NEMLA 44th Annual Convention - "Early Black Feminist Ideology and the Development of a New Paradigm" (abstract due 9/30/12)

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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), March 21-24, 2013, Tufts University - Boston, MA
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With the concepts of self-reliance, resistance against oppression, and self-definition central to the discussion, this panel seeks to explore the literary and cultural influences of early African American and African diasporic women's texts that serve as the framework for contemporary black feminist ideology. Panelists are encouraged to submit papers that represent the author's struggles against marginalization, objectification, and challenge Western cultural, religious, and social values as a paradigm for womanhood. This panel will examine texts produced by early African American women, both free and enslaved, as part of an emerging Black feminist ideology. Papers will explore eighteenth- and nineteenth-century texts that challenge established cultural norms for women, in particular, and African Americans, in general. Papers which employ African-centered theoretical frames are highly encouraged. Please send a 300-500 word abstract to Fran L. Lassiter (

Deadline: September 30, 2012
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