Recovering Black Women's Voices and Lives, Nov. 12, 2009

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DoVeanna S. Fulton Minor/ University of Alabama
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The last twenty-five years has marked significant growth in historical and literary research on African American women's lives. From the recovery of Harriet Wilson's Our Nig in 1983 to Julia C. Collin's The Curse of Caste in 2006, the number of texts known to have been written by Black women has swelled considerably. However, these recoveries have not been without controversy. Recent questions concerning the race of author Emma Dunham-Kelley have triggered re-readings of her novels, Megda and Four Girls at Cottage City. The identity of the author of the Bondswoman's Narrative is yet undetermined, regardless of it being labeled and "canonized" as a recovered Black woman's text. Thus issues of "authentication," identity, and canonization are central to textual recovery. The Recovering Black Women's Voices and Lives Symposium at the University of Alabama, November 12, 2009, is a one-day event that will focus on research questions around these issues. We invite proposals for presentations that explore the politics and process of textual and historical recovery of lives, writings, and experiences of African American women. Please send a 250 word abstract that includes audio/visual needs and a short vita (with complete contact information) by June 15 to DoVeanna S. Fulton Minor, University of Alabama at