The Business Office will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.  We will
return on Monday, September 14th.

The Call for Papers for the 2010 ASECS Annual Meeting, March 18-21 is
now available at:

Sessions seeking additional submissions:

"Rum, Sodomy and the Lash: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Hans
Turley" Kathryn R. King,  Dept of English, U. of Montevallo,
Montevallo, AL 35115; Tel: (205) 665-6431; Fax: (205) 665-6422; E-mail:
[log in to unmask]

All proposals relating to the broad field of the history of sexualities
will be considered.  Especially welcome are proposals on subjects that
were of special interest to Hans Turley: pirates, Rochester,
libertinism, Defoe, transgressive friendships, outrageous forms of
homoeroticism of all sorts, 'preposterous pleasures.'  Graduate students
and junior faculty are encouraged to submit.  The session aims to
honor the life and work of Hans Turley in part by imagining future
directions in the scholarship on and teaching of gender/sexuality.


Epic Dialogues: Conversations with the Living and the Dead

Epic poetry carries on a conversation with earlier epics, with past
generations and future nations. This panel welcomes submissions from
epics of all nations during the eighteenth century. How do authors
converse with, imitate or disagree with earlier practitioners of epic?
How does epic interact with the author's times? What sort of
cross-cultural pollination happens across national borders? How do
genealogies of future generations 'speak' to readers for whom these are
long dead ancestors? Are any of these conversations trans-Atlantic or
trans-European? Dr. Renee Gutiérrez, [log in to unmask]; Hiram
College, PO Box 67, Hiram OH 44234.


"Imperial Translations: Old Texts in New Worlds," Joanne van der Woude,
Assistant Prof of English, Harvard; [log in to unmask]
This panel seeks to foster interdisciplinary debate on the various uses
of translation in eighteenth-century literature. Translation can be
interpreted as a specific linguistic practice, as well as larger device
to render schemes of conquest and expansion within longer lineages of
history (e.g. translatio imperii). Possible paper topics range from
Phillis Wheatley's use of classical imagery to depict Atlantic slavery,
to Virgilian pastorals in the New World, such as Timothy Dwight's
Greenfield Hill (1794), to the prevalence of epic poetry to describe
American revolutions, as in the writings of José Joaquín Olmedo on
Ecuador. What, if anything, do these turns to translation and antiquity,
rather than Scripture, have in common?

By posing such a broad question, this panel attempts to speak across the
disciplinary divisions of history and literature, while welcoming
contributions and examples from music, visual art, and philosophy. It
also, emphatically, tries to open up new categories of inquiry that are
not confined to a single continent or century. By describing Atlantic
phenomena from an integrated, multi-lingual perspective, it hopes to
gain a fuller, more flexible view of the culture(s) of
eighteenth-century imperialism.

Please send 2-paragraph abstracts to [log in to unmask] by SEPTEMBER
15, 2009.

"Katherine Philips" Hilary Menges, Dept. of English, Yale U., 63 High
Street, P.O. Box 208302, New Haven, CT 06520-8302; Tel: (510) 375-4417;
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

This panel seeks submissions for papers that consider any aspects Katherine
Philips's work, including her poetry, letters, and theatrical translations.
Topics could include, but are not limited to, Philips's politics, her
coterie society of friendship, her relationship to early modern women's
writing, her influence on the eighteenth century, textual approaches to her
manuscript and print circulation, or questions of periodization.


"Character in Eighteenth-Century Poetry" Stephen Osadetz, Building 460,
Margaret Jacks Hall, Stanford U., Stanford CA 94305-2087; Tel: (415)
264-0262; Fax: (650) 725-0755; E-mail: [log in to unmask]
This seminar, on character in 18th-century poetry, will be chaired by
Stephen Osadetz. It will consist of the presentation of three papers
followed by a discussion. Margaret Doody, an expert on character in
18th-century literature, will present a paper, but the chair is still
accepting abstracts. The purpose of the seminar is to explore how
theories of character, usually considered with respect to the novel,
might be developed for poetry.


"Up, Up and Away:  First to Fly, Way Up in the Sky" Robert B. Craig, 51
Hedge Row Road, Princeton NJ 08540; Tel: (609) 452-8474; E-mail:
[log in to unmask]
In the late eighteenth century, Balloonomania was sweeping the continent
of Europe and the rage of all Parisians. Animals first, men second, and
women later, all experienced escaping from the earth's surface to "fly
like a bird."  Was this to be a temporary phenomenon or the means for
further exploration into space for both the benefit and detriment of
man?  This panel seeks to explore the many interesting facets of "hot
air ballooning" in the eighteenth Century from historical, literary, and
scientific perspectives.


"Secrets et Lumières / Secrecy and Enlightenment (Society for
Eighteenth-Century French Studies) Rudy Le Menthéour, Bryn Mawr College,
Dept. of French, 101
North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010-2899; E-mail :
[log in to unmask]
L'idéal de diffusion des "lumières" conduit à une attitude ambivalente
face à la
pratique du secret. Leurs partisans tendent à imputer des menées
obscures à leurs adversaires idéologiques tout en arguant de
transparence. Dans le même temps, le secret se révèle une protection
indispensable face aux persécutions possibles. Il s'agit de démêler
l'ambiguïté de ce rapport. La plus grande variété d'approches
(politique, historique, littéraire, etc.) est la bienvenue. Voici
quelques pistes en guise de simples suggestions : l'hostilité de
Rousseau pour les coalitions d'intérêts particuliers influe-t-elle sur
la conception du complot ? Comment les écrits clandestins favorables aux
Lumières gerent-ils la tension entre secret et publicité ? Quelle place
occupe le secret dans la constitution de l'opinion publique ?
L'espionnage change-t-il de nature dans ce nouveau contexte historique ?

"Novels as Children's Books" Heather Klemann, 19 Pine Ridge Road, Greenwich,
CT 06830; Tel: (203) 858-0542; Fax: (203) 340-2444; E-mail:
[log in to unmask]

This session will examine the reception, rewriting, and republication of
eighteenth-century novels as books for children. By comparing novels adapted
for children (e.g. Joachim Heinrich Campe's Robinson der Jüngere, Mme de
Beaumont's Nouvelle Clarice, or John Newbery's abridged publication of The
Adventures of Captain Gulliver) with their originals, this seminar will
pursue questions such as: how did authors and publishers formulate prose
fiction as a suitable genre for the young? What kind of new pedagogical
opportunities did authors attempt to harvest from novels? What had to be
excluded from adapted novels for cultural or practical reasons? How do these
comparisons help us to theorize the relationship between children's
literature and the novel, two genres which were both "on the rise"
throughout the long eighteenth century?


"The Eighteenth-Century Road Trip"  Thomas Reinert, UNC-Chapel Hill and
Inger Sigrun Brodey, UNC-Chapel Hill, CB 3520, Greenlaw Hall, Dept of
English and Comparative Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
27599; Tel: (919) 942-5599; Fax: (919) 962-5166; E-mail:
[log in to unmask], [log in to unmask]
This panel invites perspectives on eighteenth-century road trips,
whether narrative, visual, or historical.  How did road trips shape or
reflect aesthetic conventions of the time?  To what extent does the mode
of transportation affect the aesthetic or ethical impact of the road
trip?  Does the continental road trip differ in its aesthetic appeal
from the British?  To what extent does a comparative approach-across
cultures, languages, social classes, terrains, etc-inform the moral or
aesthetic effect of the road trip?  Possibilities include Rousseauan
promenades, Wordsworthian rambles, Sternian sentimental journeys,
travelogues based on international travel.


Ann (Rusty) Shteir, Professor, Women's Studies & Humanities, 208 Founders,
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Canada M3J 1P3; E-mail:
[log in to unmask]

Proposals are invited for papers about flowers in representation and
material realities across the long 18th century. Topics may include:
gardens, metaphors and their uses, ornament (body, domestic, clothing,
hair), and painters working in various national traditions, as well as
contexts to botanical theory and practice, and floricultural issues about
"native flowers," artifice, and the exotic.


"Dramatic Revolutions: Late Eighteenth-Century British Drama and Radical
Practices" Jennifer Golightly, 2200 S. Eldridge Ct. Lakewood, CO 80228;
Tel: (303) 987-8366; E-mail: [log in to unmask]

The late-century British stage combined old standbys from Renaissance
and Restoration theater with new translations of contemporary German and
French plays. London radicals such as Elizabeth Inchbald and Thomas
Holcroft were writing for the stage while actors with radical sympathies
like John Kemble and Sarah Siddons held it. Robert Jephson and Miles
Peter Andrews were adapting gothic novels countenancing radical ideas to
play form; others complained of the dangerous taste for sickly (and
subversive) German dramas. Wide-ranging and tense public debates,
particularly in response to the French Revolution, were echoed in the
royal theaters of London. Meanwhile, British actors (male and female)
and theatrical productions were seeking new audiences in Ireland,
America, and the West Indies.

This panel invites papers that consider any aspect of the intersection
of late century drama in Britain or British drama abroad with
revolutionary ideas or radicalism. Work on translations, drama
criticism, performance practices, and textual analysis is welcomed.
Proposals considering the translation of cultural forms related to
dramatic production, including theatrical art forms such as settings and
costumes, portraiture, and music, are also welcome. Work focusing on
non-anglophone drama that represents "Britishness" in conjunction with
political or revolutionary concerns is also of interest.

"Arboreal Values"

How were trees valued and what kinds of value were assigned to them
during the long eighteenth century? Throughout the period, various
senses of value intersected, overlapped, and sometimes collided in
discussions and representations of trees and forests, for example in
John Evelyn's advocacy of both the profitability and prestige of
tree-farming for gentlemen in _Sylva_ (1664). If a tree constituted a
calculable quantity of marketable timber, at the same time it could be
seen as a repository of other kinds of value(s), for example through the
refinement of aesthetic and sentimental discourses about landscape and
nature, or debates about changing land-use practices. This panel will
investigate the widening range of forms of value that were assigned to
trees in the early modern period, and ask as well how sometimes
incommensurate kinds of value were negotiated.

Please send abstracts (300-500 words) and c.v.s to Elizabeth Heckendorn
Cook, [log in to unmask]


"Enlightenment and Its Discontents: Resistance to Reason in Eighteenth-
Century Britain" Deborah Weiss, Dept. of English, The U. of Alabama,
103 Morgan Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487; Tel: (205) 348-2518; Fax: (205)
348-1388; E-mail: [log in to unmask]

As the idea of Enlightenment has expanded to include women as well as
men and various ethnicities, nationalities, and formal expressions,
reason has retained its centrality to our understanding of the
intellectual culture of the Eighteenth Century. Texts that demonstrated
a resistance to reason are generally understood as exceptions to
Enlightenment culture, as forerunners or harbingers of romanticism.
This panel will examine resistance to reason, not as a form of pre-
romanticism, but as an integral aspect of Enlightenment. The panel
seeks papers that explore how the culture's emphasis on the rational
process and the powers of the conscious mind set in motion a reaction
against reason. Paper proposals may explore any aspect of resistance to
reason in eighteenth-century British texts or any expressions of
discontent with the dominant, reason-based methodologies or
philosophies of the English Enlightenment. Please send one-page paper

"Teaching the Long Eighteenth-Century Novel: A Roundtable Discussion"
(Roundtable) Deborah Weiss, Dept. of English, The U. of Alabama, 103
Morgan Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487; Tel: (205) 348-7950 Fax: (205) 348-
1388; E-mail: [log in to unmask]

As the attention span of students grows shorter and their ability to
handle long, complex texts more shaky, what can we do to maintain their
interest in long eighteenth century novels? How can we make their
reading experience both enjoyable and profitable? This roundtable
discussion will concentrate on specific methods and approaches that
will help us teach these texts to students with a  limited exposure to
lengthy novels and to eighteenth century culture. Panel participants
will give short accounts of their teaching practices, which may focus
on specific texts or on more generally applied methods; then the
session will move on to a discussion between the participants and the
members of the audience. Please send a brief account of how you will
discuss methods of teaching the long eighteenth century novel.


William Godwin's Diary: Reconstructing a Social and Political Culture

The Godwin Diary project would like to remind colleagues that the
deadline for conference paper proposals is 1 October 2009.

On 23-24 July 2010 the Leverhulme sponsored research project responsible
for editing the diary of William Godwin will hold a two-day conference
to introduce scholars to the new resource and to explore how that
resource provides a distinctive light on our understanding of late
eighteenth and early nineteenth century social and political culture.
The Godwin Diary conference will mark the culmination of three years'
effort to edit the diary and publish a digital and fully searchable
edition. Accompanying the searchable text will be a complete scan of the
original diary.  The conference organizers have invited a number of
speakers but would also welcome proposals for paper from those
interested in exploring the light that the resource can shed on their
own research interests.
Full details on the conference can be found at:


The organizers are delighted to announce five student bursaries for the
Godwin Diary conference, valued at £200 (4) and £250 (1).   These
bursaries are possible thanks to the generosity of the British Academy
and the Bibliographical Society.

Applicants with a research interest in the history of printing,
publishing, bookselling, bookbinding and collecting will be preferred
for the £250 bursary. Applicants submitting a proposal will be
preferred.  All bursary applicants should submit a) a 1-page cv b) a
letter of recommendation from their supervisor and c) a statement (no
more than 500 words) on how attending the conference would benefit their
research by 31 October 2009.
Electronic submission is preferred: [log in to unmask]


Call for Papers:

Queer Transformations: From Page to Screen (and Back)

Northeast Modern Language Association (
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec

Much has been written on how queer characters in novels are
"straightened" in mainstream television and film adaptations, or how
nominally gay or lesbian characters are made more palatable for
mainstream TV and movie audiences through a muting of their potentially
transgressive gender, sexual, or other characteristics.  This panel
seeks to investigate the opposite practice: the queering of straight or
coded characters in the process of adaptation from novel, poem, or play
to film, television, or fan fiction.  Are such queer-friendly
recharacterizations always liberatory? What social, political,
aesthetic, or pedagogical effects do they have?  Do they complicate or
reinscribe binary
systems of gender and sexuality?  What are the effects of genre, medium,
and audience?  Paper subjects might include characters whose written
characterizations code, veil, or only hint at possible queerness and
whose sexuality is made more visible in a television or film adaptation;
presumably straight characters whose sexuality is questioned or
undermined; and characters from either written text or film whose gender
and/or sexuality are changed or made transgressive in fan fiction,
spinoffs, remakes, and other written or visual responses.

Papers could address any of the following or other relevant topics: film
adaptations of canonical texts and authors; the understood or assumed
audiences for adaptations; characteristics of authors and adapters of
texts; publication venues for original texts and adaptations; audience
expectations in relation to genre; effects of new media on the process
of textual adaptation; methodological and ideological differences
between adaptations that mute and those that insert or highlight gender
or sexual ambiguity or transgressiveness; social or political
consequences of queer-friendly adaptations; possible differences between
"queer" and "gay" or "lesbian" adaptations; and pedagogical uses of film
and fan-fiction adaptations.  Papers that address any form or genre of
adaptation, and any time period or author, are welcome.

Please send 300-word abstracts no later than September 30, 2009 to
Elizabeth McClure at [log in to unmask]

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