Congress 2019

NASSR sessions at ACCUTE 2019 (UBC): Organized by Miranda Burgess and Alexander Dick

England in 1819 in 2019: Romantic Historicity 200 years on


England in 1819 in 2019: Historical Romanticism 200 years on

Few books have shaped Romantic literary studies during the last two decades more than James Chandler’s England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism. Published in 1999, English in 1819 extended the critique of Romantic ideology that inaugurated the historical turn of the 1980s. But it also made a case for reading Romanticism as peculiarly conscious of itself as a “moment” in history—what Hazlitt called the “spirit of the times”—that established the preconditions for the modern idea of history. These two panels invite reflections on our current moment in literary-historical studies by engaging Chandler’s theses from new perspectives that have emerged since its publication. We are especially interested in work that widens Chandler’s frame beyond its European setting, including work on comparative imperialisms, Indigenous exchanges, the global south, and archipelagic/maritime perspectives. The first panel is designed to examine directly Chandler’s theoretical premises; the second will re-consider literary texts from or around 1819 (not exclusively those featured in England in 1819) in light of recent developments in the Romantic historicist studies that Chandler’s book delineated. Although we regard the panels as offering opportunities for distinct modes of engagement (“theoretical” and “applied”), overlap is unavoidable and encouraged. We invite speakers to identify on which of the panels they would prefer to participate, keeping in mind that they will be speaking to both. 

Proposal submission deadline has passed (November 15, 2018)

June 01, 2019 at 7:00am - June 04, 2019
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
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