Regional Study Groups: Southern California SSAWW Sessions at PAMLA

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
112th Annual Conference – Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 – Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sessions Sponsored by the Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm

4-01 – A Discussion of Elizabeth Keckley’s Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House and SCSSAWW Annual Meeting

Friday, October 31, 2014 – 3:45pm to 5:15pm (Marriott Salon I)

Session Chair: Lina Geriguis, Chapman University

The Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers will offer a moderated discussion on Elizabeth Keckley’s Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House (1868). We will discuss the use of this text in graduate and undergraduate courses. We welcome all who are interested. Many attendees will wish to read Keckley’s account (ideally the Penguin edition) in preparation for the discussion. A brief membership meeting will follow the discussion (approx. 15 minutes). (more…)

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities (Tulane University)

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities

The English Department of the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University invites applications for a one-year position (possibly renewable for a second year) as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, beginning July 1, 2015, for the academic year 2015-2016. Candidates must have received the PhD by June 30, 2015 and not before September 1, 2012. They must show remarkable promise as researchers and teachers. Fellows will devote much of their time to strengthening their research profiles. The remainder of their time will be spent teaching one course per semester. Fellows will teach mid-and upper-level courses in their field of expertise, and these courses will be cross-listed with one or more of eighteen Tulane interdisciplinary programs. Fellows must be in residence at Tulane during the tenure of their fellowship. Preference may be given to applicants who intend to make use of Tulane’s and New Orleans’ rich cultural and archival resources, such as the Amistad Research Center, The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, the Hogan Jazz Archive, the Newcomb Center for Research on Women, the Southeastern Architectural Archive, the Latin American Library, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, and the archives of the New Orleans Public Library. The stipend is $45,900 per year, with some funding also available for research and travel. (more…)

New Books: Over the River and Through the Wood: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Poetry

woodsOver the River and Through the Wood: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Poetry
 edited by Karen L. Kilcup and Angela Sorby

Over the River and Through the Wood is the first and only collection of its kind, offering readers an unequaled view of the quality and diversity of nineteenth-century American children’s poetry. Most American poets wrote for children—from famous names such as Ralph Waldo Emerson to less familiar figures like Christina Moody, an African American author who published her first book at sixteen. In its excellence, relevance, and abundance, much of this work rivals or surpasses poetry written for adults, yet it has languished—inaccessible and unread—in old periodicals, gift books, and primers. This groundbreaking anthology remedies that loss, presenting material that is both critical to the tradition of American poetry and also a delight to read.

Complemented by period illustrations, this definitive collection includes work by poets from all geographical regions, as well as rarely seen poems by immigrant and ethnic writers and by children themselves. Karen L. Kilcup and Angela Sorby have combed the archives to present an extensive selection of rediscoveries along with traditional favorites. By turns playful, contemplative, humorous, and subversive, these poems appeal to modern sensibilities while giving scholars a revised picture of the nineteenth-century literary landscape

CFP: Dickinson Institute (Deadline 1.15.15)

Call for Papers: Dickinson Institute

On Friday, August 7, 2015, the Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor a critical institute in conjunction with its Annual Meeting. The Institute provides an opportunity for participants to workshop critical essays and conference papers with established Dickinson scholars.  The topic for this year¹s meeting is “Dickinson in her Elements.” Applicants working on Dickinson¹s writings in relation to the physical sciences (botany, geology, astronomy, etc.), agriculture, natural and built environments, etc. are encouraged to apply, submissions on all topics will be considered. We welcome applications from graduate students, adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and tenure-track/tenured professors. Please submit a short cv and an abstract (300-350 words) to Eliza Richards ( and Alexandra Socarides ( by January 15, 2015. Applicants will be notified by email in February; selected participants will be asked to circulate conference-length (8-10 page) papers to their workshop group by June 15th.

CFP: Transatlantic Studies Association 14th Annual Conference (Deadline 12.1.14)

Transatlantic Studies Association 14th Annual Conference
Roosevelt Study Center  Middelburg, The Netherlands
6 – 8 July 2015

Keynote Lectures:

Jessica Gienow-Hecht (Free University, Berlin)
Inderjeet Parmar (City University, London)

Plenary Roundtable: The Transatlantic Paradigm Reconsidered  (more…)

New Books: Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism, Edited by Jana Argersinger and Phyllis Cole

9780820343396Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism
Edited by Jana Argersinger and Phyllis Cole

University of Georgia Press

The first large-scale, collaborative study of women’s voices and their vital role in the American transcendentalist movement.

Traditional histories of the American transcendentalist movement begin in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s terms: describing a rejection of college books and church pulpits in favor of the individual power of “Man Thinking.” This essay collection asks how women who lacked the privileges of both college and clergy rose to thought. For them, reading alone and conversing together were the primary means of growth, necessarily in private and informal spaces both overlapping with those of the men and apart from them. But these were means to achieving literary, aesthetic, and political authority—indeed, to claiming utopian possibility for women as a whole.

Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism is a project of both archaeology and reinterpretation. Many of its seventeen distinguished and rising scholars work from newly recovered archives, and all offer fresh readings of understudied topics and texts. First quickened by the 2010 bicentennial of Margaret Fuller’s birth, the project reaches beyond Fuller to her female predecessors, contemporaries, and successors throughout the nineteenth century who contributed to or grew from the transcendentalist movement.

Assistant Professor (Providence College)

The Department of English at Providence College invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track, with a specialty within the fields of Latina/o, Caribbean American, Asian American, and/or Native American literatures.

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