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>From: "Emily Smith" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Women and the Everyday Realities of War (11/1/07; collection)
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>Women and the everyday realities of war
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>Call for contributions
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>Essay collection
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>Whether living through the British Civil War in the seventeenth 
>century or the American Civil War in the nineteenth century or 
>today's conflicts in the Middle East, women writers have 
>historically chronicled their responses to war in ways that merge 
>politics and domesticity.  Despite vast differences in time and 
>place, works like Jane Cavendish's manuscript writing (ca. 1640) 
>shares with Hanan al-Shaykh's more recent evocations of war-torn 
>Beirut a sense that women's acts of everyday resistance--making 
>bread even when food supplies have been raided, for example--impact 
>the way war works, on metaphoric, physical, political, and 
>ideological levels. 
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>For this proposed collection, I am soliciting essays that address 
>the ways in which women confront the everyday realities of war in 
>various mediums and from a range of historical and cultural 
>perspectives.  Studies that take into account graphic arts like 
>Persepolis and other visual media as well as extra-literary text 
>forms like receipt books, account books, women's magazines, and 
>performing arts are welcome, as are studies that look at more 
>traditional or canonical literary modes.  
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>Essays should contextualize the works examined in order to provide a 
>clear sense of what material and cultural details informed the 
>output of the women analyzed.  A primary goal of the collection is 
>to suggest how women negotiate national and political debates 
>(obliquely and directly) through representations of household order 
>and disorder.  Essays might approach this question by exploring 
>female education, cross-cultural exchange, publication/other forms 
>of entry into the marketplace, and generic experimentation, although 
>other avenues of critical inquiry are encouraged as well. 
>
>Please direct all queries to Emily Smith, [log in to unmask]
>
>Abstracts must be received by November 1, 2006.  Accepted essays 
>should be completed by April 1, 2007.  Completed essays should be 
>prepared according to the Chicago manual of style, and should not 
>exceed 35 double-spaced pages including notes.

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