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CFP: Margaret Fuller Society Panels (including Fuller/Alcott) at ALA (1.20.15)

The Margaret Fuller Society invites proposals for two panels for the 2015 American Literature Association Conference (Boston 21-24 May)

I.  Margaret Fuller:  Toward a New Genealogy of Genius

            The Romantic critical discourse of “genius,” as Christine Battersby documents in Gender and Genius, developed through the exclusion of women and served to promote only a single woman at a time by ranking her as exceptional, above other women.   In the judgement of antebellum cultural arbitrators, as Nina Baym’s concluded in Novels, Readers, and Reviewers, only a single woman writer– the French author George Sand– indisputably ranked as a “genius.”  Emerson agreed about Sand, but notoriously invoked the discourse to qualify that Fuller had only “genius in conversation.” Fuller herself lamented feeling that she lacked “force to be . . . a genius.” Yet nineteenth-century women widely contested the discourse of “genius” with definitions of their own and with their own opinions about the kinds and degrees of “genius” to be found among women writers and reform orators. (more…)

CFP: Critical Insights: The Harlem Renaissance (Essay Collection: Abstracts by 12.31.14)

Critical Insights: The Harlem Renaissance

under contract with Salem Press

In the course of African-American cultural history, the Harlem Renaissance, also known as the New Negro movement, has proven one of the most influential in shaping and directing black artistic expression. For this collection, Critical Insights: The Harlem Renaissance, we seek a series of essays of five thousand to six thousand words for an anthology that explores the work of some of the most influential and at times controversial authors of the time from Langston Hughes to Claude McKay, Carl van Vechten to Zora Neale Hurston, Jessie Redmon Fauset, and Nella Larsen. Seeking to examine the underlying socio-cultural criticism within their works and the intellectual projects at the heart of their artistic endeavors, this collection offers insight into the era’s most celebrated as well as under-examined authors in hopes of expanding what Miriam Thaggert terms, “the well-worn Harlem Renaissance or New Negro paradigms.” Of course the aforementioned list of authors is only a partial list of an era that also include figures such as Richard Bruce Nugent, Dorothy West, Marita Bonner, James Weldon Johnson, and more, so we urge potential authors to consider other figures not included in this list. (more…)

Assistant Professor of 19th Century American Literature at Seton Hall University

Position Available: Assistant Professor of 19th Century American Literature

The English Department at Seton Hall University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century American Literature with an emphasis on the post-bellum period and an additional expertise in either media studies or transatlantic studies, to begin August 2015. The standard teaching load for faculty who are research and service active is 9 credits per semester. Course assignments will be balanced between first-year writing, university core, American Literature I and II, literature electives, and graduate classes. We seek candidates with a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment.  Send a letter of application and current vita to Mary Balkun, Chairperson,English Department (English@shu.edu <mailto:English@shu.edu>) by *December 5, 2014*. Indicate “19^th -Century Americanist Position” in the subject line. Preliminary interviews will take place at the MLA convention in Vancouver in January; prior to that interview candidates will be asked to submit a writing sample and three letters of recommendation. Seton Hall University is a Catholic diocesan university and an EO/AA employer.

CFP SSAWW 2015 Proposed Panel: “A Self in Relation”: 20th Century American Women Writers Imagine and Write Female “Family” Relations (Deadline: 12.15.14)

CFP: “A Self in Relation”: 20th Century American Women Writers Imagine and Write Female “Family” Relations Panel Description:

In her groundbreaking text The Reproduction of Mothering (1978) feminist psychoanalytic theorist Nancy Chodorow explores how women “come into being as a self […] in relation to our primary others.” In Chodorow’s schema, the “primary other” for females is the mother, and it is through girls’ and women’s imagined and real relationship to the mother that we “experience a self in relation,” a self that is both like and unlike the female other/mother. Feminist scholars such as Jessica Benjamin and Ann DuCille trouble the waters of Chodorow’s theory of the “primary other,” interrogate what they and others regard as a race and class solipsism, and insist on a consideration also of the mother’s/daughter’s materiality. Addressing the conference theme of “Liminal Spaces/Hybrid Lives,” this panel considers how twentieth-century American women writers imagine and write materialist as well as psycho-emotional difference between girls and women who function as family. Current papers for this panel address mother-daughter conflict in the work of Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins, Fannie Hurst, and Toni Morrison. Please submit a 250-word abstract along with a brief bio to Cheryl R. Hopson at chopson1@gru.edu no later than December 15, 2014.

CFP: Kate Chopin International Society (ALA; Deadline 1.10.15)

The Kate Chopin International Society is seeking individual proposals for two sponsored panels at the 2015 American Literature Association conference in Boston, MA, May 21-24, 2014.

The first panel, a roundtable on “Teaching Kate Chopin in Different Contexts,” seeks short (seven-to eight-minute) papers/remarks that address either teaching Chopin juxtaposed with works/genres or in courses with which she is not always associated or in educational settings such as continuing education programs, prisons, women’s shelters, literacy programs, etc. Proposals should include a title, your name and affiliation, and a paragraph about your proposed remarks.

The second panel seeks proposals relating to any aspect of Chopin’s life or work. Proposals (for presentations no longer than twenty minutes) should include a title, your name and affiliation, and a 200-400-word abstract.

Send submissions for both the roundtable and the open session to both Kathleen Nigro (nigrok@umsl.edu) and Kelli Purcell O’Brien (kobrien1@memphis.edu) by January 10, 2015.

CFP: Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society for SSAWW 2015 (Deadline 12.15.14)

CFP for SSAWW 2015: Married and Single Life in Sedgwick’s Writing (Deadline: 12.15.14)

The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society seeks proposals for a panel on the question of marriage vs. single life in Sedgwick’s writings for the SSAWW Conference in Philadelphia, Nov. 4-8, 2015. This panel topic honors the 2015 publication of Deborah Gussman’s new edition of Sedgwick’s final novel, Married or Single?, which was originally published in 1857.

From early in her career until her last full-length novel, Sedgwick and her characters consider the question of whether it is preferable to marry or remain single—for what reasons and under what circumstances. Beyond the decision of whether to marry at all, Sedgwick and her characters—both male and female—explore issues of parenting, spousal abuse, divorce, widowhood, friendship, emotional fulfillment, financial dependence and independence, and women’s vocations and contributions to society beyond marriage and motherhood.

Proposals on these or other aspects of the issue of marriage vs. single life in any of Sedgwick’s writings are welcome, but the Society particularly encourages proposals that view marriage and/or single life in relation to the overall conference theme of liminality. Is it useful to consider either marriage or single life as a liminal state in relation to the other—or in relation to some other social category? Is long-term single life a liminal state, and, if it is, does it empower or disenfranchise those who inhabit it? If a society views marriage as the desirable, “normal,” human state, is it still possible to view married women as occupying a liminal space between her own individual identity and her husband’s identity?

Send proposals of no more than 250 words to Jenifer_Elmore@pba.edu by December 15, 2014.

CFP SSAWW Conference: “Lydia Maria Child and Social Change”

Call for Papers:

The Lydia Maria Child Society invites proposals for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference to be held November 4-8, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA.

“Lydia Maria Child and Social Change”

Much of Child’s work addresses, if not directly calls for, social change. In engaging with the status of women, the condition of slaves, the removal policies for Native Americans, the situations facing the urban poor, etc., Child envisions and enacts the sorts of boundary-crossing communications that can instigate change. In her fiction and non-fiction, she often explores the experiences of those who occupy liminal spaces in their relation to the dominant culture, while embracing hybridity as the key to America’s future. The Society invites submissions on any of the following topics: (more…)


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