CFP: [Religion] Harriet Beecher Stowe and 19thC Religious Communities (1/10/08; ALA 5/22-5/25/08)

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The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society will be sponsoring two panels at the upcoming American
Literature Association (ALA) Conference, held May 22-25, 2008 in San Francisco. More
information about the conference is available here:

More information about the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society and our panels is available here:

"Harriet Beecher Stowe and 19th Century Religious Communities"

     The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society invites papers that explore intersections between Stowe’s
life or works and the activities, ideals, domestic re-imaginings, philosophies, etc. of nineteenth
century religious communities. Much work has been done on the family as a site of private
emotional training or as an alternative space to the public sphere, but where do communities
such as Utopian communities, the Shakers, local church congregations, or even traveling
revivalists fit into our understanding of gender, of concepts of public and private, or of relational
possibilities in the nineteenth century? Does Stowe have consistent responses to religious
communities as extended families or alternatives to the family? Does she differentiate between
certain religious communities, such as the Quakers involved in abolitionist work, and others? Do
religious meetings constitute communities, or are they ephemeral gatherings of individuals?
How does she give voice to such “communities” â€" does she prefer to use techniques that display
multiple voices or a single voice and why? Are religious communities reflective of prevailing
views of gender and/or race or do they provide spaces in which to experiment with prevailing
views of national identity? These are only suggestions of possible directions in which to take this
call. Send 400-500 word abstracts by e-mail attachment to Lisa West at by
January 10, 2008.

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