CFP: 18th C. Studies: New Feminist Work on Epistemology and Aesthetics (1/15/05; journal issue)

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Corrinne Harol
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New Feminist Work on Epistemology and Aesthetics

CALL FOR PAPERS for a Special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies
commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the ASECS Women's Caucus

The Women's Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
was founded thirty years ago at a meeting of the International Society of
Eighteenth-Century Studies. Since 1975, feminist scholarship has arguably
transformed western literary criticism, history, and philosophy more than
any other single methodology, and its effects on eighteenth-century
studies have been no less profound. The members of this organization would
like to celebrate these many-faceted achievements, and the caucus'
contribution towards them, in this special issue of Eighteenth-Century

The editors of this special issue would like to highlight feminist work on
questions of epistemology and aesthetics. These categories—and the
relations between them—were central to critical debate during the
Enlightenment, and the terms of that debate still structure much
contemporary scholarly practice. Epistemology and aesthetics also served
as foundational discourses for early feminist critique of Enlightenment
modes of knowing and valuing. The editors of this special issue therefore
hope to revisit and reinvigorate that feminist project by inviting two
kinds of essays:

1. Formal essays (of 9,000 words or less) that reflect upon the early
modern and Enlightenment sources of contemporary aesthetic,
epistemological, and formal assumptions. Essays may come from scholars in
any field—including art history, literature, history, music, and
philosophy—and should engage critically with eighteenth-century ideas
about ways of knowing and ways of valuing.

2. Informal essays of any length, format, or style, that reflect upon
contemporary scholarly practices and the state of feminism within
eighteenth-century studies. Topics might include: the revival of interest
in aesthetics; the politics of truth and value; recent trends in objects
of study; the position of feminism in the academy today.

  Please submit abstracts or finished essays to Kimberly Latta
( or Corrinne Harol ( by January
15, 2005.

--Corrinne HarolAssistant Professor of EnglishUniversity of Utah =============================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Erika Lin: ===============================================Received on Mon Feb 23 2004 - 22:58:26 EST