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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 (ecr@email.unc.edu) and Alexandra Socarides (socaridesa@missouri.edu) 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 

http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/toward_a_female_genealogy_of_transcendentalism

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.

CFP: American Writers in Exile (Anthology; Abstracts by 11.10.14; Completed Essays Deadline 1.19.15)

Critical Insights: American Writers in Exile

We seek essays of 5,000 to 6,000 words for an anthology that explores the work of some of the more popular and/or influential American writers in exile. While we understand the term “exile” to refer typically to American writers who have either been forced to leave the United States or, more commonly, chosen self-exile, this term need not be defined so narrowly. That is, the United States has long been a refuge for people and writers from many countries, and many of these writers have gone onto become recognized as “American” writers. Thus, in our view, the phrase “in exile” involves writers moving across borders in multiple directions and for multiple reasons, including for reasons of duress (official or personal) or personal quest. Besides the famous Paris years before, between, and after the world wars (which includes such writers as Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Richard Wright and many others), some writers commonly thought to be American writers in exile include James Baldwin, Ambrose Bierce, Elizabeth Bishop, William Burroughs, Hart Crane, John Dos Passos, T.S. Eliot, Janet Flanner, Washington Irving, Henry James, James Jones, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Katherine Anne Porter, Sylvia Plath, Paul Theroux, Gore Vidal, Edith Wharton, Edmund White, Thomas Wolfe. Of course, this is necessarily a partial list and we urge you to consider other relevant, well-known writers. (more…)

CFP Panel for SSAWW 2015: RSAP Session on Ethnic American Women and Illustrated Periodicals (Deadline 12.5.14)

CFP: Ethnic American Women and Illustrated Periodicals

The Research Society for American Periodicals invites submissions for a conference session of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In keeping with the conference theme “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” the panel considers periodicals as the “liminal” or threshold sites of engagement between ethnic American cultural producers and their audiences. Papers may especially focus on how the hybridized forms of illustrated periodicals, as both visual and textual forms, enable self-expression for African American, Asian and Pacific American, Latina, and Native American women as authors and artists. (more…)

CFP: HERA Conference (Updated Deadline 12.1.14)

Updated Deadline: 12.1.14

Call for Papers: Humanities Education and Research Association
Annual Conference, 8-10 April 2015
San Francisco, CA
Beyond the Binary

(See HERA’s website for an expanded description.) www.h-e-r-a.org/

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…)

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