NeMLA 2019: ReSisters of Americanization: Women Writing Difference in the 19/20th C U.S.

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
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Northeast Modern Language Association - 50th Anniv. Convention
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ReSisters of Americanization: Women Writing Difference in the 19/20thC U.S.

Within any culture, as well as transculturally, we might—with Spivak—consider women as colonized subjects; as such, women negotiate Bhabha’s third space of hybrid identity. In the 19thand 20thcentury United States, the processes of Americanization explicitly functioned as the dominant mode of cultural oppression. How then did 19/20thcentury women writers in the U.S. present, resist and/or directly challenge the homogenizing processes of Americanization (and its concordant gender hierarchy) in their work? If the subaltern speaks, what might she say? Might she utilize more than one voice? This panel invites papers that explore the work of women writing in the 19thand 20thcentury United States whose fiction, in resisting, commenting upon or critiquing Americanization/the hegemonic social order, demonstrates a Bhabhian hybridity and/or Bakhtinian carnivalesque.  Papers that focus on women of this era writing fiction that explores racialized and/or ethnic communities in the U.S. are especially welcome. Submit abstract proposal by September 30, 2018 at: