Boon, Sonja. Telling the Flesh: Life Writing, Citizenship and the Body in the Letters to Samuel Auguste Tissot. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming 2015. http://www.mqup.ca/telling-the-flesh-products-9780773546394.php?page_id=73&
Boon, Sonja. The Life of Madame Necker: Sin, Redemption and the Parisian Salon. London: Pickering & Chatto, April 2011. www.pickeringchatto.com/necker
Refereed Articles and Book Chapters
co-authored with Beth Pentney, “Knitting the Feminist Self: Craftivism, Yarn-Bombing and the Navigation of Feminist Spaces,” Global Currents in Gender and Feminisms: Canadian and International Perspectives, edited by Glenda Bonifacio. Bingley: Emerald Publishing, 2017, pp. 21-34.
“Governing in the Twitter Era.” The Democracy Cookbook. Eds. Alex Marland and Lisa Moore. St. John’s: ISER Books, 2017, pp. 144-47.
co-authored with Gina Snooks, “Salt Fish and Molasses: Unsettling the Palate in the Spaces Between Two Continents.” European Journal of Life Writing, vol. 6 (2017): 218-241. doi: 10.4362/ejlw.6.213
“God’s Will,” Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. 2017. DOI:
10.1177/1532708617704456. online in advance of print.
“Dusting for Fingerprints: Bodily Traces, Embodied Memories, and the Forensic
Self.” Life Writing vol. 14, no. 1, 2017, pp. 69-82. (open access)
“Minuet as Method: Embodied Performance in the Research Process,” in Jocelyn Thorpe, Stephanie Rutherford, and L. Anders Sandberg, eds. Methodological Challenges in Nature-Culture and Environmental History Research. London: Routledge, 2016.
with Jocelyn Thorpe, Alissa Trotz, Helen Leung, Heather Latimer, Marie Lovrod, Glenda Bonifacio, Trish Salah, Lisa Bednar, Krista Johnson, Rachel Hurst, Carla Rice and Margaret Hobbs, “Reflections on the Intro Course: A Pedagogical Toolkit,” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice. Vol. 37, No. 2 (2016): 54-67. open access.
with Beth Pentney. “Virtual Lactivism: Breastfeeding Selfies and the Performance of Motherhood,” International Journal of Communication. ijoc.org. Vol. 9 (2015): 1759-1774. open access: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3136/1398
“‘I did not mean to make away with the child, I did not know what I was about’: Autobiographical Traces of Infanticide in Eighteenth-Century Trial Records,” European Journal of Life Writing. Vol. 4 (2015): 56-76. open access: http://ejlw.eu/article/view/123
“Mothers and Others: The Politics of Lactation in Medical Consultation Letters Addressed to Samuel-Auguste Tissot” in Raymond Stephanson and Darren Wagner, eds. The Secrets of Generation: Reproduction in the Long Eighteenth Century (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming August 2015).
“Gender, Class and Epistolary Suffering: Narrating the Bodily Self in Women’s Medical Consultation Letters to Samuel-Auguste Tissot,” The Bulletin of the John Rylands Library Vol. 90, No. 2 (Fall 2014): 143-161.
“Epistolary Labours: Reading Childbirth and the Politics of Reproductive Medicine in Two Eighteenth-Century Women’s Letters,” Journal of the Motherhood Initiative Vol. 5, No. 1 (Summer 2014): 160-71.
“‘I am very badly in need of help’: Promises and Promissory Notes in Women’s Letters to J.R. Smallwood,” in Linda Cullum and Marilyn Porter, eds. Creating this Place: Women, Family and Class in St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1900-1950 (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2014).
“‘A lack of eyelids on the face of the soul’: Vulnerability, Longing and Stigma in Hélène Cixous’ The Day I Wasn’t There,” SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism Vol. 42, no. 3 (December 2013): 85-104.
“Recuperative Autobiography and the Politics of Life Writing: Lineage, Inheritance and Legacy in the Life Writings of the Marquise de La Ferté-Imbault.” Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 24, no. 3 (2012): 13-38.
“Autobiography by numbers; or, Embodying Maternal Grief.” Life Writing, 19, no. 2 (2012): 191-202.
“‘Just the kind of girl who would want a chap to be a man’: Constructions of Gender in the war stories of Tryphena Duley.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 25, no. 1 (2010): 73-90. Reprinted in: Essays on the Great War: Papers Published in Newfoundland and Labrador Studies. St. John’s: Memorial University, 2014. pp. 245-68.
“Maternalising the (Female) Breast: A comparison of Marie-Angélique Anel Le Rebours’ Avis aux mères qui veulent nourrir leurs enfans (1767) and La Leche League International’s The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (1963).” Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies 15 (2009): 1-16.
“Performing the Woman of Sensibility: Suzanne Necker and the Hospice de Charité,” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 32, no. 2 (2009): 235-254.
“Last Rights, Last Rites: corporeal abjection as autobiographical performance in Suzanne Curchod Necker’s Des inhumations précipitées (1790),” Eighteenth-Century Fiction Vol. 21, no. 1 (2008): 89-107 ( special issue: Death/La Mort). Winner of the Canadian Women’s Studies Association Graduate Essay Prize, 2007.
