CFP: Sedgwick Society––De–Domesticating the Countryside (1/26/07; 5/31/07–6/3/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Pat Kalayjian
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In celebration of the New Year, the Sedgwick Society offers an extended proposal

***REVISED PROPOSAL DUE DATE: January 26, 2007***

The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society invites submissions
for our 10th anniversary gathering

The Fifth Catharine Maria Sedgwick Symposium
May 31-June 3, 2007
The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA

To celebrate the occasion of our society’s 10th anniversary, we invite papers on
Sedgwick and other authors writing on New York, Boston, or the Berkshires. Our symposium
theme will be “De-domesticating the Countryside: Texts about Social Innovation,
Communal Vision and History in Sedgwick and her Contemporaries.” We welcome papers
that explore not only Sedgwick’s works, life, social, and literary connections,
but those of her contemporaries and of those writers she may have influenced.

In fall 2005, the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society hosted the well-received conference
“Antebellum American Women Writers and the City” at Fordham University, and we hope
this symposium will work as a companion to highlight ways the countryside can be
re-envisioned by challenging prevailing views linking the rural and the domestic.
Topics of interest include:

• the tradition of nature writing in American literature and the way nature is shaped
in village communities
• how rural leisure and rural poverty appear in literature
• the role of race and class identities in rural texts (representing Native Americans,
African Americans, laborers, “folk,” etc.)
• contrasting village or rural writing with urban texts: what political or social
tensions emerge?
• writings about Shakers & other Utopian societies (perhaps including Brook
• how sense of community space (urban, rural, etc.) may be gendered
• women's role in the village
• New England's changing role in the mid-19th century
• crime in the country
• literary and social connections among Berkshire writers, reformers, activists,
and celebrities
• researching writers using house museums and/or teaching writers using Stockbridge-area
We welcome proposals on these topics and others. We anticipate field trips to historical
sites of interest in the Berkshires, such as the Hancock Shaker Society and the
Mission House. Most, if not all, of our presentations will be in plenary sessions,
so space is limited. To guarantee full consideration of your proposal, please see
the simple guidelines below.

Submit proposals (200-word abstract) to
Patricia Larson Kalayjian, CMSS Vice-president,
by email only to


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