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CFP: Transport in British Fiction: 1840-1940 (1/15/2011)

Expanded Call for Papers: Transport in British Fiction: 1840-1940 (Collection of Critical Essays)

The editors are seeking proposals for essays to complete a collection of critical essays currently in progress on transport in British fiction 1840-1940. Because of a recent decision to expand the chronological range covered by the volume we are now seeking proposals on:

• Dickens and transport
• Transport in 1840s and/or 1850s fiction, especially trains
• Transport in 1930s fiction

The collection aims to assess transport’s position in literary consciousness during a century of rapid social, cultural, and vehicular change. Essays should focus centrally on the use of transport or forms of transportation in novels, novellas, or short stories during this period and might consider, for example:

• the narrative role of transport
• the contextual or historical picture of transport presented in fiction
• the representation of specific transport vehicles
• transport within the context of an author’s approach to new technologies
• transport and gender
• transport and class
• transport and sexualities

Other approaches to transport in British fiction during this period will also be considered. Proposals are welcomed on single authors or on topics which range across writers, subgenres, or periods of British fiction.

We envisage that completed essays will be 5,600 words long and due in May 2011.

Please email 500-word proposals and a 150-200-word biography by 15 January to BOTH editors: Adrienne Gavin (Adrienne.gavin@canterbury.ac.uk) and Andrew Humphries (Andrew.humphries@canterbury.ac.uk).

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