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

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Women in Literature II

Session Chair: 
Christine Duverge, University of California, Riverside
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
RCC Raincross E
Topic Area: 


  1. Allison Graves, Washington State University
    "An Economic Inscription: Altered Humanity in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland" analyzes Gilman’s theory of the evolved woman in her utopian novel. Through the lens of Gilman’s economic writings and Judith Butler’s theory on performativity, the essay illustrates how Herlanders represent a new inscribed gender for women, despite the attempts by the male characters to subvert Herlander authority.
  2. Mary Irene Morrison, Pierce College
    This paper looks at Sylvia Plath's "The Fifteen Dollar Eagle," excerpts from her journals, and contemporary Plath tattoos, in order to examine tattooing as a form of feminist resistance that is stigmatized in similar ways to feminism in general and Plath's writing in particular. 
  3. Stephanie Gibbons, University of Washington - Seattle
    I argue that in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Plath blurs the lines between herself as the distanced and disassociated author function of the novel, and the character of Esther Greenwood. The moments in which the author function is collapsed, Esther is granted an awareness of her own performativity.
  4. Brittany Roberts, "University of California, Riverside"
    This paper examines Pamela Zoline’s “The Heat Death of the Universe,” exploring the concurrent discourses of chaos and order that underlie the splintered psychological landscape of Sarah Boyle. Through Sarah’s struggle to conform to the idealized image of the mid-century American housewife, Zoline exposes the limitations of Cold War domestic ideology.
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