CFP: [Gender Studies] CFP: Women and Commodities

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Sophie Lavin
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2009 NEMLA Convention, Women’s Studies Section
 40th Anniversary Convention, The Northeast Modern Language Association
February 26th-March 1st
Hyatt Regencyâ€"Boston, MA
Special Women’s Studies session: Women & Commodities

A commodity is a useful device in the human landscape. It has been used
for centuries to further and enhance the survival of men, women and
children. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary defines commodity as “a
thing of use or value; spec. a thing that is an object of trade….” This
panel will provide an opportunity for us to examine the ways in which
British and American literary texts portray women as commodities and
others portray women using commodities to gain economic autonomy. The
panelists should incorporate texts that directly or indirectly address
social problems (poetry and/or fiction from various literary genres
including Antebellum American Literature, Shakespeare, Working-Class
Literature, Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Modern Literature,
Black British Literature) and that examine the interrelationship between
women and commodities. Preference will be given to those proposals that
present examples of gender oppression, identity conflict, and systemic
disenfranchisement of women based on their gender. Please send 500 word
abstracts to Sophie Lavin, by 15 August.

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