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CFP: American Women Writers and the Short Story (5.15.16)

Call for Papers: American Women Writers and the Short Story
ALA Symposium “The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre”
Savannah, Georgia
October 20-22, 2016

Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2016

For a panel on “American Women Writers and the Short Story” at the ALA Symposium on the short story in Savannah, Georgia, please send 250-word proposals and a short cv or bio to Donna Campbell, campbelld@wsu.edu. Topics might include but are not limited to the following:

  • In what ways have American women writers adapted, transformed, or subverted the short story form in the 19th-21st centuries?
  • How have women writers, especially women writers of color, expanded the boundaries of the genre or confounded audience expectations in their use of the form?
  • Does the concept of a “women’s short story” form or type retain any usefulness in the 21st century?
  • In what ways have contemporary American women writers reenvisioned 19th-century forms traditionally defined as “women’s writing,” such as regionalism or stories of domesticity?
  • What discoveries about one or more innovative but neglected women writers of the short story seem to suggest that the genre needs to be expanded or redefined?
  • How has the recent rise in memoir, ecocritical narratives, flash fiction, or other forms helped to shape an emerging aesthetic for women’s short stories?

Please contact me at campbelld@wsu.edu if you have questions.

http://americanshortstory.org/2016symposium.html

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