MLA volume: "Approaches to Teaching the Works of Eliza Haywood" (1 November)

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MLA Press (editor, Tiffany Potter, University of British Columbia)

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Invitation for chapter proposals for the forthcoming volume on Eliza Haywood in the MLA "Approaches to Teaching" series .

Eliza Haywood's relatively sudden transition into the canon and the classroom leaves many college and university teachers in the position of teaching a text and author whom they did not read in graduate school, and whose available body of work is expanding rapidly. This volume will set a benchmark in the future of Haywood studies, creating useful teaching contexts and approaches for both new and experienced teachers and scholars. The goal of this volume is to provide materials and critical essays that move classroom discussion of Haywood's work into questions of genre, the history of the novel, print culture, philosophy, and the ways in which Haywood's texts concurrently interrogate and enforce several of the contested regulatory mechanisms of eighteenth-century London. Articles must focus on teaching, but original scholarship that is framed as part of research-informed teaching will be an important part of some essays.

Deadline
November 1 2015: 250-word proposal and short biographical note
(for accepted proposals, completed chapters of 3000-4000 words will be due in September 2016)
Please send proposals to Tiffany Potter, University of British Columbia: teachingElizaHaywood[at]gmail.com

The MLA website has recently posted its survey about the volume, if you are interested in commenting on the volume as a whole at this stage: http://www.mla.org/approaches.
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Preliminary list of potential topics (feel free to blend, combine or create new ones in framing your proposal)

Materials and Backgrounds
Primary works and issues of bibliography
Eighteenth-century print culture, competition, and the literary marketplace
Women writing, people reading: literacy, readership and audience

Early Writings
(with emphasis on the early fiction that made Haywood's career, in the context of her other writings: emphasis is on texts most widely available in reasonably-priced classroom editions and general-use anthologies: Fantomina; Love in Excess; The Masqueraders; The Surprize; The Injured Husband; and Lasselia)
*Is "amatory fiction" still enough? Teaching genre and literary value in [select two short novels as focus]
*Social norms in early novels: understanding indoctrination, interrogation and enforcement in [select two short novels as focus]
*Dangerous freedoms: masquerades, identity, and public space in Fantomina and The Masqueraders
*Libertines, philosophy and power: reading individual and culture in Fantomina and Love in Excess
*Female friendship in The Surprize and The British Recluse
*Secret histories, politics, and de-coding gossip in Memoirs of a Certain Island Adjacent to Utopia and The Adventures of Eovaai
*Haywood's theatrical communities [addressing one of her plays in detail, as well as the relationships among her work in theatre and her early fiction]
*Teaching rape narratives in the twenty-first century classroom
*Teaching Fantomina in context: [focused specifically on the other texts included in the Broadview Fantomina edition]
*Teaching literary communities: Haywood, Savage, and the Hillarians (including discussion of The Tea Table)

Later Writings
(with emphasis on The Anti-Pamela; The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless; The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy, in the context of Haywood's periodical and non-fiction publications)
*Reclaiming female voice: teaching the Pamelas, Anti- and Sham
*Teaching with adaptation theory: what happens when Pamela becomes Syrena Tricksy?
*Modeling women: the problem of the female characters in Betsy Thoughtless
*Problematizing arcs of reformation: Betsy Thoughtless and Eliza Haywood
*The golden mean: teaching Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy through eighteenth-century philosophy
*Periodical debates: teaching with The Female Spectator and contemporary periodicals
*Policing gender and justice: The Invisible Spy and the Elizabeth Canning Case

Wider Thematic Approaches
*Queering Haywood
*Haywood's men: the anti/heroic and eighteenth-century masculinities
*Defoe, Fielding, Richardson and Haywood and circles of competitive re-writing
*Twenty-first-century Haywood: canon, anthology, and authority
*How many children had Eliza Haywood?: the problem of biography in reading eighteenth-century fiction
*Notoriety, celebrity, and authorial self-fashioning
*Haywood and the sublime
*Haywood's London
*Teaching Haywood teaching: conduct writing, didacticism and education
*Teaching Haywood and "women's writing"
*Teaching Haywood in gender and sexuality studies
*Money, work and economy in Haywood