Contributions are invited for Material Transgressions: Romantic Bodies, Affects, Genders. Current theoretical debates about subjects and objects, bodies and minds, and genre and gender have explored in detail women’s status as objects and done much to theorize their efforts to become speaking subjects. But these discussions can be more transgressive in order to explore the ways in which Romantic challenged the foundational ideas of materiality that they were given and on which we continue to rely when we read them now. We are soliciting essays that think outside of Romantic ideologies of gender that reiterate notions of sexed bodies, embodied subjectivity, or stable texts. We are interested in essays that examine how Romantic writers rethink the subject-object relationship not solely to become speaking subjects but also to challenge the tenets of Enlightenment and Sensibility that defined women and men at the mercy of biologically sexed bodies, discrete texts, or mind and body binaries. The writers addressed by this collection engage with major concerns of British Romanticism—including genres, nature, things, texts, and performances—to challenge the ways representations limited (literally and in terms of our own interpretations) their writing, agency, knowledge, and even being.

We seek papers that examine writers who explore the possibilities of human embodiment, nonhuman thingness, and textual topographies. We are interested not only in how writers of each sex wrote themselves out of essentialist gender terms, but also whether women writers (as is often assumed) are pushing against gender, sex and other materialities more pervasively than writers of other genders and sexes.

Send 500-word abstracts and one-page CVs as Word documents to the editors at by 31 October 2016. Accepted abstracts will be included with our proposal to the press, with completed manuscripts needed by 1 July 2017.