NASSR 2011 will feature nine seminars, spread out over three sessions. Seminars will be scheduled so as not to compete with paper sessions and to allow conference-goers to attend up to three seminars over the course of the conference.
Rather than featuring a paper by a single scholar, as has been done in the past, these sessions will pair two books on a general topic. The first book will be a study published prior to 1995 that continues to have a significant impact on the field. The second book will be a recent work (2007 or later) by a junior or mid-career scholar.
Each seminar will begin with a five-minute introduction by a moderator, followed by fifteen-minute talks by each of the featured scholars on the genesis and aims of their book. The final forty-five minutes will be dedicated to questions and group discussion.
Below are the seminar topics and the books to be discussed.
Aesthetics: Frances Ferguson (Solitude and the Sublime: Romanticism and the Aesthetics of Individuation, 1992) and Anne-Lise Francois (Open Secrets: The Literature of Uncounted Experience, 2008)
Historicism: Marjorie Levinson (Wordsworth’s Great Period Poems, 1986) and Mark Canuel (Shadow of Death: Literature, Romanticism, and the Subject, 2007)
Nationalism: David Simpson (Romanticism, Nationalism, and the Revolt Against Theory, 1993) and Anne Frey (British State Romanticism: Authorship, Agency, and Bureaucratic Nationalism, 2010)
Performance: Jeffrey Cox (In the Shadows of Romance: Romantic Tragic Drama in Germany, England, and France, 1987) and Gillen D’Arcy Wood (Romanticism and Music Culture in Britain, 1770-1840, 2010)
Print: Jon Klancher (The Making of English Reading Audiences, 1790-1832, 1987) and Andrew Piper (Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age, 2009)
Science: Alan Bewell (Wordsworth and the Enlightenment: Nature, Man, and Society in the Experimental Poetry, 1989, and Romanticism and Colonial Disease, 1999) and Denise Gigante (Life: Organic Form and Romanticism, 2009)
Textuality: Neil Fraistat (The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley) and Andrew Stauffer (NINES)
Theory: Tilottama Rajan (Dark Interpreter: The Discourse of Romanticism, 1980) and Nicholas Halmi (The Genealogy of the Romantic Symbol, 2007)
Women: Anne Mellor (Romanticism and Gender, 1993) and Devoney Looser (Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750-1850, 2008)