15/09/2020 – call for papers for the Constance Fenimore Woolson Conference.

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What, when & where

Call for papers for the Constance Fenimore Woolson Conference. Woolson Fest will be held March 11-13, 2021 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. Please feel free to circulate the attached CFP to interested folks, and let us know if you have questions.

Scholarship on the work and life of Constance Fenimore Woolson is growing, thanks, in part, to a new generation of creatives, which includes scholars, teachers, artists, musicians, and others. Interdisiplinarity is the watchword of the day.

For our biennial conference, to be held in the booming creative locale of middle Tennessee, the conference organizing committee encourages presenters to consider Woolson in the broadest of terms: her relationships to other writers, the spaces she inhabited (both real and imaginary), and the technology we now use to learn more about her and her work.

We’re imagining Woolson as the subject of an arts festival, where all manner of celebrants have gathered to enjoy writing, art, music, and each other’s perspectives. We welcome papers, presentations, film, digital humanities adventures, etc., starring Woolson and/or her contemporaries; her influences and those she has influenced; and the spaces she inhabited and continues to inhabit.

Deadline & how to apply

Papers and/or proposals of 250-500 words are due to conference organizers Mischa Renfroe (Mischa.renfroe@mtsu.edu) and Cheryl Torsney (cheryl.torsney@mtsu.edu) by September 15, 2020.

Other info, Links & conditions

Dr. Anne Boyd Rioux, Professor of English at the University of New Orleans, will give the keynote. Dr. Rioux’s recent work, including her online Bluestocking Bulletin and her books Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist (Norton 2016) and Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters (Norton 2018), has earned her a devoted following.


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