CFP: [Gender Studies] The Motherhood Memoir: Context and Creation

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Nicole L. Willey
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CFP: The Motherhood Memoir: Context and Creation (9/15/08; NeMLA 2/26/09 â€"

Call for Papers

The Motherhood Memoir: Context and Creation

40th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
February 26- March 1, 2009
Boston, Massachusetts

The Motherhood Memoir: Context and Creation

The motherhood memoir is experiencing a growth not just in volumes, but
also in quality and variety of experiences discussed in our contemporary
and often child-centered times. In addition to a new collection entitled
_Mama Ph.D.: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life_, there are
several very recent motherhood memoirs that demand critical attention,
works such as: Adrienne Martini's, _Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness
and Motherhood_; Susan Johnson's, _A Better Woman_; Ayun Halliday's, _The
Big Rumpus_; and Anne Roiphe's, _Living Contradictions: A Memoir of Modern
Motherhood_. What are these and other writing mothers saying about the
experience of mothering today? What, if any, universals are present in
motherhood memoirs? What societal critiques and suggestions provide the
bedrock for potential revolutionary parenting practices? This roundtable
will strive to bridge the distance between writing mothers who are critics
and writing mothers who are authors by privileging academic work that seeks
to discuss and contextualize motherhood memoirs beside our participants’
own experiences of mothering, academic life, and writing. Autotheoretical
works are encouraged, as are works that seek to meaningfully compare
contemporary motherhood memoirs with those written in other eras, or works
which thematically explore a grouping of memoirs. For example, one might
discuss the role of the father, special needs children, mothering and
mental illness, etc. in several volumes, particularly if these topics
inform the author’s own experiences.

Please send 250-500 word abstracts to by September 15, 2008.

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