The European Novel Between Reaction and Revolution, 1815-1848
April 24-27, 2008
Long Beach, CA
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2007
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Both socially and formally, the European novel during the period from 
1815 to 1848 found itself at a crossroads between reaction and 
revolution. Socially, the genre which had served as an early mouthpiece 
of bourgeois liberal ideology had to reconcile itself to a period of 
brutal repression in the wake of the Congress of Vienna. Formally, it 
began to chart an uneasy course from the idealistic and introspective 
preoccupations of romanticism towards the entirely different set of 
artistic conventions that have come to be known as literary realism.

Our panel assembles comparative papers that examine aspects of this 
tension in its various manifestations throughout the European continent. 
Speaking in the most general terms, we are interested in work that 
critically reflects on the many riddles and paradoxes that characterize 
the European emergence into “modernity.” How do the novels of this 
period complicate the claims that modernity was an inevitable and 
uniform outgrowth of the European enlightenment? What alternatives to, 
and local variations of, modernization are discussed and depicted in 
these works? How do supposedly “obsolete” literary conventions, such as 
the ballad or the picaresque, resurface in the novels of this period? 
And what conceptual apparatuses – sociological, literary, economic – can 
productively be brought to bear on the novel in such a transitional state?

Please direct questions to Tobias Boes, University of Notre Dame 
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Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Megan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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