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

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Women in Literature I

Session Chair: 
Beatrice Ganim, Mt. San Jacinto College
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
RCC Raincross E
Topic Area: 


  1. Ashina Sipiora, Washington State University
    Becoming a supernatural woman enables the femme fatale to reject societal norms and hierarchies. This is what Lucy Audley does, in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s novel Lady Audley’s Secrets. Lucy is sometimes referred to as an “angry mermaid” by critics like Pamela Gilbert, but Phoebe Marks, her ostensibly dutiful lady maid, is ignored. In my paper, I discuss Phoebe’s progression, attempt and failure at becoming the destructive fatal woman that she envies, unable as she is to fully dehumaize herself.
  2. Mary Powell, Claremont Graduate University
    In her popular “sensation” novel East Lynne, Ellen Wood enlists Biblical language to highlight the materialism and thus the egregious nature of the fallen Afy’s sins in contrast to the more virtuous and sympathetic though fallen Lady Isabel.  However, in locating Afy’s fallenness in her materialism, Wood exposes her own interests in material culture to similar interpretations thus entangling herself in, rather than distinguishing herself from her fallen women’s sins.
  3. Lauren Applegate, San Diego State University
    This paper analyzes Marta Robles’ novel Luisa y los espejos (2013), which uses ghosts, memory, and the concept of the palimpsest as narrative devices to criticize modern Spanish gender roles in a purportedly postfeminist society. Nevertheless I argue that the text contains problematic elements of gender essentialism and neglects class differences in the access to freedom to create onself.
  4. Pamela Grieman, Los Angeles City College
    This paper investigates the ways in which narrative limits the representation of female political violence in realist novels. It argues that Todorov’s concept of verisimilitude functions as a universalizing force in realist literature, reframing the actions of radical women within normative gendered conventions, rendering female political violence unnarratable.
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