CFP: [American] Gilman and Visual Culture (12/1/2008; ALA 2009)

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Peter Betjemann

Gilman and Visual Culture: Beyond the “Florid Arabesque”

American Literature Association 20th Annual Conference
May 21-24, 2009
The Westin Copley Place - Boston, MA

In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s corpus, “The Yellow Wall-Paper” may only be
the most obvious example of the relays between visual surfaces, politics,
décor, and words. From visual surfaces very clearly detailed (the titular
object in “The Rocking-Chair,” for instance) to visual information left
rather hazy (certain architectural details of Herland), Gilman used her
ekphrastic powers creatively and to various literary and political

Papers are invited on any aspect of these connections, especially those
that extend the analysis of visual details in Gilman’s work beyond “The
Yellow Wall-Paper.” Submit abstracts of one page or so, and a c.v., by
December 1 to Peter Betjemann at
Presenters who are not already members of the Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Society will need to join prior to the conference.

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