CFP: Early Canadian Women Writers (1/30/06; ACQL, 5/28/06-5/30/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Jen Chambers
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Paper Proposals are requested for a panel on
"Diversity and Change: Early Canadian Women Writers"
for the Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures
at this spring's Congress of the Canadian Federation
for the Humanities and Social Sciences being held at
York University in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).

While nineteenth-century women writers in Britain and
the United States have earned a reputation for being
diverse and seeking social change through their
writings, early Canadian women writers have been slow
to receive the same kind of attention. This panel
seeks papers on early Canadian women writers -
preferably beyond Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr
Traill, although papers on them will be considered -
to show the diverse range of writing styles and
thought that was at work in Canada in the mid-to-late
nineteenth century and into the early twentieth
century. Questions that might be considered include
(but are not limited to): Were early Canadian women
writers interested in promoting social change through
their writing? How do early Canadian women writers
consider questions of gender, class, poverty, and
ethnicity? How conventional/subversive were early
Canadian women writers? How do early Canadian women
writers consider the development of Canadian culture,
and was it a part of their literary "agenda"? How do
early Canadian women writers'works compare with their
counterparts in Britain and the U.S.?

Please send paper proposals (no more than 500 words)
with a short biography and a 50-word abstract to the
email address listed below by January 30, 2006.

Dr. Jennifer Chambers
Department of English
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2K3

Dr. Jennifer Chambers, Ph.D.
Department of English
Ryerson University

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