116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Women and Work in Literature I

Session Chair: 
Christine Mower, Seattle University
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 156


  1. Ieva Padgett, Emory University
    The paper examines the portrayal of garden work, performed by the wives of tobacco tenant farmers in two novels of the 1920s.  In contrast to agricultural labor, such labor is undervalued and relatively invisible, yet its invisibility furnishes unique opportunities to the female gardeners.
  2. Sam Chesters, University of Houston
    The American Dream plays a pivotal role in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. However, while the male characters access the dream through professional labor, the female characters are only permitted or denied access through the “beauty work” necessary to adhere to the hegemonic patriarchal beauty ideal.
Session Cancelled: