CFP: The Domestic and the National in Woolson and Her Contemporaries (Deadline: 8.15.14)

The Domestic and the National in Woolson and Her Contemporaries
Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

 Washington, D.C.
Feb. 19-21, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Allison Booth

In honor of this year’s conference venue, the nation’s capital, the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites proposals on any aspect of  the domestic or national in Woolson’s works or in the works of her contemporaries. We encourage work that examines tensions between home and abroad, the margin and the center, the capital and the nation, the regional and the federal.

Possible topics include:

  • Domestic spaces as sites of nation-building
  • Constructions of the “foreign”
  • Contending Nationalities
  • Boundaries of Gender, Race, and Region
  • Patriotism
  • The Home Front
  • The Politics of Domesticity
  • Margin vs. Center in the Literary World
  • Geographical Margins and Centers
  • Moral or Religious Margins and Centers
  • On the Margins of Gender, Race, Class, or Sexuality
  • National and Regional Literary Reputations
  • Woolson at the Margins of Academia

Proposals on the above or related topics are particularly desirable; however, papers on all aspects of Woolson and/or her contemporaries are welcome. Woolson Society conferences are open to all. Membership in the society is not a requirement. Graduate student proposals are encouraged. At least one travel grant will be awarded to a graduate student.

Please send all queries and proposals (250 words plus brief bio) to Dr. Anne Boyd Rioux at, using the subject line “Woolson Conference 2015.” Deadline: August 15, 2014.

 The hotel for the conference, One Washington Circle, is conveniently located two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro stop.