SSAWW Panels at ALA (May 26-29, Boston, MA) 3 Jan Deadline

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Society for the Study of American Women Writers
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Call for Papers: Society for the Study of American Women Writers (ALA 2011, May 26-29, Boston, MA)

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers will host two panels at the American Literature Association Conference (May 26-29, Boston, MA). Both panels, like SSAWW itself, engage the recent discussion in the popular press about the status of women writers. Responding to the buzz surrounding Jonathan Franzen's novel *Freedom,* writers (Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult) and critics (Katha Pollitt) have recently re-raised the question about male writers' privilege when it comes to attracting critical attention, especially when a text deals with traditionally feminine topics like home and family. Countering this trend to exclude women writers, SSAWW will sponsor two panels devoted to lesser read American women authors and/or texts: "Women Writers to Know I: Early and 19th-Century American Women Writers" and the second panel, "Women Writers to Know II: Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century American Women Writers," are open to papers discussing American women authors writing in all genres.

Please submit a 250-500 word abstract and 2-page CV to Kristin Jacobson ( by Jan. 3, 2011. While you do not need to be a member to apply for the panel, presenters must be or become SSAWW members to participate in a SSAWW sponsored panel.