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CFP: Studies in the Novel (Journal; Ongoing call)

Studies in the Novel, an international scholarly journal in its 46th year, is actively seeking article submissions focused on nineteenth-century American novels for its quarterly issues. All submissions should be sent through our online system (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sitn). Please send any questions or editorial correspondence to Tim Boswell, Managing Editor, at studiesinthenovel@unt.edu.

CFP: Edith Wharton Review (deadline: on-going)

CFP: Edith Wharton Review (deadline: on-going).

The Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed journal is currently seeking submissions. The journal is committed to rigorous study not only of Edith Wharton, but on Wharton in the context of other authors, and on Wharton in relation to late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century culture more generally. It publishes traditional criticism, pedagogical scholarship, essays on archival materials, review essays, and book reviews. The Review aims to foster emerging scholars and new approaches to Wharton studies as well as established scholarly approaches.

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the journal now boasts a new design and vastly expanded content. Recent special issues include “_The Custom of the Country at 100″ and “Teaching Edith Wharton’s Late Fiction.” Opportunities exist to publish on Wharton’s lesser-known works, as well as her more canonical writings.

If you are interested in submitting, please contact Meredith Goldsmith, Editor (mgoldsmith@ursinus.edu). Submissions should be 20-25 pages, and prepared according to the _MLA Style Manual_.

Enquiries welcome.

CFP: Indigenous Children’s Literature (Journal issue; Deadline 7.1.15)

Call for Papers:

Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature invites contributions for a special issue exploring Indigenous Children’s Literature from around the world. Taking our cue from studies like Clare Bradford’s germinal Unsettling Narratives, which examines First Nations’ issues in texts by Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors, this issue welcomes articles that focus on texts for children and young adults by Indigenous/Native/Aboriginal/First Nations authors. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

-nations within and across nations

-decolonization and survivance

-orality and storytelling

-history and context (more…)

Notice: Possible Formation of Lydia Maria Child Society

I am writing on behalf of a small group of scholars who are in the very early stages of possibly trying to get a Lydia Maria Child society started. If you are at all interested in being a potential member of this society or contributing in any way, please get in touch with me at solivier82@gmail.com. Once I have a list of people who are interested, we will send more information to those individuals.

Thank you,
Sarah Olivier
Ph.D. Candidate
Literary Studies
University of Denver

CFP: Proposed Panel at SSAWW 2015: Bodies of Bondage: Environments in Women’s Neo-Captivity Narratives (Deadline 11.1.14)

CFP for Proposed Panel at Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Bodies of Bondage: Environments in Women’s Neo-Captivity Narratives

With the conference theme in mind, this panel will consider the liminal spaces and hybrid lives of women in neo-captivity narratives, a term that addresses the broad implications of the captivities about which women write in the 20th and 21st centuries. From early captivity narratives to sentimental novels of seduction and the slave narratives made popular around the Civil War to contemporary neo-slave narratives, women write and narrate stories of captivity that prominently feature their bodies and the various violences and bondages visited upon them, the manner in which they are pursued, controlled, and patrolled, and the possibility for redemption, bodily or otherwise. But another salient feature of these narratives is the how the body and its attendant discursive possibilities “fits” within certain environments and how that fit-ness (or unfit-ness) is made manifest in the lived reality—before, during, and after capture—of the captive woman. Therefore, this panel’s focus is on the captive body of the woman and how that body: interacts with its environments, crosses and re-crosses boundaries between self/other, human/other-than-human, “inside”/”outside”, public/private; (more…)

CFP: Proposed Panel for SSAWW 2015: Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts (Deadline 11.1.14)

Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts

The 2015 Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference (Philadelphia, PA, November 4-8, 2015)

Addressing the conference theme of “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” this panel will explore the lives and work of women writers and activists whose socio-political vision found expression both in prose and the plastic arts. At the turn of the century, several important female-centered Arts & Crafts communities formed in Deerfield, MA; Chicago; and New York; in addition to smaller communities throughout the country. We welcome papers that focus on well-known figures in this movement such as Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr as well as lesser-known figures like Madeline Yale Wynne and Gertrude Christian Fosdick (among many others). How did this largely female-centered American movement depart from its roots in Ruskinian thought? What is the relationship between the social programs, fiction, non-fiction, and works of plastic art the movement produced? What insights does the context of the movement bring to bear on contemporaneous literature? Proposals might also consider the legacy of Arts & Crafts feminism; the role of craft magazines; or the work of American women writers from any period who simultaneously produced a significant body of work in ceramics, weaving, metalsmithing, etc. (more…)

CFP: TRANSFORMATIONS: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy TEACHING DISABILITY (Journal Issue; Deadline 8.15.14)


TRANSFORMATIONS: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy

Deadline: August 15, 2014

Sarah Chinn, Guest Editor

 The editors seek articles (5,000-10,000 words) and media essays (overviews on books, film, video, performance, art, music, websites, etc. 3,000 to 5,000 words), and items for the “Material Culture of Teaching” section, that explore teaching disability. This issue will be guest edited by Sarah Chinn.

Submissions should explore strategies for teaching about disability in the classroom and in non-traditional spaces (such as the media and public discourse). We welcome jargon-free essays from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Transformations is a peer-reviewed semi-annual journal published by New Jersey City University which invites college teachers to take pedagogy seriously as a topic of scholarly articles.

 Transformations publishes only essays that focus on pedagogy. (more…)

Grants, Prizes, and Fellowships: Emily Dickinson International Society Scholar in Amherst Award, 2015 (Deadline: 1.15.15)

Emily Dickinson International Society Scholar in Amherst Award, 2015

EDIS invites applications for the 2015 Scholar in Amherst Program that supports exciting new research on Dickinson. The award of $2,000 may be used for expenses related to that research such as travel, accommodations, a rental car, or reproduction fees. Upon completion of their research, recipients will write a letter to the EDIS Board outlining what they achieved with EDIS support, and we appreciate acknowledgment in any resulting publications. We encourage recipients to consider a visit to Amherst, but residency is not a requirement. Preference will be given to persons with completed PhDs who are in the early stages of their careers. To apply for the 2014 Scholar in Amherst Award, please submit a cv, a letter of introduction (written by the applicant), a two-page project proposal including preliminary budget and brief bibliography, by January 15, 2015 to Paul Crumbley at paul.crumbley@usu.edu. Letters of recommendation are not accepted as part of the application packet. Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt and applicants notified of final decisions by March 1. For more information, see www.emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org


Emily Dickinson International Society Graduate Student Fellowship, 2015

EDIS announces a fellowship award of $1,000 in support of graduate student scholarship on Emily Dickinson. The award may be used to fund travel to collections or conferences, to support book purchases, or for other research expenses (such as reproduction costs) necessary to the project. Preference will be given to applicants enrolled in doctoral programs and engaged in the writing of dissertations or other major projects directed toward publication. Applicants should be aware that a dissertation project need not be focused solely on Dickinson; however, a substantial part of the work should significantly engage Dickinson’s life, work, reputation, and influence. To apply, please send a cv, a project description, the names and contact information of two references, and a dissertation prospectus or other relevant writing sample of no more than 25 pages to Paul Crumbley at paul.crumbley@usu.edu. Applications are due by January 15, 2015. Letters of recommendation are not accepted as part of the application packet. Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt and applicants notified of final decisions by March 1. For more information, see http://www.emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org

CFP: Jack London and Women (Deadline: 7.10.14)

CFP: Jack London and Women
Jack London Society Symposium
Berkeley, California
October 29-November 2, 2014


With a reputation resting on adventure tales such as The Call of the Wild and The Sea-Wolf,  Jack London is not the first author who comes to mind when thinking of American women writers. Yet London wrote courageous female characters into many of his short stories and novels, acknowledged his debt to such female mentors as Ina Coolbrith, gave advice to young writers, and corresponded with a number of his contemporaries, among them Mary Austin, Blanche Partington, Anna Strunsky, and Olga Nethersole.

This panel addresses London’s biographical or literary connections, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Revolutionaries and “super-women”
  • Biographical connections between London and women writers
  • Women in the Socialist movement
  • London’s responses to the work of women writers and vice versa
  • Racial lives and female power
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Evolutionary narratives and Darwinian sexual choice in London’s speculative fiction (Before Adam, “The Scarlet Plague,” “The Red One”)

Please send proposals of 200-300 words to Donna Campbell, campbelld@wsu.edu, by 10 July 2014. 

CFP: The Domestic and the National in Woolson and Her Contemporaries (Deadline: 8.15.14)

The Domestic and the National in Woolson and Her Contemporaries
Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

 Washington, D.C.
Feb. 19-21, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Allison Booth

In honor of this year’s conference venue, the nation’s capital, the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites proposals on any aspect of  the domestic or national in Woolson’s works or in the works of her contemporaries. We encourage work that examines tensions between home and abroad, the margin and the center, the capital and the nation, the regional and the federal.

Possible topics include:

  • Domestic spaces as sites of nation-building
  • Constructions of the “foreign”
  • Contending Nationalities
  • Boundaries of Gender, Race, and Region
  • Patriotism
  • The Home Front
  • The Politics of Domesticity
  • Margin vs. Center in the Literary World
  • Geographical Margins and Centers
  • Moral or Religious Margins and Centers
  • On the Margins of Gender, Race, Class, or Sexuality
  • National and Regional Literary Reputations
  • Woolson at the Margins of Academia



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