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Updated SSAWW Member Directory

VP for Membership Heidi Hanrahan has sent the new Membership Directory, which is posted here:


Call for Papers: Centennial Study of My Ántonia, 2-page proposals due 1 February 2015

Call for Papers: Centennial Study of My Ántonia, 2-page proposals due 1 February 2015

Proposals are sought for a collection that will offer readers an in-depth study of the 100-year life and legacy of My Ántonia, in the context of up-to-date research. The collection intends to situate My Ántonia in its original sociocultural and literary context; explore the core themes and perspectives in the novel; and mark its legacy in a variety of ways. It aims to convey the full complexity of the novel and its issues by drawing upon historical and contemporary frameworks of understanding. The following list of topics is suggestive but not prescriptive. Please submit a proposal of at least two pages that both explains the topic/approach and lists the major scenes to be analyzed, so appropriate range and avoidance of repetition can be balanced in the volume. Final essays (length to be determined) will be due March 2016. (more…)

CFP: HERA 2015 Conference

Beyond the Binary

(See HERA’s website for an expanded description.)


In keeping with HERA’s mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2015 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Education, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic. (more…)

CFP: Girl Talk: The Influence of Girls’ Series Fiction on American Popular Culture (Essay Collection; Deadline for abstracts 10.5.14)

CFP: Girl Talk: The Influence of Girls’ Series Fiction on American Popular Culture

Since the mid nineteenth century, American girls have had books written especially for them, often featuring the same characters who begin to feel like their friends, enemies, and overall substitute social cliques. From the perfect, golden-haired Christian in Martha Finley’s nineteenth-century Elsie Dinsmore series to the imperfect high school beauties in Sara Shepard’s recent Pretty Little Liars series, the young female heroines in American series fiction have undergone dramatic changes in the past 150 years, changes which have both reflected and modeled standards of behavior for America’s tweens and teen girls. For generations, series books have helped define what it means to be an “All American Girl.” Through the use of stock characters and plotlines in these series, girls come to perceive and even enact their own experiences based on the beloved heroines and perhaps even more hated antagonists that appear in them. Critic Peter Stonely has suggested that girls’ series books present a sort of call to action to their readers—an urgent sense that girls must conform to the standards that series fiction sets out for them. He attests that these “narratives incite a strong motivation in the girl-reader: She had better make sure that she belongs” within the conventions of the fictional worlds she is reading, (more…)

CFP: The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World (ALA; Deadline 1.15.15)

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for an open topic session at the American Literature Association’s 26th Annual Conference.  The conference will be held in May, 2015 at the Copley Westin in Boston, MA.  For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at http://www.americanliterature.org.

We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Davis’s work and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts.

Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters.

Presenters must be members of the Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World.  For information about joining the society, please visit our website athttp://scotus.francis.edu/rebeccahardingdavis/

Deadline: January 15, 2015 (more…)

SSAWW 2015 Panel CFP: Rebecca Harding Davis and her World (Deadline 1.15.15)

SSAWW 2015

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and her World will organize a session at the triennial meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers to be in held November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia.

In keeping with the conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” we are particularly interested in papers that explore issues of liminality and hybridity in the work of Davis and her contemporaries. The SSAWW CFP suggests a range of topics including: Alienation and/or disillusionment as states of in-betweeness; Borders and peripheries; Boundaries between/within the built environment and/or the natural environment; Child, adult and blurring boundaries; In between public and private or the semi-private, the semi-public; Historical constructions of space, place, home; Liminal spaces in the home; Immigration and/or citizenship; Inside and outside—the academy, the canon, etc.; The mainstream and/or the subversive; The margin and/or the center; Obscurity and celebrity; Pressures of normalization; Transatlantic; and Transgressions. See http://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/2015-conference/ssaww-2015-call-for-papers-deadline-2-13-15/ for more information. We are especially interested in papers that explore Davis’s lesser-known work. (more…)

SSAWW 2015 Panel CFP: Doing Recovery in the 21st Century: A Legacy Features Panel (Deadline 11.15.14)

Doing Recovery in the 21st Century: A Legacy Features Panel (Deadline 11.15.14)

An SSAWW 2015 Conference Guaranteed Panel

This panel honors the role of Legacy Features—including Profiles, Reprints, and From the Archives—as a key venue for publishing recovery projects on American women writers.

What does recovery look like in the 21st century, when many of the traditional routes for publicizing recovery research are no longer readily available? Why do academics remain committed to recovery, particularly for the study of American women writers? What innovative strategies are necessary to make recovery academically relevant and professionally valued? What obstacles remain? How have previous recovery efforts shaped our approach to American women’s writing today?

Some potential topics include:

  • Biography as recovery
  • Teaching recovery methods
  • Teaching recovered materials
  • Recovery in the digital age
  • The limits of recovery
  • The politics of recovery
  • Failed recovery and its lessons
  • Collaborative recovery
  • Recovery and the profession
  • The legacy of early recovery research

Preference will be given to papers that present specific recovery projects as case studies, in addition to addressing larger critical questions about recovery scholarship and methods.

Please submit a short abstract (250-300 words) and biography (60 words) to Desirée Henderson at dhenderson@uta.edu by November 15, 2014.

This Legacy-sponsored panel is guaranteed to appear on the conference program.  Presentations may be considered for publication as Legacy Features.


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