Women and Work

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Society for the study of American Women Writers

Call for papers: Women and Work: panel proposed for Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference, October 10-13, 2012, Denver

The meaning of "women's work" has never been stable. While women have consistently engaged with the production of home as well as, to a lesser extent, labor outside the home, their involvement in what Marx conceptualized as wage-for-labor power exchange did not achieve heightened visibility in U.S. cultures until the nineteenth century. "Women and Work" seeks to explore the many ways that women have offered their labor in service of their families, their communities, their nation and how this same labor has contributed to women's sense of belonging to (or exclusion from) these same communities. How do American women writers represent the work of being women--where "work" encompasses not only paid labor inside and outside the home, but also the work of performing femininity and domesticity? What societal values are assigned to these labors and how have women made use of work in defining their relationship to others? How does labor contribute to women's understanding of citizenship and belonging? Send 250-word proposal and CV by January 20 to leiren@aol.com and strong01@nsuok.edu.