Call for Papers for SSAWW
Philadelphia, November 4-8, 2015
Sponsored by the Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers Study Group
Women Writers and the Law: Liminal Moments for 19th-century American Women
The nineteenth century was a period of intense questioning of the law, both on a federal level and among the states. Women found themselves in a neither/nor transitional state. They had no legal power. Yet they were all impacted by laws, and many were passionate about legal issues. Even though they could not be lawyers or legislators, women wrote about the law and its impact on people. We welcome papers on the treatment by women writers (in fiction or non-fiction) of any of the many legal issues of the time. Papers might focus on such topics as suffrage, slavery, married women’s property, copyright, child custody, divorce, or any other legal questions of the time. Email 200-word abstract and short bio to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 5, 2015.