Rural Geographies of Gender and Space, Britain 1840-1920

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Dr Charlotte Mathieson and Dr Gemma Goodman, University of Warwick

Whilst discussions of gender and space in the nineteenth to early-twentieth century have typically focused on "women and the city", rural spaces offer equally productive contexts for exploring the intersections between gender and space in this period. As the socio-spatial relations of the country are impacted by the move into modernity, rural environments are revealed in literary and historical texts as sites of complex, contradictory and changing gendered codes.

This edited collection will resituate the rural as a vital context for understanding the meanings of gender and space in this period and within a British context. By bringing together scholars from different disciplinary perspectives the collection aims to understand the diverse experiences of gendered rural spaces and contribute to discussions about theoretical approaches to the (rural) space-gender intersection.

Potential themes include:

- theories of gender and rural place: what do we mean by rural space, how do we theorise "the rural" as a spatial context, and how does gender intersect?
- rurality and British identities
- the impact of modernity;
- mobility: walking, vagabonds, pedestrians, wayward women;
- labour, class and gender in the country;
- masculinities;
- different ruralities;
- visibility/ invisibility

Pickering & Chatto have expressed an interest in publishing the collection. Abstracts of 300 words are invited for articles of approximately 8000 words in length and should be submitted no later than 31st August 2012; we would also welcome expressions of interest. Completed articles will be due around December 2012.

To submit an abstract or for more information please contact Dr Gemma Goodman or Dr Charlotte Mathieson: