Constance Fenimore Woolson Society Conference, Washington, D.C. (Feb. 2015) Due 8/15/14

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The Domestic and the National in
Woolson and Her Contemporaries

Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society (

Washington, D.C.
Feb. 19-21, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Allison Booth

In honor of this year's conference venue, the nation's capital, the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites proposals on any aspect of the domestic or national in Woolson's works or in the works of her contemporaries. We encourage work that examines tensions between home and abroad, the margin and the center, the capital and the nation, the regional and the federal.

Possible topics include:
Domestic spaces as sites of nation-building
Constructions of the "foreign"
Contending Nationalities
Boundaries of Gender, Race, and Region
The Home Front
The Politics of Domesticity
Margin vs. Center in the Literary World
Geographical Margins and Centers
Moral or Religious Margins and Centers
On the Margins of Gender, Race, Class, or Sexuality
National and Regional Literary Reputations
Woolson at the Margins of Academia

Proposals on the above or related topics are particularly desirable; however, papers on all aspects of Woolson and/or her contemporaries are welcome. Woolson Society conferences are open to all. Membership in the society is not a requirement. Graduate student proposals are encouraged. At least one travel grant will be awarded to a graduate student.

Please send all queries and proposals (250 words plus brief bio) to Dr. Anne Boyd Rioux at, using the subject line "Woolson Conference 2015." Deadline: August 15, 2014.

The hotel for the conference, One Washington Circle, is conveniently located two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro stop.