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Shirley Jackson: Beyond the Gothic (ALA; Deadline 1.20.14).
Shirley Jackson was a prolific writer, writing in a variety of genres, publishing in a plethora of venues, and addressing many different audiences. Yet, too often, scholarship has been limited to a discussion of her contribution to the gothic. This panel seeks new interpretations of Shirley Jackson’s work that move beyond the gothic. Readings that situate her work historically in context of the Cold War, consider her in comparison with other contemporary writers of the time, or address issues of race, gender, and disability within her work are especially welcome. Additionally, this panel seeks to devote interest to her lesser-known works. Please submit an abstract between 150-300 words and a brief bio to Leslie Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 20, 2014. Selected papers will be included in a proposed panel for the American Literature Association’s 2014 Conference in Washington, D.C., May 22-25.
Grants and Fellowships: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Digital Humanities Northeastern University (Deadline: 1.1.2014)
Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Digital Humanities Northeastern University
The Northeastern University Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; the Northeastern NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks; and the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities announce a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship to begin July 1, 2014. Specialization may be in any area of social sciences or humanities, with a clear commitment to feminist interdisciplinary work in both gender/sexuality studies and digital humanities. We welcome textual, theoretical, or empirical projects in any field or period that examine questions at the intersection of digital humanities and feminism, gender, and sexuality. Research proposals should involve substantive engagement with both digital humanities and feminist/gender studies; the strongest proposals will include a project component and will address the complex intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. (more…)
The H.D. International Society will be sponsoring a panel at the American Literature Association conference, May 22-25, 2014, in Washington, DC, “New Approaches to H.D. and/or Her Circle.” The genre focus or methodology of proposed papers is open. Please send a brief paper abstract (250 words) along with a biography/CV to Rebecca Walsh, email@example.com, no later than January 15, 2014.
Here is a link to the ALA site for more information about the upcoming Washington, D.C. convention:
Rebecca Walsh and Celena Kusch,
Co-Chairs, The H.D. International Society
The Kay Boyle Society panel session at the American Literature Association
25th Annual Conference
May 22-25, 2014
Hyatt Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001
Kay Boyle at 25
For the 25th anniversary of the ALA, the Kay Boyle Society invites contributions on early Kay Boyle, a topic deserving close attention, as recent scholarly work indicates. We encourage papers examining Boyle’s American background —including her literary friendship with Lola Ridge, William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore— as well as new investigation into her first novel Process. Boyle’s early years in France —including her collaboration to American and expatriate little journals— is also of foremost interest. The aim of this session is to shed new light on these formative years so as to show how they influenced Boyle’s decisions, as an American writer and citizen, but also as a woman. We welcome papers questioning these issues in relation with Boyle’s early prose, poetry, and letters, or with her later autobiography (Being Geniuses Together).
Papers proposals should be sent by January 15th to Anne Reynes-Delobel, firstname.lastname@example.org
American Literature Association, 25th Annual Conference, May 22-25, 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
Approaching Margaret Fuller: Revisiting Critical Traditions/ Envisioning New Directions
The Margaret Fuller Society invites proposals for 20-minute talks that reflect on any aspect of the history of Fuller criticism and/or on new approaches for future study.
Send 1-page proposals by 20 January to: Charlene Avallone <email@example.com>
CFP: Gloria Naylor: Contemporary Critical Analyses
Abstracts: 1 page, 250 words
Deadline: 30 May 2014
Sharon A. Lewis, Montclair State University
Ama Wattley, Pace University
We invite essays that read Gloria Naylor’s novels as explorations into intersections of race, gender and class, and as critiques of capitalism and other systematic or individual inequities. This collection will present a challenge to the risk of Naylor’s work becoming “secondary” or “minor.” For example, although Linden Hills (1986) enjoys a scholarly, academic audience, the novel is read mostly as a derivative companion to Dante’s Inferno. Such readings stifle possibilities of discovering the depth and complexity of Naylor’s creative talent and sustain Naylor’s authorial status as under-rated among more celebrated and awarded U.S. and international novelists. As Naylor’s fiction is rich and multifaceted, and as the last critical collection was published by Charles E, Wilson, Jr. in 2001, preceded by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and K. A. Appiah’s collection in 1993, we seek innovative, provocative, contemporary interpretations of Bailey’s Café, Mama Day and The Women of Brewster Place, The Men of Brewster Place as well as Linden Hills. Black womanist readings are welcomed, of course, but we also wish to place Naylor’s writing in a variety of contexts as all of her novels are situated in various socio-historical moments and regions. Some questions for contemplation: (more…)
Call for Papers, American Literature Association (ALA) Washington, D.C.
