44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Host Institution: Tufts University
The Second World War lasted six years, crossed continents, and resulted in the death of approximately fifty million people. Women served in the air force and armed services, and took part in an unprecedented level of war efforts that included everything from making bandages to building airplanes. Modern technology, particularly its production by civilian populations, resulted in the ‘paradox of modern warfare’, or the blurring of the categories of civilian and combatant that resulted in entire societies being viewed as legitimate targets (Overy 2006: 45). Women’s Second World War writing, which often depicts war not in terms of glory, validation, or necessity, but as the destruction of women’s lives and communities, thwarted post-war nationalist agendas of returning society to the mythical status quo of nuclear families, men as protectors and providers, and women as mothers flourishing in the domestic sphere. While men’s war writing was a socially legitimized form of discourse, Margaret Higgonet explains that women writing about war were viewed as ‘trespassers’ that transgressed ‘many taboos’ and their accounts of the war were criticized and/or suppressed (1993: 206). In recent decades, women’s war writing has received renewed attention, yet much work is yet to be done in this area.
This transnational panel will examine women’s experiences and representations of the Second World War as recorded in various genres including fiction, drama, journalism, diary, letters, and autobiography. Papers addressing the destruction of women’s lives and communities in the domestic sphere will be given preference. Texts originally written in any language are welcome, but papers are to be presented in English. 500 word abstract/CV to Ravenel Richardson: [email protected]> with the subject line NEMLA 2013.
Deadline: September 30, 2012
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)
The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html
Ravenel Richardson, PhD
School of English
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
P.O. Box 106, White Hall, VA 22987