Collaborations: Women in the Arts (Aphra Behn Society panel #1 at ASECS 2015)

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Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830
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This panel seeks to investigate the degree to which eighteenth-century women may have found collaborative work particularly fruitful. During most of the eighteenth century, copyright was still in flux and of benefit mainly to booksellers. Although in the middle of the century, Edward Young put forth an idea of the individual author and his original work, it was Goethe, Wordsworth and Coleridge who turned this notion into something of a manifesto. Before this, people such as Samuel Johnson and George Friderich Handel easily worked collaboratively. How do women of the period interact with the discourse on collaboration? Papers might address women's involvement with the question of collaboration and copyright. Or they might present collaborations by women that bring together an artist and a writer, for example, or collaborations between women artists or writers or musicians. Papers may be either standard-format or collaborative in some way. Contact Dr. Carolyn Woodward at