CFP: Romantic Women and their Books
Special Issue Co-editors: Michelle Levy & Andrew Stauffer
For the past five decades, the foundational work of feminist scholars has been directed towards recovering the neglected writing of Romantic-era women, a project that has succeeded in reintegrating hundreds of female authors into scholarly discourse, and in establishing their central contributions to the culture of letters broadly conceived, from 1750-1850. This interdisciplinary special issue asks how our understanding of these women and their writing might be augmented, or disrupted, by turning our attention to women’s books as they were made and circulated in the period and beyond. It invites articles on Romantic-era women’s books, with books being understood in the most capacious sense, to include print and manuscript material, as well as artifacts of visual and oral culture. Essays are encouraged that consider women’s relationships with and activities as publishers, printers, booksellers, as well as their engagements with other aspects of the book arts such as engraving and calligraphy; that examine the breadth of women’s engagement in book culture, from literature to the sciences; the practices by which women’s books were made, sold, exchanged, marketed, read, preserved and collected (and how women engaged in these activities); and that reflect upon what Jerome McGann has described as the interaction between bibliographical and linguistic codes. This special issue also seeks to address how we remediate Romantic women’s books today, in archival collections, in critical editions (both print and digital), and in our pedagogy. The overarching question driving this special issue is: what do we gain, and what might we lose, by resituating women’s writing and their literary labour within new frameworks of material and bibliographic histories?
We invite proposals of between 300 and 500 words by March 1, 2020. Please send to both co-editors, at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Contributors will be notified about acceptance of proposals by March 15, with final essays, in the range of 6,000 words (including notes and bibliography), due October 15, 2020.