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Victorian Realities/Victorian Dreams
Urbana, IL, March/April 2000

A CALL FOR PAPERS:  The 24th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Victorian
Studies Association will be held March 31st to April 2nd, 2000 at the
University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  The planners of MVSA 2000
have once again selected a general theme, "Victorian Realities/Victorian
Dreams," to encourage proposal submissions on a wide variety of topics. 

This title has also been chosen to allude to a special feature of the
conference which should appeal to all Victorianists: a centenary
performance of Elgar's oratorio, The Dream of Gerontius, by University of
Illinois musicians. 

While Newman and Elgar proposals are welcome, there will be a conference
session devoted to Gerontius prior to the Saturday evening performance,
with specially-invited speakers offering critical perspectives on both the
music of Elgar and the poetry of Newman.  The conference planners hope
that this call for papers will primarily elicit presentations on other
dreams--and realities--resulting in another wide-ranging interdisciplinary
meeting.  The possibilities, of course, are as numerous as the everyday
realities of Victorian life, and the hopes, ideals, visions, and fantasies
so richly expressed throughout Victorian culture. 

Proposals from all fields are most welcome.  Particularly encouraged are
proposal submissions which have multidisciplinary aspects or which have
broad appeal across the disciplines.  Prosposals for panels will be
considered, provided that abstracts from all panelists are submitted
together.  Again, panels which represent perspectives of two or more
disciplines are especially encouraged. 

Proposals may be submitted by post, fax, or e-mail; the deadline for
submissions is October 15, 1999 (a bit sooner this year, since the meeting
is scheduled three weeks earlier than usual to coincide with the Elgar
performance).  All proposals--which should be no more than two
double-spaced pages--as well as inquiries about this meeting or MVSA
membership, should be directed to: 

Robert Koepp
MVSA Executive Secretary                      e-mail:
English Department
Illinois College                              fax: +1-(217) 245-3365
Jacksonville, IL 62650

With this call for papers, the MVSA invites all nineteenth-century
scholars--throughout the Midwest and well beyond--particularly graduate
students in Victorian studies, to become MVSA members and to plan to
attend the meeting in Urbana-Champaign next spring.  The MVSA offers
graduate students dues-free membership for three years, and annually
awards a dissertation research scholarship to encourage and support new
interdisciplinary study in the Victorian Period. 

For more information about the Midwest Victorian Studies Association,
visit the MVSA website at