Bodies and Mobility in Edith Wharton and Her Contemporaries -- ALA

deadline for submissions: 
January 24, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Edith Wharton Society / American Literature Association Conference
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Bodies and Mobility in Wharton and Her Contemporaries, ALA 2022 -- EXTENDED DEADLINE

The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that explore how Wharton and her contemporaries represent bodies and mobility in their work. Panelists are especially encouraged to consider comparative analyses of Wharton’s work on this subject in relation to her contemporary writers. All theoretical approaches are welcome. Proposals might consider (but are not limited to) the following questions:

• How does the representation and/or meaning of bodies change (or not) in different places/settings?
• Who moves and who cannot, and how do bodies facilitate or hinder movement?
• How do bodies mark social acceptance and belonging?
• How do Wharton and her contemporaries represent gendered, classed, or raced bodies?
• What constitutes acceptable or unacceptable bodies?
• How do bodies coincide with upward or downward social and economic mobility?
• What role does the mobility or immobility of bodies (Wharton’s, her contemporaries’ or their characters’) play in travel writing and other nonfiction works, or in depictions of travel in fiction?

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief CV by January 24, 2022 to