112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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American Literature before 1865 I

Session Chair: 
Martin W Kevorkian, University of Texas, Austin
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
Marriott Salon I


  1. Stephanie Harper, California State University, Northridge
    My paper analyzes Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative as both a precursor to and major influence upon heteronormativity in American society. 
  2. Ali Almajnooni, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    This paper reads  Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote and Tabitha Tenney's Female Quixotism as metafiction. It delineates the metafictional characteristics of the novels and shows how they denounce the themes and conventions of sentimental.  It explores how they highlight liminal tensions between disputing notions and use those tensions to contribute to the feminist discourse of their time. 
  3. Leila Sakhai, Claremont Graduate University
    Southworth’s The Hidden Hand subverts established nineteenth-century ideals of femininity through its use of the tomboy figure. It is through this tomboyism that Capitola can embody a liminal space wherein she can exploit the performative aspects of gender. Rather than merely occupy a completely masculine identity, Southworth's brand of tomboyism is fluid and changeable, allowing her to access and “perform” either gender depending on the circumstances of the plot. 
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