Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens
Object Lessons: The Victorians and the Material Text
A special issue edited by Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge
Building on Caroline LevineÂ¹s 2006 call for a new Â³strategic formalism,Â²Â this special Fall 2016 issue of Cahiers victoriens et Ã©douardiensÂ (https://cve.revues.org) will feature ten to fifteen articles thatÂ foreground the relation of the Victorian print object to literary, social,Â >and political forms.
We invite scholars to contemplate the importance of material form toÂ nineteenth-century printed materials and their readers. Each paper shouldÂ focus on one or more specific material objects, offering a study of oneÂ unique object or a comparison of several. Contributors might select a poemÂ or poetry collection, a novel, an annual, an album, a newspaper, a serial,Â an illustrated book, or a piece of ephemera such as a playbill, aÂ broadside, or a pamphlet.
We seek articles that consider the material form of the printed object inÂ question (including, but not limited to, layout, typography, covers,Â wrappers, illustration, advertisements, bindings) in relation to theÂ literary, social and political formations with which the text engages. WeÂ seek materially grounded analyses that analyze literary forms asÂ historically specific (that is, embedded in their particular time andÂ circumstances of material production) and at the same time culturally
dynamic (that is, productive of change, challenge, clash, and/orÂ difference).
Please submit a 500-word abstract and title toÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ by October 31, 2015. We will inform you by November 15, 2015 if yourÂ proposal is accepted. Full articles will be due on February 15, 2016; theyÂ must be 4000-6000 words in length, not including notes or works cited. MLAÂ style is required.
Proposals in French or English will be considered.