Submissions are invited for a proposed panel for the Fourth Conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, October 21-24, 2009, in Philadelphia. The panel will examine the ways in which nineteenth and twentieth century American women writers consider, challenge, adapt to, and even manipulate domesticity as a way to gain access to a larger community. Potential topics might include domestic space, housework, motherhood, and other versions of domesticity, as well as communities based on race, gender, class, politics, or varied combination of these and other categories. Writers of all genres are of interest.
The proposed panel will attempt to answer the following question: How did women utilize their domestic roles to reach outward toward and/or initiate and build larger communities?
Interested participants should send abstracts and a one-page CV to Meghan Gilbert-Hickey (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 1.
Department of English
Texas A&M University
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