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Gender Studies Network: Women Writers Online – free access during March

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Women Writers Online will be free during March. This collection includes almost 400 texts written and translated by women, first published between 1526 and 1850.

In addition to WWO, the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University also has several publications that are always open access, including:

  • Women Writers in Review: a collection of almost 700 reviews of and responses to works by the authors in WWO. WWiR is open access and linked with WWO, so that readers can easily navigate between both collections.
  • Women Writers in Context: a collection of essays exploring topics related to early women’s writing. WWiC provides core background information for the texts in WWO and WWiR, while highlighting shared themes and historical interconnections and helping readers to discover new works by women writers.
  • Teaching materials: the Women Writers Project has recently begun an initiative to partner with faculty on developing assignments and activities using WWO and WWiR. More information on the teaching partner program, along with an initial set of assignments here:


Julia Flanders
Director, Women Writers Project
Northeastern University

Book Announcement – Marina Cano, Jane Austen and Performance


Marina Cano, Jane Austen and Performance

Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

eBook ISBN 978-3-319-43988-4
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-43988-4
Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-43987-7

This is the first exploration of the performative and theatrical force of Austen’s work and its afterlife, from the nineteenth century to the present. It unearths new and little-known Austen materials: from suffragette novels and pageants to school and amateur theatricals, passing through mid-twentieth-century representations in Scotland and America. The book concludes with an examination of Austen fandom based on an online survey conducted by the author, which elicited over 300 responses from fans across the globe. Through the lens of performative theory, this volume explores how Austen, her work and its afterlives, have aided the formation of collective and personal identity; how they have helped bring people together across the generations; and how they have had key psychological, pedagogical and therapeutic functions for an ever growing audience. Ultimately, this book explains why Austen remains the most beloved author in English Literature.


1 Introduction
2 Jane Austen and Suffrage
3 Jane Austen and the Theatre of War
4 Early Re-Enactments
5 Reinscribing Emma
6 Jane Austen Abroad
7 Women’s Rewritings
8 Jane and Fans
9 Epilogue
Appendix: Jane Austen on the Scottish Stage, 1940–1960


Book Announcement – Alexandra Poulain, Irish Drama, Modernity and the Passion Play

Alexandra Poulain, Irish Drama, Modernity and the Passion Play

Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2017

eBook ISBN 978-1-349-94963-2
Hardcover ISBN 978-1-349-94963-2

This book discusses Irish Passion plays (plays that rewrite or parody the story of the Passion of Christ) in modern Irish drama from the Irish Literary Revival to the present day. It offers innovative readings of such canonical plays as J. M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, W. B. Yeats’s Calvary, Brendan Behan’s The Hostage, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Brian Friel’s Faith Healer and Tom Murphy’s Bailegangaire, as well as of less well-known plays by Padraic Pearse, Lady Gregory, G. B. Shaw, Seán O’Casey, Denis Johnston, Samuel Beckett and David Lloyd. Challenging revisionist readings of the rhetoric of “blood sacrifice” and martyrdom in the Irish Republican tradition, it argues that the Passion play is a powerful political genre which centres on the staged death of the—usually male—protagonist, and makes visible the normally invisible violence perpetrated both by colonial power and by the postcolonial state in the name of modernity. Continue reading “Book Announcement – Alexandra Poulain, Irish Drama, Modernity and the Passion Play”

Book Announcement – Annie Ramel, The Madder Stain: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Thomas Hardy

Annie Ramel, The Madder Stain: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Thomas Hardy

Amsterdam: Brill Rodopi, June 2015

ISBN13: 9789004293403
E-ISBN: 9789004296626 (e-book)         

The “madder stain” imprinted on Tess d’Urberville’s arm is part of a motif which runs through Hardy’s fiction. Similar to Barthes’s punctum shooting out of the studium, the stain is a place where the Real erupts, a blind spot that eludes interpretation. In the diegesis of the tragic novels, it is a surplus object whose intrusion disrupts reality and spells disaster. This book attempts to approach that unknowable kernel of jouissance by using Lacan’s concepts of object-gaze and object-voice—sometimes revisited by Žižek.

The stain has a vocal quality: it is silence audible. In a world where sound cannot reverberate for lack of a structural void, voice is by necessity muted, stuck in the throat. Hence the peculiar quality of Tess’s voice, a silent feminine cry that has retained something of the lost vocal object. The sound of silence is what Hardy’s poetic prose allows us to hear.

Book Announcement – Sandrine Sorlin, Language and Manipulation in House of Cards

Sandrine Sorlin, Language and Manipulation in House of Cards: A Pragma-Stylistic Perspective

Basingstoke: Palgrave / Macmillan, 2016.

ISBN 978-1-137-55848-0. 267p.

This book is to date the first monograph-length study of the popular American political TV series House of Cards. It proposes an encompassing analysis of the first three seasons from the unusual angles of discourse and dialogue. The study of the stylistic idiosyncrasies of the ruthless main protagonist, Frank Underwood, is completed by a pragmatic and cognitive approach exposing the main characters’ manipulative strategies to win over the other. Taking into account the socio-cultural context and the specificities of the TV medium, the volume focuses on the workings of interaction as well as the impact of the direct address to the viewer. The book critically uses the latest theories in pragmatics and stylistics in its attempt at providing a pragma-rhetorical theory of manipulation.


