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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…)

CFP SSAWW Panel Update: Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts (Updated Deadline: 11.15.14)

Lives Welded and Woven: Women Writers and American Arts & Crafts (Deadline: 11.15.14)

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 15, 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: ASAIL at SSAWW 2015 (Deadline 11.30.14)

CFP ASAIL Panel at SSAWW 2015 (Deadline: 11.30.2014)
Contact email: Cari.Carpenter@mail.wvu.edu

ASAIL will host one panel at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference (October 2015, Philadelphia). The panel topic is relatively open, but papers should focus on American Indian women writers. Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief cv (1-2 pages) to Cari Carpenter by Nov. 30.

Panelists may choose to engage with the conference themes: liminality and hybridity.



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