23.46, Confs: Ling & Literature, Text/Corpus Ling/UK

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Subject: 23.46, Confs: Ling & Literature, Text/Corpus Ling/UK

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Date: 20-Dec-2011
From: Victorina Gonzalez-Diaz [vgdiaz at liv.ac.uk]
Subject: Language of Women's Fiction, 1750-1830

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Date: Wed, 04 Jan 2012 10:27:51
From: Victorina Gonzalez-Diaz [vgdiaz at liv.ac.uk]
Subject: Language of Women's Fiction, 1750-1830

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Language of Women's Fiction, 1750-1830 

Date: 24-Feb-2012 - 25-Feb-2012 
Location: Alton, Hampshire, United Kingdom 
Contact: Victorina Gonzalez-Diaz 
Contact Email: info at languageapproachesatchawton.co.uk 
Meeting URL: http://www.languageapproachesatchawton.co.uk/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature; Text/Corpus Linguistics 

Meeting Description: 

The Language of Women's Fiction, 1750-1830
A Conference at Chawton House Library, Hampshire
24th-25th February 2012

Recent scholarship has questioned established accounts of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, revising traditional periodisations in order to foreground continuities, overlaps, and dialogues. The nature of current scholarship itself reflects the move to dissolve former boundaries, with the linguistic turn of literary scholarship in the 1980s contributing to revisionist discussions of style during periods traditionally described as Enlightenment or Romantic. However, although there has been steady linguistic interest in the poetry of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, developments in the style of prose fiction of the period remain largely unexplored. Fiction written by women offers a particularly rich site of investigation.

A glance at an archival resource such as that at Chawton House Library (http://library.chawton.org/heritage/) confirms that women writers made significant contributions to fiction throughout the period 1750-1830. Women writers worked in a variety of genres, ranging from the gothic and historic, to novels of sentiment and manners; they produced hybrid forms, such as gothic romance or the moral novel, and hybridizations which drew on European fiction through their work with translations; women writers experimented with form also, producing innovative narrative strategies, and metafictional narrations. Such novels allowed their writers to engage with contemporary debates on gender, class, regionalism, nationalism, language, identity and other social and political issues.

This conference aims to bring together scholars working at the interface of language and literature, who are interested in the historicization of literary language, style practices and effects in the fiction of this broad period. In particular, the conference invites contributions from scholars interested in works by women, or works traditionally categorized as being predominantly for female reception. 

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Joe Bray (Sheffield University, UK)
Prof. Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Prof. Sylvia Adamson (Emeritus Professor, University of Sheffield, UK) 


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