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CfP: Marilyn Butler and the War of Ideas (Chawton House Library, 11-12 December 2015)

Please see below for a Call for Papers for a conference commemorating the life and work of Marilyn Butler, which Linda Bree and Gillian Dow are organising at Chawton House Library in December.

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Marilyn Butler and the War of Ideas: A Commemorative Conference at Chawton House Library

December 11-12, 2015

Keynote Speakers: Professor Jim Chandler (University of Chicago) and Professor Heather Glen (University of Cambridge)

Professor Marilyn Butler (1937-2014), leading scholar of English literature, and latterly Rector of Exeter College, University of Oxford, was the author of paradigm-shifting books and articles, and a patron of Chawton House Library, which will host this conference in her honour. Butler’s research set up new directions in literary criticism of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and her editions of women writers enabled subsequent generations of scholars to access these important texts in newly fruitful ways. Marilyn Butler’s important work on Maria Edgeworth – biographical, critical, editorial – seeded new scholarship in the field of Irish romanticism.

In this fortieth anniversary year of the first publication of Butler’s Jane Austen and the War of Ideas (1975), we invite papers that both commemorate her scholarship, and move discussion forward in the twenty-first century. We welcome papers on any aspect of work inspired by Professor Butler’s contribution, although participants may wish to concentrate on one of the three following topics:

The War of Ideas
Romanticism: Rebels and Reactionaries in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Beyond Recovery? Editing Women and Writing Lives

The conference is supported by the British Association for Romantic Studies and Cambridge University Press, and will see the launch of Mapping Mythologies: Countercurrents in Eighteenth-Century British Poetry and Cultural History, a book brought to completion by Heather Glen from a manuscript that Marilyn left in near-complete form, and published by CUP in 2015.

Confirmed speakers include: Isobel Armstrong, Ros Ballaster, Linda Bree, Stephen Bygrave, Emma Clery, Claire Connolly, Josie Dixon, Anne Janowitz, Cora Kaplan, Jacqueline Labbe, Nigel Leask, Susan Manly, Jo McDonagh, Jon Mee, Jane Moore, Mark Philp, Michael Rossington, Gillian Russell, Janet Todd.

Please send abstracts of 200-500 words to Sandy White: sw17@soton.ac.uk. Proposals can be for 20-minute papers, or for entire panels of 3 speakers. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 1st August 2015.

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