Call for Chapters: Rethinking intimacy: representations, scenes and scenarios of intimacy in women’s writing (1700s to 1900s)

Vernon Press invites contributions to the volume entitled Rethinking intimacy: representations, scenes and scenarios of intimacy in women’s writing (1700s to 1900s). The volume will be focusing on scenarios of intimacy, examining the role and influence of intimacy on the history of women’s reading and writing practices and more specifically question the way in which women, supposed to be actors in these scenarios, may have handled them. We will be exploring both recent developments in the area of intimacy in ecriture feminine, and the links between intimacy and the experience of homelanding to the feminist movement/emancipation as most of the research carried so far has been focused on French and Anglo-American cultures. Proposals may focus on topics within women and reading such as (but are not limited to): intimacy and spatiality; ways in which readers (both compatriots and those representing different cultures) were reacting to intimacy; intimacy as love, eros and lust; anti-intimacy: enmity, hatred, ignorance, incompatibility, estrangement, indiscretion; women writing on and being written by intimacy; intimacy as affection (confidentiality inwardness, communion) and association (camaraderie, communion, togetherness, fellowship); beyond intimacy: the culture of divorce and adultery.


If you are interested in contributing to this project, please send an abstract (300 words maximum) and 6-8 keywords to Assoc. Prof. Carmen Dutu, Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, Bucharest,, by 1 October 2019.

The full version of your paper should be submitted by 1st February 2020. The collection of articles will be published in a special volume at Vernon Press.

Please observe the MLA style described at For further information, do not hesitate to contact the editor.

This proposal is due at October 1st 2019.

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