SSAWW 2015 Conference Local Representatives Needed

Dear Colleagues,
The Conference Planning Committee is looking for a local representative or representatives for the 2015 conference in Philadelphia.
We already have someone looking into the area restaurants, but other responsibilities would include drawing attention to cultural activities, special exhibitions, library holdings that may be of special interest to our members, among other possibilities.
Advertising the conference specifically to local colleges and universities would also be helpful.
We also need practical advice on transportation, taxis, etc., and perhaps some on the ground, last minute things that can’t be done from a distance. This would not be onerous.
Please let us know if you are interested/willing/able to volunteer for this:
Best wishes for the term to you all,
Rita on behalf of the Conference Planning Committee

Job Posting: Assistant Professor – Women Writers of United States (Texas State University)

Assistant Professor – Women Writers of United States
Job Posting #:
Review Date:
November 1, 2014
Appointment Date:
Fall 2015
Position Description
Tenure-track assistant professor, specialty in women writers of the United States. Successful applicant expected to maintain active record of publication and to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in area of specialization. Teaching assignment will include core English courses, such as first-year composition and/or introductory literature surveys taught in a large lecture setting. Teaching assignments may include other courses in literature and courses within candidate’s areas of interest. Teaching load is 2/2 first year, 3/3 thereafter. Appointment begins Fall 2015.


African-American Literature, Open Rank University of Notre Dame in Indiana

The University of Notre Dame Department of English invites applicants for a tenure-line position in African-American literature, open rank. Exceptional scholar-teachers in any period, in poetry, prose, or both, are invited to apply. Among the attractions of Notre Dame is a Department of English strongly committed to engaging multiethnic, transnational, and interdisciplinary approaches to texts and criticism. The University houses a Department of Africana Studies, as well as other related centers and institutes, with which the successful candidate may choose to affiliate.

The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic research university 90 miles from Chicago, is an equal opportunity employer with strong academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity. Women, minorities, and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are particularly encouraged to apply. Visit for information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement. The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search. The University is also a member of the Greater Chicago Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

Please send a letter of application and CV to Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 17, 2014. – See more at:

CFP: Through Laura’s Eyes: Imagery, Illustrations, and Impressions from the Little House (Deadline 12.5.14)

Call for Proposals

“LauraPalooza 2015”

Through Laura’s Eyes: Imagery, Illustrations, and Impressions from the Little House

The National Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association Conference

Sponsored by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association and South Dakota State University

We invite submissions of paper, panel, and workshop proposals for review and possible acceptance for presentation at the third LauraPalooza conference, to be held on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings on July 16-17, 2015. The conference will be followed by a field trip to De Smet, South Dakota, on July 18.

The theme of this year’s conference reflects the word pictures that Laura drew for Mary when she talked, the ones that Laura created on the printed page, and the way that Helen Sewell and Garth Williams brought them to life. It capitalizes on our Brookings, South Dakota, location and the university’s relationship with South Dakota artist (and distant relative of Laura) Harvey Dunn. Potential presenters are welcome to interpret the theme as they like.

“LauraPalooza” embodies the community spirit, work ethic, and social interaction embraced by the Ingalls and Wilder families. Academic presentations mingle with ice cream socials and spelling bees. Join scholars, writers, and professionals who specialize in Ingalls and Wilder literary, historical, and cultural impacts.


Job Posting: African American/African Diaspora Literatures Tenure-Track (Deadline 10.1.14)

African American/African Diaspora Literatures

The Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics invites applications for an Assistant Professor in African American and/or African Diaspora literatures. Scholars with comparative, transnational, or transhistorical approaches are especially encouraged to apply. Desirable secondary specializations may include one of the following: Critical Race Studies, Pre-1900 Literatures, Global Anglophone Literatures, or Francophone African or Caribbean Literatures.

Teaching assignments include courses at upper-division and MA levels, survey courses, general education, composition, and others depending on the candidate’s interests and departmental needs. Faculty teach three or four courses each semester. Reduction in teaching load is provided for the first two years, and re-assigned time is available for research, course development, and administration.


Ph.D. in English, Comparative Literature, or a related discipline is required by August 2015, with training and experience in African American literatures. ABD’s will be considered, but must show evidence of degree completion prior to appointment.
Evidence of successful teaching.
Familiarity with recognized best practices in teaching and an interest in using and developing innovative instructional technologies.
Potential for successful research and publications.
Potential for successful service to the department.
Ability to interact effectively with a wide and culturally diverse range of students.
Rank and Salary (more…)

CFP: Convention and Contravention: Vexing Gender in Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Writing (Edited Anthology; Deadline 9.12.14)

Call for proposals for edited anthologyConvention and Contravention: Vexing Gender in Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Writing

Editor: Mary Ellen Iatropoulos
CFP Deadline: 9/12/14

When existing conditions actively work to suppress women’s expression, how can the female subject assert herself? How does the space between depiction of and satire/critique of gender roles manifest in nineteenth-century women’s writing? How, through their literary works, do nineteenth-century American women writers engage the space between performing idealized gender roles and affirming or challenging those roles, to depict the female subject negotiating between real self and role self to navigate the world? This CFP seeks essays investigating the relationship between engaging, endorsing, and repudiating restrictive gender roles in nineteenth-century American women’s literature. Topics for investigating the relationship between engaging, endorsing, and repudiating restrictive gender roles in nineteenth-century American women’s literature may include: the cult of domesticity, the Poetess figure, antebellum aesthetics, literary sentimentality, variations on the “angel at the hearth” trope, etc. Essays focusing on works by specific writers are welcome, as are comparative essays investigating thematic connections throughout a selection of works.

Please send 300-500 word abstracts to Mary Ellen Iatropoulos by noon on Friday, September 12th, 2014.

Accepted contributors will be informed by October 1st, 2014. First drafts will be due in December, and final drafts will be due in March 2015 with the goal of a Fall 2015 publication date.

Abstract Deadline: 9/12/14

Please include with your abstract: Name, Affiliation, Email address, and Postal address


New Articles

Amanda Golden, “Anne Sexton’s Modern Library.” Collecting, Curating, and Researching Writers’ Libraries: A HandbookEds. Richard W. Oram and Joseph Nicholson. Scarecrow Press, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 85-102.

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