Issues of Mobility and Confinement in Women's Literature (NeMLA 2012 Panel)

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43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

ISSUES OF MOBILITY AND CONFINEMENT IN WOMEN'S LITERATURE: This panel seeks papers dealing with issues of women's confinement and mobility. We welcome papers from any literary genre and/or historical period. In particular, we encourage submissions addressing the following questions: In what ways do women (female authors and/or characters) work against constraints and expectations of confinement to create pathways to freedom? How are women defined by spatial divisions, and how might they counter such definitions? What does it mean for a woman to be mobile? Please send abstracts to Abigail J. Aldrich at

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2011
Along with your abstract, please include:
Name and Affiliation
Email Address
Postal Address
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

Building upon the excellence of past NeMLA conferences, the association continues to grow as a vibrant community of scholars, thanks to the wide array of intellectual and cultural opportunities at every venue. Compact yet diverse, Rochester also boasts important historical connections; it is the site of the home, publication operations, and orations of Frederick Douglass, where he edited the North Star, as well as his eponymous periodical, and delivered the speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?". Visitors can explore the houses of abolitionist, suffragette, and reformer Susan B. Anthony and the inventor of devices popularizing photography, George Eastman, as well as shopping and eateries; attendees will also be within reach of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, known for its local wineries.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.