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Call for Papers: Gloria Naylor in the Archives Symposium - November 5 and 6, 2021

Deadline Extended for submission to July 20, 2021 

To Submit: go.lehigh.edu/naylor

The Gloria Naylor Archive invites paper and panel proposals for a symposium on Gloria Naylor’s public and private writing and on Black feminist archival methodologies more broadly. 
 
From her award-winning The Women of Brewster Place (1982) to her fictionalized memoir 1996 (2005), Gloria Naylor’s literary production spanned more than two decades. In her nuanced portrayals of the survival strategies through which Black women build and sustain community and her attentiveness to racism, sexism, homophobia, and capitalism as forms of structural violence, Gloria Naylor has long been recognized as one of the most important U.S. writers of the late 20th century. Naylor’s collected papers—donated to Sacred Heart University in 2009 and recently made more accessible through a partnership with Lehigh University—offer a fresh perspective on her published and unpublished work. 
 
The symposium seeks proposals that explore new directions in Naylor scholarship and/or explore how recently accessible archival materials open up new avenues for understanding Naylor’s published work and unpublished plays, screenplays, correspondence. 
 
The aim of the symposium is to create a dynamic space for scholars to share work in progress and to learn more about Naylor’s collected papers. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Read more...