113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Women in Literature I

Session Chair: 
Stephanie Gibbons, University of Washington - Seattle
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Skyline IV (PH-ET)
Topic Area: 


  1. Srijani Ghosh, University of California, Berkeley
    This paper shall examine the New Woman ethic in Lady Audley’s Secret, Gone with the Wind, and The Custom of the Country and the punishment of the female protagonists for expressing their anachronistic sense of female individuality in an anti-feminist society. Lucy is declared insane, Scarlett loses Rhett, and Undine is left feeling dissatisfied because she is aware that she had still not been able to reach the social capital that she craves.
  2. Dino Kladouris, University of Washington - Seattle
    I argue that in Lady Audley’s Secret, the titular character’s alleged madness stems from two two deep-seated gendered mental disorders she has inherited from her mother, specifically the emotional trauma of maternal abandonment and the physical/mental ordeals of postpartum depression. Because contemporary medical discourses had not yet codified these disorders, Lady Audley must perform as hysterical.
  3. Katie Frye, Pepperdine University
    "'Just a shape to fill a lack': William Faulkner's Addie Bundren and the [De]Face[ment] of White Trash Motherhood" looks at the text's deployment of the grotesque, placing it in a larger historical conversation about race suicide, sex education, and the arrested development of the Jim Crow South. 
  4. Heather L. Ramos, Washington State University
    The 1985 film adaptation of The Color Purple is an example of how erotic lesbian relationships are downplayed in popular media. This paper will argue that the film offers few of the erotic connotations that permeate the novel in favor of a PG-13 rating, including the absence of Walker’s connection of religion to eroticism.
Session Cancelled: