CFP: American Women Write about Italians (1/9/06; SSAWW, 11/8/06-11/11/06)

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Bernardi, Debra
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CFP for Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference
(November 8-November 11, 2006 in Philadelphia)

American Women Write about Italians

While much has been published on American men who write about their
experiences in Italy (Hawthorne and James come easily to mind), relatively
little has been done about what American women writers have had to say about
Italian culture. The purpose of this panel is to explore just that.

Topics may include, but are not limited to: American women travel writers in
Italy; American women's characterizations of Italian Catholics; the use of
Italian saints in works by American women writers (e.g., Harriet Beecher
Stowe's use of St. Catherine of Siena in _The Minister's Wooing_); American
women writers on "famous" Italian women (e.g., Beatrice Cenci and Lucrezia
Borgia in the nineteenth century); Catharine Maria Sedgwick's fictionalized
Italians. While these examples highlight the nineteenth century, work of
writers from other centuries are also welcome.

Send 2-page abstracts (hard copy or electronically) by January 9, 2006, to:
Debra Bernardi
Associate Professor
Department of Languages and Literature
Carroll College
1601 North Benton Avenue
Helena, Montana 59625

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