Call for Papers: American Women Writers and the Short Story
ALA Symposium “The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
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