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CfP: Feeling Form/Forming Feeling?: Dialectics of Affect and Form in Anglophone Women’s Writing, 1550-1800

CfP Deadline: 1st March 2022
Ghent University, Carmelite Monastery, 14-15 October 2022

In the field of historical women’s writing, new formalist methodological approaches and theories of affect are being advanced and contested as scholars reimagine the relationship between text and context. Looking at the affordances, collisions and structuring principles of form and affect, this conference invites scholars to explore intersections between form and feeling in women’s writing between 1550-1800: what does a feminist formalist methodology attendant to feeling and affect look like? How does such a perspective allow us to recentre and rethink the position of women’s writing within the larger field of literary studies? We are delighted to welcome Ros Ballaster, Danielle Clarke and Michelle Dowd to deliver keynote addresses.

To apply to give a 15-to-20-minute paper please send a proposal of 250 words and a short biographical statement to We especially welcome papers from early career researchers and PhD students. PhD students and early career researchers are also warmly invited to participate in our workshop on women’s writing and public outreach the day preceding the conference, Thursday October 13th, 2022.

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