UPDATE: Edith Wharton's Dialog with the Women's Movement (12/19/05; SSAWW, 11/8/06-11/11/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Carney, Mary \(Macon State College\)

The deadline has been extended to December 19, 2005.

The Edith Wharton Society invites papers for a proposed panel at the
Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference
(Philadelphia, November 8 - 11, 2006).=20

Edith Wharton's Dialog with the Women's Movement

The early twentieth century was shaped, in part, by the struggle for
suffrage and greater educational and professional opportunities for
women. Many of Edith Wharton's writings contribute to the public
awareness of women's repression, yet her role in the fight for women's
rights has been the subject of debate. While Wharton's opportunities as
a professional writer emerge, in part, out of the rich heritage of
nineteenth-century domestic and sentimental novelists, she explicitly
distances herself from many of her foremothers. While her work
demonstrates the destructiveness of political, economic, and social
oppression, she also questions the need for suffrage and defends the
values of the domestic sphere. Wharton's public and private writings
enact a complex stance toward other women writers and the women's
movement. What new insights are emerging out of our increasingly nuanced
understanding of Wharton, her relationship with other writers, the
women's movement in America and abroad, and the radical political and
cultural transformations emerging during her lifetime?=20

To submit a proposal, please provide a one-page abstract and one-page
curriculum vitae on or before December 19, 2005. You may send your work
either electronically (pasted into an email or as a Microsoft Word
attachment) to mcarney_at_mail.maconstate.edu or via postal mail to: =20

Mary Carney
Assistant Professor of English
Macon State College
Humanities Division
100 College Station Road
Macon, GA 31206-5145

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