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CFP: Woolson Society Conference (Deadline extended to 9.1.14)

The deadline for proposals for the Woolson Society conference in D.C. in February has been extended until September 1.  (If you really want to come but need more time, let me know. It’s a busy time of year, I realize.)

The Domestic and the National in Woolson and Her Contemporaries
Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

Washington, D.C.

Feb. 19-21, 2014 

Keynote Speaker: Alison Booth

In honor of this year’s conference venue, the nation’s capital, the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society invites proposals on any aspect of  the domestic or national in Woolson’s works or in the works of her contemporaries. We encourage work that examines tensions between home and abroad, the margin and the center, the capital and the nation, the regional and the federal. (more…)

CFP: Shirley Jackson & Garlic in Fiction: (Still) Beyond the Gothic (Deadline 8.30.14)

Shirley Jackson & Garlic in Fiction: (Still) Beyond the Gothic

Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900

February 26-28, 2015

This panel seeks to continue the conversation begun at the “Shirley Jackson: Beyond the Gothic” panel at the American Literature Association Conference in May 2014 in Washington, DC. With so much renewed attention in Jackson’s work (a collection of previously unpublished works is set to be released by Random House in 2015), this panel is interested in readings of Jackson’s work that go beyond the gothic or horror. The range of possible topics is broad, but of particular interest are essays that address her lesser known essays, short stories, or novels, speak to her influence on contemporary or current authors, or use emergent theoretical reading practices (i.e. material feminism, cultural studies, critical race theory, disability studies, ecocriticism, queer studies, etc.)

Please submit two separate files: 1. an abstract of approximately 300-500 words and 2. a cover sheet that lists: name (as your would like it appear in program), home address and email address, academic affiliation (if applicable), title of paper/work (as it will appear in the program), national origin/genre of work discussed (please be specific), and personal biographical note (100-150 words). Submissions should be emailed to Jill E. Anderson (andersonwires@gmail.com) and are due August 30.

Legacy Panel at SEA/OIEHC in Chicago (Deadline: 9.1.14)

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Writing:  Alternatives to Seduction in Early America

CFP for a Legacy-sponsored panel at the SEA/OIEAHC Conference in Chicago, June 18-21, 2015

Seduction has provided a powerful lens for thinking about gender and early American women’s writing.  This is particularly true for early American novels, but models of sexual predation, transgressive desire, and titillated-moralistic readership have proven to wield considerable explanatory power for a range of genres.  To what degree this is due to the power of an age-old story form rooted in sexual mores and social hierarchies and to what degree it is a projection of post-Freudian reading habits and critical assumptions about earlier periods is open to debate.  For this panel we seek papers that investigate the limits of or consider alternatives to seduction as a paradigm for thinking about gender, sexuality, and the works of women writers in early America.  Please send a one-page proposal and one-page c.v. to Tamara Harvey at tharvey2@gmu.edu by September 1.

CFP: Gilman and the Archive (Deadline 12.15.14)

The Sixth International Charlotte Perkins Gilman Conference

Gilman and the Archive

June 12-14, 2015

Schlesinger Library, Cambridge, MA

The Sixth International Charlotte Perkins Gilman Conference will take place in June 2015 at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Schlesinger holds a rich collection of Gilman’s papers, including letters and drawings, as well as the entire run of her periodical,The Forerunner. A selection of Gilman-related materials will be on exhibition as part of the conference.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a descendent of the prominent New England Beecher family, was an author, journalist, editor, and lecturer. While she is best known for her story, “The Yellow Wall-Paper,” and her book, Women and Economics, Gilman published more than a dozen books and edited her own periodical. Over the course of her prolific career, she helped to shape the cultural conversation on a range of issues, including feminism, socialism, birth control, eugenics, interior design, and animal rights. Her biography, which involved the infamous “rest cure,” divorce, and suicide, also invites us to consider the available life narratives for public women at the fin-de-siecle.

Possible paper and panel topics include:

·         Gilman and sex

·         Gilman and material culture

·         Historicizing Gilman

·         Gilman and pedagogy

·         Gilman and medicine/science

·         Gilman and modernity (more…)

CFP: Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in the 19th Century (Proposal Deadline: 9.1.14)

CFP: Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in the 19th Century
Deadline for Proposals: Sept 1, 2014 

We are looking for essays to round out our collection. In particular, we are interested in essays that engage:

·      animal studies

·      issues of race, especially children’s abolitionist literature

·      formal female education (e.g. Sunday schools, common schools, seminaries, finishing schools etc.)

