CFP: Poetic Persona and Public Address at SSAWW 2018
This panel will examine the construction and contestation of female poetic personas in the early republic and nineteenth century. I’m seeking papers that examine iterations of the female poetic self — as an author represented herself, or as others represented her in letters, biographical and critical profiles, or visual forms. As they positioned themselves in the many public projects of nineteenth-century poetry and in the rapidly expanding world of commercial print culture and celebrity, authors negotiated their role within gender and literary and cultural ideologies, and readers during their era and in subsequent ones responded in turn. Papers will explore or demonstrate how autobiography, biography, and other modes of presenting an authorial self are sites of contestation or inspiration for literary interpretation, appreciation, or judgement. More generally, I seek papers interested in how the question of “who” effects reading and writing. One paper will focus on Lydia Sigourney, and I’m hoping to find two or three other papers to constellate into a panel.
Please send a 250-300 word abstract and a brief bio to Gretchen Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Feb 13.