PAMLA 2014: Autobiography in American Women's Writing

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Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers
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The SCSSAWW seeks papers for a panel on the intersections between autobiography and fiction in American women’s writing. How might autobiographic or semi-autobiographic novels, from Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig to Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, provide a space for various female writers to assert a voice within a dominant white, patriarchal culture? How do the formal conventions of the novel or the autobiography enhance or diminish the possibilities for this kind of agency? For what kinds of audiences?

This panel is open to any papers exploring the intersections between autobiography and the novel in American women’s writing between the 18th and 21st centuries. Please submit paper proposals via the PAMLA website by April 15.

Questions can be directed to Lauren Summers at

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