112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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English Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century II: Gendered Phantoms and Nightmares

Session Chair: 
Marilyn Kim, La Sierra University
Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm
RCC Raincross A


  1. Lizette Hernandez, California State University, Northridge
    Cavendish employs the elemental Galenic concepts of ice and fire to redefine previously established and accepted gender-humor allocations. And, in presenting an ice world of reason and scientific quandary, Cavendish underscores the importance of introducing female intellectual capability in male dominated scientific societies of 17th century England.
  2. Amy E. Shine, University of California, Irvine
    Explores the linked implications of Margaret Cavendish’s Lady Happy in The Convent of Pleasure and John Milton’s Sabrina in A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle as characters of staged feminine embodiment and the implications of their performance of subversion of and submission to the contemporary sexual economy.
  3. Mary Vance, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    This paper will investigate varying portrayals of courtship and marriage in eighteenth century caricatures and prints, illustrating how they connect to contemporary assessments of changing cultural codes and evolving notions of companionate marriage. While some speak to a budding romanticization of the domestic sphere, several prints function as anti-sentiment, portraying naively idyllic courtships followed by nightmarish depictions of wedded life.
  4. Hannah Jorgenson, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    While Samuel Richardson's novels, such as Clarissa, offer obvious reference to social conceptions and understandings of rape during the long eighteenth century, John Cleland’s Fanny Hill, the first English pornographic novel, offers a less obvious, but equally valuable look at this important social concern.  
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