Unreliable Narration in the 18th C

Unreliable Narration in the Eighteenth Century (22-25 March 2012; proposals by 15 Sept 2011)

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2012 Meeting. San Antonio, TX, 22-25 March 2012
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Proposals are invited for papers which help to reconceive the nature of unreliable narration in the eighteenth century, be this in journalism, polemical writing, the novel, poetry, or other genres. Analyses of individual works are welcome, as are broader overviews. Presenters may opt for textual, theoretical or historical approaches to the subject, either to better historicize our understanding of narrative voice, demonstrate how unreliability operates in particular texts, or to fit eighteenth-century works or genres into a larger poetics of unreliability. The session will take the standard format, with three 20-minute presentations followed by wider discussion. Please email enquiries or proposals to Nicholas Seager by 15 September 2011.

I would like to do this, but really the only 18th C work I do in any depth is Gulliver’s Travels. That’s like the “original” unreliable narrative in that century. So I am sure many people are wanting to do it and I’m not sure what I do with the text is useful enough to submit. However, it is in Texas; it is not due till September; it is something I would enjoy. So I will think about it.

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