“Oceans Rise, Empires Fall:

Tidal Shifts in the Eighteenth Century”

February 18-20, 2021 in Ft. Myers, Florida

Session Proposal Deadline: 6.15.2020

(Individual Papers and Fully-formed Panels Deadline: 10.15.2020)

The 47th meeting of The Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS) will take place February 18-20, 2021 in Ft. Myers, Florida, a historically rich, culturally vibrant city also known as a winter getaway for its warm temperatures, tropical scenery, and beautiful shorelines.

Situated on the gulf coast and the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, Ft. Myers has a distinct history informed by its relationship with land and water, which inspires our theme: “Oceans Rise, Empires Fall: Tidal Shifts in the Eighteenth Century.”

At this time, we invite session proposals related to this theme or any aspect of the long eighteenth century.  We welcome proposals for traditional panel and roundtable topics as well as innovative session formats. *We especially invite proposals on women writers, writers of color, and indigenous groups.

Please send your session proposal including title, short description of the session format and topic, and your contact information, to Mary Crone-Romanovski at by June 15, 2020.  

Submitted panel topics will be included on the general CFP for SEASECS 2021. Fully-formed panels and individual paper proposals will be due by October 15, 2020.

Chat with a Legacy Editor

As has recently been reported, the COVID-19 epidemic has had a dramatic impact on women’s research productivity, measured in part by drops in their journal submissions. Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers relies on the work of women–as researchers, authors, consultants, board members, and editors. We recognize that the effects of social distancing are affecting women’s productivity and we want to help! 

Do you have an idea for an article that you’ve always wanted to write? Are you wondering if your piece is suitable for Legacy? Do you have transcribed letters from an archive that you’d like to share? Or a profile on a woman writer you’ve recovered? If you’d like to “chat with an editor” via email or Zoom, please contact us. 

If you’d like to consult with one of the co-editors about an article, you can reach Susan Tomlinson at; Jennifer Putzi at; or Jennifer Tuttle at

For inquiries about Features (Profiles, From the Archives, Reprints, or On Culture), contact Mary Chapman at For inquiries about book reviews, contact Cari Carpenter at

We look forward to hearing from you!

CFP: SSAWW at the Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference (Deadline: 6.5.2020)

Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) panel at the Society of Early Americanists (SEA) Biennial Conference, planned to be held at Emory University on March 3-7, 2021.

Proposals are welcome on any aspect of women’s cultural productions (broadly conceived) in the Americas before 1830.

By June 5, please send me your:

  • abstract (less than 200 words)
  • institutional affiliation
  • c.v. (2 pages or less)
  • an indication of whether AV is necessary to your presentation

Details on the conference are available at You do not need to be a current member of SEA to submit a proposal, but panelists will be required to join the society before the conference.

Please send submissions to Theresa Strouth Gaul (

New Book: The American Adrenaline Narrative

Author: Kristin J. Jacobson

The American Adrenaline Narrative

University of Georgia Press, 2020

The American Adrenaline Narrative considers the nature of perilous outdoor adventure tales, their gendered biases, and how they simultaneously promote and hinder ecological sustainability. To explore these themes, Kristin J. Jacobson defines and compares adrenaline narratives by a range of American authors published after the first Earth Day in 1970, a time frame selected as a watershed moment for the contemporary American environmental movement. The forty-plus years since that day also mark the rise in the popularity and marketing of many things as “extreme,” including sports, jobs, travel, beverages, gum, makeovers, laundry detergent, and even the environmental movement itself.

Jacobson maps the American eco-imagination via adrenaline narratives, grounding them in the traditional literary practice of close reading analysis and in ecofeminism. She surveys a range of popular and lesser-known primary texts by American authors, including best-selling books, such as Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air and Aron Ralston’s Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and lesser-known texts, such as Patricia C. McCairen’s Canyon Solitude, Eddy L. Harris’s Mississippi Solo, and Stacy Allison’s Beyond the Limits. She also discusses such narratives as they appear in print and online articles and magazines, feature-length and short films, television shows, amateur videos, social networking site posts, fiction, advertising, and blogs.

Jacobson contends that these stories constitute a distinctive genre because-unlike traditional nature, travel, and sports writing- adrenaline narratives sustain heightened risk or the element of the “extreme” within a natural setting. Additionally, these narratives provide important insight into the American environmental imagination’s connection to masculinity and adventure-knowledge that helps us grasp the current climate crisis and how narrative understanding provides a needed intervention.

This book is available for purchase from the University of Georgia Press website. The UGA Press is having a sale (50% off all titles, including The American Adrenaline Narrative) until June 30, 2020. Use code 08UGAP. They also offer free shipping on orders over $25 (

New Book: Love and Depth in the American Novel

Author: Ashley C. Barnes

Love and Depth in the American Novel from Stowe to James

University of Virginia Press, 2020

Love and Depth in the American Novel seeks to change how we think about the American love story and how we imagine the love of literature. By examining classics of nineteenth-century American literature, Ashley Barnes offers a new approach to literary theory that encompasses both New Historicism and the ethical turn in literary studies.

Couples like Huck and Jim and Ishmael and Queequeg have grounded the classic account of the American novel as exceptionally gothic and antisocial. Barnes argues instead for a model of shared intimacy that connects the evangelical sentimental best seller to the high art of psychological realism. In her reading of works by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Elizabeth Stoddard, Henry James, and others in the context of nineteenth-century Protestant-Catholic debates about how to know and love God, what emerges is an alternate tradition of the American love story that pictures intimacy as communion rather than revelation. Barnes uses that unacknowledged love story to propose a model of literary critical intimacy that depends on reading fiction in its historical context.

Love and Depth in the American Novel offers a fresh, original analysis of the nineteenth-century American novel. Ashley Barnes’s book is a genuinely remarkable study: it is original, insightful, and important. Especially timely are Barnes’s contributions to current debates about differing modes of reading, as well as her consideration of the Protestant nature of scholarly praxis, a contribution that extends the recent study of secularity into the academy itself. The book’s arguments—both broadly defined and within individual chapters—are sophisticated and intricate.” — Claudia Stokes, Trinity University, author of The Altar at Home: Sentimental Literature and Nineteenth-Century American Religion

“Beautifully written, authoritative, and engaging, this important book establishes an original frame for understanding nineteenth-century literature.” — Dawn Coleman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, author of Preaching and the Rise of the American Novel

This book is available for purchase from the University of Virginia Press in digital and print formats.

Call for Technical Editor – Scholarly Editing (Nominations Due: 5.29.2020)

Call for Technical Editor  

The Association for Documentary Editing is reviving the premier journal Scholarly Editing. The following is its new mission statement:
Scholarly Editing is an open-access journal committed to the development and advancement of all aspects of textual editing, including documentary editing. The content published in the journal includes essays, micro editions, reviews of print and digital editions, and teaching materials. The journal’seclectic, multidisciplinary approach makes it an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the theory, practice, and pedagogy of scholarly editing, including educators, researchers, scholars, historians, archivists, editors, information professionals, and digital humanists.

We are carrying on the excellent work of Amanda Gailey and Andrew Jewell, who pioneered the online iteration of a print journal (Documentary Editing) that began as a newsletter in 1979. The most recent issue of the journal was published in 2017, and we will issue a new issue, Volume 39, in 2021.  We are issuing an open call for the position of technical editor for the journal. 

  • We will use server space from Reclaim Hosting, and Open Journal Systems (OJS) will be our main tool for submissions, workflow management, and publication of essays, pedagogical materials, and reviews of print and digital editions. 
  • We will also continue to publish micro editions, which may be in XML/TEI, Scalar, or other formats. We expect the primary work of the technical editor to involve writing XSLT for these micro editions as well as managing micro editions that have been prepared in Scalar or other platforms.
  • Skills and competencies: Familiarity with php based systems like OJS, as well as XPath, XML/TEI, and XSL. Ability to work in additional platforms, including Scalar and others as the need arises. Ability to collaborate with a wide variety of people, including micro edition editors, the journal’s editorial team, and the support personnel at Reclaim.

  Please send inquiries, nominations, applications to Co-Editors-in-Chief and by May 29, 2020.

CFP: Reproductive Justice and Literature Handbook (EXTENDED Deadline: 5.15.2020)

CFP for Reproductive Justice and Literature Handbook

*Given the ongoing disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are extending the deadline to MAY 15, 2020.

We seek contributing authors for a handbook on Reproductive Justice and Literature to be edited by Laura Lazzari and Beth Widmaier Capo and published by Palgrave Macmillan.

This handbook will include essays of 8,000-10,000 words each that analyze reproductive justice issues as they play out across and through literature and film. Essays may consider any period, genre, or cultural context in literature, but must situate the works in the specific reproductive justice framework delineated by Ross and Solinger in Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2017): an intersectional analysis of the right to have a child, not have a child, and parent in a safe/healthy environment (i.e. if discussing surrogacy within contemporary American novels, the relevant legal and social framework should be clearly explained).

This text is meant to be a resource to scholars, teachers, and students in a wide range of fields, including literature and social justice, literature and reproduction, cultural studies, women’s and gender studies, literature and law, reproductive rights and gender justice, literature and gender, literature and human rights, and motherhood studies.

We invite abstracts for proposed chapters on literature and topics related to the right to have a child, not have a child, and parent a child in a safe and healthy environment. This includes topics of reproductive control and fertility, prenatal and maternal healthcare, sterilization and reproductive technologies, childbirth and maternal mortality, motherhood and parenting, adoption, surrogacy, and childcare.

Submissions on 18-19th century, theatre, Young Adult literature, graphic novels, and countries outside the U.S. are especially welcome.

Please send a 500 word abstract, 3-5 keywords, and a short biography by May 15, 2020 to and