The conference will mark the opening of Chawton Library which will house a remarkable collection of books and manuscripts by women published between 1600 and 1830 in the restored Elizabethan mansion that once belonged to Jane Austen's brother. The Centre for the Study of Early English Women's Writing formally inaugurates the association between the University and the Library. Confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Isobel Grundy and Professor Claudia Johnson.
We invite proposals for papers and for panels on any aspect or genre of female authorship in the 'long eighteenth century'.
Possible themes could include: biography; bluestockings; print culture; public spheres; consumption; scandal; sexualities; empire; sensibility; the woman of letters; feminism; patriotism; politics; men and masculinities; networks; radicalism; anti-slavery and racial thinking; gardens and gardening; manners; morals; motherhood; marriage; patronage; education; class and authorship.
Papers on all questions of adaptation for the large and small screen are welcome. We hope that some sessions will look at the framing questions of the construction of literary history and the changes in critical debate on this crucial period of women's cultural production. Interdisciplinary papers which look at the social and cultural environments and at material culture in the period are also very welcome.
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