UPDATE: [Gender Studies] Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies: Special Issue: Gender and Disability

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Mark Mossman
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SUBMISSION DATE: March 1, 2008

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is a peer-reviewed, online journal
committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on gender
studies and nineteenth-century British literature, art and culture. The
journal is a collaborative effort that brings together advanced graduate
students and scholars from a variety of universities to create a unique
voice in the field. We endorse a broad definition of gender studies and
welcome submissions that consider gender and sexuality in conjunction
with race, class, place and nationality.

NCGS is preparing to launch a special guest-edited issue in Summer 2008
that would read nineteenth-century texts within a disability
studies/queer studies/gender studies framework. The issue will engage
and answer these and other questions: how do issues of the disabled body
and the gendered body parallel each other, or collapse into one another?
What are the implications of disability in the construction and practice
of femininity in nineteenth-century culture? What are the implications
of disability in the construction and practice of masculinity in
nineteenth-century culture? How do images and metaphors of physical
difference work, with gender, into the forms of nineteenth-century
literature and culture? What are the connections between gender,
ability/disability, and work in the nineteenth century? What are the
theoretical implications of prosthetics in writing/understanding
nineteenth-century culture? What are the implications of bodily
performance in general in the nineteenth century? Is gender
transformation also one of the potentialities we might find in Victorian
lit/cultural artifacts on disability? What is the significance, in the
investigation of nineteenth-century texts, of queering disability and
disability studies? How are both same-gender and heterosexual
relationships catalyzed by disability in nineteenth-century plot
structures? How are identities of able-bodiedness and heterosexuality
connected? How do certain texts in the nineteenth century attempt to
transform systems of embodiment?

Please submit essays by March 1 to either

Mark Mossman, Associate Professor
English Department
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455


Martha Stoddard-Holmes, Associate Professor
Department of Literature and Writing Studies
California State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, CA 92096

Only electronic submissions will be considered.

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