CFP: [American] True, Real, or New: Representations of Womanhood in 19th-Century Domestic Fiction

full name / name of organization: 
Earl Yarington
contact email: 
eyarington@gmail.com

True, Real, or New: Representations of Womanhood in 19th-Century Domestic
Fiction

We are seeking chapter-length manuscripts for a book on the
representation of the "Real Woman" (as described by Frances Cogan in All-
American Girl; The Ideal of Real Womanhood in Mid-Nineteenth-Century
America) in Nineteenth-Century American Domestic Fiction for our next
book collection. Cogan argues that the notion of Real Womanhood was not
based on woman's inferiority to man but rather "on the triple bases of
absolute necessity" (4). Further, Cogan suggests that the Real Woman was
seen as "biologically equal" to men and that women's lives were not meant
to fizzle out, subordinated to self-sacrifice, but meant to thrive (5).

We invite manuscripts that cover male as well as female writers and
papers that address more than one author. We are particularly interested
in essays that
*explore how authors grapple with the New Woman as she appeared in
American culture
*examine the disappearance of the Real Woman in domestic fiction
* investigate whether particular authors after the 1800s looked back to
True Womanhood or forward to the New Woman.

Manuscripts should be between 10,000 and 12, 000 words and
must follow MLA style. Please send your manuscript to Drs. Lee Ann
Westman and Earl Yarington at eyarington_at_gmail.com and lewestman_at_utep.edu
no later than June 15,2009. All submissions will be acknowledged.

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