Women of Fashion: Popular Culture and Eighteenth-Century Women (edited collection)

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Tiffany Potter

Edited collection on women's popular culture in 18C England and representations of 18C England in modern popular culture, to be published by University of Toronto Press.

Women of Fashion: Popular Culture in the Eighteenth Century and the Eighteenth Century in Popular Culture

Edited by Tiffany Potter (University of British Columbia)

The collection will have three sections: 1) women and eighteenth-century arts (theatre, literature, music, painting); 2) women and eighteenth-century life (fashion, games, courtship, weddings, politics); and 3) modern engagements of eighteenth-century women's culture (in films, historical fiction, art exhibits, web communities, cult groups).

Please send a 300-word abstract or completed essay (4,000-6,000 words), plus a brief biographical statement (or c.v.), as e-mail attachments (in Word or RTF) to

Tiffany Potter (tpotter_at_interchange.ubc.ca)

Deadline for abstract submission: 20 August 2009.

Proposals are invited for any of these three sections. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to
*ideas of popular culture in particular works of literature
*specific art exhibits or musical performances
*women in theatre management, in performance, and in theatre audiences
*women writers, musicians, and artists as parts of women's popular culture.
*courtship and weddings
*games and gambling
*public life and politics
*gossip and scandal
*fashion, fabrics, hair
*economic implications of women's popular culture
*modern historical fiction, art exhibitions and the like
*social communities (online communities, Janeites)
*modern revisions of eighteenth-century theatre and fiction (from the Jane Austen film subgenre to books like The Jane Austen Book Club and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but also other possibilities like Neil LaBute's rewrite of Restoration comedy, Among Men, and the recent film on The Duchess of Devonshire, for example)

If your proposal is chosen for consideration, you will have until February 28 2010 for submission of your chapter.