Latchkey Home Book Reviews Essays Conference News Announcements Teaching Resources Featured New Women
New Women: Who's Who GalleryThe Whine Cellar



1. Women's Writing (Journal)

The guest editors of two forthcoming special issues welcome submissions.

Rethinking Influence 1680-1830 focuses on the question of literary influence and the beginnings of its codification in the eighteenth century. Papers are invited which consider the usefulness (or otherwise) or influence as an analytical category and theoretical model in the study of the works of women writers publishing between 1680 and 1830. View further details at

The special issue on Ella Hepworth Dixon is a study of this important yet relatively neglected figure within the field of women's studies. It seeks to explore Dixon's long and multifaceted career, and the guest editors welcome proposals for papers on any aspect of Dixon's work.
View further details at

- Jodie Bell, Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Group,

2. Teresa Doherty (Collections Manager, The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University) writes:

"Our Newly Catalogued page has moved!
It can now be found at It still has the details of the newly catalogued Archive and Museum collections. But being *new and improved* now has the Printed Collections updates as well. The Archive and Museum updates will continue to be added as they are completed. The Printed updates, consisting of a list of all the newly catalogued items, will be added on a monthly basis."

3. Books of Interest

Deborah T. Meem writes the following: "My edition of Eliza Lynn Linton's 1851 novel Realities is now out from Valancourt Press. This is the book whose negative reception caused the author to quit writing novels for 15 years--'repulsive,' said the critics. But those of us who know ELL from her antifeminist "Girl of the Period' essays will find Realities interesting. Young Eliza was quite a socialist early in her career!"

Pickering & Chatto Publishers have announced the publication of an exciting new edited series of New Woman texts, entitled New Woman Fiction, 1881-1899 (General Series editor: Carolyn W de la L Oulton). Please go to for more information.

Please also note that The Latchkey would be very interested in receiving proposed book reviews of any of these volumes in the near future.

4. Call for Papers

Transport in British Fiction: 1870-1930 (Collection of Critical Essays)

Essay proposals are invited for a proposed volume of critical essays on transport in British fiction in the period 1870-1930. The collection aims to assess transport’s position in literary consciousness during a period of rapid social and cultural change. Essays should focus centrally on the use of transport or forms of transportation in novels, novellas or short stories during this period and might consider, for example:

    • the narrative role of transport
    • the contextual or historical picture of transport presented in fiction
    • the representation of specific transport vehicles across a period (i.e. the New Woman and the bicycle, or the motor car and Modernism)
    • transport and social or cultural transition
    • transport in children’s literature
    • transport within the context of an author’s approach to new technologies
    • transport and gender
    • transport and class
    • transport and sexualities

Other approaches to transport in British fiction during this period will also be considered. Proposals are welcomed on single authors or on topics which range across writers, subgenres or periods of British fiction 1870-1930.

We envisage that completed essays will be 6,000-words long and due in January 2011.

Please email 500-word proposals and a 150-200-word biography by 30 September 2010 to BOTH editors: Adrienne Gavin -
Andrew Humphries -