Call for Book Chapters: Women and Belles Lettres in the Nineteenth Century

deadline for submissions: 
September 28, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Harvard University
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Many novelists in various national literatures touched upon the theme of an emancipated woman in the long nineteenth century. Imagination, as it is believed, has no borders and is dialogical in its nature.  Different voices of great emancipationist writers merged into one influential symphony liberating and awakening consciousness of slaves—males and females. If writers did not support directly or sympathized with the image of an emancipated woman, they did reflect on her place in society and her belonging. World literature allows us to take a closer look at the imagined and real women's lives, at their biographies and reminiscent writing. This study explores the image of an emancipated woman that was ahead of her time and a very controversial figure in the long nineteenth century as well as earlier. The name of George Sand (1804-1876), née Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, was crucial in the process of women's emancipation and shaping of the women's movement world-wide. Her work was very influential in Europe and elsewhere. The George Sand of England—George Eliot—contributed to the "woman question" on the same footing. In Russia, there was their own "Russian George Sand," Elena Gan, who wrote novels about the marginalized and new femininities suffering in the stifling atmosphere of suburbia.  Her name, however, is not as widespread as two other Georges. This interdisciplinary edited volume is under contract with Cambridge Scholars Press. By September 28, please submit a 250-300 word abstract and your CV to Dr. Elena Shabliy: eshabliy@tulane.edu.