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CFP: ALA Symposium on God and the American Writer (Deadline 12.1.14)

American Literature Association Symposium on God and the American Writer
February 26-28, 2015
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78205

Deadline for proposals to jeanne.reesman@utsa.edu extended to December 1, 2014.

This ALA Symposium on God and the American Writer brings together scholars from across the full spectrum of American literature to explore the ways in which American authors have confronted God. For the full CFP, go to http://godandamericanwriter.wordpress.com

Keynote speakers are Harold K. Bush on Mark Twain and Jonathan Cook on Herman Melville. A poetry reading with the theme of women and spirituality, featuring Bonnie Lyons, poet and critic, and Enedina Vasquez,  poet, artist, and lay Episcopal minister, to be presented, as well as a screening of Terence Malik’s “The Tree of Life” with an informance by Stacey Peebles. A mariachi reception and  luncheons. Enedina Vasquez is at http://www.eneart.com;http://colfa.utsa.edu/english/lyons.html. Lots of good food and drink with tours of historic missions and the San Fernando Cathedral. (more…)

CFP SSAWW 2015 Proposed Panel: CFP: Indigenous Influence and Perspective in Mourning Dove’s Cogewea, the Half-Blood: A Depiction of the Great Montana Range (Deadline 12.15.14)

CFP: Indigenous Influence and Perspective in Mourning Dove’s Cogewea, the Half-Blood: A Depiction of the Great Montana Range (Deadline 12.15.14)

Mourning Dove’s novel Cogewea has been recognized for its foregrounding of a cast of liminal characters who straddle Native and non-Native cultures and spaces. Scholars have also drawn attention to the novel’s hybridized form with its celebration of indigenous oral traditions and its engagement and subversion of the familiar tropes of the western romance and sentimental novel. This panel would like to further explore indigenous influences and perspectives within the novel or Mourning Dove’s other writings, and welcomes a wide range of approaches to her work.

Email 250 word abstracts and a brief bio or CV to Amber LaPiana at aa.lapiana@gmail.com by December 15, 2014.

CFP: SSAWW 2015 – Deadline: 14 November 2014

For SSAWW’s forthcoming 2015 conference on “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” we are assembling a panel focused on contested boundaries of race, class, and sexuality in women’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century regional literature. Current papers for the session focus on contested gender roles in the work of New England authors Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary Wilkins Freeman, depictions of contested racial and regional identities in the work of antebellum antislavery novelist Mattie Griffith, and representations of the rural in the late twentieth century queer press.  Please submit any queries and 250 word abstracts to Myrto Drizou (mdrizou@valdosta.edu) and Holly Kent (hkent3@uis.edu) by Friday, November 14th.

CFP for SSAWW 2015 (11.1.14)

Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts (Deadline: 11.1.14)

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 American women writers from any period who simultaneously produced a significant body of work in ceramics, weaving, metalsmithing, etc.

Email proposals to Arielle Zibrak at azibrak@gmail.com by November 1 2014. Please include a 250-500 word abstract and a brief CV (no more than 2-pages) that includes rank/status (e.g. ABD or Associate Professor, etc.), institutional affiliation (independent scholars are welcome to submit proposals), publications, and conference presentations. All proposals should be both pasted into the text of the email and included as attachments (preferably as a single PDF document). While you do not need to be a SSAWW member to apply for a panel, presenters must be or become SSAWW members to participate in the conference.

CFP for ALA 2015 – Emily Dickinson International Society

Call for Papers (Deadline: 01.15.15)
Emily Dickinson International Society

Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor two panels at the American Literature
Association conference in Boston, May 21-24, 2015. The topic for the first panel
is ‘Dickinson and the Non-Human’ and the topic for the second is ‘Dickinson’s Afterlives’.

Panel 1: ‘Dickinson and the Non-Human’
We welcome papers that consider Dickinson as a writer who analyzed and conceptualized
the non-human. For example, panelists might choose to discuss her poetry’s representation of
objects, organic or inorganic; entities, natural or supernatural; artifacts, real or imaginary; or
to examine her poems within the framework of ‘thing theory’ or ecocriticism.

Panel 2: ‘Dickinson’s Afterlives’
We welcome papers that consider how the notion of an ‘afterlife’ shapes Dickinson’s poetry
and/or its reception. For example, panelists might choose to consider the function and
representation of posthumous existence within her work, or to focus on the posthumous
reception of this poet and her poetry.

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to Páraic Finnerty
(paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk) and Michelle Kohler (mkohler@tulane.edu) by January 1, 2015.

CFP for SSAWW 2015 Panel: Rhyme as Liminal Space in Nineteenth Century Poetry (Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015)

CFP for a panel on rhyme in nineteenth century poetry for next fall’s SSAWW conference.

CFP: Rhyme as Liminal Space in Nineteenth Century Poetry (Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015)

Nineteenth century poetry is overwhelmingly driven by its rhymes, yet it is also overwhelmingly maligned for them. Very often, the kinds of rhymes in these poems are viewed as rigid, stultifying, predictable, or old-fashioned—as “mere jingling,” not worthy of much serious attention. Poet A.E. Stallings, however, writing in 2009, describes rhyme of any kind as a liminal space where something mysterious and transformative happens between words: “Rhyme is an irrational, sensual link between two words. It is chemical. It is alchemical.” Using Stallings’s definition as point of departure, this panel welcomes papers on any aspect of rhyme in poetry by nineteenth century American women, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • True rhyme
  • Slant rhyme
  • Eye rhyme
  • Stock rhyme, expected rhyme, “bad” rhyme
  • Rhyme in political poetry
  • Rhyme and genre
  • Rhyme and form
  • Rhyme and performance
  • Rhyme and humor
  • Rhyme and emotion
  • Rhyme and inversion
  • “Feminine” rhymes

Please send an abstract (300-500 words) and a brief bio to Melissa Range at melissa.h.range@lawrence.edu by January 1, 2015.

CFP: “Mapping Back” (INCS; Deadline 10.25.14

I’m organizing a pedagogy roundtable (tentatively titled “Mapping Back”) for the 2015 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) conference, which is going to be held in Atlanta on April 16-19.  If you use maps and/or mapping technologies in your classrooms dealing with any aspect of the nineteenth century, please consider sending a 200-250 word proposal my way.  I’m especially eager to hear from instructors using maps and mapping technologies to challenge conventional disciplinary and cultural conceptions (including the notion that women had little to do with cartography and geography!), but I welcome proposals from anyone working with mapping with their students.  Please send queries and/or proposals to me at m.j.linglemartin@gmail.com by October 25th. Thanks!

Melissa J. Lingle-Martin

Assistant Professor of English

Department of Language and Literature

Florida Gulf Coast University


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