Month: August 2014

Aphra Behn Society CFP: Deadline May 15, 2015

Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate 1 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam, 1719. National Museum of Women in the Arts,

The Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830 is pleased to announce its 2015 biannual conference: Women in the Global Eighteenth Century, November 5-6, 2015, Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. Plenary lecture by Dr. Lynn Festa, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University In The Global Eighteenth Century, Felicity Nussbaum and her contributors…

Utopian Designs

Utopian Benches
Arcadia University Gallery, 2011
By Francis Cape

  Francis Cape, an artist, designed poplar replicas of benches used in North American religious societies from the eighteenth century to the present. These benches reflect the communal nature intended to encourage equality within these societies through “shared seating.” Recently, his exhibit “Utopian Benches” was at Murray Guy in Chelsea, New York from 27 June…

New Executive Director at Chawton House Library


Gillian Dow took over as Executive Director of Chawton House Library July 1. It’s the first time a subject specialist has held this role, which is good news for members of the Aphra Behn Society, many of whom are Chawton House Library’s former visiting fellows and friends more generally. For more information on Chawton House Library,…

JASNA 2015 CFP: Deadline October 31, 2014

living in jane austen's world

The Greater Louisville Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA-GL) invites proposals for breakout sessions related to the conference theme of “Living in Jane Austen’s World.” This theme allows for a wide variety of subjects to be explored during the conference. Possible breakout sessions could range from a narrow, single topic, such…

British Women’s Travel Writing, 1780-1840


The Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research at the University of Wolverhampton has made available a new database of British women’s travel writing, the Database of Women’s Travel Writing (DWTW). The database includes bibliographical records for approximately 200 titles by women published in Britain and Ireland from 1780 to 1840. For information on the history and scope of…

Mary Davys, Playwright as Novelist

Frontispiece from Mary Davys’s The Northern Heiress [1716]Eighteenth-Century Collections Online

Mary Davys’s (1674-1732) conventional place in literary history is as an accomplished early novelist, known especially for The Reform’d Coquet (1724), Familiar Letters Betwixt a Gentleman and a Lady (1725), and The Accomplish’d Rake (1727). She wrote several other fictions, some of which she published in the early years of the eighteenth century and revised…

ASECS Roundtable: From Dissertation to Publication

Proposing Men: Dialectics of Gender and Class in the Eighteenth-Century English Periodical (1998) By Shawn Lisa Maurer Stanford University Press

In this post, we publish Shawn Maurer’s valuable talk from the ASECS 2011 Women’s Caucus roundtable, “From Dissertation to Publication.” It is largely unedited, and we are grateful to Professor Maurer for allowing us to reopen this conversation here on ABOPublic.   ASECS 2011 Vancouver Good afternoon. I want to start by thanking Misty Anderson for…