Call for Papers–SSAWW

(Deadline January 5, 2015)

“Constance Fenimore Woolson: Geographic Borders, Social Crossings”

The Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites paper submissions for the CFW Society’s panel at the SSAWW Triennial Conference in Philadelphia, PA 2015. In keeping with SSAWW’s conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” this panel will explore Woolson’s liminal status as regionalist, international traveler, and genre-crossing woman writer. The Society warmly welcomes paper proposals on any of the following topics/keywords:

  • Woolson’s multi-regional fiction
  • Woolson’s international writing and travel experience
  • Woolson’s poetry and/or travel writing in addition to her fiction
  • Woolson’s relationship to the physical body: gender expectations, disability, or travel
  • Woolson and biography: revisiting critical responses to Woolson, Woolson and Henry James
  • Woolson and the animal world: dogs, horses, other non-human denizens of the Southern swamp or Upper Midwest
  • Childhood as liminal space: Woolson’s representations of children
  • Crossing social boundaries: representations of familial or interpersonal intimacies in Woolson’s work
  • Crossing historical markers: Woolson and the Civil War, Woolson and westward expansion, Woolson and international tourism
  • Crossing boundaries of gender, region, nation, or genre

While this list provides some conceptual suggestions for thinking about Woolson, her work, and her time, the CFW Society gladly accepts paper proposals on any topic related to Woolson and her contemporaries. Please send an abstract of 250-300 words and a one-page CV to Sarah H. Salter by January 5, 2015. T

For more information about the conference in Philadelphia, check out SSAWW conference information:


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