Domestic (Horror) Stories: Women Writers of the American Cold War Period
Special Session proposed by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers for MLA in January 2015. The Cold War period in America is typically remembered as a time in which women were returned to the domestic sphere en masse. This panel solicits proposals for work on women writing during the Cold War (roughly 1945- early 70s) about the horrors, limits, and anxieties of domestic and family life. Some writers to consider: Sylvia Plath, Shirley Jackson, Jean Kerr, Patricia Highsmith, Flannery O’Connor, May Sarton, Diane di Prima, Alix Kates Shulman, Grace Paley, Tillie Olsen, Ann Petry, Lorraine Hansberry. The proposal welcomes cold war period women writers from diverse backgrounds (racial, ethnic, class, sexual orientation and region) who write in any genre.
Please send a 300 word abstract and brief bio to Jill E. Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> by March 22.