6-9 July 2017
CFP for seminar on the theme ‘Other Capitals of the Nineteenth Century’
We invite papers for this seminar, organised by the Writing 1900 research group (http://www.writing1900.org/) and conceived as a follow-up to the seminar that took place at the ACLA meeting in New York in 2014. The seminar aims to develop the scope of the original project by looking at different loci, different artistic movements and diverse uses of the term ‘capital’. As such we particularly welcome proposals that explore aspects of nineteenth-century culture in cities including Alexandria, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Kolkata, Lisbon, Madrid and Tokyo, although we are open to all papers that propose new readings of the transnational literary field. We also welcome proposals that engage with the relationship between economic and symbolic capital with regard to artistic movements, literary communities and the reception of specific genres and forms. Our understanding of comparative literature here is interdisciplinary, encouraging dialogue with and reflections on area such as architecture, art history, cultural studies, economics, geography, history, musicology and sociology.
The theoretical framework for the project derives from Walter Benjamin’s designation of Paris as the capital of the nineteenth century and from recent essays on London (Evan Horowitz) and Manchester (Janet Wolff). It is also informed by Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of habitus and field, by Pascale Casanova’s study of the transnational literary field, by Franco Moretti’s theory of distant reading, and by Bertrand Westphal’s geocriticism. We welcome proposals that engage with these critical approaches in their analysis of the nineteenth-century field; equally, we welcome proposals that offer new theoretical readings. The project aims to give a transversal reading of the field rather than a compendious one, examining particular nodes (Marcel Cornis-Pope and John Neubauer) or nodal points (Linda Hutcheon and Mario Valdés). At the same time its approach forms part of Writing 1900’s objective to rethink the way that we see the long nineteenth century as a whole.
If you are interested in submitting a paper, please contact Dr Richard Hibbitt to express an informal interest:
The deadline for submission of papers via the ACLA website is 23 September 2016: