Contemporary Francophone Women Authors’ Representations of the Sacred (WIF Session)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Anna Rocca--Salem State University
contact email: 

NeMLA 2020 Boston

Please find the CFP for NeMLA’s 51st Annual Convention to be held in Boston, MA on March 5-8, 2020. Abstracts may be submitted by September 30, 2019 via the link provided:

Contemporary Francophone Women Authors’ Representations of the Sacred (WIF Session) Roundtable 

 This panel explores the characteristics and practices that define how female contemporary authors of the French-speaking world represent, experience, embody, and make sense of the sacred. The sacred will be acknowledged as providing a space for women to articulate the multiple possibilities of womanhood and subjectivity and eventually to open a path towards self-love and self-respect. The sacred will be also investigated as a form for women to alternatively connect and communicate with the world at large. Some questions might include: How can women find, define, and practice the sacred in ways that are suitable for them? How can women envision a return to their selves and the world through the sacred? How do female writers and artists construct a new type of the sacred and/or a new way to relate with it? Do women use deliberate strategies to challenge the authority or the interpreters of texts and rituals that are considered sacred?


Anna Rocca is Professor of French and Italian at Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts, and the New England and Eastern Canada Representative of Women in French