POSTPONED – CFP – C18 Networks:Connection, Conversation & Circulation in Print and Social Media

University of Kent,

POSTPONED – Date details pending

C18 Networks:
Connection, Conversation & Circulation
in Print and Social Media

Despite the much-documented rise of professional authorship and the printing trade during the long eighteenth century, throughout this period texts were also produced and evaluated by members of the expanding reading public. Circulating libraries, periodicals and small-scale printing ventures disseminated texts through a range of vibrant formal and informal networks and communities. At once physical and ephemeral, public and private, comprised of individuals and groups, these networks created, disseminated and discussed the printed word. They did so across geographies, genders, ages and classes. New discursive environments like magazines provided a space in which both amateur and professional writers could share, circulate and improve their works in ways that influenced the literary marketplace to a yet unexplored degree. Authors writing in this highly dialogic marketplace created their own networks, in which borrowings, collaborations and adaptations contributed to a thriving literary scene. This phenomenon was unparalleled until the emergence of the user-generated content through the interactive social media of the worldwide web. The mask of anonymity and the rapid transmission of ideas and material afforded by the internet and the technological revolution may be argued to constitute the modern-day continuation of the networks of the long eighteenth century.

On Friday 16 September 2016, the University of Kent’s Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century is hosting a day conference, followed by a public evening forum, in order to explore some of these connections. The CSLEC invites 300-word proposals for papers of no more than 20 minutes that address any of the following topics.
· Networks of influence such as coterie circles;
· Appropriations and adaptations of texts during the long eighteenth century;
· Connections and parallels between eighteenth-century and modern-day networks;
· Newspapers and magazines as sites of controversy and debate in the long eighteenth century;
· Interactions between long-eighteenth-century print media and contemporaneous debating societies;
· The circulation of texts through serialization, pamphlets or broadsheets;
· The influence of submarkets created by circulating libraries;
· Circulation of texts outside metropolitan centres through peripheral (provincial, colonial) networks.
· The relationship between literary and print culture and social spaces in the eighteenth-century (coffee house and salon culture, etc.)?

For more information please contact Dr Jenny Diplacidi []
Dr Koenraad Claes []
or Dr Kim Simpson []

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