CFP: Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts

NEASECS CFP, “Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts,”

October 21-23, 2010

We are still considering paper proposals for the panel “Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts in the Long Eighteenth Century,” which will occur during the annual NEASECS meeting to be held in Buffalo from October 21-23, 2010. If you are interested in submitting a paper proposal, please email a 250 word abstract and a brief CV by May 15.

Danielle Spratt and Angela Monsam and <>

“Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts in the Long Eighteenth Century”

Over the past several decades, critics have explored how literature and medical texts represented and often objectified women during the long eighteenth century. In addition to examining representations of women, their bodies, and “female” illnesses – both in medical and literary texts — this panel also considers how women responded or “wrote back” to such objectification. We are especially interested in papers that explore the various ways in which women directly adopt, negotiate, or manipulate discourses of medicine, whether about their own bodies or the bodies of others. In so doing, the panel hopes to demonstrate how women writers were able to carve out their own empowered textual space in the increasingly male-dominated medical realm. Possible authors include (but are not limited to) Anne Conway, Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, Mary Wortley Montagu, Joanna Baille, Ann Hunter, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Mary Robinson; potential textual sources include signed and anonymous midwifery and cookery books.

For more information on the conference, please visit:


Danielle Spratt

PhD Candidate

Departmental Teaching Fellow

Fordham University

Dealy Hall 550

441 East Fordham Rd.

Bronx, NY 10458

To search the C18-L Archives:

Published in: on May 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: