CFP: Practices and Theories of Literary Influence in American Women’s Writing at SSAWW 2018
This proposed panel seeks to explore American women writers’ engagement with literary precedents and theories of literary influence.
- How do artistic influences function in the work of American women writers?
- Is identifying literary influence or precedent, particularly between women writers, still valuable to the work of recovery, and if so, in what ways?
- What other constellations or networks of influence on women writers (transnationalism, periodical publication, new media, for example) still need to be identified?
- Is the refusal of some women writers to acknowledge literary influence a form of resistance to restrictive gender roles and/or racial stereotypes, or something else entirely?
- How do women writers challenge prominent theories of influence (such as Bloom’s or Borges’) and/or theorize literary influence or precedence, either directly or indirectly, in their works?
Papers on any author, period or genre that examine the influence of American women writers on other writers (or visa versa), or women writers’ theories of influence will be considered.
Please send a brief abstract (200-300 words) and short bio to Dr. Deborah Gussman, Stockton University, firstname.lastname@example.org, by February 2, 2018.