This reflection calls attention to the idea that the merging of the domestic and the intellectual, while especially intense during the pandemic year of 2020-21, is a familiar conundrum for women especially. It suggests that creativity can emerge from the intensity of domestic labour, noting the domestic mock-heroic poetry that was written by women in 18th century Britain as a counterpoint to the rise of domesticity, and suggests that (for female academics who are also primary caregivers) scholarly responses and reflections may be easier to bring out of this pandemic moment than scholarly research.
Anna Letitia Barbauld, domestic mock-heroic, eighteenth century poetry, women's poetry, pandemic teaching, pandemic parenting, domesticity
Lawton-Trask, Kathleen E.
"WWA Reflection: “So Near Approach / The Sports of Children and The Toils of Men”: Pandemic Labour, Pandemic Imagination,"
ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830: Vol.11: Iss.2, Article 15.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usf.edu/abo/vol11/iss2/15