CFP: Women in the Archives (3/1/08; MLA ’08)

by Jessica C. Murphy

The Brown University Women Writers Project seeks paper proposals for a special session entitled “Women in the Archive” at the 2008 MLA convention to be held in San Francisco on December 27-31, 2008. As part of our 20th anniversary the WWP is sponsoring a variety of discussions on the use of archival materials and their role in the study of women’s writing and culture. For this panel, we are seeking papers that focus on the historiography of the archive: how the status of archival materials and methods has changed over time, how the study of early modern women has emerged from and been shaped by specific archival contexts, and how the bibliographic nature of archival materials has affected their representation (through various kinds of editions, facsimiles, digital reproductions, and so forth) and scholarly consumption.

Please send an abstract of up to 300 words and a one page c.v. to by March 1, 2008.