CFP: Consumption and the Literary Cookbook A Call for Papers for an Edited Collection (Deadline: 1.5.2020)

In the 1960s, long before there was Julie & Julia, an aspiring writer named Nora Ephron cooked her way through the holy trinity of cookbooks: Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Michael Field’s Cooking School, and Craig Claiborne’s New York Times Cook Book. In a New Yorker column from 2006, titled “Serial Monogamy: My Cookbook Crushes,” Ephron describes her relationship with the authors of these books: “as I cooked, I had imaginary conversation with them both [Claiborne fell out of favor early on]. Julia was nicer and more forgiving. … Field was sterner and more meticulous; he was almost fascistic. He was full of prejudice about things like the garlic press (he believed that using one made the garlic bitter), and I threw mine away for fear that he would suddenly materialize in my kitchen and disapprove” (73). Ephron later continued her serial cookbook monogamy with Martha Stewart, “whom I worshipped and had long, long imaginary talks with,” and more recently Nigella Lawson (75), with whom she also likely conversed, given her notice that they have similar styles in the kitchen and at table. Ephron responded to these cookbooks because they gave her narrative that evoked emotive and linguistic response, and these are cookbooks that draw attention to the genre of the literary cookbook.

Calling something literary, at its most basic, is to refer to writing of value, writing with emotive force. The literary cookbook genre includes cookbooks based on authors and/or their writing, such as The Bloomsbury Cookbook or Alice Eats: A Wonderland Cookbook. Widely configured, it can also include novels or memoirs laden with recipes, such as Like Water for Chocolate or Miriam’s Kitchen. And sometimes seemingly straightforward cookbooks turn out to be literary epics, like the work of Anthony Bourdain. Whatever its form, the literary cookbook centers on consumption, and the question of what (or sometimes who) is consumed makes these books as interesting (and delicious) as they are useful. It is, therefore, our aim with this edited collection to examine how consumption is represented, constructed, explained, or manipulated in the literary cookbook.

Contributors might focus on:

  • cookbooks based on authors and/or their writing, such as the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook or The Game of Thrones Cookbook
  • novels or memoirs laden with recipes, such as Like Water for Chocolate or Miriam’s Kitchen or Heartburn
  • cookbooks that weave travel or historical or biographical narrative with the recipes, such as Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen
  • cookbooks that follow Child and Fields in prefacing each recipe with a narrative, such as those by Anthony Bourdain or Yotam Ottolenghi

Deadline for Proposals (500 words) and Biography (250 words): 5 September 2019

Deadline for Chapters (6000 words): 5 January 2020

Please send proposals to Roxanne Harde and Janet Wesselius

Roxanne Harde is Professor of English at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Faculty, where she also serves as Associate Dean, Research. A Fulbright Scholar, Roxanne researches and teaches American literature and culture, focusing on children’s literature, popular culture, women’s writing, and Indigenous literature. Her most recent book is The Embodied Child, coedited with Lydia Kokkola (Routledge, 2017). She has published articles in The Lion and the Unicorn, Mosaic, Critique, Jeunesse, and IRCL, and chapters in more than twenty collections of essays.

Janet Wesselius is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Faculty, where she specializes in epistemology and the philosophy of science. She has previously published on Pollyanna and pragmatism and Anne of Green Gables and the embodied reader. In addition to philosophy, she also teaches feminist theory.

CFP: Walls as Tropes of Separation and Contact in American Literature at the 25th AISNA Biennial Conference (Deadline: 6.15.2019)

The 25th AISNA Biennial Conference: ‘Gate(d) Ways. Enclosures, Breaches and Mobilities Across U.S. Boundaries and Beyond’

The conference takes place in Ragusa, Sicily with the Università degli Studi di Catania from September 26th to the 28th.  All the information can be found in the link below:

Panel: Walls as Tropes of Separation and Contact in American Literature

Strictly speaking, the definition of the word “wall” suggests a separation as well as an enclosure. But what if the wall is represented not as a permanent division, but rather a permeable membrane between the inside and outside? What kind of contact takes place through the wall and despite it? What is the epistemological relevance of the wall in literature? “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall” is the opening line of Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall.” The scrivener Bartleby, in Melville’s most memorable tale, chooses to spend most of his time staring out of his office’s window at a brick wall. How has the wall been portrayed in American literature? How does this fit in and compare to the wider context of World Literature? The wall can function as spatial and generic demarcation and at the same time it can represent a desire for transgression and hybridity. The US myth of the frontier is in itself a metaphorical wall of separation that has been negotiated and renegotiated, written and rewritten – and thus reappropriated – over time. Moreover, notions of “walls” are in constant evolution, and can be considered as being the product of historical, social and political relations, weaving a network of representations and mental images.

