Call for papers: Pride and Prejudices – Women’s Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century

Chawton House Library, Hampshire, 4th-6th July 2013

In 2002, the year before the opening of Chawton House Library, as a research collection and centre for research in women’s writing of the long eighteenth century, a call for papers was sent out from the University of Southampton and Chawton House Library inviting proposals for an international conference to be held in July 2003. The resulting presentations focused on the rich field for the study of women writers and their careers, celebrating the range of women whose writing was seen as key to, as the original call for papers put it, ‘the early shaping of our tangled modernity’. For three days, distinguished colleagues and scholars reflected on and debated the state of the field.

Ten years on, in July 2013, Chawton House Library will celebrate the anniversary of its opening. With the University of Southampton, and the University of Kent, we invite colleagues to reflect on all aspects of the writing of women of the long eighteenth century. We are particularly interested in papers that celebrate the achievements of the last decade since the opening conference in 2003, as well as papers that map new directions, and reflect upon the work still to be done in the writing of women’s literary history.

Please send abstracts for 20-minute papers, or shorter contributions to roundtables, to one of the panel or roundtable organisers on the email addresses given below. Please do not propose multiple abstracts to different sessions.  For all general enquiries, please contact Gillian Dow, Director of Research at Chawton House Library, on g.dow@soton.ac.uk.

The deadline for all abstracts to reach panel and roundtable organisers is 14 January 2013. We will aim to have a final decision on acceptance by end February 2013.

Topics and discussions:

Isobel Grundy (University of Alberta) will reflect on audiences for women’s writing, then and now.

Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary, University of London) will reflect on critical responses to women’s writing:  histories and new directions

Ros Ballaster (University of Oxford) invites papers on women writers and Orientalism.  ros.ballaster@mansfield.ox.ac.uk

Jennie Batchelor (University of Kent) invites papers on women, periodicals and magazines.  J.E.Batchelor@kent.ac.uk

Stephen Bending (University of Southampton) invites papers on women and solitude/retirement.  S.D.Bending@soton.ac.uk

Stephen Bending and Stephen Bygrave (University of Southampton) invite contributions to a roundtable on the Chawton House Library Series and editing.  S.D.Bending@soton.ac.uk; S.J.Bygrave@soton.ac.uk

Linda Bree (Cambridge University Press) invites papers on publishing eighteenth-century women writers in the twenty-first century. lbree@cambridge.org

Susan Carlile (California State University, Long Beach) and Kathryn King (University of  Montevallo) invite papers on the state of the novel in the 1750s.  Susan.Carlile@csulb.edu ; kingk@montevallo.edu

Emma Clery (University of Southampton) invites papers on British women writers and economics.  E.J.Clery@soton.ac.uk

Michèle Cohen (Richmond University) invites papers on women and education.   cohenm@richmond.ac.uk

Marie-Louise Coolahan (National University of Ireland, Galway) invites papers on women writers and the archipelago.  marielouise.coolahan@nuigalway.ie

Suzan van Dijk (Huygens Institute) invites contributions to a session on the transnational reception of women writers, as part of the European COST Action ‘Women Writers in History’.  suzan.van.dijk@huygens.knaw.nl

Gillian Dow (University of Southampton) invites papers on women writers and translation.  G.Dow@soton.ac.uk

Alice Eardley (University of Southampton) invites contributions to a roundtable on women’s writing and digital humanities.  a.r.eardley@reading.ac.uk

Elizabeth Eger (King’s College, University of London) invites papers on women and the display of knowledge: use, ornament and the circulation of objects.  elizabeth.eger@kcl.ac.uk

Markman Ellis (Queen Mary, University of London) invites papers on sociability.  m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk

Laura Engel (Duquesene University) invites papers on women and material culture.  engell784@duq.edu

Margaret Ezell (Texas A&M University) invites papers on women and textual technologies.  m-ezell@tamu.edu

Matthew Grenby (University of Newcastle) invites papers on women writing for children.  M.O.Grenby@newcastle.ac.uk

Harriet Guest (University of York) invites papers on women and correspondence harriet.guest@york.ac.uk

Elizabeth Hageman (University of New Hampshire) and the Brown University Women Writers Project invite papers on methodologies that are enabled and/or lost in turning to digital research on women’s writing.  ehageman@cisunix.unh.edu

Judith Hawley (Royal Holloway, University of London) invites contributions to a roundtable on amateur performance.

J.Hawley@rhul.ac.uk

Sonia Hofkosh (Tufts University) invites papers on women’s writing and the relevance of contemporary theory.  sonia.hofkosh@tufts.edu

Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace (Boston College) invites contributions to a roundtable on women and the art of masquerade.  kowalesk@bc.edu

Greg Kucich (University of Notre Dame) invites contributions to a roundtable on women’s re-visioning of history.  Gregory.P.Kucich.1@nd.edu

Jacqueline Labbe (University of Warwick) invites papers on women’s engagements with genre and form.  J.M.Labbe@warwick.ac.uk

Devoney Looser (University of Missouri) invites papers on British women writers and aging.  looserd@missouri.edu

Karen O’Brien (University of Birmingham) and Monica Bolufer (Universitat de Valencia) will host a panel on women intellectuals in Europe in the long eighteenth century.

Nicole Pohl (Oxford Brookes University) and Betty Schellenberg (Simon Fraser University) invite contributions to a roundtable on women and networks.

npohl@brookes.ac.uk; schellen@sfu.ca

Sarah Prescott (University of Aberystwyth) will host a roundtable on women’s poetry from Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Peter Sabor (McGill University) invites papers on women’s diaries and journals.

peter.sabor@mcgill.ca

Norbert Schürer (California State University, Long Beach) invites papers on women and travel writing.  nschurer@csulb.edu

Jane Spencer (University of Exeter) invites papers on women writers’ engagement with the relationship between human and non-human animals.   J.Spencer@exeter.ac.uk

Mary Spongberg (Macquarie University) invites papers on women writers, biography and history.  mary.spongberg@mq.edu.au

Beth Tobin (University of Georgia) invites papers on women and science. btobin@uga.edu

Janet Todd (University of Cambridge) invites papers on women writers writing Romance and writing about Romance.  jt272@cam.ac.uk

Gina Luria Walker (The New School University, New York) invites contributions to a roundtable on female biography as feminist praxis.  walkerg@newschool.edu

Debbie Welham (University of Winchester) invites papers on women writers and the archives.  Debbie.Welham@winchester.ac.uk

Juliette Wells (Goucher College) invites contributions to a roundtable on twentieth-century collections of eighteenth-century writers. juliette.wells@goucher.edu

Angela Wright (University of Sheffield) invites papers for a panel on women’s Gothic writing.  a.h.wright@sheffield.ac.uk

2 comments

  1. oh wow! soooo many amazing scholars here! I feel so damned honoured if I could present especially for Angela Wright!!!!

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