CFP: Legacy panel at American Women Writers of Color Conference (Deadline: 7/31/13)

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers will be sponsoring a panel at the upcoming American Women Writers of Color Conference.

Panel topic: “The Racialized Private Text”

In Legacy 27.1, Lois Brown wrote the following in “Death Defying Testimony:  Women’s Private Lives and the Politics of Public Documents”:

What constitutes the racialized private text, history, or experience? . . . Literature and history can be disciplined, instructed, directed, and sometimes undone by private writing that seems always already politicized in the public spheres where it is done and disseminated. As scholars and teachers of African American and women’s lives, it is up to us to create models of inquiry and critical expectation that can generate new finds, acquisitions, and historical evidence of lives lived with intention and lives that quite literally do speak volumes.

Legacy solicits proposals for papers that meet Brown’s challenge to examine how the “racialized private text” can support, revise, or upend received narratives of American literature and history.  For the purposes of this panel, “texts” may be broadly conceived as comprising written or as other forms of cultural production.  Subjects should fall within the span of Legacy’s historical coverage, which encompasses the colonial period through around 1930.  Papers may treat the following questions or others:

·         –How does one define “racialized private text”? What are the problems or possibilities inherent in that classification?

·       — In what settings and contexts were private texts produced, circulated, or encountered by women of color?  How do these settings or contexts affect the texts produced, their contemporary reception, and our own interpretations?

·         –How do texts produced by women of color problematize notions of private and public?

·         –What other fields or disciplines provide models or approaches that are useful in considering private texts created by women of color?

·        — What are examples of new “models of inquiry and critical expectation that can generate new finds”?

·         –What potential does comparative analysis of private texts by women of color hold for the field?  (i.e. comparative analysis that extends across cultural/racial groups, historical periods, national or hemispheric boundaries)

Please submit a 250-word abstract and 1-page CV to Theresa Strouth Gaul at

Deadline: July 31, 2013.  This Legacy-sponsored panel has a guaranteed spot on the conference program.

The American Women Writers of Color Conference takes place Nov. 1 – Nov. 3, 2013 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  Please see the website for details about the conference: