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New Critical Studies on Quaker Women, 1650-1800

The corpus of Quaker women's history and literature offers one of the most fascinating studies of gender across all centuries and continents. This small group of women pioneers, activists, prophets and writers has often been at the grassroots of revolutionary movements, fuelling and propelling the way for global, monumental change. Yet, there is very little in Quaker historiography that specifically highlights or features the gathered influence of these women. While only a few scholars have analysed early Quaker women's contributions as spiritual foremothers and visionary leaders (Christine Trevett's _Women and Quakerism_, 1991; Phyllis Mack's _Visionary Women_, 1992; Rebecca Larson's _Daughters of Light_, 1999; and Catie Gill's _Women in the Seventeenth-Century Quaker Community_, 2005), there has not been a twenty-first-century compilation of new critical studies on Quaker women. With a central focus on gender, this project seeks to assemble an in terdisciplinary body of writers with a shared interest in reassessing early Quaker women, highlighting new discoveries and interpretations about their literary creation, historical landmarks, and transatlantic movements.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Please submit proposals of approximately 500 words, along with a curriculum vita, to: Michele Lise Tarter (tarter@tcnj.edu) and Catie Gill (C.J.Gill@lboro.ac.uk) by October 25, 2015. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Posted: September 3, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers