Submission Guidelines:

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is published three times a year—spring, fall and a specially-themed summer issue—and accepts both scholarly articles and book reviews year-round. We welcome articles of 5,000-8,000 words on gender studies and British literature, art and culture during the long nineteenth century. Submissions should be in MLA format and must include a brief biographical note which will be posted if accepted for publication. Please send an electronic version of your submission in Word to both: Stacey Floyd ( and Melissa Purdue ( To facilitate the blind peer review process, please send two files—one with your article absent of all identifying information and another with your brief biographical note.  Please do not submit articles under consideration simultaneously at other journals.

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies publishes a diverse range of book reviews including short reviews of single works, multiple book reviews, short review essays (devoted to 2 or more recent books on a single topic), and full-length review essays (assessing recent developments in established or emerging areas of nineteenth-century studies). Scholars interested in reviewing recent publications should contact our Reviews Editor, Carolyn Oulton, at:

If you are interested in guest editing a special summer issue, please contact the editors.


Current Call for Papers: Women and Leisure in the Nineteenth Century

CFP: Special Issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies

"Women and Leisure in the Nineteenth Century"

The expanding wealth of nineteenth-century capitalism created a growing middle class with more leisure time than at any previous era in history. Depending on their financial status, women traditionally pursued activities such as music, reading, needlework, travel, and theatre, but expanding opportunities during the nineteenth century resulted in a wider range of acceptable pursuits and more freedom to enjoy them. In Britain, the Bank Holiday Act of 1871 institutionalized vacation time for everyone, and working-class women could take advantage of leisure activities once reserved for middle to upper classes. New populations of women took advantage of seaside resorts and relatively inexpensive holiday-related commodities and entertainments such as music halls, sports, and outdoor social events. Perspectives about women and leisure react and respond to shifting notions of women’s roles in society, and this special issue welcomes essays investigating ways that representations of women’s leisure in nineteenth-century print culture of Britain and/or the United States relate to increasing demands and opportunities for, or resistance to, discourses about women. Possible general topics include, but are not limited to the following:

Leisure spaces
Class and leisure
Dance halls and dancing
Travel and travel writing
Parlour games
Non-traditional hobbies
Outdoor games
Working-class amusements

Please submit a 300-word proposal and a CV by February 1, 2018 by email to guest editor Kathryn Ledbetter at: Final drafts of completed essays will be due September 1, 2018. Contributions should be 5,000-8,000 words, including notes and bibliography, in MLA format (8th edition).


Current Call for Papers: Guest-Edited Summer Issues

Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is currently accepting proposals for guest-edited summer 2018 and 2019 issues. If interested, please submit a proposal to both Melissa Purdue ( and Stacey Floyd ( by April 1st. Proposals should include a short description of your topic, a sample CFP, and brief editor biographies.

Past special issues have focused on "Gender in Victorian Popular Fiction, Art, and Culture," "Teaching Nineteenth-Century Literature and Gender in the Twenty-First-Century Classroom," and "Illustration and Gender: Drawing the Nineteenth Century." For full issues and additional examples, please see our website:



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