Shirley Jackson's Domesticities
Through her short career, Shirley Jackson wrote about about haunted houses, dysfunctional families, wayward children, attempts at maintaining a sane work-life balance, as well as restricted, doomed women in a period when Americans were constantly reminded of their civic duties to manage and maintain clean, comfortable, ‘normal’ domestic spaces. But as evidenced by letters from her fans, Shirley Jackson’s approach to domesticity opened up the possibility for something different, something more for women who felt trapped by their home lives.
This panel seeks work for a proposed essay collection (with an interested publisher) that addresses any aspect of Jackson’s domesticity in her fiction or nonfiction -- but especially if it takes on her lesser-known novels, any of the recently released short stories, and not HILL HOUSE or WHALITC.
Please email a 350-word abstract and short bio with the subject line “Jackson & Domesticity” to Dr. Jill E. Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31, 2018.