CFP: British Women Writers Conference

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The 14th Annual Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference
March 23-26, 2006
The University of Florida

Call for Papers

This year's theme, "(Re)Collecting British Women Writers," encourages interdisciplinary approaches to writers of the period, with a special interest in issues related to archival scholarship and memory and how those issues manifest themselves in collections, exhibitions, and canons.

We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speakers will be Talia Schaffer (CUNY-Queens College), Carolyn Steedman (University of Warwick), and Lynne Vallone (Texas A&M University).

We encourage proposals focusing on but not limited to:

Collections and Archives:

- Politics of display and archiving
- Textual and physical collections
- Intersections of written and visual arts
- Collecting in the (pseudo)sciences
- Exhibiting the empire
- The family: children's culture
- Collections and archives in the classroom

(Re)envisioning the Canon:

- Recovering women's writing
- Intersections between canonical and non-canonical writers
- Intersections between male and female writers
- De-marginalizing and de-centering groups, texts, crafts
- Theatrical adaptations of canonical and non-canonical texts
- Women’s access to words: female literacies and publishing
- Children’s literature in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries
- Transatlantic links in children's culture

Influence and Textual Memory:

- Colony and the empire
- Nation, nationality, and the body
- Life writing: journals and letters
- Travel narratives
- Gendered intertexualities
- Subjectivity, agency, and authorship
- Family as a microcosm or metaphor
- The politics of historical representation
Please submit 1-2 page abstracts for individual presentations and panel proposals (including the name of a moderator) by September 30, 2005. Please do not include any identifying information in your abstract.

Proposals may be submitted via an online form at:

--after July 1, 2005.

Proposals may also be sent via regular mail (include a cover sheet with your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and institutional affiliation) to:

British Women Writers Conference
University of Florida
Department of English
P.O. Box 117310
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7310
For more information about the conference, please visit our website at: