Call For Papers
Woman to Woman: 19th-Century American Women Writers in the 21st Century
May 30- June 1, 1996
Trinity College and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Keynote Speakers: Frances Smith Foster & Joan Hedrick
The centenary of the death of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the republication of three "lost" novels of Fraces Harper, and the approach of the turn into the 21st century provide an opportunity to assess the "state of the art" with respect to the research , criticism, theory, and teaching of 19th-century American women writers. Among the questions that this conference seeks to address are the following: After more than 20 years of feminist scholarship from a variety of oppositional perspectives, to what extent have women writers been integrated into the field of 19th-century American literature? How has their presence changed our understanding of the field? What writers have been "recovered" and how and why? What theories of the "literary" or the "American" have informed these recoveries? What politics are at work in this process? What problems have scholars encountered in trying to write about and teach 19th-century American women writers and what strategies have been developed to solve these problems? How have issues of race, class, ethnicity operated within the process of recovery? How do they affect our understanding of the category "American women writers" and how do they shape the work that needs to be done? What work still needs to be done? And is gender still a useful category for accomplishing this work?
We encourage innovative formats for sessions, including workshops, panels, seminar-style discussions, as well as individual papers. Proposers should indicate preferred format as well as subject matter.
Send one-page proposals (max. 300 words) and one-page
Deadline: May 15, 1995
Sponsored by the Northeast Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers Group, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and Trinity College.