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This is a call for a proposed panel for the fourth conference of the
Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW).
Religion and Rebellion in Nineteenth-Century American Womenâ€™s Writing
Nineteenth-Century American womenâ€™s culture was immersed in religious
doctrine and practice, most often within Christian contexts. In fact, many
female authors of the era deployed representations of faith and faith
communities as a vehicle of cultural rebellion. However, womenâ€™s use of
religious culture as a subversive touchstone varied widely. Activists
like Harriet Beecher Stowe, for example, used a feminine, Christian ethos
as a badge of moral superiority and as a warrant for radical political
advocacy. Other female authors, such as Emily Dickinson, rebelled
against mainstream Christianity itself, and some, like Sarah Piatt,
figured religion as a vehicle of patriarchal control to be resisted.
This panel will explore nineteenth-century womenâ€™s use of religion both as
a weapon for and target of cultural critique. Papers are sought on any
aspect of religion and rebellion in nineteenth-century womenâ€™s poetry and
prose. Although literature of the period is most clearly immersed in
Christian contexts, treatments of other faith systems are most welcome.
Please send a one page abstract and a one page cv to Mary Wearn by
December 5th. Materials can be sent via email to mary.wearn_at_maconstate.edu.
The Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference will be
held October 21-24, 2009 at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia,
For further information, please consult the SSAWW website at
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