CFP: [American] Elizabeth Stoddard Society Panel: ALA 2008

full name / name of organization: 
Elizabeth Stockton

Elizabeth Stoddard Society
Call for Papers

American Literature Association
19th Annual Conference
May 22-25, 2008
San Francisco, CA

The Elizabeth Stoddard Society is seeking papers that address new
directions in Stoddard scholarship. To coincide with the new edition of Two
Men, edited by Jennifer Putzi, to be published by the University of
Nebraska Press this spring, we would like to invite proposals that address
how both scholars and teachers can revisit and reassess Stoddard's texts,
including but not limited to The Morgesons and Two Men. More specifically,
papers might address questions such as the following:

• How valid is it to continue to examine Stoddard’s place within “women’s
fiction” and domestic ideology? How can and do we incorporate Stoddard's
works into courses on American women's literature?
• Or, as Christopher Hager suggests in a recent study, should critics
instead explore Stoddard’s aesthetics, subjecting her writing to “the kind
of protracted formal analysis that Hawthorne and Melville routinely merit?”
If so, how do we situate Stoddard within more general courses or surveys
(at undergrad and grad level) in American literature?
• What, then, is the connection between Stoddard’s aesthetics and her
• How can Elizabeth Stoddard's be contextualized within wider issues of
19th-century American Literature and culture? Within ideas of domesticity
but also economics, race, class, industrialization, the market revolution,
or the imminent Civil War?

Please send abstracts of no longer than 500 words electronically to Toni
Magyar at and Lisa Vetere at by
January 25, 2008.

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