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

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Women and Work

Session Chair: 
Christine Mower, Seattle University
Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm
Marriott Salon II
Topic Area: 


  1. Samantha N. Snively, University of California, Davis
    Margaret Cavendish’s “kitchen fancies” in Poems and Fancies deploy domestic conceits and recipe formats, combining elements of recipe books, conduct manuals, and scientific treatises to acknowledge women’s work as a form of scientific investigation. The poems highlight networks of knowledge and textual production that formed around Renaissance women’s recipe-book exchanges.
  2. Bethany Qualls, "University of California, Davis"
    Abstract: In nineteenth-century England and America women are not the authors of virtue, but rather its duplicators and reproducers for the middle class. Looking at nineteenth-century mysteries such as E.D.E.N. Southworth's The Hidden Hand (1859), I show how women who turn production of virtue into a process of agency undercut its fetishization.
  3. Meghan Wadle, Southern Methodist University
    While an antebellum public worried that a factory woman’s dependent wage labor threatened her sexual identity, it often submerged similar associations when it discussed the female slave. This essay examines the troubling ideological connections between labor, dependency, and gender through Jacobs’s Incidents and female industrial laborers’ writings.
  4. Kate Marantz, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    This paper considers Hurston’s representations of her protagonist Janie’s body through the multi-valenced lens of “work,” pointing at once to Janie’s bodily movements and positions as enactments of her labors as an African American woman in the South of the Great Depression, and to the important cultural and political work that Hurston herself accomplishes in these depictions. 
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