>From: "Jenkins, Andrea M." <[log in to unmask]>
>The Women's Studies Caucus invites proposals for a session at the
>2007 M/MLA convention in Cleveland. The session is entitled
>"Women's Realist Fiction of the Late 20th Century: The Politics of
>The expression "The personal is political" was originally
>popularized by the radical feminist group Redstockings in the late
>1960s and emphasized that women's personal issues--like
>responsibility for housework and childrearing, sexual assault by
>husbands or male partners, and limited access to health care, to
>name a few--are inherently political matters. This panel seeks to
>explore ways in which women's realist fiction of the late 20th
>century has built on and/or challenged the ideas embedded in the
>phrase "The personal is political" and the influence of this genre
>in the political arena. How has women's realist fiction taken up
>this theme, and how has it influenced women's activism and/or
>political attention to women's issues?
>We invite paper proposals on works of realism that consider the
>intersections between women's personal realities and feminist
>activism. Proposed papers might:
> discuss the ways in which women's realist fiction has or has
>not responded to the rallying cry "The personal is political."
> explore the influence of the Redstockings or other radical
>feminist groups on the production and/or recognition of women's
> analyze women's works of fiction in terms of feminist
>politics within the context of the stories themselves.
> analyze the effects of women's fiction (particular works or
>the genre in general) in the political arena.
> use various theoretical approaches to works of women's
>realist fiction to analyze the politics of women's lives.
>Please understand this as a list of suggested ways to interpret the
>panel theme; other interpretations are certainly welcome.
>Send proposals of no more than 200 words to Andrea Powell Jenkins at
>[log in to unmask] by 15 February 2007.
>Participants must become members of the M/MLA and pay the convention
>registration fee by 1 June 2007 in order to present at the
>conference. Details about fees are available at www.uiowa.edu/~mmla.
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