[UPDATE] CFP: Literatary Motherhood in the New World-- Deadline for Abstracts 9/30

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Kate Caccavaio--> Northeastern MLA
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During the colonial period of the New World J. Michael Dash tells us that European colonizers viewed the Americas as a "New Eden" where civilization could be created anew. In terms of motherhood the colonial period in the Americas created a binary relationship between the races where the 19th century "Angel in the House" conflicted with the reality of motherhood and maternity for African slaves. After emancipation and decolonization while the ideal of the Americas as a New Eden has waned, the binary opposition in racialized views of motherhood has undergone various manifestations. How then does the modern era view motherhood in the Americas? Are the literary representations of motherhood reflective of these binaries and how do mothers in fiction seek to overcome these binaries? Is modern motherhood in literature even separated into racial binaries, or are other sociological factors manifested as the primary focus?

This panel seeks abstract submissions of 200-400 words for the 2010 NeMLA in Montreal, Quebec (April 7-11 2010)which focus on the relationship between a mother and her children and/or the social role of the mother in the New World in both racialized and non-racialized contexts. Submissions from literary works which draw from the New World—North and South American mainland as well as the Caribbean—are welcomed as are works which draw from both the colonial and postcolonial periods. Please send submissions to Kate Caccavaio: caccavai@msu.edu