CFP: Troubling Hospitality in Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Writing
Proposed panel for the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference. November 7-11, 2018 in Denver, CO.
In the famous “The Quaker Settlement” chapter of Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Halliday family extends hospitality to George, Eliza, and Harry Harris. Through the simple act of serving breakfast, the Hallidays engage in civil disobedience by failing to follow the Fugitive Slave Act. Yet Simeon Halliday complicates his generous reception of enslaved people by stating that he would extend similar hospitality to a slaveholder. Where in nineteenth-century American women’s writing do we find examples of hospitality? What are the politics of gracious welcomes? What does it mean to welcome the other? What conventions of hospitality apply when? How do authors portray hospitality to associates versus to strangers? Do writers differentiate between neighborliness and congeniality? Can we both “trouble” representations of hospitality and find some representations “troubling”?
Please send a 250-word abstract and brief biographical statement to Debby Rosenthal (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 10, 2018.