CFP: [American] Labor Pains: Women, Writing, and Work

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Michelle Taylor
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American Literature II: Literature After 1870
Labor Pains: Women, Writing, and Work
Midwest Modern Language Association, November 2008, Minneapolis, MN

This session invites papers that examine the representation of women’s
labor in American literature. When Ruth Hall was published in 1855, the
representation of a working woman caused quite a sensation. Her newspaper
articles on labor, money, and American womanhood continued to scandalize
her readers. Papers may explore such topics as Fanny Fern’s paper
articles, the city, and women’s rights; the image of the working girl in
literature; African American labor and the process of uplift; literary
representations of labor reform and/or class conflict; the relationship
between labor and resistance; and the relationship between labor and
race. Please send a 250-word abstract (as a Word attachment) to Michelle
Taylor, Miami University Oxford ( by April 18, 2008.

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