Department of English

Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolution

Mon, May 9, 2011

Please join us for this upcoming conference in the English Department:

Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolution

Wednesday, May 11, 2011; 1pm-6pm

Atwood Library, Calhoun (CAL) 300

Keynote Address, 4:30pm:

"A Late Night Vindication: Annis Boudinot Stockton's Reading of Mary Wollstonecraft's 'Rights of Woman'"

—Dr. Caroline Wigginton, The University of Texas at Austin


Sponsored by the Department of English and the British Studies program, this conference was organized by graduate students in the English Department studying early feminist writing from Margaret Cavendish and Phillis Wheatley to Thomas Paine and Coosaponakeesa. The emergence of modern democratic capitalism and its concomitant values of equality, liberty, and justice took place against a backdrop of slavery, imperialist violence, and the exploitation of natural resources between the English Revolution of 1689 and the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Throughout this period, women seized opportunities to argue for an expansion of their roles and rights in the experimental post–revolutionary political systems that were being devised, but repeatedly, revolutionary promises failed to extend to women as citizens. This conference examines feminist writing in a variety of genres produced in the English–speaking Atlantic world of the eighteenth century, including materials from Britain, British North America, and the British Caribbean. Please join us for an afternoon of enlightening essays and conversation.


Conference Schedule:


1:00–1:15pm           Welcome

Professor Lisa Moore, The University of Texas at Austin

1:15–2:45pm        Session I: Feminism, Abolition, and Rebellion in Women's Writing

Panel Chair: Professor Samuel Baker, The University of Texas at Austin

• Eric Hazell, The University of Texas at Austin

"The Consequences of the Companionate Marriage Ideal in 'The Coquette'"

•  Allison Haas, The University of Texas at Austin

"A Feminist Iconography?: The Woman-as-Ireland Trope in Maria  

Edgeworth's 'Ennui'"

• Joanna Thaler, The University of Texas at Austin

"Females Hug Their Chains: Hannah More's Anti–Feminist Abolitionism"

2:45–3:15pm        Coffee

3:15–4:15pm       Session II: Women and Violence in the Revolutionary World

• Panel Chair: Professor Matt Cohen, The University of Texas at Austin

• Laura Thain, The University of Texas at Austin

 "'Tightly compressing the breast': The Narratives that Surround the Transatlantic Female Soldier"

• Lynn Cowles, The University of Texas at Austin 

"Charlotte Corday, Citizenship Cipher"

4:15–4:30pm     Coffee

4:30–5:30pm     Keynote Address, followed by Q&A

5:30–6pm        Closing Reception with food and wine


Please contact Lynn Cowles if you have any questions  


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