CFP: Jack London and Women
Jack London Society Symposium
October 29-November 2, 2014
With a reputation resting on adventure tales such as The Call of the Wild and The Sea-Wolf, Jack London is not the first author who comes to mind when thinking of American women writers. Yet London wrote courageous female characters into many of his short stories and novels, acknowledged his debt to such female mentors as Ina Coolbrith, gave advice to young writers, and corresponded with a number of his contemporaries, among them Mary Austin, Blanche Partington, Anna Strunsky, and Olga Nethersole.
This panel addresses London’s biographical or literary connections, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Revolutionaries and “super-women”
- Biographical connections between London and women writers
- Women in the Socialist movement
- London’s responses to the work of women writers and vice versa
- Racial lives and female power
- Sexuality and gender identity
- Evolutionary narratives and Darwinian sexual choice in London’s speculative fiction (Before Adam, “The Scarlet Plague,” “The Red One”)
Please send proposals of 200-300 words to Donna Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org, by 10 July 2014.