CFP MLA 2020: Railways, Speed, and Accidents

“To invent the train is to invent the rail accident of derailment” (Paul Virilio, The Original Accident 10). From the 19th century onward, the intervention of speed upon and across the landscape has created zones of contact between non-human animals and machines that resulted in numerous crashes, deaths, derailments and a wide variety of events that we know as accidents. With the speed of modern time, railway accidents involving humans and animals became a common theme of literary texts, travel books, journal reports, legal discussions, as well as photography and motion pictures.

CFP (conference): Modern Languages Association 2020: Railways, Speed, and Accidents (Seattle, 9-12 January 2020)

“To invent the train is to invent the rail accident of derailment” (Paul Virilio, The Original Accident 10). From the 19th century onward, the intervention of speed upon and across the landscape has created zones of contact between non-human animals and machines that resulted in numerous crashes, deaths, derailments and a wide variety of events that we know as accidents. With the speed of modern time, railway accidents involving humans and animals became a common theme of literary texts, travel books, journal reports, legal discussions, as well as photography and motion pictures.

CFP (conference) MLA2020: Railways, Speed, and Accidents

“To invent the train is to invent the rail accident of derailment” (Paul Virilio, The Original Accident 10). From the 19th century onward, the intervention of speed upon and across the landscape has created zones of contact between non-human animals and machines that resulted in numerous crashes, deaths, derailments and a wide variety of events that we know as accidents. With the speed of modern time, railway accidents involving humans and animals became a common theme of literary texts, travel books, journal reports, legal discussions, as well as photography and motion pictures.

Today in New Jersey history - December 1

[From author Joe Bilby]

December 1, 1793: Quaker Abigail Goodwin was born in Salem. Goodwin became a staunch abolitionist, maintained an important stop on the New Jersey branch of the Underground Railroad and lived to see slavery end, dying on November 2, 1867.

December 1,1865: The New Jersey Central Railroad’s Western Express train collided with a coal train at White House at 8:00 AM. Seven people were killed and a dozen more injured. The New York Times referred to the accident in a headline as “Another Railway Slaughter.”

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