Call for Papers

The 2011 North Texas AGM in Fort Worth invites proposals for breakout sessions related to the conference theme, “Jane Austen: Two Hundred Years of Sense and Sensibility.”

As we celebrate the bicentennial of the publication of her first published novel, we welcome proposals on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. The novel has not been featured at an AGM since 1990, enough time for a whole new generation of Janeites to become fans. Those interested should submit their ideas on Sense and Sensibility and Austen’s two hundred years of popularity.

His errand was a simple one. It was only to ask Elinor to marry him.
His errand … was a simple one.
It was only to ask Elinor to marry him.

The great historian of the novel Ian Watt saw Sense and Sensibility as a watershed in the history of the novel, calling it the first novel that truly dramatized the philosophical debates of the day with believable characters in believable situations. There is, however, so much more to be said about this great book: what is Austen doing with the ideals of feminine and masculine heroism? How does she distribute poetic justice? Is she a romantic or an anti-romantic? We encourage inventive breakout formats as well as traditional lectures. Presentations should be no more than 40 minutes in length, allowing ample time for questions afterward; speakers who encourage audience participation are always appreciated.

Please submit a one-page abstract of your breakout proposal, along with a cover letter indicating your name, affiliation, mail and email addresses, telephone numbers, and a brief biography. Identify any former AGMs you have addressed. Specify what AV equipment is absolutely essential for your session, bearing in mind that AV equipment is very expensive to rent and that its use is appropriate only when images are important for the presentation. Electronic submissions are preferred. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2010.

Send to:
Dr. Theresa Kenney, Chair
English Department
University of Dallas
1845 E. Northgate Drive
Irving, TX 75062