CFP Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil

‘Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’
24-27 June, 2016

An International Conference to be hosted by the University of Sheffield



Professor Jerrold E. Hogle, University of Arizona
Professor Michael O’Neill, Durham University
Professor Jane Stabler, University of St Andrews

‘The Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’ will be held at the University of Sheffield in June 2016. ‘The year without a summer’, as 1816 was known, was the year in which Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Godwin (later Shelley), Lord Byron, John Polidori and Claire Claremont came together, for the first time, in Geneva.  To commemorate the 200thanniversary of this extraordinary summer, the University of Sheffield will celebrate first and foremost the extraordinary meeting of this circle of Romantic authors, as well as the broader creative contexts of 1816.

There will also be pre-conference event (lasting all day) where each keynote speaker will offer a masterclass focused on their internationally renowned skills as editors and researchers. Though aimed specifically at doctoral candidates and early career researchers, all delegates are welcome to join us.

We invite panel proposals and proposals for individual papers that will explore the literary, biographical, scientific, Gothic and historical readings of the Villa Diodati group, but we also encourage papers that focus on other authors working in 1816. While there is no exclusive requirement as to topics, we welcome papers on any of the following:

  • The representation of 1816 in poetry and prose
  • ‘A devout but nearly silent listener’: Interactions between artists
  • Artistic methods of world creation
  • Gothic AND/OR Romantic?
  • Commemorating the anniversary of Austen’s Emma or other memorable publications
  • Monstrosity
  • Philosophies or representations of creation or creativity
  • ‘In creating live’: writing the self or life
  • Place in literature
  • ‘Large codes of fraud and woe’: the politics of poetry and prose
  • History and histories
  • ‘I have not loved the world’: the ethics of self and text
  • ‘Still and solemn power’: representations of power

This list offers some starting points for presentations and is not intended in any way to limit possible topics and themes for paper presentation. We also welcome suggestions for panels for the conference. Please send 200-word proposals as an email attached document to the conference email by 15th January 2016. Please ensure that your proposal is headed with your paper title, your name, institutional affiliation, and an e-mail contact address.

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