[UPDATE] Espionage: Love and War. Aphra Behn Society. ASECS March 23-25, 2012
Spies, allegations of spying, voyeurism, double agents, and the buying, trading, and coveting of intelligence abounds in the work of the former royal spy, Aphra Behn. Both morally dubious and exceptionally effective, spies are deployed, in disguise or in the person of a bosom friend, as a means to win battles of love and war. The Aphra Behn Society invites paper proposals on espionage, in all its permutations, in women's literature and art, 1660-1830. How do the women of this period investigate and participate in various forms of espionage? How do their texts explore the uses of espionage, and anxieties over the potential infiltration of the spy into private spaces, and the communication of intelligence to external or hostile parties? How do guile, disguise, deception and the bartering and withholding of information—all of the methods of the spy-- translate across forms, genres and styles and inform techniques? Send 500 word abstracts for 20-minute papers to Nicole Garret, Stony Brook University, English Department, Humanities Hall, Stony Brook, NY 11794, or Nbgarret@gmail.com, by September 20, 2011.
Proposals need not be on Aphra Behn specifically, but should be relevant to women and the arts, 1660-1830.