May 22-25, 2014
Wharton and Masculinities
The Edith Wharton Society invites paper proposals that consider Wharton’s interest in constructions of masculinity. Papers might address normative and non-normative masculinities, historical approaches to men’s cultures and subcultures, male figures in relation to Wharton’s narrative technique, men’s imagined and real spaces (including, but not limited to, interiors, decors, architectural plans, and gardens), nationalized iterations of manhood, and social as well as homosocial relationships between men in Wharton’s work. Send proposals and one-page CVs to Melanie Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2014.
Stowe Panel at ALA 2014 (May 22-25, Washington DC; proposal deadline Jan 24, 2014)
Beyond the Paradigmatic Stowe: New Critical and Pedagogical Approaches
In her introduction to The Cambridge Companion to Harriet Beecher Stowe, Cindy Weinstein argues that Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin has “become, in recent years, a critical white whale.” She goes on to explain, “And I don’t mean as the bearer of interpretive capaciousness, but rather as an object to be spatially isolated (in terms of [Stowe’s] career), hermeneutically contained, and thereby classified once and for all.” Indeed Stowe’s famous abolitionist novel seems, at times, caged in its paradigmatic role as the ultimate specimen of nineteenth-century, domestic, sentimental fiction. Critically defined by her white whale of a text, Stowe too seems likewise trapped.
This panel seeks new approaches that challenge or transcend the paradigmatic Stowe. In what ways, for example, do Stowe’s texts move beyond affect and sentimentalism? How do politics muddy Stowe’s domesticity? What are the contradictions in her treatment of Christianity? How does knowledge of her life complicate the reading of her fiction? What new categories of critical inquiry might be brought to bear on Stowe studies? What original pedagogical approaches can inform the Stowe classroom?
Please submit one page proposals and one page CVs to Mary Wearn (email@example.com) by January 24, 2014.
While you need not be a Stowe Society member to submit a proposal, you must become a member to present on the Stowe panel at ALA.
Call for Papers: Dickinson Institute
On Friday, August 8th, 2014, the EDIS “Dickinson Institute” will be held in Amherst, Massachusetts. The topic is “Emily Dickinson and New England Writers.” Individuals doing work on Dickinson’s relationship to other writers of her region should send 250-word abstracts of a paper to Elizabeth Petrino (EPetrino@fairfield.edu) and Alexandra Socarides (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 15, 2014. Accepted participants will
be notified by Feb. 15th and will be asked to circulate completed, conference-length (8-10 page) papers to a small group by June 15th. Members will meet at the Institute with this group to discuss their work in detail. The Institute will also involve a plenary speaker and a gathering of all Institute members at its close to reflect on their work and the larger themes of the conference. The Institute is scheduled for the first day of the Emily Dickinson Annual Meeting, which all participants are welcome to attend.
CFP: Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in the Nineteenth Century (ALA; Deadline 1.13.2014)
We are pleased to announce that our panel for ALA: ”Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in the Nineteenth Century” is now sponsored by The Children’s Literature Society.
CFP: Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in the Nineteenth Century
Proposed Panel for ALA, May 22-25, 2014, Washington D.C.
Deadline for abstracts: Jan 13, 2014
Childhood studies had been steadily growing as an important field in US nineteenth-century literature and culture, complicating our understanding of the boundary between adult and child and asking what happens when we foreground the child. Taking this as our starting point, we are interested in exploring how texts that are written for girls, or that represent girls, participate in the work of reform through an evangelical agenda. More specifically, what kind of cultural work does this evangelical literature perform through its representations of childhood, kinship structures, discipline, authority, education, race, and class? (more…)