113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

British Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century: (De)formed Femininity

Session Chair: 
Victoria Barnett-Woods, George Washington University
Session 2: Friday 10:40am-12:10pm
Executive Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Virginia Rawl, Baylor University
    William Congreve’s drama The Way of the World offers a complex examination of the figure of the coquette. The coquette may be a transgressive figure who embodies female sexual agency, but Congreve suggests her power is temporary; she is eventually subject to the same social, sexual, and economic anxieties as her more conventional female counterparts. 
  2. Andrew Pine, Western Washington University
    Although Medical discourses in the eighteenth century were used to create reductionist, misogynistic representations of women, female writers such as Anne Finch co-constructed representations of femininity by engaging with, and ultimately critiquing these very same medical discourses. 
  3. Seohyon Jung, Tufts University
    This paper examines the consequences and failures of female education in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda, with particular emphasis on the role of Lady Delacour as a matriarchic yet not quite maternal figure. In the larger context, this project aims to highlight the significance of understanding the socio-cultural specificities of maternity in the making of the narratives of British Empire. 
Session Cancelled: