Teaching Eighteenth-Century Women Writers amid the #Me Too Movement

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Cynthia Richards/ ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830
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Teaching Eighteenth-Century Women Writers amid the #Me Too Movement

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 invites short form essays (2000-3000 words) which address teaching eighteenth-century women writers amid the #Me Too Movement. What new questions emerge from this movement, and what old paradigms come into question? Eighteenth-century amatory fiction both featured narratives of seduction and employed seduction tropes to engage its readers, even while promoting its female authors. How do we address these strategies and this content at a time when patterns of harassment are being exposed and violators are no longer accommodated by default? Must we read these texts differently and reassess these rhetorical strategies? How do we acknowledge the activism of the eighteenth century while remaining mindful of our own?

ABO Teaching Forums create a venue for shorter, peer-reviewed essays that can respond more quickly yet rigorously to pressing issues in the classroom and replicate in written form the give and take of roundtable discussions. These teaching forums acknowledge that not all pedagogical scholarship must look the same, and that length or format can vary to meet need. Forums may include three to six essays in conversation with one another. Essays will be peer-reviewed and those appearing as part of the forum may be edited to highlight dialogue with others in the collection. Supplementary teaching materials and lesson are encouraged. See the Spring 2017 issue for an example of a teaching forum: https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/abo/vol7/iss1/

For questions about the format for teaching forum essays and/or possible submissions, please contact Cynthia Richards, pedagogy editor, at crichards@wittenberg.edu. Informal queries are welcome.

Proposals for individual submissions or for a collection of interconnected essays are due by December 15, 2018.