BrANCA 3rd Biennial Symposium: The Not Yet of the Nineteenth-Century U.S.
November 17-18, 2017
Streatham Campus, University of Exeter
· Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (Professor of American Literature, University of Lausanne, Switzerland). Author of The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Ashgate 2010).
· Lloyd Pratt (Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature, University of Oxford). Author of Archives of American Time (Penn 2009); The Strangers Book (Penn 2015).
BrANCA: The British Association of Nineteenth Century Americanists seeks proposals to its third biennial symposium, which will take place November 17-18 2017 at the Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, UK. We invite individual paper or group proposals on progressive aspects of U.S. literary culture during the long nineteenth century (comparative approaches are particularly welcome).
Our symposium theme is “The Not Yet of the Nineteenth-Century U.S”. “Not Yet” gestures to the renewed and growing interest in the variety of politically imminent imaginaries that increasingly defines scholarship concerning long nineteenth-century US literature and culture. We invite paper submissions and group proposals that engage with nineteenth-century utopian futurities that did not, but might yet in some sense, come to pass; the multiple temporal, spatial, and social imaginaries that produce alternatives to the linear, “empty time” associated with the rise of US nationalism and imperialism.