Drawn from the Archive: Reorienting Landscapes at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

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Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW)
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Taking up the 2015 SSAWW conference theme of "Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives," this panel will investigate work produced by women in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century for whom human interaction with the landscape was a central artistic concern. These women oriented themselves to the landscape through travel and exploration, desire and consumption, and through artistic representation reimagined the body, history, social-sexual formations, racial and gender categories, and sometimes humanness itself. Such reorienting encounters with landscape, meanwhile, formed part of late-nineteenth-century leisure class tourism and the romantic consumption of the natural world at a moment of expanded U.S. imperialism both at home and abroad.

We invite papers that take up some dimension of women's reorienting of landscape during the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. We encourage submissions that examine lesser-known or hitherto unexamined archival materials, especially those that focus on women working across any combination of the material, visual, and literary arts.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief bio (in Word or Adobe) to Samaine Lockwood and Tiffany Aldrich MacBain at tamacbain@pugetsound.edu by January 15.