Women and Early American Studies: A Roundtable


Panel organizer:  Theresa Strouth Gaul, Texas Christian University  t.gaul@tcu.edu


Panel sponsored by the journal Legacy


Legacy’s recent special issue “Women and Early America,” guest edited by Tamara Harvey, demonstrated the rich diversity of approaches that generate new understandings of women’s cultural production in the Americas.  This Legacy-sponsored roundtable seeks to extend that inquiry by addressing the status of the study of women and gender in Early American Studies.  To what extent have women and gender been incorporated into the field’s dominant paradigms?  To what extent do they continue to be excluded, marginalized, or subordinated?  What impedes the study of women and gender during the early periods, or what demonstrates its necessity?  What insights, methodologies, or theoretical frameworks emerging from the study of early women and gender have the potential to revise, reshape, or sharpen the paradigms constructing our understandings of the broader field?  What are the challenges of extending the study of “women’s writing” outward into broader forms of cultural production, non-alphabetic literacies, languages other than English, and regions outside of New England? Does attention to women and gender in the Americas before 1820 have the potential to indicate new directions in the study of women’s writing more generally?


Please send 250-word abstracts to Theresa Strouth Gaul at t.gaul@tcu.edu by Friday, September 7, 2012.