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Fourteenth Annual Conference
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)

The Hague, 11-14 July 2006

Call for Papers

Editing the Early Modern: Women as Writers, Editors, and Scholars

We are proposing a panel exploring the challenges and discoveries
involved in central aspects of editing when women are engaged with
early modern literature as editors, writers, or scholars: when, for
example, scholars edit the works of early modern women writers; or
when scholars investigate the history of the first generations of
women scholars and editors of this period.

Questions concerning editing practices or editing practitioners might
focus on but are not limited to:

Archival Research: Are there gender differences in how the work of
women writers is stored, accessed, locatable; What particular research
and editing skills are being developed to address these differences;
What advice do we have for the next generation of editors of women
writers of the early modern period?

Editing Decisions: How have gender differences (of both the writer and
the editor) affected decisions about copy text, modernizing, what to
include in an introduction; Does Jerome McGann's argument that editors
should give less attention to the "author's final intentions" and more
to the "historically developing institutions of literary production"
suggest new contexts for situating "new" (usually women) writers; How
have editing practices developed for editing Shakespeare served when
editing women writers of the early modern period?

Disseminating edited texts: How is locating a publisher affected by
gender difference (of both writer and editor); What kinds of requests,
corrections, additions are being asked by publishers of women's
writing and by women editors; What kinds of marketing approach are
successfull; What kind of audience do publishers seek?

The gendering of the community of scholars of early modern literature:
what was the relationship between the official, academic institutions
and the non-affiliated (independent) female scholar; what was the
benefit accrued to male and female scholars and authors from female

Papers or abstracts should be submitted to either Ann Hurley (at or Chanita Goodblatt (at by 15
November.  If you need to mail or fax, please contact Ann Hurley by
email for those addresses.

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