CFP: [American] ALA Panel: Communication in 19th-century American Women's Literature

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Kristen Lillvis
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A call for papers to complete a panel proposal for the American Literature Association Conference
in San Francisco (May 22-25, 2008).

This panel will focus on communication in late 19th-century American Women's Literature, looking
specifically at women's varying strategies for communicating with others as they navigate between
the intimate and public spheres. While positionality--such as relations of race, class, and gender--
certainly informs how individuals approach others in action and speech, what other factors impact
communication in the family, the workplace, and the nation? What theoretical frameworks might be
useful for investigating communication during this period? Though work that considers this
literature in an innovative theoretical context is especially invited, papers on a range of topics
related to verbal or nonverbal communication in 19th-century American women's literature are

Please submit an abstract (no longer than 650 words) and a brief CV to Kristen Lillvis
( by January 7, 2008.

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