This panel will specifically focus on critical relations between interior and exterior, the known and the unknown, form and formlessness, flux and fixity, absence and presence, real and imaginary geographies, forms or acts of “translation” in the etymological sense of “carrying across.” In the absence of a physical wall, what are the metaphorical representations of borders, margins, thresholds and gate(way)s? How might these be read as a creative re-use of walls? The coordinators invite proposals for papers on fiction and non-fiction, prose and poetry, translation, ecocriticism, geocriticism and spatial literary studies in American literature.

Panel Coordinators:
Paola Loreto, University of Milan,
Margarida Cadima, University of Glasgow,

Paper proposals (max. 300 words) should be submitted, together with a brief biographical note, to the Panel Coordinator(s), to the Conference Organizer Gigliola Nocera ( and to the Aisna Secretary Simone Francescato ( by June 15, 2019. Successful proponents will be notified by June 30, 2019.

CFP: Emily Dickinson Society at SAMLA (Deadline: 6.15.2019)

CFP: Emily Dickinson Society at SAMLA

November 15-17, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia

The Emily Dickinson International Society invites proposals that explore any aspect of Emily Dickinson’s language. We welcome creative works as well as projects by graduate students. We believe Dickinson’s work aligns especially well with the theme of this year’s SAMLA, which celebrates “languages, the ways we use them, the ways they use us, the ways they shape our realities.”

By June 15, please send a 250-word abstract, a CV, and AV requests to Dr. Trisha Kannan at

If you’re interested but unable to submit an abstract by June 15, then feel free to contact me directly at Also, I’m looking for someone to take over as chair for the EDIS panel at these annual SAMLA conferences, so please reach out if you’re interested!

CFP: Modernist Short Stories Writers Sponsored by the Kay Boyle Society, (Deadline: 6.13.2019)

Modernist Short Stories Writers

Sponsored by the Kay Boyle Society

The American Short Story: New Considerations

New Orleans, Sep. 5-7, 2019

Many modernist writers experimented with the short story genre early in their careers, while reading, publishing and critiquing each other’s work in small magazines.

The objective of this panel is to engage in comparative, reflective conversation, bringing out as yet unnoticed similarities and convergence in themes, writing practices, and subjectivities among these writers.

This panel invites papers on the work of one writer or in the context of other writers, on one or more of the following themes:

  • Representations of trauma
  • Explorations of justice, war, and morality
  • Explorations of racial and national formation
  • Critical reception
  • Teaching

Please send a 1-paragraph abstract and short bio to Anne Boyd Rioux at by June 13, 2019. For more information on the conference, sponsored by the Society for the Study of the American Short Story, see:

CFP: Essay Collection on Louise Imogen Guiney (Deadline: 8.15.2019)

Call for Papers: Essay Collection on Louise Imogen Guiney

The Vaughan Association announces plans to publish a centenary collection of literary and historical essays to honour the poet, essayist, and literary scholar Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920). The editors hope to print ten to fifteen papers, each about 3000-5000 words in length, that address Guiney’s historical and cultural contexts, literary achievements, her work in scholarship and public literary culture, her role in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Catholic circles, and especially her importance in seventeenth-century studies and Vaughan criticism. We expect to include considerations of Guiney’s career in terms of her status as a woman scholar and transatlantic figure; and the volume may also include some original poetry written about Louise Guiney and/or pursuing her literary vision. Please send 100-200 word proposals with a brief CV to Dr. Holly Faith Nelson and Dr. Jonathan Nauman at by 15 August 2019.

The Vaughan Association is an international literary society founded in 1995 to celebrate and explore the achievements of the poet Henry Vaughan and of his brother the iatrochemist Thomas Vaughan. The Association publishes an annual journal, Scintilla, featuring original poetry and scholarship in the metaphysical tradition; and an annual Colloquium is held each spring in the Vaughans’ native county of Breconshire.

CFP: Reflecting Black: 400 Years of African American Life and History, University of Houston-Downtown Fall Symposium (Deadline: 9.6.2019)

CFP: University of Houston-Downtown Fall Symposium

Reflecting Black: 400 Years of African American Life and History

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History, Humanities, and Languages, and Center for Critical Race Studies is hosting a Symposium commemorating 400 Years of African American Life and History. This year, 2019, marks the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of the first documented Africans to the North American continent. Undoubtedly, the past four centuries of African American life have been replete with trauma, struggle, and resiliency. The Symposium will examine the centrality of race and racism throughout United States history and ongoing efforts to dismantle structural systems of oppression. We will also highlight the myriad achievements and contributions African Americans have made to various sectors in the United States.

The Symposium aims to provide undergraduate students interested in Africana studies opportunities to engage and network with graduate students performing cutting-edge research in Africana studies. We also seek to provide graduate students at a wide range of colleges and universities opportunities to engage UHD faculty concerning transdisciplinary pedagogical strategies and creative methods that enrich educational experiences of students of color, especially transfer and first-generation college students.

