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This is a call for papers to complete a panel proposal on the poetry of
Sarah Piatt for the 19th annual American Literature Association conference.
Since the 2001 publication of Paula Bennett's Palace-Burner, scholars have
taken a fresh look at Sarah Piatt, thus contributing to our understanding
of 19th-century American womenâ€™s writing. As contemporary critics have
articulated, much of Piattâ€™s poetry addresses gender issues, often from
within the traditionally feminine domains of family, marriage, and
motherhood. This proposed panel seeks to broaden the critical
conversation, engaging gender without necessarily making Piattâ€™s gender
politics the primary focus of study. Papers on a range of topics related
to the authorâ€™s work are welcomed; however, studies that explore Piattâ€™s
treatment of race, religion, class, and social politics are most desirable.
Also of interest are papers that deal with the transatlantic Piatt or that
address the lesser known poems (those not available in 20th or 21st century
Please send a one page abstract and a brief cv to Mary Wearn by December
1st. Materials can be sent via email to mary.wearn_at_maconstate.edu.
The American Literature Associationâ€™s 19th annual conference will meet at
the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on May 22-25, 2008.
For further information, please consult the ALA website at
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