Welcome to the Nineteenth Century Studies Association website, where we hope you will find information about the Association, its interests and outlets, as well as enticements to join in the many conversations we have on and beyond these pages.
We are an interdisciplinary Association interested in exploring all aspects of the long nineteenth century, from science to music, from architecture to religion, from movement to literatures—and beyond. We hope you will peruse these pages as a volume inviting you to join us at our annual spring meeting, and we ask you to join our community of those with nineteenth century interests.
News and Events
Joseph Acquisto is Professor of French at the University of Vermont. This year, he published his third book, The Fall out of Redemption: Thinking and Writing Beyond Salvation in Baudelaire, Cioran, Fondane, Agamben, and Nancy, which claims that Baudelaire inaugurates a new kind of modernity by canceling the notion of redemption in his writing while also steadfastly refusing to embrace any of its secular equivalents, such as historical progress or salvation through art. His other books include French Symbolist Poetry and the Idea of Music and Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature, as well as the edited volumes Thinking Poetry: Philosophical Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Poets as Readers in Nineteenth-Century France, the latter co-edited with Adrianna M. Paliyenko and Catherine Witt, forthcoming in October. He is interested in the intersections of literature, music, and philosophy, and is at work on a book on listening in Proust.
Is there anything from the nineteenth century you wished would come back into fashion?: Streets lit by . . .
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Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media 9 - 10 June 2016. Leiden University, The Netherlands
Call for Papers: Haunted Europe:
Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media
9 - 10 June 2016.
Leiden University, The Netherlands
February 2-4, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina
The 2017 NCSA conference will take place on February 2-4 in the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1670, Charleston is intimately linked with the history and culture of the nineteenth-century American South. The beautifully preserved historic district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers numerous examples of eighteenth and nineteenth-century architecture and maintains a strong sense of the early outlines of the town. In addition to historic sites, museums, plantations, lovely coastal scenery, and mild temperatures, in recent years Charleston has also developed a vibrant restaurant scene, boasting several James Beard Award winning chefs and several listings on national “best restaurant” lists. Charleston is regularly listed among the top tourist sites in the nation; in 2015 both Conde’ Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines named Charleston was named the #1 city for travelers in the US. (Conde’ Nast Traveler ranked Charleston the #2 city in the world.)
The Francis Marion Hotel is located on the edge of the historic district, within easy walking distance of iconic Charleston attractions and restaurants. The hotel was built in 1924, at which time it was one of Charleston’s most luxurious hotels. In 1996 it was re-opened after an extensive renovation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Francis Marion is a beautiful and comfortable hotel. (And the shrimp and grits in their restaurant was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best in Charleston!) The Charleston International Airport in served by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, and US Air, and the airport is twenty minutes from the hotel.
We hope that you will join us in Charleston in 2017 for excellent scholarship, good food, and the opportunity to discover one of the United States’ most historic cities.
Over the summer, while 19 cents will continue to post updates of news and items of general interest, we will be taking a break from posting Q&A profiles every Monday. We have been delighted by the reception of this new feature, which is meant to introduce ourselves to one another in a personal yet professional manner. Although we are on semi-break, we are prepping for the fall, and are hopeful that you, our faithful readers, might help us in our work by contributing answers to this query: What questions would you like to ask our colleagues? I am afraid the current mix of questions (see after link) is not only limited in variety but also favors my literature background, so we are especially excited to hear suggestions representing all of NCSA members' various fields of scholarly interest.
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