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Saturday, 08 January

658. Florence Howe and Feminist Studies: A Creative Conversation

10:15–11:30 a.m., 411, LA Convention Center

Presiding: Gloria Jacobs, Feminist Press

Speakers: Florence Howe, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Rosemary G. Feal, MLA

Florence Howe has been an important activist for women’s studies, both as a leader at the MLA and as the founder and publisher of the Feminist Press, which is forty years old in 2010. Her goals have been to publish literary works that have been left out of the literary canon and academic curricula, to increase women’s presence in major academic organizations like the MLA, and to publish information about women’s presence in the academic environment. We will explore the goals of feminist publishing in 1970 and today: What, if anything, has changed? Why do we need feminist publications?

This session has been moved from 7:00–8:15 p.m. to 10:15–11:30 a.m. Gloria Steinem, previously listed as a speaker, will not be participating in this panel.

Author Comment
Subject: Carry the torch
carry on, great women of this session. I purchased the Femmes Fatales Women Write Pulp series from Feminist Press last year and have enjoyed reading the volumes, especially the literate commentaries included in the works. I won't be at MLA on Jan 8th, only the 7th, but I applaud your great work and wish you a successful seminar.
Subject: Carry the torch
carry on, great women of this session. I purchased the Femmes Fatales Women Write Pulp series from Feminist Press last year and have much enjoyed reading the volumes, especially the literate commentaries included in the works. I won't be at MLA on Jan 8th, only the 7th, but I applaud your great work and wish you a successful seminar.
Subject: Turns out I was there
Turns out I did stay until the 8th, in part to be at this session, which I was glad to see was moved from 7 p.m. to 10:15 a.m. Perhaps not a good move for some, but enabled me to attend it. Wonderful session celebrating the life and work of Florence Howe as well as moving many of us in the audience to gratitude for those who came before us in pioneering visibility for women in academia, publishing, and the MLA.

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