“Does a Dutiful Wife Write; or, Should Suzanne Get Divorced? Reflections on Suzanne Curchod Necker, Divorce, and the Construction of the Biographical Subject.” Lumen: Selected Proceedings from the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/ Travaux choisis de la Société canadienne d’étude du dix-huitième siècle Vol. XXVII (2008): 59-73. Winner of the Catharine Macaulay Prize, awarded by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
“La Leche League,” commissioned article for Andrea O’Reilly, ed. Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2010.
“Breastmilk,” commissioned article for Andrea O’Reilly, ed. Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2010.
“Wet nursing,” commissioned article for Andrea O’Reilly, ed. Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2010.
Selected Presentations (2010-2017)
“The Researcher as/at the Site of the Research: Vulnerability, Creative Histories, and the Undoing of the Self.” Creative Histories. University of Bristol, UK. July 2017.
“Dismembering and Remembering: Restor(y)ing the Past.” Talking Bodies: Identity, Sexuality, Representation. University of Chester, UK, April 2017.
“Playing with Mud; or What Happens Where Water Meets Land” National Women’s Studies Association, Montreal, November 2016.
“Telling Stories with Gold,” Ecotones: Encounters, Crossings, and Communities (3G LONDON: Imagining the Guyanas / Ecologies of Memory & Movement), London, UK, October 2016.
“Salt Fish: Gender, Nation, and Culinary Identity in the Shadows of Emancipation in Suriname” Canadian Historical Association, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Calgary, May 2016.
“Theorizing the River: Borders, Boundaries, Brownness, and the Edges of the Self,” Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Calgary, May 2016.
Boon, Sonja. “Dusting for Fingerprints: Bodily Traces, Embodied Memories, and the Forensic Self,” Talking Bodies: Identity, Sexuality, Representation, Chester, UK, March/April 2015.
Boon, Sonja. “Creolizing the National Imaginary: Tata Colin, Autobiography and the Question of Surinamese Identity,” Auto/Biography in Transit: International Auto/Biography Association, Banff, AB, May 2014.
Boon, Sonja. “Minuet as Threat; or, How My Students Learned to Love Dancing,” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, London, ON, October 2013.
Boon, Sonja. “Eros, Epistolarity and the Articulation of the Bodily Self: Pleasure, Desire and Shame in the Letters of Louis Gauteron,” Talking Bodies: Identity, Sexuality and Representation International Conference, Chester, UK, March 2013.
Boon, Sonja. “Emancipations of the Self: Silence, Speech and the Power of Collective Memory in Ruud Mungroo’s Tata Colin,” War and Life Writing International Conference, Oxford, UK, November 2012.
Boon, Sonja. ““Of Bladders and Bass Viols: Autobiographical Exchanges Between Music and Text.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Edmonton, AB, October 2012.
Boon, Sonja. “‘Tétans … d’un mauvais lait’: Bodily memories of wetnursing in eighteenth-century life writings,” Mothers and History: Histories of Motherhood, Toronto, ON, May 2012.
Boon, Sonja. “Practitioner vs. Patient: Health as Lived Experience in Women’s Consultation Letters to Samuel-Auguste Tissot.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Hamilton, ON, October 2011.
Boon, Sonja. “’My body and my health are mine, and … I intend to govern them as I myself see fit’: Reading Women’s Medical Consultation Letters to Samuel-Auguste Tissot,” Women’s Worlds 2011, Ottawa, July 2011.
Boon, Sonja. “The Tragic Case of the Comte de Laugier and Other Cautionary Tales: Moral Panic and the Politics of Pleasure in Medical Consultation Letters to Samule-Auguste Tissot,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver, March 2011.
Boon, Sonja. “Gender, Epistolarity and the Suffering Body: Narrating the Bodily Self in Women’s Medical Consultation Letters to Samuel-Auguste Tissot,” Accepted for Writ from the Heart?: Women’s Life Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century, Manchester, UK, January 2011.
Boon, Sonja. “‘A lack of eyelids on the face of the soul’: Vulnerability, Longing and Stigma in Hélène Cixous’ The Day I Wasn’t There,” Vulnerability: A Symposium, University of Otago, New Zealand, November 2010.
Boon, Sonja. “Tears, Involuntary Laughter, Agitation and Song: Mapping the relationships between mental illness, public health and the single woman in the writings and consultation letters of Samuel-Auguste Tissot,” Accepted for the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, St. John’s, NL, October 2010.
Boon, Sonja. “The Comtesse d’Egmont and her Doctors: Autobiographical Negotiations in Medical Consultation Letters to Samuel Auguste Tissot,” 7th Biennial International Auto/Biography Association Conference, University of Sussex, UK, June/July 2010.
Boon, Sonja. “Epistolary Embodiment: Autobiographical Negotiations in Medical Consultation Letters to Samuel-Auguste Tissot,” Canadian Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Montréal, May/June 2010.
Boon, Sonja. “Pickling a Peach: The Dying, Death and Burial of Suzanne Curchod Necker (1737-1794)” Department of History Speakers’ Series, January 2010.