Call for Papers
Romance, Revolution and Reform Conference
15th January 2020
University of Southampton
From fraught restructures of the voting franchise and the education system, to vast infrastructural redevelopments and the overhaul of poor relief systems, an understanding of the reform movements of the long-nineteenth century and their various implications for politics, culture and society continue to play a central role in scholarly engagement with the epoque. In an era punctuated by the French Revolution, Slavery Abolition Acts, civil war in America, successive British Reform Acts, and the rise of women’s suffrage movements across Europe, advocates for change and stasis alike constantly and often violently jostled for primacy. Arising from these vast and complex conflicts and debates, new political, literary, journalistic, musical, philosophical and artistic discourses—from Malthusian political economy to serial fiction—emerged as a means of supporting, challenging and interrogating the reforms being proposed and implemented.
This one-day, interdisciplinary…
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