PAMLA 2023: October 26-29, 2023
This panel invites paper that explore the decades of the 1820s, focusing especially on the year 1823, with regards to the shifting perspectives both on and of the writers of the Romantic period. The greatest works of William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge, and all of the novels of Jane Austen, had been published years, if not decades earlier, while John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and William Blake would all die by the end of the decade. Nevertheless, 1823 saw the publication of several notable works, including the second edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Shelley’ second novel, Valperga; William Hazlitt’s important essay “My First Acquaintance with Poets;” Charles Lamb’s Essays of Elia; and Cantos VI-XIV of Lord Byron’s masterpiece, Don Juan. While the more canonical writers of the period offer substantial material to consider, discussions of lesser-known writers or texts of the period are also certainly encouraged.
Please submit your 250-word abstract by May 31 through the PAMLA portal: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/
L. Adam Mekler, Ph. D.
Department of English and Language Arts
Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD 21251