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

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The Subversive in the American Sentimental Novel I (Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers)

Session Chair: 
Denise MacNeil, University of Redlands
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
RCC Raincross D


  1. Amy Howard Green, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    My reading of Charlotte Temple examines the ways in which Charlotte’s actions and choices subvert the voiced submissiveness of her spoken words.  In juxtaposing the boundaries of acceptable, moral behavior against the reader’s vicarious pleasure of imagining acting on one’s desires, Charlotte Temple models a female protagonist who is able to start to develop a capacity for agency. 
  2. Thomas Koenigs, Yale University
    This paper uses Catherine Maria Sedgwick's A New England Tale (1822) to explore the relationship between fictionality and normativity in the sentimental novel in the early nineteenth century.
  3. April Davidauskis, University of Southern California
    Focusing on Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Hope Leslie, this paper problematizes resistant femininities written by mostly white authors, to show how subversive white femininities—what some may see as “feminist” characteristics—are often made out of the same material as the discourses of imperialism and settler colonialism.
Session Cancelled: