CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society, SSAWW 2015 (Deadline 1.1.2015)

Constance Fenimore Woolson Society Call For Papers: Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference, Philadelphia PA, 2015

“Constance Fenimore Woolson: Geographic Borders, Social Crossings”

The Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites paper submissions for the CFW Society’s panel at the SSAWW Triennial Conference in Philadelphia, PA 2015. In keeping with SSAWW’s conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” this panel will explore Woolson’s liminal status as regionalist, international traveler, and genre-crossing woman writer. The Society warmly welcomes paper proposals on any of the following topics/keywords:

  • Woolson’s multi-regional fiction
  • Woolson’s international writing and travel experience
  • Woolson’s poetry and/or travel writing in addition to her fiction
  • Woolson’s relationship to the physical body: gender expectations, disability, or travel
  • Woolson and biography: revisiting critical responses to Woolson, Woolson and Henry James
  • Woolson and the animal world: dogs, horses, other non-human denizens of the Southern swamp or Upper Midwest
  • Childhood as liminal space: Woolson’s representations of children
  • Crossing social boundaries: representations of familial or interpersonal intimacies in Woolson’s work
  • Crossing historical markers: Woolson and the Civil War, Woolson and westward expansion, Woolson and international tourism
  • Crossing boundaries of gender, region, nation, or genre

While this list provides some conceptual suggestions for thinking about Woolson, her work, and her time, the CFW Society gladly accepts paper proposals on any topic related to Woolson and her contemporaries. Please send an abstract of 250-300 words and a one-page CV to Sarah H. Salter at by January 5, 2015. This panel organized and supported by the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society, Dr. Anne Boyd Rioux, President.

For more information about the life, writings, and legacies of Constance Fenimore Woolson, explore the new Woolson website:

For more information about the conference in Philadelphia, check out SSAWW conference information: