The Burney family is strongly associated with various cities such as King's Lynn, London, Bath, Brighton, Paris. The family's many talents flourished in urban settings.
Geographical place mattered to the Burney family. But so did other placements: social, political, and class. Moreover, critical placement in Frances's time and in our own has been essential to crafting different versions of Burney.
Inspired by the Burney family's ties to geography, the Burney Society of North America presents "Placing the Burneys."
Inspired by Aphra Behn's legacy as a female professional in London, and Pittsburgh's urban culture and history, we invite papers that explore the topic of "Women and the City."
How do fantasies and realities of "the city"--its people, neighborhoods, theaters, pleasure gardens, coffee houses, exhibition halls, temptations, politics, material culture, ecology, economy, religion, fashion, media, mad houses, and debtors prisons--shape literary, artistic and theatrical culture? How does gender relate to urban experience?
The Burney Society's plenary lecture will be by Professor Linda Zionkowski, Ohio University.
The Aphra Behn Society's plenary lecture will be by Professor Kristina Straub, Carnegie Mellon University.