Thursday, July 22, 2010

English Catholic Women's WRiting, 1660-1829

Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature:
English Catholic Women Writers, 1660-1829

Proposals are sought for a special topics issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, which will focus on English Catholic women’s imaginative work as it was inflected by Catholicism or through self-identification with a Catholic minority culture during the long eighteenth century. Articles on eighteenth-century Catholic women from the British Isles, including exiled English women working abroad or in the colonies, are sought exploring topics including, though not limited to, the following: 1) the strategies English Catholic women used to express, promote, or protect their faith; 2) the intersections of gender and faith, particularly in the face of anti-Catholic polemic equating all Catholics with women or with the feminine; 3) women’s education; 4) the role of religious houses or religious orders within literary texts or as sites of literary or artistic production; 5) the reciprocal influence of Anglo-Catholic culture and Gothic literature; 6) Catholic women’s political engagement as Torries or Jacobites; 7) their literary, artistic, or political responses to the Catholicism of the Restoration Court, the Stuart kings, the Revolution of 1688, the Whig ascendancy, or Catholic emancipation; 8) their representation of English national history or English national identity; and 9) their participation in the minority press. Most of the essays will concentrate on women writers, but essays on other forms of women’s imaginative work, particularly the visual and domestic arts, are welcome.

All essays should be informed by the rich repository of recent work in early modern Catholic studies. Articles should not exceed 25 pages (6250 words) and should conform to the 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word. Initial queries and abstracts are encouraged, though final acceptance will be determined by the completed essay. Please send abstracts by June 1, 2011 and final submissions via e-mail by September 1, 2011 to both:

Anna Battigelli, English Department, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (

Laura M. Stevens, Editor, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, English Department, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 74104 (