CFP SSAWW 2015 Panel: Authorship as Hybridity: Women, Writing, and Representation in Early America (1.15.14)

Authorship as Hybridity: Women, Writing, and Representation in Early America

The Society of Early Americanists invites submissions for its upcoming panel at the triennial meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, November 4-8, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Given the conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” we seek papers that address issues of liminality and hybridity in texts written by and/or about women in early America to approximately 1800. We are particularly interested in papers that interrogate traditional notions of authorship, which typically render women in the early period as silent, non-writing objects. However, as Roland Barthes has argued, authorship is inherently a hybrid, collaborative endeavor. We seek papers, then, that explore the ways in which women helped to shape the cultural landscape of early America both as writing and non-writing subjects. We especially welcome papers that explore new methodologies and archives that broaden conversations about gender, representation/mediation, and authorship. In addition, we will consider papers addressing issues of authorship and women in times and spaces that interrogate terms like “early” and “America.”

Papers might address questions such as the following: What constitutes an archive when examining the lives and/or literature of women in early America? What kind of approaches might we employ to read early source material beyond the limitations of conventional paradigms, especially related to notions of authorship? In other words, what does it mean to be a woman writing in early America? How might women have affected literary production in this era without assuming the traditional role of authorship?

If interested, please email a one-page CV and 300-word abstract to Cassander Smith at by January 15, 2015. In the subject line for the email, write “SEA at SSAWW.”