Call for Proposals

Kate Chopin Panel at ALA 2021

By the Editors of

The Kate Chopin International Society seeks proposals for a panel at the 2021 American Literature Association conference in Boston in May 2021.

The society welcomes proposals relating to any aspect of Kate Chopin’s life or work. Proposals for presentations no longer than 20 minutes should include a title, your name and affiliation, and a 200- to 400-word abstract.

Send proposals for the panel on or before January 15, 2021, to both David Z. Wehner (Mount St. Mary’s University) and Kate O’Donoghue (SUNY Suffolk County Community College).


In addition to the panel, the society will offer in Boston a roundtable that had been scheduled for the canceled 2020 ALA conference in San Diego in May 2020.

Scholarly and Pedagogical Approaches to Kate Chopin

Moderated by Kate O’Donoghue, SUNY Suffolk County Community College

David Z. Wehner, Mount St. Mary’s University, “From Bayou to Vocation: Chopin’s Consistent Cosmology”

Haein Park, Biola University, “Secularity and Ironic Mourning in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

Jolene Hubbs, University of Alabama, “Teaching Chopin’s Local Color in Context”

Linda Crenshaw, Austin Peay State University, “A Philosophical Approach to Teaching Kate Chopin’s ‘The Storm’”

Britt Wilson, Salisbury University, and Chelsea Fabian, Delaware Technical Community College, “‘Never again to belong to another than herself:’ Using The Awakening to Redefine Feminism and Illustrate Feminist Theory in Literature Classrooms”