Digital Edition Update- “Rebecca Harding Davis: The Complete Works”

Thanks to the amazing work of Alicia Micha Renfroe, I am pleased to announce that a comparative text of “A Story of To-Day,” serialized in the Atlantic Monthly, and its book version, Margret Howth (1862), is now available on the “Rebecca Harding Davis: The Complete Works” website ( This is the only edition of Margret Howth that is fully annotated, making it a more teachable version of the novel as well.

This comparative text reveals—for the first time—the extraordinary editing Davis did before publishing the book version of her Civil War-era novel about labor, capitalism, and mid-19th-century philosophies of reform. Nearly every paragraph was edited, revealing the philosophical and cultural issues that concerned Davis as she prepared the manuscript for book publication.

This text is also an important contribution to the broader field of book history and nineteenth-century women’s textual practices.

Again, many thanks to Micha Renfroe (editor of Davis’s A Law Unto Herself, [U of Nebraska P]), for her commitment to bringing this important work to fruition.


SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference – Graduate Student Travel Awards DEADLINE APPROACHING (8.10.2018)

Reminder: Graduate Student Travel Awards deadline approaching August 10th, 2018

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference Graduate Student Travel Awards

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is pleased to support graduate students with travel awards to our 2018 triennial conference. These awards (a minimum of fifty dollars) will be available to all graduate students whose membership with SSAWW is current, who are registered for the conference by July 31, 2018, and who are presenting on panel or roundtable at the conference. Those who apply will receive a check when they arrive to pick up their registration materials (badge, program, etc.) at the conference.

To ensure that we can provide assistance to the greatest number of graduate students possible, the SSAWW Executive Committee asks that those fortunate enough to have full support from their home institutions decline the reimbursement (please let us know as soon as possible after applying if you fall into this category).

To apply, please send the following information via E-mail to Christopher Varlack, the program director for the 2018 triennial conference, at



Year of graduate studies:

Paper/Panel Title:

In addition, please confirm the following:

Yes, I have registered for the 2018 conference.

Yes, my SSAWW membership is current.


Applications must be received no later than August 10, 2018. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via E-mail. Please note, however, that late applications cannot be considered.

CFP: NeMLA Panel “In Relation: Sisters and Sisterhood” (Deadline: 9.30.2018)

CFP: Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference,

March 21-24 Washington D.C.
Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2018

This pre-approved panel seeks to build on and extend the scholarship on sister relationships in literature as presented in such critical works as Sarah Annes Brown’s Devoted Sisters: Representations of the Sister Relationship in Nineteenth-century British and American Literature (2003), among other studies. The focus of the panel is on literature of the Victorian period to the 1920s, and welcomes studies from different national streams. The panel looks to position sisters and the sister relationship as central to the dynamics of their literary works, moving them from the margins to the center, and considering the ways in which a focus on the sister relationship derails and disrupts a narrative’s expected trajectories: the panel’s significance lies in attempting to explore and respond to questions such as, for instance, to what extent does the sister plot challenge or even displace the heterosexual trajectory of the traditional marriage plot? What cultural and social implications emerge when the sister relationship is interpreted as occupying a central position in a fiction’s dynamics? Other issues and topics to be considered may include but are not limited to: recognizable patterns of the sister plot and its disruptions; how rivalry, antagonism, competitiveness engage with care and intimacy; sisterly facilitations of social acceptance or social obstruction; “good” and “bad” sisters; parental relationships among sisters; sisterhood and class mobility; sisterhood as creative/destructive; sisterhood as facilitating and/or resisting the slippage into female stereotypes; sister-artists, among others. The panel is open to different perspectives and theoretical frameworks, but transnational and comparative perspectives and gender and psychoanalytic theoretical approaches are particularly welcome. Please direct queries to

Abstracts can be submitted at:

If accepted, presenters must become members of NeMLA by December 1, 2018. More information on NeMLA and the full call for papers are available at

CFP: SSAWW Panel at the Society of Early Americanists Conference (Deadline: 8.5.2018)

CFP for SSAWW Panel at  the Society of Early Americanists Conference

Submissions are invited for a panel on women’s cultural productions in early America (before 1830).  This panel will be sponsored by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) at the Society of Early Americanists (SEA) Conference at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Feb. 27-March 2, 2019. Papers on a variety of topics will be considered, but each should address in some way how attention to women as cultural producers disrupts, revises, or enriches the field of early American studies. Interdisciplinary and/or intersectional approaches are welcome.

