion Gibson, Olav Hammer, Jay Johnston, Martin Mulsow, Marco Pasi, and Kocku von Stuckrad. Presentations should last no more than 20 minutes. Papers are invited in English. We would like to encourage panel organizers to engage in innovative presentation and discussion formats. Please send your paper or panel proposal to by November 15, 2016. Please have a look at the submission guidelines. Those with accepted proposals will be notified and registration will begin January 15, 2017. To secure the early bird conference registration fee, you must register between January 15 and March 31, 2017. The normal conference registration fee will be applied from April 1 to May 31, 2017. Continue reading

Material Transgressions: Romantic Bodies, Affects, Genders

Abstract Deadline: October 31, 2016

Proposed Collection CFP from VICTORIA Listserv

Eds. Kate Singer, Mount Holyoke College; Suzanne L. Barnett, Francis Marion
University; Ashley J. Cross, Manhattan College

Current theoretical debates about subjects and objects, bodies and minds,
and genre and gender have explored in detail women’s status as objects and
done much to theorize their efforts to become speaking subjects. But these
discussions can be more transgressive in order to explore the ways in which
Romantic writers in particular challenged the foundational ideas of
materiality that they were given and on which we continue to rely when we
read them in the twenty-first century. For the proposed collection, *Material
Transgressions: Romantic Bodies, Affects, Genders*, we are soliciting
essays that think outside of Romantic ideologies of gender that reiterate
notions of sexed bodies, embodied subjectivity, or stable texts. Instead,
we are interested in essays that examine how Romantic writers rethink the
subject-object relationship not solely to become speaking subjects but also to
challenge the tenets of Enlightenment and Sensibility that defined women
and men at the mercy of biologically sexed bodies, discrete texts, or
mind/body binaries. The writers addressed by this collection engage with
major concerns of British Romanticism—including genres, nature, things,
texts, and performances—in order to challenge the ways representations
limited (literally and in terms of our own interpretations) their writing,
agency, knowledge, and even being. Continue reading