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Scott, Scotland and Romanticism
Eugene, OR, July 1999

SCOTT, SCOTLAND AND ROMANTICISM The fifth meeting of the International Scott Conference University of Oregon, Eugene, 21-25 July 1999
The fifth quadrennial meeting of the International Scott Conference will take place on 21-25 July, 1999 at the University of Oregon Humanities Center, Eugene, Oregon. While the thematic focus of the conference will be on Scott and his literary, cultural, historical and intellectual contexts in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Scotland, contributions are encouraged on all aspects of and approaches to Scott's life, works, sources, reputation and influence, as well as on other Scottish, Irish, British regional and colonial writers of the period, and related topics. Proposals are invited for individual 20-minute papers, or for sessions consisting of 3-4 papers addressing a particular topic. These are due (1-page paper proposals, 3-page session proposals) by 31 January 1999 at the address below. In addition to formal papers, it is planned to devote a number of sessions to symposia/round-table discussions of current teaching, research and general-interest issues in Scott criticism and scholarship, Scottish studies, Romanticism, etc. Topics/sessions might include: --Literary production: Contemporary Scottish writers (e.g., Hogg, Galt, Ferrier, Lockhart, Wilson, Baillie, Brunton); Irish writers (Edgeworth, Owenson, Maturin, Moore); Women writers and intellectuals; Working-class readers and writers; Scott and the Romantic poets and critics; "Scotch Reviewers" and periodical journalism; Authorship, publishing and institutions of cultural production; Patronage and the market; Literature and the professions; Editing Scott and Hogg; Scott's lives: biography and memoirs. --Literature and politics: The Edinburgh ascendancy, 1802-32; Whigs, Tories, Radicals and the "culture wars"; Revolution, Counter-revolution and Reform. Law, order, crime and criminality. --Romantic geographies: Scotland and Ireland, England, Wales; Scotland in Britain; Scotland and Empire; Scotland and the Americas, Europe, the Colonies: Canada, India, the Caribbean, Australasia and the Cape; Region and nation: Highlands & Lowlands, Edinburgh, London, Glasgow, the Borders, 'the Lakes'; Cultural, ethnic, racial others: Catholics, Celts, Gypsies, Jews, Muslims, Africans. --Versions of tradition: Folklore and popular culture; ballad revivals; antiquarianism; Orality and literacy; Demonology, superstition, the primitive; Industrialism and transformations of popular culture. --Legacies of Enlightenment: Moral philosophy, political economy, social history, rhetoric, anthropology; Historiography and historians; Scott and the eighteenth century; Scotland after 1800: Post-Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment; versions of Romanticism, Anti-Romanticism. --Civic life and institutions in Edinburgh: Architecture and the arts; Raeburn, Wilkie, popular life and history-painting; Scott and the drama; Scott and opera. --Inventions of Scotland: National identity and culture, nationalism; Scott and versions of literary/cultural tradition; Representing Scotland / Scotland as topos of Romanticism, in poetry, fiction, theatre, painting, music, cinema. --Genealogies: Gothic, romance, historical fiction, national tale; The novel in relation to other narrative and non-narrative genres; History, chronicle, news, gossip: the macro-, micro- and meta-narratives of collective life; The world-historical and the everyday; The politics of literary form. Further details--keynote speakers, special events, registration and accommodation, the Scott '99 Website, etc.--to be announced. Proposals [hardcopy only, please] and inquiries to:
Ian Duncan English Department University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-1286 U.S.A. Email [inquiries only]: iduncan@oregon.uoregon.edu