Rebecca Harding Davis Society ALA Proposals due 1/17/2014

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Rebecca Harding Davis Society
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The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for a session on “Davis and the Political” at the American Literature Association’s 25th Annual Conference. The conference will be held on May 22-25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at

Session Topic: “Rebecca Harding Davis and the Political”
In keeping with the conference location in Washington, DC, we will organize a session on Davis and the political, broadly defined. Though best known for her attention to labor questions in “Life in the Iron-Mills,” Davis also wrote about the Civil War, political corruption, race relations, women’s rights, civil commitment laws, and a host of other issues of her day. We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of her political interests and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters.

Presenters must be members of the Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World. For information about joining the society, please visit our website at

Deadline: January 17, 2014

Please send a 200-250 word abstract and a brief biographical sketch to:
Mischa Renfroe
Middle Tennessee State University
Sharon Harris
University of Connecticut, Storrs

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