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

Women and Work in Literature II

Session Chair: 
Susanne Weil, Centralia College, Washington
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Miller Hall 156


  1. Hee Eun Helen Lee, University of Washington - Seattle
    Barrett Browning’s aesthetics of silence in Aurora Leigh sheds light on women’s professional work. During the period when women were to remain silent in key matters, Barrett Browning transfigures the designated womanly work of silence into poetics. A woman’s sounding silence plays “toneless ditties” of truth and beauty but also immutability.
  2. Abigail Woodward, Simmons College
    This paper will examine the ways in which Michelle Tea’s YA Chelsea Creek series constructs a dichotomous relationship between the world-saving work of destiny and work for economic gain. This research will engage with both children’s and women’s literary criticisms to explore the work and labor of these texts’ women and girls to reveal the gendered implications of establishing and upholding such a divide.
  3. Mary-Antoinette Smith, Seattle University
    Following my NEH Summer Institute 2018 on Women’s Suffrage in the Americas, this paper will (1) redress a troubling lacuna wherein the suffrage work of women of color has been undervalued, underrepresented, and historically hidden, while white women have gained prominence and notoriety for their enfranchisement efforts; (2) probe the absence and promote the presence of dialogic approaches to women’s suffrage across time; and (3) establish working models for collaborative women’s bridge-building across transnational networks.
Session Cancelled: