SAMLA Women's Rhetoric Panel

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Rachel Leigh Smith/South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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Women's writing has a long history of articulating under-expressed experiences and responding to the dominant paradigms of the day. Early projects such as Christine de Pizan's The Book of the City of Ladies (1405) and Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) exemplify the complex and intriguing work created by female artists and intellectuals. Further, to examine American black women's writing is to not only outline the traditions of African American literature and American literature, but it allows one to gain a deeper understanding of our shared culture. In particular, to investigate the work of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Sojourner Truth, Anna Julia Cooper, Lucy Parsons, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alice Walker is to explore the ways in which women have entered the debates of their time. This panel will explore rhetoric in women's writing from all genres and time periods, although projects about African American women's writing are especially desired. Considering the theme of this year's conference, papers that address the ways in which women have entered the debate about sustainability and the environment are also encouraged. However, papers on any aspect of writing, writing about, or teaching women and rhetoric are welcomed. By June 15, 2014, please send abstracts of approximately 300 words and a brief biography to Rachel Leigh Smith at The South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference will be held from November 7 to 9 2014.