CfP: Women Writers and Social/Political Activism (abstract deadline 1 Aug 2020)

Women Writers and Social/Political Activism
A special issue of Women: A Cultural Review

Call for Abstracts
Guest Editors: Lise Shapiro Sanders and Carey Snyder
Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2020

The early twentieth century abounded with movements that reshaped women’s lives—including those for women’s suffrage, peace, birth control, and better working conditions, among others. Women writers addressed these issues not only in socially and politically engaged journalism, but also in feminist manifestoes, poetry, fiction, and drama. This special issue explores the relationship between women’s writing and social and political activism, from the 1890s to the 1940s. The collection will be comprised of a series of case studies, with a focus on non-canonical and ephemeral archival materials. In framing this focus, we are particularly interested in genres and forms of writing that are on the periphery of, if not totally excluded from, the purview of literary studies. Responding to recent calls for more scholarship on women writers in the period, this collection seeks to recover the place of social and political activism in shaping women writers’ relationships to modernity. With close attention to genre and literary form, our collection foregrounds neglected archival material by activist women, thus enriching our understanding of women’s contributions to early twentieth-century literary and cultural history.

Prospective contributors are invited to submit a 500-word abstract and a brief bio to Lise Shapiro Sanders (lsanders@hampshire.edu) and Carey Snyder (snyderc3@ohio.edu) by August 1, 2020. Selected contributors will be invited to submit full articles by May 1, 2021. Acceptance and publication in the special issue will be subject to review by the journals’ editors and external peer reviewers.