>From: "Susannah Bartlow" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Radical Women and the Language of
>Community (9/15/07; NEMLA, 4/10/08-4/13/08)
>Call for Papers
>"Poetic Justice: Radical Women and the Language of Community"
>39th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
>April 10-13, 2008
>Buffalo, New York
>How do radical women write about皣-and write towards-皣political and
>artistic commitments? Taking a cue from the "disloyal" career of
>Adrienne Rich, this panel looks back on the history of how radical
>woman writers and thinkers have used language to interrogate,
>reinforce, or stimulate political action. The panel is open to
>scholars of the 20th and 19th century literary traditions, as we work
>to learn from women's self-conscious claiming of language as a
>Rich皣-an early darling of the lyric poetry establishment who became an
>activist poet-皣spoke at a reading in 1973 about her evolution. "盁
>[I]n the more recent poems something is happening, something has
>happened to me and, if I have been a good parent to the poem,
>something will happen to you who read it" (Adrienne Rich's Poetry,
>89). Rich shared this determination to make her words work on the
>reader with a number of radical women activists who made a political
>commitment to artistic action in small literary presses, activist
>communities, and pedagogies.
>案 Rich says "something is happening, something has happened to
>me"皣-what is this event? How is "happening" legitimized and
>aestheticized in women's writing?
>案 What is the relationship between queer identity and the aesthetic
>stance of radical women writers?
>案 What is the relationship between racial identity politics and the
>artistic or literary approaches of radical women?
>案 How do the authors' self-conscious discussions of language
>influence the relationship between text and reader?
>案 How do radical women use their words within chosen communities?
>Examples include Rich and Audre Lorde's use of essay and poetry to
>interrogate feminist identity politics, activist writing of Ntozake
>Shange and June Jordan, or Alice Walker's recent essays and
>conversations about Buddhism.
>案 Is there, in fact, a shared aesthetic of intentional language among
>radical women, or is this aesthetic embedded in a variety of other
>traditions that can't or shouldn't be united under an "activist,"
>"feminist," "womanist" or "_____ist" umbrella?
>盁 and much, much more.
>Note: Although the panel seeks to learn from 20th century feminism,
>the political element of this aesthetic has a history in women's
>activist writing of the late 19th and early 20th century (e.g. Ida B.
>Wells, Anna Julia Cooper, and other women who used literary devices to
>promote radical and far-reaching solutions to patriarchy's shifting
>institutions). Artistic emphasis on the relationship between reader
>and author, meanwhile, pervades sentimental fiction of the past and
>present. So, papers that connect the late 20th century radical
>movement with its moral and literary ancestors are welcome.
>Deadline: September 15, 2007
>Please email abstracts to [log in to unmask] and include with your abstract:
>Name and Affiliation
>A/V requirements (if any)
>The complete Call for Papers for the 2008 NeMLA Convention will be
>posted in June: www.nemla.org.
>Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA
>panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention
>participants may present at a paper session panel and also present at
>a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
>UB Gender Institute
>216 Harriman Hall
>UB South Campus
>3435 Main Street
>Buffalo, NY 14214
>Ph. D. student
>Department of English
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