Liberty and Limits (1789-1920) Conference
Organization: Macquarie University
|Event Date/Time: Dec 05, 2013||End Date/Time: Dec 06, 2013|
|Abstract Submission Date: Aug 31, 2013|
The long nineteenth century was inaugurated by the French Revolution and closed in the aftermath of the First World War. In Britain the intervening period was marked by a dialectic compounded of sub-revolutionary change and processes of containment. In all cultural fields new modes of knowledge, theories, and aesthetic forms emerged. The Romantics and Victorians inherited the discursive energies of the eighteenth century in terms of the ways in which literary and other forms of writing were lauded or vilified as intervention, catalyst, palliative or purge. The energy of this period was enacted as much through writing and reading as through empire building and military/mercantile expansion. We invite papers that engage with all aspects of cultural change – including evolution, excess, experimentation, nostalgia, suppression, dissent.
Professor Nancy Armstrong, Professor Deirdre Coleman & Professor David Punter