CFP: Victorian Women and the Occult (10/31/07; journal issue)

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Tatiana Kontou
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Call for Papers
Victorian Women and the Occult, journal issue,10/31/07

Increasingly, contemporary scholarship reveals the strong connection
between Victorian women and the world of the nineteenth-century
supernatural. Women were intrinsically bound to the occult and the
esoteric  from mediums who materialised spirits to the epiphanic
experiences of the new woman, from theosophy to telepathy. This special
issue of Womens Writing seeks to address the various ways in which
Victorian women expressed themselves and were constructed by the occult
through a broad range of texts.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Women and Spiritualism

Women authors and the Victorian ghost story

Women as investigators of the supernatural

The representation of the occult on the Victorian stage by actresses
and women playwrights

Crystal gazing and writing

Women and Theosophy

Mesmerism, healing and women practitioners

Women, transcendent experience and madness

Women and secret societies

Please submit papers for consideration between 30007000 words to Dr.
Tatiana Kontou,, University of Sussex, by October
31st 2007.

(Contributors should follow the journals house style details of which
are to be found on the Womens Writing web site
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