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 (rebeccahardingdaviscompleteworks.com/). 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
Year of graduate studies:
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: 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 email@example.com.
Abstracts can be submitted at: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17728
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 NeMLA.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by August 5th.
SSAWW Conference Announcements and Reminders
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 email@example.com
if interested in this opportunity.