Please send the following to by August 5:




Title of paper

200-word abstract

50-word bio

Indicate whether you have attended previous SEA conferences


Theresa Strouth Gaul.                                                                                                                                           SEA-SSAWW liaison

CFP: “Singular Voices” at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne (Deadline: 11.30.2018)

«  Singular voices »
Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne,
April 11th, 2019
This one-day conference is organized by Flavie Épié, Pierre Habasque, and Héloïse Thomas
as part of the conferences for young researchers of the CLIMAS research group (Cultures and Literatures of the Anglophone Worlds) at the University Bordeaux Montaigne.

Voices can be marginalized or put on a pedestal; they can rise above the noise of the crowd or remain ignored; they can sing solos or puncture the harmony. Throughout this one-day interdisciplinary conference, we invite participants to reflect on the place and role of voices that are considered singular in the English-speaking world. We want to shed light on the ways in which a voice, whether singled out or in relation to others, assert its unicity and resists to the homogenization of dominant discourses.

What makes a voice singular? Literary and critical theory has supplied many answers. From Genette’s narratology to Bakhtine’s dialogism, by way of hybrid narratives, implicit characterizations, and autobiographical postures, the voice, always in its singular form, appears to function as a cornerstone of literature. The singularity can belong to the writer, who may be canonized or marginalized: which voices have been judged unique, minor, ostracized, dissenting, nonstandard, extra-ordinary, surprising, or queer? Who gets to judge them as such? Singularity can also come up in the very narrative and discursive techniques at work in the text, or be a part of the plot itself. Translated works and the very act of translating bring a new perspective: can the voice of the person translating the text be considered singular? How does it coexist with that of the author within the translated work?

In linguistics, the polysemy of “voice” allows for a broad range of issues. We can wonder how the use of passive or active voices can create specific meaning effects, or how the linguistic study of voices can convey a political aspect. Two examples seem most relevant here: first, the use of certain pronouns to give visibility to marginalized identities (the singular they claimed by trans and/or non-binary persons, for example), and second, the existence of socially marked dialects or accents that have become stigmatized (AAVE) and/or used to subversive ends. The “Polari” is thus a secret language used by the gay community in the UK before homosexuality was decriminalized.

From a historical and social perspective, the singular voice can be that of visionaries who seek to effect profound social changes, or that of whistleblowers. The voice does not even need to be oralized: it can be the vote and what it expresses, through local or national elections. If the people speaks with one voice, which voices will be ostracized or dissenting? Who is included in the “silent majority”? Who claims to belong to “counter-culture”?

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that mobilize interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches on the theme of the voice, in any part of the English-speaking world, from all time periods.

This conference is open to all but aims to showcase the work of young researchers in Anglophone Studies. We welcome papers in English and in French.

Please email 300-word abstracts and a short biographical note to by November 30, 2018. We aim at notifying selected participants by mid-January 2019.

Call for Graduate Student Writers at SSAWW (Deadline: 8.5.2018)

Call for Graduate Student Writers at SSAWW

ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture is seeking participants to cover the Society for the Study of American Women Writers convention in Denver this November for its annual “The Year in Conferences” feature.

The SSAWW team will cover panels of interest to ESQ‘s readers.  This project is an excellent opportunity for scholarly collaboration and professionalization. YiC has been recognized by scholars not just for its utility but also as a mentoring and networking tool. From the initial recruiting stages to panel selection and publication of the final piece, YiC creates a supportive, collaborative environment that encourages participants to do their best work.  Past YiC writers have found the experience very rewarding.

We seek a team of Ph.D. students working in nineteenth-century American literature.  If you are interested in participating, please send a C.V. and brief message describing your scholarly interests to LuElla D’Amico at by August 5th.

SSAWW 2018 Conference Announcements and Reminders

SSAWW Conference Announcements and Reminders
PROGRAM: View the most recent draft of the conference program – SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference Draft (7-19)
GRADUATE STUDENTS: In May, we posted our initial call for a graduate student service opportunity, enabling selected graduate students to serve four hours at the registration desk or art exhibition room in exchange for a full registration waiver to the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference. After reviewing the applications received, we are still in need of one graduate student to work the art exhibition at all four of the following times: Thursday from 8:00-9:00 AM, Thursday from 9:00-10:00 AM, Thursday from 12:00-1:00 PM, and Friday from 8:00-9:00 AM. Please contact Christopher Allen Varlack, Program Director, at if interested in this opportunity.