CFP: The 'New Woman' and the Literature of the 1920s (4/15/06; MSA 8, 10/19/06-10/22/06)

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Proposed panel: The 'New Woman' and the Literature of the 1920s

 *deadline for proposals: April 15th, 2006

One significant cultural transformation rapidly solidified in the
of the Great War was the emergence of the New Woman. Smoking, drinking,=

enjoying sex in an uncomfortably masculine way, these women embraced th=
social relaxation that followed the crippling of class mores. Writers i=
the 1890s had sought to outline the inherent evils for women of attempt=
to work, reject maternal or domicile identities, or otherwise take on
the freedoms previously restricted to the male sphere (one need only th=
of Stoker's Lucy Westenra and the consequences of her sexuality);
nevertheless, many women, in these new social conditions, turned to wri=
and the arts.

We invite proposals that address the types of responses to the altered=

landscape these women crafted: their newfound freedoms, their sexual
experimentation and experiences, and, in particular, their reactions to=
dialogue with those works now considered defining of modernism that eme=
after the Great War. How did women writers of the 20s and 30s earn and
use their newfound literary independence?

Please send 300 word abstract together with a brief CV to The deadline for submissions in April
15th, 2006.=

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