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CFP: SSAWW 2015 Proposed Panel: The Society for American Travel Writing (Deadline: 15 December 2014)

The Society for American Travel Writing (Deadline: 15 December 2014)

The Society for American Travel Writing invites submissions for its upcoming panel at the triennial meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia.

In keeping with the conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” we welcome papers that explore the ways in which crossing ideological, political, economic, intellectual, and creative boundaries are elaborated in women’s travel experiences and travel texts. Because the word “limen” suggests crossing thresholds, an inherent aspect of geographic movement, our panel seeks to investigate how the various mobilities of geography, politics, and identity meet and intersect in women’s travel writing.

Please email a brief CV and 300 word abstract to Melanie Scriptunas (mscript@udel.edu) and Susan Roberson (susan.roberson@tamuk.edu) by 15 December 2014 using “SATW at SSAWW” as the subject line.

CFP: SSAWW 2015 – Deadline: 14 November 2014

For SSAWW’s forthcoming 2015 conference on “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” we are assembling a panel focused on contested boundaries of race, class, and sexuality in women’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century regional literature. Current papers for the session focus on contested gender roles in the work of New England authors Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary Wilkins Freeman, depictions of contested racial and regional identities in the work of antebellum antislavery novelist Mattie Griffith, and representations of the rural in the late twentieth century queer press.  Please submit any queries and 250 word abstracts to Myrto Drizou (mdrizou@valdosta.edu) and Holly Kent (hkent3@uis.edu) by Friday, November 14th.

CFP for SSAWW 2015 Panel: Rhyme as Liminal Space in Nineteenth Century Poetry (Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015)

CFP for a panel on rhyme in nineteenth century poetry for next fall’s SSAWW conference.

CFP: Rhyme as Liminal Space in Nineteenth Century Poetry (Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015)

Nineteenth century poetry is overwhelmingly driven by its rhymes, yet it is also overwhelmingly maligned for them. Very often, the kinds of rhymes in these poems are viewed as rigid, stultifying, predictable, or old-fashioned—as “mere jingling,” not worthy of much serious attention. Poet A.E. Stallings, however, writing in 2009, describes rhyme of any kind as a liminal space where something mysterious and transformative happens between words: “Rhyme is an irrational, sensual link between two words. It is chemical. It is alchemical.” Using Stallings’s definition as point of departure, this panel welcomes papers on any aspect of rhyme in poetry by nineteenth century American women, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • True rhyme
  • Slant rhyme
  • Eye rhyme
  • Stock rhyme, expected rhyme, “bad” rhyme
  • Rhyme in political poetry
  • Rhyme and genre
  • Rhyme and form
  • Rhyme and performance
  • Rhyme and humor
  • Rhyme and emotion
  • Rhyme and inversion
  • “Feminine” rhymes

Please send an abstract (300-500 words) and a brief bio to Melissa Range at melissa.h.range@lawrence.edu by January 1, 2015.

SSAWW 2015 Proposed Panel: Kay Boyle’s Short Fiction (Deadline 1.9.15)

Kay Boyle’s Short Fiction

Kay Boyle Society at Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia, PA, November 4-8, 2015

In accordance with the SSAWW shared theme of Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives, we invite papers that engage Kay Boyle’s short fiction from any perspective. In particular, we encourage critical or pedagogical treatments of her short fiction that explore Boyle’s propensity to illuminate boundaries, crossings, and the subversive. Boyle’s short stories provide rich sites to interrogate transgression and marginality.

Paper proposals and CVs should be sent by January 9th to Anne Reynes-Delobel and Caroline Maun, anne.reynes@univ-amu.fr and caroline.maun@wayne.edu.

SSAWW 2015 Conference Local Representatives Needed

Dear Colleagues,
The Conference Planning Committee is looking for a local representative or representatives for the 2015 conference in Philadelphia.
We already have someone looking into the area restaurants, but other responsibilities would include drawing attention to cultural activities, special exhibitions, library holdings that may be of special interest to our members, among other possibilities.
Advertising the conference specifically to local colleges and universities would also be helpful.
We also need practical advice on transportation, taxis, etc., and perhaps some on the ground, last minute things that can’t be done from a distance. This would not be onerous.
Please let us know if you are interested/willing/able to volunteer for this: SSAWW2015.query@gmail.com
Best wishes for the term to you all,
Rita on behalf of the Conference Planning Committee

CFP: Proposed Panel at SSAWW 2015: Bodies of Bondage: Environments in Women’s Neo-Captivity Narratives (Deadline 11.1.14)

CFP for Proposed Panel at Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Bodies of Bondage: Environments in Women’s Neo-Captivity Narratives

With the conference theme in mind, this panel will consider the liminal spaces and hybrid lives of women in neo-captivity narratives, a term that addresses the broad implications of the captivities about which women write in the 20th and 21st centuries. From early captivity narratives to sentimental novels of seduction and the slave narratives made popular around the Civil War to contemporary neo-slave narratives, women write and narrate stories of captivity that prominently feature their bodies and the various violences and bondages visited upon them, the manner in which they are pursued, controlled, and patrolled, and the possibility for redemption, bodily or otherwise. But another salient feature of these narratives is the how the body and its attendant discursive possibilities “fits” within certain environments and how that fit-ness (or unfit-ness) is made manifest in the lived reality—before, during, and after capture—of the captive woman. Therefore, this panel’s focus is on the captive body of the woman and how that body: interacts with its environments, crosses and re-crosses boundaries between self/other, human/other-than-human, “inside”/”outside”, public/private; (more…)

CFP: Proposed Panel for SSAWW 2015: Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts (Deadline 11.1.14)

Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts

The 2015 Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference (Philadelphia, PA, November 4-8, 2015)

Addressing the conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” this panel will explore the lives and work of women writers and activists whose socio-political vision found expression both in prose and the plastic arts. At the turn of the century, several important female-centered Arts & Crafts communities formed in Deerfield, MA; Chicago; and New York; in addition to smaller communities throughout the country. We welcome papers that focus on well-known figures in this movement such as Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr as well as lesser-known figures like Madeline Yale Wynne and Gertrude Christian Fosdick (among many others). How did this largely female-centered American movement depart from its roots in Ruskinian thought? What is the relationship between the social programs, fiction, non-fiction, and works of plastic art the movement produced? What insights does the context of the movement bring to bear on contemporaneous literature? Proposals might also consider the legacy of Arts & Crafts feminism; the role of craft magazines; or the work of American women writers from any period who simultaneously produced a significant body of work in ceramics, weaving, metalsmithing, etc. (more…)


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