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CFP from SSAWW: Domestic (Horror) Stories: Women Writers of the American Cold War Period (MLA; Deadline 3.22.14)
Domestic (Horror) Stories: Women Writers of the American Cold War Period
Special Session proposed by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers for MLA in January 2015. The Cold War period in America is typically remembered as a time in which women were returned to the domestic sphere en masse. This panel solicits proposals for work on women writing during the Cold War (roughly 1945- early 70s) about the horrors, limits, and anxieties of domestic and family life. Some writers to consider: Sylvia Plath, Shirley Jackson, Jean Kerr, Patricia Highsmith, Flannery O’Connor, May Sarton, Diane di Prima, Alix Kates Shulman, Grace Paley, Tillie Olsen.
Please send a 300 word abstract and brief bio to Jill E. Anderson at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> by March 22.
Emily Dickinson Panels at MLA 2015
1. Sounding Dickinson
We seek papers on Dickinson’s engagements with contemporary soundscapes; her meditations on sound; and the sonic properties of her writings. Possible topics include voices, noise, song, hearing, listening, rhyme, rhythm, etc. Please send 300-word abstracts by March 15th to Eliza Richards (email@example.com).
2. New Work on Dickinson: Flash Talks.
We invite abstracts from anyone breaking new ground in Dickinson studies for 4-5-minute presentations accompanied by a single slide, if desired. Time limits will be strictly enforced to accommodate as many new perspectives as possible: 8 brief talks. Please send 300-word abstracts by March 15th to Eliza Richards (firstname.lastname@example.org
CFP for MLA 2015
Disabled slaves figure repeatedly in nineteenth-century American literature. What do their representations tell us about disability, race, and slavery in the long 19th-century? 250 word abstracts/CV by 10 March 2014; George Gordon-Smith (email@example.com) and Heather Chacon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Call for Papers
Spring 2015 Special Issue of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review:
“Women, Work, and Hawthorne”
“It is odd enough, that the kind of labor which falls to the lot of women is just that which chiefly distinguishes artificial life—the life of degenerated mortals—from the life of Paradise. Eve had no dinner-pot, and no clothes to mend and no washing day.” So says Miles Coverdale, as he contemplates gendered divisions of labor in The Blithedale Romance. If for Coverdale, women’s work connotes spiritual corruption and class degeneration, elsewhere in Hawthorne’s writings, women’s labor is associated variously with agency, authority, transgression, exploitation, oppression, order, duty, art, power, and magic. Indeed, when one calls to mind Hawthorne’s well-known statements about women authors—one type of working woman—and the public exposure attendant upon work for women, it is remarkable how many working women populate his texts: seamstresses, lace-makers, shop-keepers, house-keepers, commercialized spiritualists, and, yes, writers and artists. The spring 2015 special issue of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review invites fresh examinations of the topic of women and work in Hawthorne’s fiction, journals, letters, and life.
CFP: Diaries and Diary Fiction (MLA 2015 panel)
How do “actual” and fictional diaries challenge conventional notions of authorship, audience, reception, plot? Diverse literary traditions, time periods, genres welcome.
250 word abstract and brief CV by 15 March 2014 to Desiree Henderson (email@example.com).
CFP: Edith Wharton and Sex (MLA; Deadline 3.15.14)
Wharton and Sex
Allied Organization: Edith Wharton Society
How does Wharton engage with sex? Presentations might consider the following: sexuality repressed or suffused; sex queer, illicit, adulterous, illegitimate, or incestuous; and/or sexology. 250-word abstracts and CVs by 15 March 2014; Emily Orlando (firstname.lastname@example.org). Posted 16 January 2014.
Updated Call for Papers: Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination
A symposium sponsored by the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society
Deadline for Proposals Extended to Feb. 21
Hilton St. Louis Downtown, St. Louis, MO
June 5-8, 2014
In honor of Sedgwick’s 225th birthday and her 1854 Midwestern trip (the farthest west she ever traveled), the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society will convene its 7th symposium in St. Louis, featuring plenary speakers Melissa Homestead, Professor of English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kate Culkin, Associate Professor of History at Bronx Community College.
The Society invites proposals that consider the work of Sedgwick or her close contemporaries through the lens of the “excursion” broadly construed—literal or imaginary or stylistic “travel” away from, toward, or through any of topics addressed in her “Great Excursion to the Falls of St. Anthony” sketch or other works. (more…)
Call for Papers: Food and Utopia
Utopian Studies, the interdisciplinary journal of the Society for Utopian Studies, seeks essays for a special issue on utopian foodways, broadly conceived. Essays which employ or revise theories of utopia and/or food practices of the last decade are especially welcome.
Topics might include, but are not limited to:
- Food in intentional communities: production, preparation, consumption, clean up, and/or disposal
- Food practices in literary works
- Food author studies (e.g. Michael Pollan, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver)
- School gardens
- Food and waste: alternative production, consumption, and/or disposal
- Urban food production: allotments, rooftop gardens, aviary and apiary practices
- Utopian/dystopian diets: whole foods, slow foods, raw foods, supplements, GMOs, heirlooms
- NGOs and global food concerns
Essays should be no more than 7000 words, inclusive of citations according to Chicago Manual of Style, and submitted by April 30, 2014, to each of the special issue editors: Etta Madden, Professor of English, Missouri State University, email@example.com; Timothy Miller, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Kansas, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Lyman Tower Sargent, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, St. Louis, email@example.com.
We are happy to confirm the dates of the 2015 conference: Nov 4-8, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel where several of our previous conferences have been held. We have negotiated a rate of $179.00 a night. Please save the date and make the conference part of your plans.
We look forward to another stimulating and exciting conference. News on the keynote, the conference theme, and the cfp will be posted in the coming months.
With thanks and best wishes
Following is a CFP for a Proposed Panel for the Upcoming ALA Conference; apologies for the quick turn around time.
Evaluating Harriet E. Wilson’s Our Nig in the 21st Century
Since its rediscovery in the early 1980s, Our Nig; or, Sketches in the Life of a Free Black has received a great deal of critical attention. From authenticating the text to determining its genre to recovering Harriet E. Wilson’s identity and biography, the text has captured the imagination of scholars of African American literature, American literature, feminist theory, cultural studies, race theory, and American history. More than thirty years after Henry Louis Gates, Jr. rediscovered and began authenticating Wilson’s text, Our Nig is firmly a part of the African American literary canon and, some would argue, the American literary canon. Despite garnering much attention from the academic world, Our Nig has not yet caught the notice of mainstream American, whereas several African American autobiographical texts, including Solomon Northrup’s Twelve Years a Slave and Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, published at about the same time have. This proposed panel seeks to consider both the academic world’s continued interest and the general public’s continued unawareness of Wilson’s Our Nig. We will examine both new critical trends on the text as well as consider why the text has not yet bridged the gap between academic readers and more mainstream readers.
Please send abstracts of 350 words and a short autobiography to Miranda Green-Barteet (mgreenb6 @ uwo.ca) by January 27, 2013.
American Literature Association is May 22-25, 2014 in Washington, D.C.