Miscellany in its many forms offers a unique opportunity to look at the small details of everyday life, and how they come together to provide a broader picture of the meaning found in the lives of ordinary people. From songbooks, political pamphlets, newspaper advertisments, cookbooks, and more we find meaning in the seeming choas of ordinary life. This panel* would look at miscellany in British culture, ideally across a wide chronological range. My paper discusses the personal receipt book in the late nineteenth century British empire, and the ways in which culinary commonplacing provide us with insights into the lives of British housewives at that time. I am looking for two or three other papers on Britain's miscellany to put together a panel for the Midwest Conference on British Studies (MWCBS), September 16-18, 2016 in Iowa. A link to the original H-Net announcment for the conference as a whole can be found here: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/107854/cfp-63rd-annu...
Applicants wishing to serve as chair or commentator for such a panel are also welcome to contact me.
The deadline for this CFP is February 25th, as full proposals for the conference are due on March 15th.
*This is a call for papers to participate in a panel at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies (MWCBS) in September of 2016. Acceptance to the panel does not necessarily mean an acceptance to the conference; the goal is to build a panel through this CFP and then apply to present at the conference.
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