Katherine Philips 350: Writing, Reputation, Legacy

Dublin, 27-28 June, 2014

2014 marks the 350th anniversary of a key year in English-language women's literary history. 1664 witnessed not only the publication of Katherine Philips's supposedly unauthorised Poems but also her untimely death at the age of 32. 'Katherine Philips 350: Writing, Reputation, Legacy' - an international conference to be held at Marsh's Library, Dublin - will celebrate this important anniversary in a city where Philips spent the most productive and high-profile year of her literary career. It will offer the opportunity not only to re-evaluate Philips's literary achievements, but also to reassess her influence on later seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century women's writing.

The conference programme will include plenary lectures by Professor Elizabeth Hageman (University of New Hampshire) and Professor Sarah Prescott (Aberystwyth University). It will also include a visit to the site of Smock Alley Theatre, where Philips's play Pompey was performed in 1663.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Texts, canon and circulation
  • Philips's life and afterlife
  • Language and form
  • Letter-writing
  • Drama
  • Translation
  • Philips as reader and critic
  • Archipelagic contexts
  • Politics and religion
  • Friendship and sexualities
  • Literary networks
Titles and abstracts (of up to 250 words) for papers should be sent to
by 31 August 2013. Please also include your name, institutional affiliation (where applicable), and email address.

A selection of essays based on papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of Women's Writing in 2015.

Further information about the conference will be posted at katherinephilips350.wordpress.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin in 2014!

Marie-Louise Coolahan and Gillian Wright, conference organisers