Constance Fenimore Woolson Society Conference (3/31-4/2/2011) (Deadline: 1/15/2011)

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Anne Boyd Rioux
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From Claremont to Cairo: Geographies of Space, (Dis)Location, and Travel in the Writings of Constance Fenimore Woolson and her Contemporaries

Ninth Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society
Manchester, NH
March 31-April 2, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Sharon M. Harris

The Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites proposals on any aspect of travel, exploration, mapping, region, space/place, exile or expatriation, the urban vs. the rural, etc. in Woolson's works or in the work of her contemporaries. What role does space/place play in the writings of the pioneering regionalist and inveterate traveler Constance Fenimore Woolson, who was born in Claremont, NH, and visited Cairo in the last years of her life? How did Woolson theorize travel in an age of burgeoning tourism? How do the wanderers and explorers who people her fiction make sense of the places they are seeking or fleeing? What makes a place a "home" or a tourist mecca? How did she resist and/or comply with geographies of womanhood that paradoxically encouraged women to stay put and increasingly constructed tourism as a particularly feminine endeavor? How did industrialization's human transformation of the environment impact her work?

Proposals on the above topics are particularly desirable; however, papers on all aspects of Woolson's life and work are welcome. At least one travel grant will be awarded to a graduate student.

Please send all queries and proposals to Dr. Anne Boyd Rioux at, using the subject line "Woolson Conference 2011." Deadline: January 15, 2011.