CFP: British Women Satirists in the Eighteenth Century

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2018
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British Women Satirists in the Long Eighteenth Century

For decades, literary scholars have shared the assumption that satire in the eighteenth century was largely a "masculine-gendered" literary genre and practice.  Even recent criticism regarding the scope and progress of eighteenth-century satire has largely excluded women’s crucial contributions to its practices of public censure and commentary.  However, we contend that eighteenth-century women writers regularly wielded the satirist’s pen, writing and publishing satiric pieces in a range of genres and offering sophisticated female perspectives on the vexed relationship between gender and the history and practice of satire.  

This timely essay collection, which we are designing for a leading academic press, will challenge current assumptions about eighteenth-century women writers and the gendered practice of satire during the long eighteenth century.  The pervasive theory that satire was a “masculine” genre (or mode) has hidden and obscured many eighteenth-century female satirists, their texts, and their important contributions to literary history.  This collection will fill a gap in the study of eighteenth-century British women writers and will address an audience of advanced scholars interested in how critical theories of eighteenth-century satire might account for female authors and/or fit women’s writing into the satiric tradition.  

We invite abstracts of up to 750 words for essays that uncover, examine, or reconceptualize the varied means by which British women writers in the long eighteenth century self-consciously and intentionally employed satire to critique, reform, and interrogate social, cultural, religious, or political practices and assumptions.  We also invite essays that theorize works of female-authored satire and/or explore iconoclastic or everyday female satiric occasions through a variety of methodologies (historicist, feminist, material, archival, rhetorical, editorial, ecological etc.).  Chapters will address how eighteenth-century British women satirists appropriate, challenge, and disrupt traditionally masculine genres, modes, and styles of dramatic, verse, prose fiction, and ephemeral satire. 

Potential Areas of Inquiry:

  • Female satirists in (or in contrast to) the Horatian, Juvenalian, and Menippean traditions
  • Satiric fiction and the woman novelist; satiric subgenres, embedded modes; romans à clef
  • Women’s verse satire; satyrs; anti-pastoral poetry
  • Women writers and editors of satiric periodical essays
  • Women playwrights and dramatic satire
  • Satiric retorts to male-authored satires; interrogation or acceptance of the concept of “masculine satire”
  • Women’s contributions to the literary theory of satire
  • Women’s participation in satiric political commentary or censure
  • Female-authored translations or adaptations of classical satires
  • Feminist satiric critiques of class, gender, courtship, and marriage
  • Women satirists and legal or political philosophy
  • Women’s satires of didactic literature
  • Women’s satires of cultural consumption


Proposal Due Date:  November 1, 2018


  • Amanda L. Hiner, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator, Critical Thinking Program, Winthrop University
  • Elizabeth Tasker Davis, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Stephen F. Austin State University


Timeline and Important Dates for Contributors:   

  • Essay Proposal/Abstract Deadline:  November 1, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance:  January 1, 2019
  • Completed Essay Deadline (6500 – 7500 words):  August 15, 2019

Article Abstract/Proposal Details:

  • Word Limit:  750 words
  • Language:  English
  • Detailed description of proposed research subject with brief outline of article topics
  • Also, attach an abbreviated CV including a list of research interests


Submission Process: 

Essay proposals should be submitted in Microsoft Word format through email to Dr. Amanda L. Hiner ( and Dr. Elizabeth Tasker Davis (