Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference in Bordeaux, France, July 5-8
SSAWW with the Université Bordeaux Montaigne presented “Border Crossings: Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific,” the first SSAWW conference in Europe. The conference addressed the significance of “border crossing[s]” in the lives and works of American women writers, be they expressed in travel writing, fiction or poetry. Such experiences have always been important to American women. The conference theme invited participants to explore the broad spectrum of possibilities generated by such cross-cultural interactions, as well as the challenge consequently posed to literary canons. How has this experience affected women writers’ worldview and conception of language? To what extent do their modes of exploration differ from those of their male counterparts? How important were such contacts in allowing women writers to develop a consciousness of otherness and/or forge a community of feeling and experience transcending national and/or cultural barriers?
PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut Abigail Fagan presented her paper “The Radical Margaret Fuller” on the “19th Century Women Crossing Borders between Literature, Science, Politics and Welfare Issues” panel.