Society for the Study of American Women Writers 2012: Louisa May Alcott's Engaged Citizenship (proposals due 1-27-12)

full name / name of organization: 
Louisa May Alcott Society
contact email: 
mlshelden@vcu.edu

SSAWW 2012: Louisa May Alcott's Engaged Citizenship

Louisa May Alcott grew up in the era of Republican Motherhood, and was an avid reader of such influential authors as Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Lydia Maria Child, who advocated that women had a special role as nurturers of civic duty in children. The fact of Alcott's service as nurse in the Civil War is evidence that she took such ideals to heart. In works such as "Hospital Sketches" and *Work*, and even in children's novels and stories - Grandmother's story about Lafayette in *An Old-Fashioned Girl*, or the patriotic performance given by the characters in *Jack and Jill* on the occasion of Washington's Birthday - Alcott offers a wealth of American history and a sense of revolutionary spirit.

For this panel, we are interested in focusing on depictions of engaged citizenship and reform efforts in Alcott's life and writings, especially in her lesser-known works. You'll find additional information about the conference here: http://ssaww2012.wordpress.com/. Please send abstracts no later than 27 January 2012 to: Mary Shelden, mlshelden@vcu.edu.

cfp categories: 
american
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
gender_studies_and_sexuality
renaissance
romantic