As her writings attest, Catharine Sedgwick was deeply interested in the personal and social implications of women's (and men's) decisions to marry or remain single. For SSAWW 2003, the Sedgwick Society invites proposals for papers exploring Sedgwick's writings--fiction, non-fiction, correspondence, or other personal writings--on matrimony and spinster/bachelorhood as institutions with distinct and often gendered advantages and disadvantages for individuals and for society. Comparative approaches involving other American women writers are welcome.
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