CFP for Bicentennial Essays on Jane Austen’s Afterlives: Special Issue of Women’s Writing (Abstracts by 31 January 2016)

austen special issueProposals are invited for a special issue of the Women’s Writing journal, looking at the reception and appropriation of Jane Austen’s life and works. This issue will coincide with the bicentenaries of her novels and her death in 1817. Abstracts should be submitted by 31st January 2016, with complete articles due by 30th November 2016.

This special issue of Women’s Writing is concerned with the changing approaches to Jane Austen and her texts over the past 200 years. The issue will reflect on the cultural reach and reimaginings of Austen in view of the bicentennial celebrations of her published novels. The editors invite articles on all aspects of Austen’s national and international reputation, on her critical reception, on creative appropriations of her texts, on aspects of Austen’s afterlives in popular culture, in visual media, in ephemeral publications, in abridgements, stage and film versions. Together, these essays will shed new light on some of the complex reception processes and legacies of this enduringly popular author.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Aspects of Austen’s afterlives (critical, popular, creative, digital)
  • Adaptations and appropriations
  • National and/or international reputation
  • Austen’s reception in the nineteenth, twentieth- and twenty-first century

Please submit abstracts of about 300 words by 31st January 2016 for consideration to the editors: Dr Annika Bautz,, and Dr Sarah Wootton, Complete articles will be due by 30th November 2016.


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