Motherhood and Labor in Transnational Women's Writing (March 20-23 2014, NYU)

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ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the reconfiguration of women's roles in both the domestic and the social spheres in countries across the globe. Women's vital roles as mothers and educators to the future citizens of the nation/world were capitalized upon by female writers and activists who called for the improvement of women's social rights and their inclusion in the workplace. The discourses of motherhood and domesticity as gendered cultural capital(s) have thus long been engaged, reconfigured, and deployed in transnational women's movements. A large body of contemporary transnational women's writing – both fiction and non-fiction – grapples with the bifurcated responsibilities of working mothers and the politics of negotiating lives invested in the two separate, yet inevitably intertwined, capitals of motherhood and work.
This panel invites scholars to examine the comparative relations between motherhood and women's labor in transnational women's writing. Panelists are especially encouraged, yet in no way limited, to consider the ways in which the discourse of motherhood has been informed by the poetics of movement and mobility – whether literal or metaphorical – and its intersections with women's social, cultural, and financial challenges in the contemporary global economy.

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The submission deadline is November 1, 2013.