CFP: Kay Boyle Society at SSAWW 2017 (5.30.16)

CFP: SSAWW 2017 Conference

Border Crossings: Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific

Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

5th – 8th July 2017

Panel proposal: “Women Writers and the Rise of a Transnational Modernism”

For American modernist women writers, border crossing and travel was an essential experience in reshaping their sense of self-identity, developing a consciousness of otherness, and redefining their relation to the national canon. Many even found in foreign lands a source of inspiration and creativity (e.g. Kay Boyle and Djuna Barnes in France, Evelyn Scott and Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil, Katherine Anne Porter in Mexico).

This panel will explore the possibilities generated by border crossing in light of an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and trans-geographical approach.

We welcome proposals on writers using the idea of border crossing and travel symbolically or metaphorically as well as literally.

Geographical border crossing: role of modernist women writers in the emergence of a wider notion of modernism (urban/regional, national/transnational, local/global).

Literary border crossing: symbolic or metaphorical use of the idea of border crossing and travel; interdisciplinary modernism

Gender border crossing: role of modernist women writers in the definition of a female modernism and its impact on a male modernism or perhaps a trans-sexual modernism?

Please send your submission by May 30, 2016 to Caroline Maun ( and Anne Reynes-Delobel (