Florida International University’s Department of English invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, specializing in Early American literature, to begin in the fall of 2014. We are looking for a Ph.D. in English, with specialty in early American literatures (from 1600s up through 1860s) and/or cultural studies; transnational perspectives welcome. Strong preference will be given to candidates who also demonstrate expertise in the digital humanities. Applications should show scholarly activity and teaching experience. Candidates should have their degree in hand by August 2014. Position is contingent upon funding.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online to Job Opening ID 506764 at careers.fiu.edu and electronically attach, in a single pdf file, a letter of application, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a representative sample of scholarly work. Additionally, three or more recommendation letters should be sent to Dr. Bruce A. Harvey at email@example.com–subject heading “Early American,” please–via the “Interfolio” portfolio service (for those not using “Interfolio,” have recommenders submit direct to firstname.lastname@example.org). To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by December 1, 2013. Review will continue until the position is filled.
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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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…)
The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for a session on “Davis and the Political” at the American Literature Association’s 25th Annual Conference. The conference will be held on May 22-25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.
Session Topic: “Rebecca Harding Davis and the Political”
In keeping with the conference location in Washington, DC, we will organize a session on Davis and the political, broadly defined. Though best known for her attention to labor questions in “Life in the Iron-Mills,” Davis also wrote about the Civil War, political corruption, race relations, women’s rights, civil commitment laws, and a host of other issues of her day. We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of her political interests and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts. (more…)
New Jersey City University invites applications from candidates for a tenure-track position in American Literature to begin fall 2014.
The successful candidate must be willing and able to teach courses outside his/her areas of specialization, including courses in the undergraduate major, general education program, and composition program. Applicants with expertise in Early American literary traditions are particularly welcome. (more…)