Female Authorship-Celebrity-Fandom 2018 : ‘The Business of a Woman’s Life’: female authorship, celebrity, and fandom in the long 19th century
November 29, 2017
This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the wide variety of women’s engagement with literary and theatrical cultures in the long-nineteenth century as authors, performers and audience members.
This conference develops the transdisciplinary perspectives of fan studies and audience engagement research back into the pre-twentieth century era. Scholars are invited from the fields of literary studies, social history, cultural studies, readership studies, book history, fan studies, and history of leisure and recreation to foster dialogues on the subject of nineteenth-century female creativity.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Alexis Easley, University of St Thomas
Dr Emily Midorikawa and Dr Emma Sweeney will participate in a panel discussion about women’s literary friendships, drawing on their research for their recent book A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf (Aurum Press, 2016)
We invite proposals of 300 words for 20 minute presentations or A3 posters relating to the conference theme.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Responses to women’s literature – reviews, articles in periodicals and newspapers, letters written to female authors, advice on reading offered to women