Room of One's Own: Writing Interiors (Panel)

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2017 to September 30, 2017
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Historic Preservation, Literature, Women's & Gender History / Studies

This session at the 49th NeMLA Annual Convention (April 12-15, 2018) in Pittsburgh,will examine literary interiors in the basic sense: home design, architecture, furniture, the bedroom, or other rooms. Presentations from a variety of cultural and linguistic traditions are welcome. We seek to look at writers' interiors metaphorically, in order to experience what is happening within the writer and their protagonists' minds and bodies in the context of their spaces. Explorations of work and/or idleness are especially welcome, as homes are often the places where servants, slaves, masters, and mistresses come into contact with one another. Abstracts discussing home economics, sanitation, contamination, and hygiene will also gladly be received. 


Works that fit the bill:

The Awakening, The Age of Innocence, A la Recherche du temps perdu, The Castle, The Strange High House in the Mist, A Rebours, The Help, The Haunting of Hill House, and almost anything gothic. . .

Contact Info: 

Robin Anita White

Nicholls State University


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