One additional panelist is required for the session described below. Please submit a proposal and brief CV by JANUARY 27, 2014.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Novel
American Literature Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, May 22-25, 2014
Panel Organizer: Peter Betjemann, Oregon State University
In 1899, Charlotte Perkins Gilman declared that her writing wouldn't "stop to be bothered with characters." Disavowing the "careful analysis and disentangling of individual" peculiarities, Gilman asserted that her work would instead draw out social, economic, and racial types. "Characters in mass" would center a fiction that she conceived, first and foremost, as sociological.