Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2017
Full name/name of organization: American Literature Assoc./Shirley Jackson Society
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Shirley Jackson wrote about about haunted houses, dysfunctional families, wayward children, attempts at maintaining a sane work-life balance, as well as restricted, doomed women in a period when Americans were constantly reminded of their civic duties to manage and maintain clean, comfortable, ‘normal’ domestic spaces. But as evidenced by letters from her fans, Shirley Jackson’s approach to domesticity opened up the possibility for something different, something more for women who felt trapped by their home lives.

This panel seeks work that addresses any aspect of Jackson’s domesticity in her fiction or nonfiction for the May 2018 ALA Conference in San Francisco.

Please email a 350-word abstract and short bio with the subject line “ALA Jackson Panel” to Dr. Jill E. Anderson at by December 31, 2017.