Rebecca Harding Davis Panel at SSAWW Oct. 13-20, 2012

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Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World
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The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World will organize one session at the triennial conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. The conference will be held October 10-13, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. For further information about the conference, please consult SSAWW's website at
SSAWW provides this description, in part, of the conference theme: "Citizenship—how to claim it, how best to exercise it, and where its boundaries lie—is at the heart of much women's writing. Citizenship can be constructed in many ways, both legally and culturally, and can be explored in terms of race, class, ethnicity, family, sexuality, economics, religion, place, and region—in short, from multiple perspectives and through multiple lenses. It can also be investigated as a question of form and genre: what kinds of writing 'belong,' and to what realms or entities do they claim entry?" In keeping with the conference theme of "Citizenship and Belonging," we are interested in proposals that explore cultural constructions of citizenship and/or ideas about "belonging" in Davis's extensive body of work. How does Davis define citizenship and, more broadly, community? Who is included or excluded by those definitions? While all approaches will be considered, we especially welcome proposals that draw attention to Davis's lesser-known texts and to connections to other nineteenth-century women writers.
Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters. Presenters must be members of SSAWW and the Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World. For information about joining the Davis society, please visit our website at
Deadline for abstracts: February 1, 2012
Please send a one-page abstract and a brief C.V. to Robin Cadwallader via e-mail: