Call for Papers: Adventurous Wives in the Long Eighteenth Century, University of Southampton

On Friday 19th June 2020, Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCECS) will host a one-day conference on the theme of Adventurous Wives in the Long Eighteenth Century. The conference will examine the role(s) of the wife as seen through the fields of literature, social and economic history, law, art history and material culture.

Papers are invited on the following topics:

• The economic and financial autonomy of women following marriage

• Feme sole traders

• The visibility of single versus married women in the literature of the period

• Wives’ involvement in politics and public life

• Working wives

• Women and the divorce process

• Inheritance and the transmission of property through the female line

• Trusts, property ownership and separate estate

• Wives as educators

• Conduct literature and wives

• The married woman as literary heroine

• Quasi-marriages and kept Mistresses

• The married female body

• Material culture, fashion and taste

• Housewifery

• Wives as guardians of morality and social order

• The historiography of the wife: change or continuity?

Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words with a short bio to the conference organisers Kim Simpson (K.Simpson@soton. and Alison Daniell ( by 1 MARCH 2020.

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