Gender Studies Network – Directory of members

The Gender Studies Network directory of members is online now.

The directory comprises over 80 concise profiles from 18 countries. The information has been provided by the members themselves. In addition to basic data, up to five key areas of interest in the field of Gender Studies and up to five main GS publications are given. The pdf format allows detailed search. The breadth and variety of the work documented is impressive and inspiring. Readers will find many new things, e.g. specialist journals in their very domains they may not yet have heard of. The directory will certainly prove a very useful resource tool both for research and networking.

In combination with the list of “Basic Links” (cp. and the surveys of the volume Rewriting Academia: the Development of the Anglicist Women’s and Gender Studies of Continental Europe (2015), a unique overall view of the Anglicist Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe is possible, such as does not seem to exist for other disciplines also engaged in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Old and Middle English Summer School

Naxos, Greece: Old and Middle English Summer School, 19-27 July 2017

Host Institution: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of English.

The summer school will offer Old and Middle English intensive language and linguistics classes for a period of nine days. The aim is to attract students and scholars to study Old and Middle English in a relaxed yet very focused and stimulating atmosphere that promotes in depth analysis and discussion.

Certificate of attendance will be awarded to all participants plus certification of the 6 ECTS gained.

Please notice that the registration fees cover the accommodation in the municipality hostel for the whole period of classes.

Students will also be offered a discount of 50% for the ferry tickets, and a light lunch will be offered to participants.

Summer school site:


Alexander Bergs, University of Osnabrück
Olga Fischer, University of Amsterdam
Nikolaos Lavidas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Donka Minkova, University of California, Los Angeles


An introduction to Old English phonology and meter (Donka Minkova)
How did English change? A basic course in Old English and the circumstances that led to its modern appearance (Olga Fischer)
Variation in Old and Middle English (Historical corpora and linguistic theory) (Nikolaos Lavidas)
Historical Sociolinguistics: Old and Middle English (Alexander Bergs)

Workshop (26 July):

New Approaches to the History of Early English(es) II

Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance

Crime Fiction: Detection, Public and Private, Past and Present
Bath Spa University, UK, 29 June – 1 July 2017
Deadline for proposals: 13 February 2017

The Silesian Museum, Katowice, Poland, 6-8 July, 2017
Deadline for proposals: 19 February 2017

Modernist Life
Birmingham, UK, 29 June-1 July 2017
Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2017

Globalisation: 2017 Convention of the Postcolonial Studies Association
School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London, UK, 18-20 September 2017
Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2017

Interpreting Migration: An International Multidisciplinary Conference
Technical University of Liberec, Liberec, Czech Republic, 28-30 April, 2017
Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2017

Performing Fantastika: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Lancaster University, UK, 28-29 April 2017
Deadline for proposals: 1st March 2017

50 Years + – The Age of New French Theory (1966-1970)
An edited volume
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2017

The Poetics and Politics of Identity
Hammamet, Tunisia, 24-25 November 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2017

Nationalism  in Contemporary Literature and Culture
A monograph or a special issue at De Gruyter Open
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2017

Popular Mediations of Science – Critical Perspectives on Science and its Contexts
A special issue of Open Cultural Studies / De Gruyter Open
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2017

Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf
Volume 10 of Katherine Mansfield Studies
Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2017

Conference Report: 25th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE)

“Theatre and Mobility”: 25th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE)

Eichstätt (Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt),
26–29 May 2016

Sarah Heinz (Mannheim, Germany)

In what has been termed the ‘mobility turn’ by scholars like John Urry or Tim Cresswell, research has analysed the complexities of economic, social, and political spaces, dealing with both the historical development of movement and mobility and today’s world of social networks, airtravel, multinational corporations, and SMS texting, among others. Contemporary stages have in the last decades addressed this issue of mobility in a multicultural and global world. Playwrights and audiences alike have been fascinated with aspects and processes related to mobility and its many aspects, e.g. ethical issues like hospitality and unequal access to mobility, technological and virtual mobility, migration and displacement, or mobile and immobile bodies on stage. The 25th CDE conference, hosted at the historical Collegium Willibaldinum at Eichstätt, provided a platform to discuss what mobility might mean in the ‘here and now’ of contemporary theatre and drama and how aspects like gender, race, or class might reflect and inflect issues and representations of mobility. Continue reading “Conference Report: 25th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE)”

Gender Studies Network: CFPs of particular relevance

3rd World Conference on Women’s Studies 2017
Colombo, Sri Lanka, 4-6 May
Deadline for proposals: 1 February 2017

Gendering the Urban Imaginary: Fantasy, Affect, Transgression
Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary, 12-13 May 2017
Deadline for proposals: 6 February 2017

Engendering Difference: Sexism, Power and Politics
Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor, Slovenia, 12-13 May 2017
Deadline for proposals: 10 March 2017

Landscape / cityscape : Writing / Painting / Imagining Situational Identity in British Literature and Visual Arts (18th – 21st centuries)
Senate House, London, UK, 19-20 October 2017
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2017

Women’s work: an ongoing (r)evolution (19th-21st centuries)?
Contributions are invited to a publication.
Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2017