EMCO Publications – “The Commerce of Life: Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800) and The Material Culture of Women’s Writing (2019)

“The Commerce of Life”: Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800), Special issue of The Huntington Library Quarterly & republication of “The Material Culture of Eighteenth-Century Women’s Writing”, special issue of Women’s Writing

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The Elizabeth Montagu’s Correspondence Online Project is delighted to announce the publication of “The Commerce of Life”: Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800)” a new special edition of the Huntington Library Quarterly edited by our General Editor, Professor Nicole Pohl (Oxford Brookes University). A follow-up to, ‘Reconsidering the Bluestockings’, Nicole Pohl and Betty Schellenberg’s 2002 Huntington Library Quarterly special issue, ‘The Commerce of Life’ is a showcase of current scholarship on the Elizabeth Montagu collection at the Huntington Library. This selection of essays ranges from the engagement with broad themes across Montagu’s letters to essays focusing on particular relationships. Deborah Heller analyses Bluestocking theories of friendship, while Elizabeth Bennett addresses Montagu’s engagement with contemporary politics. Industrial historian Les Turnbull reassesses Montagu’s practices as a colliery owner. Caroline and Michael Franklin’s essays focus on Montagu’s relationships with the Scottish philosopher and poet James Beattie, and the Armenian freedom fighter Joseph Emin respectively, with the former including a digital edition of Montagu and Beattie’s letters. Sophie Coulombeau’s essay, building on her work on eighteenth-century naming and identity, addresses the role which Montagu played in the education and formation of her nephew Matthew, who went on to edit her letters. Anni Sairio adopts a sociolinguistic approach to Montagu’s language as her identity evolves as center of the Bluestocking circle, and Markman Ellis offers an archival perspective, introducing readers to the 6,923 Montagu letters of the Huntington Library collection as a document in itself, and offering strategies for tackling such a vast archive.

For the full contents of “The Commerce of Life” along with abstracts, click here.

We are also delighted to announce that ‘The Material Culture of 18th Century Women’s Writing’, the 2014 special issue of Women’s Writing, volume 21, issue 3 edited by Caroline Franklin, will be republished as an edited collection as part of Routledge’s Special Issues as Books programme. A hardback edition will be published in winter 2019, and ebook and paperback formats being released in 2021. The collection, which takes a wide-ranging approach to the relationship between materiality and gender across the eighteenth century, contains essays by Leonie Hannan, Betty Schellenberg, Stacey Sloboda, Deborah Heller, Rachel Church, and Andrew Piper.

Volume 21:3 of Women’s Writing can be found here.

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