CFP: Images and Argument in the Writings of American Suffragists (grad) (3/15/07; 4/21/07)

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Dr. Kenneth Florey
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CFP: Images and Argument in the Writings of American Suffragists
(grad) (03/15/07; 04/21/07)

From: Kenneth Florey <>

Panel Title: Images and Argument in the Writings of American
Suffragists (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: In making the case for the equal franchise for women,
American suffragists were dealing with a generally socially accepted
construct of women that appeared on the surface at least to be
antithetical to their aims. Why did the true woman whose universe
should consist of children and the home really need the vote? In some
cases suffragists attempted to redefine and radicalize what women were
and saw a new world order. In other cases, they accepted the
traditional construct, finding within its limited framework room to
maneuver and present a case for suffrage that seemingly did not attempt
to disturb the nature of the status quo. What this panel seeks is an
analysis of any writer such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady
Stanton, Belva Lockwood, Victoria Woodhull, Anna Howard Shaw, or Carrie
Chapman Catt in terms of what was the essence of their argument for
suffrage? What image of woman were they dealing with or reacting
against? What were some of the more involved counter arguments of the
anti-suffragists? You do not need limit yourself to broadsides and
pamphlets (although you may), but you may also analyze the fiction of
the period (either a single work or a group of related works).
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.

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. Kenneth Florey
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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