British Women Writers Conference 2020: Supernatural Visions

deadline for submissions: 
December 7, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Indu Ohri / British Women Writers Conference
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Seeking paper abstracts for the panel “Supernatural Visions” at the British Women Writers Conference (BWWC) in Forth Worth, Texas, from March 5-7, 2020. The panel organizer invites submissions that analyze works by 18th- and 19th-century women writers that explore ghost-seeing, supernatural visions, and the invisible. In recent years, scholars such as Shane McCorristine, Srdjan Smajic, and Sarah Willburn have explored the significance of ghost-seeing in England during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. At the time, people emphasized the importance of the sense of sight to supernatural encounters through phrases such as “ghost-seeing,” “second sight,” and “sixth sense.” Scientists also debated whether the alleged ghosts that witnesses glimpsed were the result of visionary, psychological, or imaginative factors. This panel will contribute to the emerging critical conversation on women‘s Gothic, folklore, and ghost stories and recognize the centrality of this female literary tradition to the British canon. Please email your CVs and 250-300 word abstracts to Indu Ohri at by Saturday, December 7, 2019.