Society for the Study of American Women Writers 2012: Louisa May Alcott's Engaged Citizenship (proposals due 1-27-12)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.