Intimate Politics in Anglophone Women’s Writing
(University of Paris-Nanterre, 23-24 September 2022)
An international conference organized by FAAAM (CREA, EA 370)
In nineteenth-century romantic literature, especially poetry and personal writings, the notion of intimacy was understood as springing from the depths of an individual, untainted by cultural forces (hence closer to nature). Yet, as a number of studies have shown—most notably Foucault—intimate relationships are the product of social power structures deriving from a patriarchal gender hierarchy and reinforced by class and ethnic divides. The second-wave feminist slogan, “the personal is political,” coined by Carol Hanisch in 1969, drew our attention to the fact that aspects of women’s lives—housework, sex, familial relationships, etc. —were shaped by broader forces. We therefore invite scholars to examine “the personal is political” in all forms of women’s writings in English.
Deadline for submissions: February 28th, 2022
Notification of acceptance: March 31st, 2022
Details of the call in attached file