>From: Susannah Bartlow <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Women Writers, Activism, and
>Healing (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)
>Call for Papers
>Panel: Women Writers of Color, Womanist/Feminist Activism, and
>38th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
>March 1-4, 2007
>This panel focuses on the connections between women authors, personal
>healing, and the search for global justice. What is the relationship
>between womenís personal empowerment and their political action,
>particularly in literature by women of color in the last half of the
>20th and the first years of the 21st century? The panel will invoke
>some of these questions:
>--How do figures of emotion, affect, community, healing, psychology,
>and empowerment operate in womenís literature?
>--How do authors such as Toni Cade Bambara, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison,
>Alice Walker, Paule Marshall, Gloria Anzaldua, Danzy Senna, and others
>employ the narratives and conventions of political activism and/or
>individual experiences of healing, community, and personal discovery?
>--What can we learn from the second waveís internal divisions of race,
>ethnicity and class?
>--What is the relationship in literature between personal empowerment
>and political action?
>--What is the relationship between theory and praxis in black feminist
>literature and/or theory?
>--How does the second waveís rhetoric of global socialist justice
>influence contemporary feminist literature and theory?
>--How do the literature and theory of womanist and second wave activism
>relate to contemporary art and struggle for womenís global justice?
>Papers may certainly address any number of connections in addition to
>black womenís literature, such as the work of Latina, Asian-American,
>and Native American authors, as well as contemporary literatures of
>global feminism or engaged literature by privileged women. Panelists
>should also feel free to address contemporary activism, as the panel
>seeks not only to explore our recent history, but to use that history
>to point to the road ahead. The key is the nexus of healing, activism,
>and womenís self-discovery and empowerment.
>Please email a 500-word abstract and contact information to Susannah
>Bartlow, [log in to unmask], by September 15, 2006.
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