NeMLA 20th Century Irish Women Writers<break>Abstracts Due 9/30/11

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Elizabeth Foley O'Connor
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This panel will explore what Eavan Boland has termed Irish women's 'adventure of powerlessness' in Irish fiction. Although many representations of women do appear to conform to Boland's bleak assessment, papers that critique this view are especially welcome. This panel is most interested in representations of Irish womanhood by female writers from the fin de siècle to the present but will also consider papers on female characters in male-authored texts. Please send a brief abstract to Elizabeth Foley O'Connor at by September 30, 2011.

Conference will take place March 15-18, 2012 in Rochester, NY