Feminisms in Contemporary Literature Roundtable (9/30/2015; 3/17-20 2016) NeMLA Hartford, CT

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Northeast Modern Language Association

Feminisms in Contemporary Literature

47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016
Hartford, CT
Host Institution: University of Connecticut

This roundtable seeks submissions that consider the place of feminism(s) in contemporary literature. Do terms or labels such as "feminist," "women's writing," "chick-lit," and "domestic fiction," limit the scope of literature written by women? Or do these labels continue to be necessary in a literary field, where, for example, in 2011, Ruth Franklin labeled the state of affairs "A Literary Glass Ceiling" and Meg Wolitzer, in 2012, called the literary landscape women writers find themselves in "The Second Shelf"? How do race, gender, sexuality, and class exacerbate the tensions within the dynamics of women's writing in a field that continues to be dominated by white, male, heteronormative writers? For while interventions by Franklin and Wolitzer sparked debate, the 2014 VIDA count (each year, VIDA publishes a breakdown of how many women versus men writers received critical attention) showed that certain publications had made some changes while others remained staunchly devoted to male writers—and this dominance is particularly striking in terms of how women of color continue to be excluded. Related to the question of exclusion, how does the rigid boundary of "male versus female" writing delimit more fluid expressions of gender and sexuality? This roundtable, sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, invites submissions that consider the role of feminism(s) in policing and expanding the boundaries of contemporary literature.

Papers addressing books written in any language are welcome, however papers must be presented in English. 250 word abstract (for 10-15 minute paper) and CV should be submitted via the NeMLA website by September 30, 2015.

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