Romantic Media Studies @ MLA 2013

January 6, 8:30-9:45am, Hynes, 203


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Media Studies Conversation Continues

At MLA 2014 in Chicago, the Nineteenth-Century American Literature Division held a roundtable modeled on RMS@MLA 2013. Meredith McGill (Rutgers) assembled and moderated the panel, “Literature and Media in the Nineteenth-Century U.S.,” which comprised Jonathan Elmer (Indiana), Teresa Goddu (Vanderbilt), Naomi Greyser (Iowa), Brian Hochman (Georgetown), Christopher Lukasik (Purdue), and myself (Stony Brook). Our statements, along with some of the presentation materials, are posted at the roundtable’s website.


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Roundtable Statements for Romantic Media Studies

Our roundtable will discuss and define “Romantic media studies,” one of the most vibrant approaches to Romantic literature today. Spanning British, German, and transatlantic Romanticisms, the exchange will consider Romantic-era media while reflecting on methods of reading for media, mediations, and networks. We will also address the relation between Romantic criticism and the digital humanities in light of Alan Liu’s recent call to action, “Where Is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?

Herewith, the topic statements from all of our distinguished panelists:

Miranda Burgess“Communications”: Notes on the Transport of Persons and Affects

Mary Helen DupreeRomantic Declamation and Medial Transformation in Germany, 1790–1830

Kevis GoodmanThe “Connecting Medium” of the Nerves: On Mediation

Yohei IgarashiModels and Questions of “Romantic media studies”

Celeste Langan“‘What Did They Say?’”

Maureen N. McLane“I Remember Romantic Media Studies”

Tom MoleRomantic Print in the Media Ecology

Lauren NeefeSardanapalus Onstage and out of Mind

Please feel free to circulate to any and all interested colleagues, and by all means join us on the morning of the 6th with your responses, comments, questions, and provocations. Each panelist will speak briefly on his or her project and its relation to the line of inquiry that might be called Romantic Media Studies. We will then conduct a 15- to 20-minute discussion among the panelists, before opening the conversation to everyone in attendance. See you there!

Oh, and Happy New Year!


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Panel statements by Dupree, Goodman, Langan, and Mole now up for advance viewing

Almost as promised, we are now posting .pdfs of the statement papers from four of our Romantic Media Studies panelists.

Mary Helen Dupree, Romantic Declamation and Medial Transformation in Germany, 1790–1830

Kevis Goodman, The “Connecting Medium” of the Nerves: On Mediation

Celeste Langan, “‘What Did They Say?’”

Tom Mole, Romantic Print in the Media Ecology

Check back shortly to find the statements from the remaining panelists, and join our roundtable discussion on January 6 (8:30-9:45am, Hynes 203) with your responses, comments, questions, and provocations.


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Convention schedule announced

Special Session
Romantic Media Studies:
Means of Reading and Reading for Means

Sunday, January 6, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 203, Hynes

A roundtable of scholars will discuss and define “Romantic media studies,” one of the most vibrant approaches to Romantic literature today. Spanning British, German, and transatlantic Romanticisms, the exchange will consider Romantic-era media while reflecting on methods of reading for media, mediations, and networks. It will also address the relation between Romantic criticism and the digital humanities.

Presiding
Yohei Igarashi (Colgate) & Lauren Neefe (Stony Brook)

Speakers
Miranda Burgess (UBC)
Mary Helen Dupree (Georgetown)
Kevis Goodman (UC, Berkeley)
Yohei Igarashi (Colgate)
Celeste Langan (UC, Berkeley)
Maureen McLane (NYU)
Tom Mole (McGill)
Lauren Neefe (Stony Brook)

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