CFP Katherine Phillips 350: Writing, Reputation, Legacy

Deadline: 31 August 2013

Katherine Philips 350: Writing, Reputation, Legacy, 27-28 June, 2014

2014 marks the 350th anniversary of a key year in English-language women’s literary history. 1664 witnessed not only the publication of Katherine Philips’s supposedly unauthorised Poems but also her untimely death at the age of 32. ‘Katherine Philips 350: Writing, Reputation, Legacy’ – an international conference to be held at Marsh’s Library, Dublin – will celebrate this important anniversary in a city where Philips spent the most productive and high-profile year of her literary career. It will offer the opportunity not only to re-evaluate Philips’s literary achievements, but also to reassess her influence on later seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century women’s writing.

The conference programme will include plenary lectures by Professor Elizabeth Hageman (University of New Hampshire) and Professor Sarah Prescott (Aberystwyth University). It will also include a visit to the site of Smock Alley Theatre, where Philips’s play Pompey was performed in 1663.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Texts, canon and circulation
  • Philips’s life and afterlife
  • Language and form
  • Letter-writing
  • Drama
  • Translation
  • Philips as reader and critic
  • Archipelagic contexts
  • Politics and religion
  • Friendship and sexualities
  • Literary networks

Titles and abstracts (of up to 250 words) for papers should be sent to 
katherinephilips350@gmail.com by 31 August 2013. Please also include your name, institutional affiliation (where applicable), and email address.

A selection of essays based on papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of Women’s Writing in 2015. Further information about the conference will be posted at katherinephilips350.wordpress.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin in 2014! Marie-Louise Coolahan and Gillian Wright, conference organisers

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