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Update: Special Edition of JEMCS: "New Approaches to Eliza Haywood
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Amanda Hiner, Winthrop University; Patsy Fowler, Gonzaga University
Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
For nearly three centuries, written accounts of Eliza Haywood’s (1693? – 1756) life and literary career have been constructed out of scraps of disinformation, misinformation, and remnants of aggressive literary and personal insults. Haywood’s earliest biographers and critics often embellished the scanty written records of Haywood’s life and career, introducing factual errors and misrepresentations into the written accounts of her life and literary career – errors which have been repeated by critics well into the twenty-first century. Despite the work of Patrick Spedding, Christine Blouch, Mary Anne Schofield, and other recent scholars, Haywood’s birth date and even her family origins remain uncertain. The disconcerting mixture of truth and falsehood pervading Haywood’s written biographies and negatively inflecting her literary reputation has left scholars unsure of how to locate Haywood within the canon of important eighteenth-century writers and has obscured her role as an important political writer, social critic, and satirist.
This special edition of the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies seeks scholarly papers which both follow and advance recent efforts to reexamine and reconceptualize Haywood’s literary career, including her role in the literary marketplace, her political writings, her political fiction or nonfiction, her use of satire, her inclusion of political elements in her novels, or her collaboration with male political writers. We welcome submissions that explore these or any related areas of focus from diverse disciplinary or theoretical angles, as well as papers which seek to locate and examine Haywood’s works within new historical, political, or social contexts.
This Special Issue of the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies is guest edited by Patsy Fowler and Amanda Hiner. Please submit paper proposals of no more than 500 words by December 1, 2013 to Amanda Hiner, firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on paper submissions please consult the JEMCS website at http://jemcs.pennpress.org/strands/jemcs/home.htm;jsessionid=48367C09624....