CFP: Defoe Society panels at ASECS2015

Fig 3 AUTHOR - Daniel DefoeCall for Papers: the Defoe Society have proposed two sessions for ASECS 2015, March 19-22, Los Angeles.

“Defoe, His Contemporaries, and the Americas” (Daniel Defoe Society) Andreas Mueller, U. of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ, United Kingdom; Tel: +44 (0) 1905 855000; E-mail:

The Defoe Society invites proposals for papers that engage with the role and representation of the Americas in the works of Defoe and/or his contemporaries. Specific topics may include, but are not limited to, the Americas as a material resource; colonizing the Americas; encountering native Americans; slavery and the Americas; the Americas and spiritual allegory; the New World vs the Old World; the Americas in English travel literature. Paper proposals concerning the republication of texts and their reception in the Americas are also welcome.

“Defore and Architecture” (Daniel Defoe Society) Rivka Swenson, Dept. of English, Virginia Commonwealth U., 900 Park Ave., P.O. Box 842005, Richmond, VA 23284-2005; Tel: (804) 827-8328; Fax: (804) 828-8684; E-mail:

An Act of Union like a mighty arch. A three-sided school for women. A basketwork beehive house for multiple families to live in. A house made entirely from china. A history like a maze. Defoe’s ideas and characters and things rarely exist in empty space but are instead articulated within discrete physical (or metaphorically physicalized), indeed architectural, contexts. This Defoe Society panel is devoted to thinking about the ways in which architecture, as both reality and metaphor, figures prominently across Daniel Defoe’s writings; Defoe was as interested in finding the right architectural metaphors to describe a given idea or character or thing as he was in describing how the real world (both material and immaterial) is expressed within specific formal-spatial-architectural contexts. Please send (via email) 500-word abstracts for 20 minute papers.



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