Dirty Linen in Public: Race, Religion and Laundry in Nineteenth-Century America
This panel, proposed for the 2006 meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, will explore the ways in which the lens of “laundry” refracts literary and cultural practices into their component discourses. An analysis of laundry and its associated motifs (whiteness, washing, cleansing) not only foregrounds certain gendered and raced labor practices, but also draws together diverse discourses such as religious fundamentalism, psychoanalysis, and materialist accounts of labor history.
Please send abstracts of 250 words and a brief C.V. (no more than one page) to Hilary Emmett (hme5 AT cornell DOT edu) and Toni Wall Jaudon (twj5 AT cornell DOT edu) by January 28, 2006.
The third SSAWW Conference is scheduled for November 8 - November 11, 2006 at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia. For more information on the SSAWW, visit their website at:
Hilary Emmett and Toni Wall Jaudon
250 Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850 Email: hme5 at cornell dot edu
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