Call for Papers for a Session at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting: Astronomy and Literary Discourse: From the Moon to the Milky Way

San Antonio, Texas March 22 – 25, 2012
Submission deadline September 15, 2011

“Astronomy and Literary Discourse: From the Moon to the Milky Way” Judy A. Hayden, U. of Tampa, Dept. of English, Box R, 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33606-1490; Tel: (813) 257-3535; Fax: (813) 258-7470; E-mail: [email protected]

This panel explores astronomy and discoveries of new or other worlds as represented through eighteenth-century literary discourse. Cosmological discoveries had a profound impact in the long eighteenth century. Therefore, the main focus of this panel is on the manner in which literary discourse reflected this impact and led writers to seek an understanding of the nature of the universe and the place of humankind in it. Topics might range from how the cosmos reflected on the self to how the universe reflected on nationhood, and/or how discoveries of new worlds might have been transformative to everyday lives, to name but a few. All genres welcome.