ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

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List of Papers (Total 131)

Highest Form of Public Scholarship

By Cynthia Richards, Published on 10/30/17

Review of Teresa Barnard, ed. British Women and the Intellectual World in the Long Eighteenth Century.

Review of Teresa Barnard, ed. British Women and the Intellectual World in the Long Eighteenth Century.

Embodying Character, Adapting Communication; or, the Senses and Sensibilities of Epistolarity and New Media in the Classroom

This essay describes a classroom role-playing activity that incorporates both modern social media and the tools of eighteenth-century composition. Students communicate with each other as characters in the assigned novel, by either texting, tweeting, or writing longhand with quill pens. The exercise aims to help students grasp the sometimes-elusive historical contexts of...

Embodying Gender and Class in Public Spaces through an Active Learning Activity: “Out and About in the Eighteenth Century

This article explains how and why the learning activity "out and about in the eighteenth century" fosters students

“Less of the Heroine than the Woman”: Parsing Gender in the British Novel

This essay offers two methods that will help students resist the temptation to judge eighteenth-century novels by twenty-first-century standards. These methods prompt students to parse the question of whether female protagonists in novels—in this case, Daniel Defoe’s Roxana (1724), Samuel Johnson’s Rasselas (1759), and Charlotte Lennox’s Sophia (1762)—are portrayed as perfect...

Arabella’s Valentines and Literary Connections [dot] com: Playing with Eighteenth-Century Gender Online

This article describes two digital assignments that ask students to imaginatively embody characters from eighteenth-century texts written by women in order to cultivate a greater awareness of the critical role of gender and gender critique in these works. The first of these assignments, “Arabella’s Valentines,” asks students to translate dialogue from Charlotte Lennox’s The...

Charlotte Charke’s Gun: Queering Material Culture and Gender Performance

This essay juxtaposes readings of material culture and gender performance in Charlotte Charke’s Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke (1755). It argues that the transient relationship Charke has to the objects in her life mirrors the fluidity of her gender. The essay ultimately uses Charke’s narrative as a case study in a questioning of a binarized gender matrix. The...

General Editor's Note

By Laura Runge, Published on 06/09/17

General Editor's Note

By Laura Runge, Published on 06/09/17

Review of Sigrund Haude and Melinda S. Zook, eds, Challenging Orthodoxies: The Social and Cultural Worlds of Early Modern Women: Essays Presented to Hilda L. Smith

This article reviews Sigrun Haude and Melinda S. Zook, eds, Challenging Orthodoxies: The Social and Cultural Worlds of Early Modern Women: Essays Presented to Hilda L. Smith.

Review of JoEllen DeLucia, A Feminine Enlightenment: British Women Writers and the Philosophy of Progress

Review of JoEllen DeLucia's A Feminine Enlightenment: British Women Writers and the Philosophy of Progress, 1759-1820.

Review of Rivka Swenson, Essential Scots and the Idea of Unionism in Anglo-Scottish Literature, 1603-1832

Review: Rivka Swenson, Essential Scots and the Idea of Unionism in Anglo-Scottish Literature, 1603-1832

Females and Footnotes: Excavating the Genre of Eighteenth-Century Women’s Scholarly Verse

Throughout the eighteenth century, the genre of women’s poetry heavily annotated with editorializing commentary (a genre I term “scholarly verse”) became increasingly prevalent. Such poetry presents an ironic reversal of conventions of gender and authority by incorporating the literal margins of the page: the female voice commands the majority of the page, while the masculine...