Many 19th-century domestic theories contend that women controlled society, but such theories also assert that women wielded power indirectly. By alleging that women influenced society obliquely, domestic ideologies reiterated rather than questioned the separate spheres. Many women writers, however, used domesticity to question their own second-class status. Such writers manipulate public and private spaces into sites of resistance by resisting the limitations of domesticity. They also revise domesticity and transform public and private spaces. This panel seeks to consider the ways in which women writing in the 19th-century used literature to revise and reist the limitations of domesticity.
NeMLA 2009 will be held in Boston, MA, February 26-March 1.
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