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The 1830s
Salford, September 2002


The 1830s: An International Conference

Friday 13-Sunday 15 September 2002
European Studies Reearch Institute, University of Salford, Greater
Manchester, UK

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Isobel Armstrong
Dr Gregory Dart
Professor Cora Kaplan
Dr Jacqueline M Labbe
Professor Brian Maidment


The 1830s have traditionally been seen as a 'gap', or a period of
transition, in literary history, perhaps due to their perceived paucity of
canonical 'great works'.  But the 1830s was the decade of the New Poor
Law, the Great Reform Act, the abolition of slavery in the British Empire
and Victoria's accession.  It saw the deaths of Coleridge, Hazlitt, Walter
Scott, Felicia Hemans and Letitia Elizabeth Landon; it saw the first
publications of Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett, Thackeray, and Robert
Browning.  As critical assumptions and methodologies have shifted, the
literature and culture of the 1830s have become central rather than
marginal to academic debate.

This conference invites papers on all aspects of 1830s literature and
culture.  Papers addressing specific topics in the literary, cultural and
political activities of the 1830s will be welcomed, as will more general
papers investigating the concepts of 'Romanticism' and 'Victorianism', or
exploring the ways in which the decade's cultural production affects
concepts of period, discipline and canon.

Please send abstracts of papers (maximum 300 words) in Word format by 28
February 2002 to Juliet John j.john@salford.ac.uk or Alice Jenkins
a.jenkins@englit.arts.gla.ac.uk.

Further information is available from Wendy Dodgson
w.a.dodgson@salford.ac.uk, Conference Administrator, European Studies
Research Institute, University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester M5
4WT, UK.

Dr Alice Jenkins
Department of English Literature, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
tel. +44-(0)141 330 5296   Fax. +44-(0)141 330 4601