2019 Call for Papers

The Symposium Committee welcomes undergraduate and graduate students at UHD and other institutions to submit paper proposals and abstracts on any of the following topics:

Slavery and Resistance                                         Citizenship and Armed Forces

Race and Racial Formation/Identity                    African American Literature and Creativity

Black Language/Dialect                                       African and African American Art

Entertainment (Music, Film, Dance)                   Civil Rights Movement

Black and Brown Coalitions                                             Education

Afrocentrism                                                         Pan-Africanism

The African Diaspora                                            Black Greek Fraternities and Sororities

#BlackGirlMagic                                                  #BlackBoyJoy

Black Masculinity                                                 Black Feminism

Queer Black Studies                                              Race and Politics

Black Religion                                                      Race and Sports

Black Lives Matter                                                Afrofuturism

Including Other Related Topics



Any students registered for undergraduate or graduate courses in Fall 2019.

 Call for Papers Timetable:

Timely submission of papers is critical to the success of the Symposium. The procedures and timetable enumerated below will apply.

  • Deadline for Proposals and Abstract
    By September 6, 2019, authors should submit a one to two page proposal for their papers including: 1) the title of the paper; 2) a 500-word abstract. The abstract should provide a brief summary of the paper and include the paper’s purpose, methodology and design, major interpretations, and conclusions. Proposals, along with authors’ contact information, should be submitted via the Symposium Website.
  • Notification of Acceptance of Proposals
    By September 19, 2019, the Reflecting Black Selection Committee will make a decision on all proposals. The Committee will contact authors regarding their proposals and presenting their papers at the Symposium scheduled for October 24 at UHD.
  • Symposium Registration: Students whose proposals have been accepted should register to attend and present their papers at the Symposium by emailing the following information to Dr. Jonathan Chism ( by September 23, 2019.●        Your Name

    ●        Paper Title

    ●        Institutional Affiliation

    ●        Short Biography

  •   Paper Presentation Details: For undergraduate students, the paper presentation should be between 12-15 minutes (approx. 1200-1500 words, 6-8 pp.), with 5-10 minutes reserved for questions and discussion. For graduate students, the paper presentation should be between 15-20 minutes (approx. 1500 – 2000 words, 8 – 10 pp.), with 10 minutes reserved for questions and discussion.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Prize Competition

All papers accepted for the Symposium that meet the minimum standards established by the Committee will be included in the Reflecting Black Competition. To be eligible for the Competition, students need to submit their complete papers for consideration by October 1, 2019 and present at the Symposium. The undergraduate and graduate students with the best papers will receive prizes at the conclusion of the Symposium. The criteria for evaluation will be based on the following: 1) Critical Engagement, Interpretation, and Analysis of Academic Sources; 2) Originality of ideas; 3) Clarity of presentation; and 4) Creativity.

Please address questions to Dr. Jonathan Chism via e-mail at

CFP: C19 The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists 6th Biennial Conference (Deadline: 9.2.2019)

CFP: C19: The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists 6th Biennial Conference


C19: The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists, seeks submissions for its sixth biennial conference, “Dissent,” to be held on April 2-5, 2020, in Coral Gables, Florida. We invite individual paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on literature and culture in and beyond the United States during the long nineteenth century.

With our theme we aim to inspire a broad consideration of varied forms of “dissent”: nonconformity to existing identities, institutions, policies, practices, and norms in this period. What constitutes “dissent”? How do we think through dissent genealogically–that is, how might  nineteenth-century dissent offer a means of examining contemporary circumstances and formations?

We also hope to engender discussions about dissent in scholarship and pedagogy. How might we challenge dominant or conventional approaches within nineteenth-century American literary and cultural studies? Do we need reformulations of what constitutes analysis, proper objects of study, disciplinary boundaries, and field formation? How might the particular historical and archival labor of nineteenth-century American studies challenge the scholarly values of the twenty-first century university?

Lastly, how might we theorize divergences from dissent, such as accord, consensus, convention, and acceptance, or reactionary forms of dissent, such as nativism and revanchism? To what extent might dissent itself, often framed as a form of negation, risk foreclosing intellectual and political possibilities? In what ways might we productively dissent from dissent?

C19 also invites submissions on other topics, especially those engaging literary, cultural and historical perspectives on nineteenth century Florida and its location within the circum-Caribbean. We encourage transhemispheric, transoceanic, and transnational approaches; presentations attending to migration, movement, and travel, and those examining the complex lives, afterlives and ecologies of settler colonialism, indigeneity, slavery and empire.

In addition to traditional panels, roundtables and individual paper submissions, we welcome proposals for workshops, dialogues, and inventive presentation formats. For more detailed information about our conferences, please consult the C19 website. Submissions will be due September 2, 2019. The website will open for submissions on May 24th.

Questions should be directed to the Program Committee:

Jennifer C. James, Program Chair, The George Washington University,

Mark Rifkin, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro,

Gretchen Woertendyke, University of South Carolina,