Aphra Behn



Call for Papers 47th ASECS Annual Meeting and the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Pittsburgh, PA March 31-April 3, 2016 Proposals for papers should be sent directly to the seminar chairs no later than 15 September 2015. Please include your telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address. You should also let the session chair know of…

Journal Prestige

Aphra Behn
by John Riley (1646-1691)
Wikimedia Commons

Dear Aphra, I am a new assistant professor. Is it better to publish more articles but some of them in less-selective journals, or better to publish fewer articles in more selective journals? Eagerly awaiting your reply, Anxious   My Dear Anxious, Aphra suggests that the answer to this Most Excellent Question has much to do…

Letters by Charles Austen: New Insights


The New York Times has featured eighteenth-century scholars Devoney Looser, professor of English at Arizona State University and also an ABO editorial board member, and Ruth Knezevich, doctoral candidate in English at the University of Missouri, in “Pride, Prejudice, Prostitutes and Pickles: Scholars Unearth Two Letters Relating to Jane Austen” by Jennifer Schuessler (10 February 2015) for…

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, www.nmwa.org

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…