CFP: British Women Writers Conference (10/1/06; 4/12/07-4/15/07)

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15th Annual British Women Writers Conference
April 12-15, 2007
The University of Kentucky

Call for Papers

The theme for this year’s conference is “Speaking with Authority,” which encourages submissions that reflect on the various forms of power that women writers wield in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches to the writers of this period, and we are especially interested in the ways women writers gain, accept, resist, and complicate authority and power. We are pleased to announce that our keynote speakers will be Deborah Epstein Nord, Sally Mitchell, Teresa Mangum, Ann Ardis, and Laura Rosenthal. We encourage proposals for panels and individual papers that consider, but are not limited to, the following issues:

Narrative as Political Tool:
Issues of empire and colonization
The politics of representing social class
Nationalism and female agency
Sexuality and the body
Race and subjectivity

Women Writing in Subgenres:
New Woman fiction
The gothic novel
Sensation fiction
The domestic novel or the comedy of manners
Non-fiction in all its forms

Representations of and Responses to Women’s Voices:
Women’s letters and journals
Representations in popular media
Advice literature
Fictional representations of the woman writer
Issues of backlash

Reading/Writing/Creating Cultural Spaces:
Architecture (i.e. the British Museum, Crystal Palace)
Circulating libraries
The publishing industry
Sports and entertainment
Clubs or organizations
The private and public spheres

Please submit brief abstracts for individual presentations and panel proposals (including the name of a moderator) by October 1, 2006. Please do not include any identifying information on your abstract. Proposals may be sent through email (include name, phone number, mailing address, institutional affiliation and brief biographical paragraph in the body of the email) to:

Abstracts may also be submitted via regular mail to:

British Women Writers Conference
University of Kentucky
Department of English
1215 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506

Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, institutional affiliation and a brief biographical paragraph.

Please note that Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, an online, peer-reviewed journal, plans to devote the 2007 summer issue to publishing the best papers from the British Women Writers Conference held at the University of Kentucky in April.

NCGS publishes insightful and innovative scholarship on gender studies and nineteenth-century British literature, art and culture. The 2006 special summer issue (due out in late July) focuses on the New Woman. For more information, please visit the website at


15th Annual British Women Writers Conference
University of Kentucky
April 12-15, 2007
Lexington, Kentucky

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