The Choice of Books: The Woman Reader, Control, and Cultural Authority
In Yale Professor Noah Porter’s 1870 guide to finding “successful methods of Reading,” he argues that young women “suffering for the want of a little direction […] read themselves down into an utter waste and frivolity of thought, feeling and purpose. The trashy literature in which they delight, becomes the cheap and vapid representative of their empty minds, their heartless affections, and their frivolous characters.” To save their souls from “utter barrenness and waste,” he defines and categorizes books and courses of reading that will be useful and formative. (more…)
This panel is being proposed for the 2016 Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, which is being held in Boston from March 10th to 12th. A more complete cfp is below.
Southern Writers and Their Professional Networks
During the nineteenth century, the nation’s communication and transportation systems advantaged publishers located in the northeastern United States, leading to a system of literary production primarily controlled by Northerners. To gain access to nationwide distribution systems and a national audience, antebellum Southern writers attempted to build relationships with influential Northern writers, editors, publishers, and printers. This panel examines how Southern writers attempted to develop these collaborations with Northerners by leveraging a variety of types of capital—social, political, and economic. By November 1, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a brief bio to Summar Sparks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louisa May Alcott Society Call for Papers: ALA, May 26-29, 2016, San Francisco, CA
Alcott for Grown-ups
While Louisa May Alcott notoriously complained about her role as a chief provider of “moral pap for the young,” after the widespread success of Little Women, her identity as “the children’s friend” was firmly sealed. Turning away from this unilateral understanding of Alcott and her work, this panel seeks to examine the ways Alcott’s identity and body of work engages with or problematizes grown-up-ness. We welcome papers that analyze Alcott’s writing for adults as well as those that complicate the study of Alcott’s work as children’s literature within the development of American Realism. (more…)
Assistant Professor of English, Specialist in African American literature (Auburn University Montgomery)
Auburn University at Montgomery invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track positions in English. 1) Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric, to begin Fall 2016. Will teach courses in both the Master of Teaching Writing program and composition; preference given to candidates with expertise in ESL. 2) Assistant Professor of English, to begin Fall 2016. Specialist in African American literature; will also teach American literature surveys and composition, with opportunities for teaching creative writing for candidates with creative publications.
Interest in teaching online courses desirable. 3/3 teaching load with ongoing scholarship and publication; internal funding and professional improvement leave available. Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric or English with a focus in composition and rhetoric. Please send letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts to Search Committee Chair, Department of English and Philosophy, Auburn University Montgomery, P. O. Box 244023, Montgomery, AL 36124-4023. Priority given to applications received by October 30. Applicants must also apply electronically at http://www.jobs.aum.edu. Auburn University at Montgomery is an equal-opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity; therefore, we encourage applications from historically under-represented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Applicants are expected to cover the field of US Literature from its beginnings to the contemporary period and show documented excellence in research and teaching. Specialists in the field of popular literature / popular culture are sought, with an additional scholarly interest in one or more of the following areas: transnational studies, gender studies, visual cultures, and media and literature in the digital age. Applicants are expected to pursue interdisciplinary scholarship (literary and cultural studies), have experience working in university administration, and be team-oriented. Further expectations include outstanding publications in international, refereed journals of American studies, experience in acquiring external funding, excellent international contacts and networks, as well as a willingness to work with the university’s thematic research clusters, including cooperation with other departments such as the natural sciences or medicine. The professorship will require a strong, ongoing commitment to fostering and developing the institute’s BA and MA degree programs, including teachers’ education, as well as ongoing participation in administrative duties. (more…)