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Call for Papers: Sylvia Plath and Disabled Women's Life-Writing as a Tool of Resistance (NeMLA)

Boston, MA
Organization: NeMLA
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, 20th & 21st Century
Event Date: 2020-03-05 to 2020-03-08 Abstract Due: 2019-09-30

At the end of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, the speaker calls for a disabled feminist future, as she has “a self to recover, a queen.” Largely ignored by disability studies scholars, this panel will explore how Sylvia Plath’s works call for a reclaiming of disabled women’s voices and community. From The Bell Jar to Ariel, Plath’s writing has enabled a canon of literary works that describe the workings of patriarchal institutions, such as the asylum, and how these institutions affect disabled women’s bodies. Through writing, Plath has created a space where disabled women are able to own and control their voices and stories, which can be seen in the production of disabled women’s life-writing such as Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted and Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind. This panel seeks presentations that explore the nature of disabled women’s writing and how Plath has enabled a disabled feminist future through her works.



Maria Rovito