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CFP: Black Periodical Studies (Journal Issue; Deadline 8.30.14)

Call for Papers for a special issue of American Periodicals

Black Periodical Studies

Guest Editors Eric Gardner and Joycelyn Moody

The Fall 2015 issue of American Periodicals will be devoted to texts exploring the field of Black periodical studies and/or exploring issues in/of Black periodicals across the centuries, from Freedom’s Journal to Vibe and beyond.  We seek scholarship that considers the nexus of African Americanist inquiry and periodical studies–including, but not limited to, approaches that engage book history studies or center on print culture.  We aim to give a glimpse into the “state of the field” by bringing together samples of diverse work that show clear engagement with key questions in Black periodical studies while simultaneously sharing exciting new subjects and methods.  We hope for diverse approaches–from works that explore specific “cases” that illustrate what scholarship on Black periodicals might be, do, and become, to essays that explore waves, trends, or movements through broad-based approaches that survey wide groups of texts.

In addition to the content and/or “look and feel” of texts, we are interested in manuscripts that explore topics tied to editorial practice and policy, authorship, financing, production, design, illustration, circulation, readership, reception, cultural position, collection/preservation, and a rich range of other subjects tied to Black periodicals.  Strong interdisciplinary work will be welcomed.

Questions explored might include (but certainly need not be limited to):

* What is a “Black periodical”?

* What methods, questions, problems, and duties might “Black periodical studies” engage?

* How might we (re)consider the archive(s) of Black periodicals?

* What historical questions must students of Black periodicals strive to answer about texts, editors and editorial practice, periodical exchange, processes of reprinting, and other issues? (more…)

CFP: LEGACY special issue: “Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the 21st Century” (journal issue; Deadline 9.30.14)

Special issue, “Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the 21st Century”

Guest Editors: Sandra Zagarell, Katherine Adams, Caroline Gebhard

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers solicits papers for a special issue devoted to writing by Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Best known today as the author of regionalist short fiction set in her native New Orleans, Dunbar-Nelson was also an essayist, poet, playwright, newspaper columnist and editor, diarist, anthologist, educator, and activist engaged in the suffrage movement and African American political and social advancement.

Neither Dunbar-Nelson’s oeuvre nor her life fits comfortably into the ways of thinking that have traditionally shaped Americanist, African Americanist, and feminist criticism. For example, while some of her short stories openly engage racial inequity, much of the New Orleans fiction seems to hew to an aesthetic that prizes polish over politics. It takes considerable knowledge of the city’s racialized cultural geography and history to recognize how artfully Dunbar-Nelson’s fiction unsettles presumptions about racial and sexual distinctions, religion, ethnicity, nation, class, and gender. Dunbar-Nelson’s own practices of identification were enormously complicated. She was a prominent black activist and public intellectual; she felt that as a light-skinned African American she suffered from reverse colorism; she was herself sometimes derisive about dark-skinned blacks. Her sexuality was fluid: she had sexual-romantic relationships with women as well as men, and her most enduring relationships were with her third husband, Robert J. Nelson, and a woman educator, Edwina B. Kruse.  (more…)

CFP: H.D. International Society (Modernist Studies Association; Deadline 4.20.14)

The H.D. International Society invites paper abstracts for a proposed panel for the Modernist Studies Association conference (Pittsburgh, Nov. 6-9, 2014),  “Modernist Women after The Career of that Struggle: New Scholarship on H.D. and Her Circle.”

In recognition of Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s position as keynote speaker for the 2014 conference, the H.D. International Society calls for contributions to a panel considering the legacy of her early criticism, H.D.: The Career of that Struggle (1986), and proposing new directions in modernist studies of H.D. and her circle. We are working with Rachel Blau DuPlessis about the possibility of having her respond to the papers in this panel. (more…)

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, Ann Petry, Lorraine Hansberry. The proposal welcomes cold war period women writers from diverse backgrounds (racial, ethnic, class, sexual orientation and region) who write in any genre.

Please send a 300 word abstract and brief bio to Jill E. Anderson at jander31@tnstate.edu<mailto:jander31@tnstate.edu> by March 22.

CFP: Emily Dickinson Panels (MLA; Deadline 3.15.14)

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 (ecr@email.unc.edu).


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 (ecr@email.unc.edu

CFP: Disabled Slaves in American Literature (MLA; 3.10.14)

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 (george.gordon-smith@emory.edu) and Heather Chacon (heather.chacon@uky.edu).

CFP: “Women, Work, and Hawthorne” (Journal Issue; Deadline 7.15.14)

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; Deadline 3.15.14)

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 (dhenderson@uta.edu).

CFP: Edith Wharton and Sex (MLA; Deadline 3.15.14)

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 (eorlando@fairfield.edu). Posted 16 January 2014.

CFP Update: Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination (Deadline: 2.21.14)

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…)


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