CFP: [African-American] Labor Pains: Women, Writing, and Worl

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Michelle Taylor
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American Literature II: Literature After 1870
Labor Pains: Women, Writing, and Work

This session invites papers that examine the representation of women’s
labor in American literature. When Ruth Hall was published in 1855, the
representation of a working woman caused quite a sensation. Her newspaper
articles on labor, money, and American womanhood continued to scandalize
her readers. Papers may explore such topics as Fanny Fern’s paper
articles, the city, and women’s rights; the image of the working girl in
literature; African American labor and the process of uplift; literary
representations of labor reform and/or class conflict; the relationship
between labor and resistance; and the relationship between labor and
race. Please send a 250-word abstract (as a Word attachment) to Michelle
Taylor, Miami University Oxford ( by April 18, 2008.

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