Romanticisms at the 2013 MLA

My morning conversation with a colleague reminded me that it’s time to look at the MLA 2013 CFPs. After doing a quick search in their online database for titles containing “romantic”, I found the following panels that pertain to our field of Romanticism and that would be lucky to have our scholarship and participation. This is most likely not an exhaustive list, but it will help get you started with your search for panels to apply to.

Reminder: you must be a member of the MLA in order to participate – if you’re not already a member, or if you’ve accidentally let your membership lapse, take care of that right now before you submit your abstract. It will only take 5 minutes and the graduate student annual membership fee is $20:


These CFPs are listed in the order in which the MLA database provided search results; their order does not represent any kind of intentional prioritization.

Reimagining the Romantic Imagination (Keats-Shelley Association of America)
Papers on any aspect of imagination in the Romantic era welcome, including physiological, cognitive, medical, philosophical, scientific, and esthetic constructions. 350-500 word abstracts by 20 March 2012; Alan Richardson (

British Romantic Books (Wordsworth-Coleridge Association)
Essays should examine book production and publishing history, libraries and learned societies, relationships between authors and editors, elucidating how the publication process shaped the reception of British Romantic literature. Abstracts by 15 March 2012; James C. McKusick (

The University of Romanticism:
See Prelude VII:52-57. Relation of Romantic writers/writing to institutions, practices of learning, bodies of knowledge; egalitarianism/elitism/cultural capital; clerisy/heresy/secularism; letters/arts/sciences; clubs, societies, associations, print networks; autodidacticism. 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2012; Celeste G. Langan (

Amnesia and the Romantic Novel:
Papers discussing the role of amnesia, forgetting or forgetfulness in late-18th or early-19th century novels. Comparative approaches are welcome. Abstracts of 250-500 words by 15 March 2012; Matthew Russell (

British Romantic Expatriats:
Essays should examine real and imaginary journeys by British Romantic writers to the United States, and the publication and critical reception of their work in the U.S. before 1850. Abstracts by 15 March 2012; James C. McKusick (

Everyday Romanticism:
Papers are welcome that examine the category of ‘the everyday’ in transnational Romantic-era writing, including attempts to theorize the everyday in light of industrialization, imperialism, and world war. 300-word abstract by 15 March 2012; Michael Hardy ( and William Galperin (

“A God-Intoxicated Man”: Romantic and Victorian Representations of Spinoza
This session invites papers examining the diverse literary and philosophical representations of Spinoza and “Spinozism” within Romantic and Victorian writing. 250-300 word abstracts by 15 March 2012; Jared McGeough (

Grotesque Romanticisms:
The grotesque as an important aesthetic category within Romanticism and/or as a distortion of the period (grotesque accounts/interpretations of Romanticism). Papers on art, literature, or philosophy.  Please send 250 word abstracts by 15 March 2012; Alexander Regier (

Independent Publishing in the Romantic Era:
Papers that explore self-publishing during the Romantic Era: inducements, advancements, and/or ramifications. 250-500 word abstracts. by 1 March 2012; Michael Demson (

Romantic Media Cultures:
Short papers for a roundtable of projects addressing questions of mediation, information, communication, systems, epistolarity, print, the book during the Romantic era. Also welcome: transatlantic, translation, digital humanities. 200-word abstracts. by 15 March 2012; Lauren Neefe ( and Yohei Igarashi (

Teaching Romanticism in the Digital Classroom:
AI, avatars, students glued to tiny screens: what pedagogies work for “Walden” in today’s classroom? or for the “big six” poets and the Sublime? 500-word abstracts by 15 March 2012; Merle Lyn Bachman (

Romantic Science:
Papers on Romantic-era literature and the sciences, including but not limited to: the science of aesthetics; literature and the disciplines; Romantic-era science fiction. Abstracts by 15 March 2012; John Savarese (

Note: it also just came to my attention (thank you Leila!) that the CUNY Romanticism Group also has a helpful list of abstracts to investigate – find that list here. Good luck to us!