CFP for SSAWW 2015: Texas Regional Study Group: “Written By Herself”: Dialogue in African American Women’s Self-Writing (January 20, 2015)

“Written By Herself”: Dialogue in African American Women’s Self-Writing

 CFP: Texas Regional SSAWW group at SSAWW Conference, November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA

Deadline: January 20, 2015

The Texas Regional SSAWW group invited scholars to submit abstracts for its panel at the SSAWW Conference. We welcome abstracts about doing scholarly work on the self-writing of black American women. This panel examines autobiographies, memoirs, and diaries of black American women writers and dialogue that develops between the scholars who work on them and the original author and text. 

Over the past two hundred and fifty years African American women writers and literary scholars have collaborated to create and represent the lives and voices of black women: from Frances Smith Foster’s Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1746-1892 in 1979 to Akasha Gloria Hull’s discovery and publication of Give Us Each Day: The Diary of Alice Dunbar-Nelson in 1986; from Audre Lorde’s own memoir The Cancer Journals published in 1980 to Joycelyn Moody’s Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Narratives of Nineteenth- Century African American Women in 2003 and Rhondda Robinson Thomas’ A Nickel and A Prayer: The Autobiography of Jane Edna Hunter in 2011.

This panel explores, but is not limited to, issues such as: 

  • Current issues of recovery
  • Questions of collaboration between author and recovery scholar
  • Authorial bargaining within cultural environment
  • Race, gender, and representation
  • Intersectional identity versus/in conjunction with identity as assemblage
  • Mediating sexuality
  • Voice and language
  • Unique aspects of structure, genre, and literary mode

Email a 300-word abstract to Sabrina Starnaman at by January 20, 2015. While you do not need to be an SSAWW member to submit a proposal, you must be a member of the SSAWW to present at this panel at the time of the conference.