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: Age and Gender: Ageing in the Nineteenth Century

CFP: Age and Gender: Ageing in the Nineteenth Century

Nineteenth Century Gender Studies Special Issue, Summer 2017

Guest Edited by Dr Alice Crossley, University of Lincoln

This special issue of Nineteenth Century Gender Studies will bring together two crucial aspects of identity formation and experience, age and gender, in order to consider the ways in which each may be mutually-informed by the other. Both gender and categories of ageing provoke similar questions about their own social construction, and the role of nature or biological determinacy. Literary, artistic and historical engagements with the social imperatives that sought to proscribe their nature and scope reveal much about the dynamic ways that both gender and age impacted on life and subjectivity across the century.

Age studies forms a compelling basis for new developments in literary-historical work, and as such is gaining momentum across several disciplines from the humanities and social sciences. This edition of NCGS invites engaging new scholarship in revealing intersections of gender and age, and how conceptions of ‘age’ and ‘ageing’ are used to produce differentiations of race, class, and sexuality in the years between 1789 and 1914. As Kay Heath has argued, ‘To exclude the concept of age is not only to ignore, but also to deny, its pervasive influence on the way culture constructs our identity as humans and by such denial to remain unconscious of and therefore vulnerable to age’s hegemonic intensity.’ The consciousness of ageing, and the cultural significance and ‘hegemonic intensity’ that such consciousness upholds, consequently informs the construction and development of views on gender identities in the period, and essays are therefore invited for this special issue which embrace Heath’s proposal about the ‘pervasive influence’ of age in light of gender studies.

This issue of NCGS will address a range of gender issues through the lens of age studies, and vice versa. In doing so, such a dualistic approach will highlight the complementary modes of study that each of these theoretical frameworks employ. Both age and gender are understood in terms of social construction and performance, and speak clearly to one another in the clarification and development of a pliable self-identity. Both can be explored in relation to subjection or marginalisation and power or agency, and both are largely involved in the articulation of body image and representation (to include disability), as well as engaging closely in debates about sexuality, developments in education, theories of evolution or recapitulation, and the political landscape of nineteenth-century Britain and her colonial outposts. When examined together, then, gender and age can both speak eloquently to the construction of selfhood throughout the nineteenth century (in addition to providing comparative opportunities for considering similar issues in our own society).

The guest editor of this special issue invites scholars working on any aspect of the nineteenth century to submit critical analyses on the intersections of age and gender. Some topics might include (but are not restricted to):
• Progress, futurity and modernity
• Evolution, and its effect on conceptions of age, degeneration, recapitulation
• The eroticisation or desexualisation of age
• Age and gender stereotyping or resistance
• Historical conceptions of age (the classical tradition, Romantic/anti-Romantic)
• Periodization and ageing in crisis, legacy
• Perceptions of ageing and productivity: genius, creativity, sterility, mundanity
• Developing concepts such as ‘adolescence’ or ‘midlife’
• The effect of age on the gendering of agency and desire
• Nostalgia, memory and reminiscence
• The function of age in literary forms such as the elegy, pastoral, Bildungsroman, auto/biography, serialisation, New Woman fiction, the gothic
• Inter-generational relationships in art, literature, or history
• Gender and the ‘queering’ of age, liminality or transgressive age/gender formulations
• Gender roles and age in relation to economic mobility, spatial occupation, social class, familial ties, friendship, material culture, and empire.

Please send articles of 5-8,000 words to by Monday 10th April 2017 (earlier submission is encouraged). Adhere to MLA style, using endnotes rather than footnotes. Please include a coversheet that includes your contact information and a short (100-150 word) bio with your article submission. Enquiries about potential essay topics are welcome.


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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