CFP: Ellen [Mrs Henry] Wood (9/30/07; journal issue)

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Andrew Maunder
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Call for Essays: Ellen [Mrs Henry] Wood

Special issue: Women's Writing (journal)
Ellen Wood (1814-1887) was the author of over forty novels and more than
one hundred short stories. She enjoyed enormous popularity from the early
1860s to the First World War and Margaret Oliphant described her as "the
best-read writer" in Britain, widely bought and borrowed. Noted for her
1861 sensation novel, East Lynne, Wood's extensive oeuvre also encompassed
other sub-genres including supernatural fiction, domestic realism,
temperance fiction, short stories. Wood also offers us the intriguing
figure of the independent woman writer and editor whose carefully-managed
career spanned thirty years, making her both rich and influential.

Striking for her highly moral stance, her distinctively lurid outlook and
the careful management of her career, Wood fell out of favour when new
generation of readers and critics began to view her as a tedious relic of
an earlier generation. Since the 1970s her most famous work, East Lynne has
enjoyed a come-back as scholars have started to rediscover the sensation
genre and the way in which it maps onto a host of mid-Victorian fears and
ideas. As this novel is now widely taught on university syllabuses, this
seems a timely moment for an exploration of some of the other more
neglected aspects of Wood's work and career. The guest editors of this
special issue of Women's Writing welcome proposals for papers on any aspect
of Wood's work, including proposals addressing the following topics:

· Ellen Wood and sensationalism

· Ellen Wood and religion

· Ellen Wood and her contemporaries

· The influence of Wood's work on other novelists

· Gender and sexuality in Wood's work

· Ellen Wood and class

· Ellen Wood and the supernatural

· Ellen Wood and the short story

· Ellen Wood and the literary field (critics, readers, responses)

· Ellen Wood and magazines

Papers of not more than 5,000 words should be sent by 30 September 2007 to
the Guest Editors, Dr Emma Liggins, Manchester Metropolitan University
(<> and Dr Andrew Maunder,
University of Hertfordshire
(<>, to whom
inquiries may also be addressed.

Dr Andrew Maunder
English Literature Group
School of Humanities
University of Hertfordshire
DeHavilland Campus
AL10 9AB

01707 285641 (with voice mail)

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