CFP: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Idea of Freedom (grad) (3/15/07; 4/21/07)

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CFP: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Idea of Freedom
(grad) (03/15/07; 04/21/07)

From: Edith A. Kostka <>

Panel Title: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Idea of
Freedom (graduate)
Conference: The Eighth Annual SCSU Graduate English Conference, Michael
J. Adanti Student Center, Southern Connecticut State University, New
Haven, CT, Saturday, April 21, 2007, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Call for Papers: Throughout the nineteenth-century, American women
writers applied their creative powers to the production of texts that
both challenged and re-defined the idea of freedom and its relation to
disenfranchised individuals and groups. Such people as Margaret
Fuller, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Amelia Bloomer, Sarah Willis Parton, and
Susan B. Anthony lead the battle cry for political and gender equity in
a nation whose pride centered upon the idea of freedom. For many
women, the notions of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”
often referred to husbands and fathers, rather than to themselves.
This panel seeks papers that take a close look at texts written by
nineteenth-century American women who seek to re-define American
freedom in terms of all citizens. Papers should offer close readings
of seminal texts as a way to illuminate and foreground the strides
American women sought between the years 1800 and 1900.
A proposal for a paper should consist of a 250-350 word abstract.
Paper proposals must also include the paper title, and the name, day
and evening phone numbers, fax number, e-mail address, surface mail
address, and institutional affiliation of the presenter. Please also
include a brief career biography.

Electronic Submissions:
Please send submissions by email to:, either
included in the body of the e-mail message or as an e-mail attachment
(in Word DOC). Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

Non-Electronic Submissions:
If you are unable to e-mail your proposal, you may send either a
PC-compatible floppy disk containing the document (in Word DOC) or a
hard copy to:

Dr. Edith A. Kostka
English Department
Southern CT State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515.

Hard copy submissions must include a separate cover page with the
name(s), paper/panel title(s) and other details and a second page with
title(s) and abstract(s).

Deadline for receipt of submissions:
5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2007. You may submit early if you would
like an early decision.

Notification of Acceptance:
Decisions by the conference committee will be on-going, generally
within two weeks of submission of the paper or panel topic. Presenters
will be notified of the conference committee's decision by e-mail. No
decisions will be made after 2 April 2007.

There will be a $20 conference registration fee for attendees and
guests ($5 for Southern CT students and faculty), due by April 2,
2007; on-site registration fees will be $25 ($10 for Southern CT
students and faculty). Registration fees include all food service
(continental breakfast, beverage breaks, and luncheon).

Make checks payable to Department of English/SCSU. Send checks to:

Elspeth McCormack
Graduate Conference 2007 Organizer
English Department
Southern CT State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515.

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