 This collection explores how texts that are written for girls, or represent girls, participate in the work of reform through an evangelical agenda.   This collection seeks to contribute to the burgeoning field of childhood studies in U.S. nineteenth-century literature and culture, which has been exploring the contours of emerging conceptions of childhood in the nineteenth-century, complicating the boundaries between adult and child, and asking what happens when we foreground the child. We are especially interested in essays that explore the cultural work this evangelical literature performs, through its representations of, for example, childhood, kinship structures, discipline, authority, disability, education, race, and class. While our focus is on the U.S., we are also interested in work by British and Canadian writers.

We are seeking essays of 6,000-7,000 words. Please submit proposals of 500 words and a brief CV to Robin Cadwallader (RCadwallader@francis.edu) and Allison Giffen (Allison.giffen@wwu.edu) no later than Sept 1, 2014.  We are planning a quick turn-around with this collection and the deadlines will be tight once essays are selected. We will notify you of acceptance and timeframe shortly after the deadline for submissions.

CFP:Reconceptualizing the Turn into the Twentieth Century: Critical Essays on American Literary History (Essay Collection; Abstract deadline 9.15.14)

Call for Papers

Reconceptualizing the Turn into the Twentieth Century: Critical Essays on American Literary History

Despite the substantial reconceptualization of the field of American literature in recent decades, century-based constructs typically remain in place throughout the field, particularly in relation to “nineteenth-century American literature” versus “twentieth-century American literature.” Courses are taught, textbooks sold, and academic jobs are constructed around such distinctions. Such logic particularly limits scholarship on the turn into the twentieth century, often characterized as a midpoint on a teleological trajectory culminating in literary modernism.  This collection of essays aims to complicate and challenge the conceptual divide between the 19th and 20th centuries by exploring turn-of-the-century works (“T-20” works) in light of the particular negotiations engaged in by writers from the 1880-1920 era, or those that render writing from this period irreducible to a clear periodization by century.  We are especially interested in essays that rethink boundaries denoted by century and in those that create models for extending both “19th c thought” and “modernity” so as to interrogate the meeting of a long, late 19th century and an extended, emergent modernity.

Proposals for 25-page  essays might consider the following:

*What constructs, authors, and texts are particularly useful in exploring the unique historical and ideological assumptions about literature from the century’s turn? (more…)

CFP: Studies in the Novel (Journal; Ongoing call)

Studies in the Novel, an international scholarly journal in its 46th year, is actively seeking article submissions focused on nineteenth-century American novels for its quarterly issues. All submissions should be sent through our online system (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sitn). Please send any questions or editorial correspondence to Tim Boswell, Managing Editor, at studiesinthenovel@unt.edu.

CFP: Edith Wharton Review (deadline: on-going)

CFP: Edith Wharton Review (deadline: on-going).

The Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed journal is currently seeking submissions. The journal is committed to rigorous study not only of Edith Wharton, but on Wharton in the context of other authors, and on Wharton in relation to late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century culture more generally. It publishes traditional criticism, pedagogical scholarship, essays on archival materials, review essays, and book reviews. The Review aims to foster emerging scholars and new approaches to Wharton studies as well as established scholarly approaches.

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the journal now boasts a new design and vastly expanded content. Recent special issues include “_The Custom of the Country at 100″ and “Teaching Edith Wharton’s Late Fiction.” Opportunities exist to publish on Wharton’s lesser-known works, as well as her more canonical writings.

If you are interested in submitting, please contact Meredith Goldsmith, Editor (mgoldsmith@ursinus.edu). Submissions should be 20-25 pages, and prepared according to the _MLA Style Manual_.

Enquiries welcome.

CFP: Indigenous Children’s Literature (Journal issue; Deadline 7.1.15)

Call for Papers:

Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature invites contributions for a special issue exploring Indigenous Children’s Literature from around the world. Taking our cue from studies like Clare Bradford’s germinal Unsettling Narratives, which examines First Nations’ issues in texts by Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors, this issue welcomes articles that focus on texts for children and young adults by Indigenous/Native/Aboriginal/First Nations authors. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

-nations within and across nations

-decolonization and survivance

-orality and storytelling

-history and context (more…)

Notice: Possible Formation of Lydia Maria Child Society

I am writing on behalf of a small group of scholars who are in the very early stages of possibly trying to get a Lydia Maria Child society started. If you are at all interested in being a potential member of this society or contributing in any way, please get in touch with me at solivier82@gmail.com. Once I have a list of people who are interested, we will send more information to those individuals.

Thank you,
Sarah Olivier
Ph.D. Candidate
Literary Studies
University of Denver


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