The Southern California Society for the Study of American women Writers (SCSSAWW) is sponsoring a special session at this year's Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) conference to be held November 6-7, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The session is titled "Marriage and Family in Nineteenth-Century American Women's Literature.
Submissions on all topics related to marriage and family in texts written by American women in the nineteenth century are welcome. Of special interest are papers that explore challenges to the boundaries of dominant domestic ideologies and the heteronormative family structure. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to: families in turmoil, including representations of violence and crime in the family circle; desertion and divorce; the African American family under slavery; plural marriage; experimental marriage and family structures such as those practiced by the Oneida and Shaker communities, for example; and figures outside of the heteronormative family circle, including queer or homosexual figures, spinsters, widows, bachelors, working women, and orphans.
Paper proposals must be submitted online via PAMLA's web site: www.pamla.org. All presenters must become members of PAMLA and pay dues by April 15th. The deadline for proposal submssions is also April 15th.
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