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CFP: Catharine Sedgwick Society Symposium 2017 (Deadline 11.30.16)

“Where and When: Evolving Concepts of Place, Space, and Time

in the Writings of Sedgwick and Her Contemporaries”

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Sedgwick’s death in 1867

and The 20th Anniversary of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

June 7-10, 2017 — The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

From her first novel, A New-England Tale; or Sketches of New-England Character and Manners (1822) to her last, Married or Single? (1857), much of Catharine Sedgwick’s writing, like the writing of many of her contemporaries, is geographically and historically specific. While a significant body of criticism has treated the elements of history and locality in Sedgwick’s works, far less scholarship has explored the ways in which her depictions of settings reflect changing ideas about both place and time over the course of her career. How did Sedgwick’s understanding of her native Berkshires, the larger region of New England, and the nation as a whole evolve as her physical and personal life, her professional career, and the United States advanced and matured? How did her perception of the passage of time, of cultural change, and of history itself evolve as political expansion, economic development, and technological innovation rapidly changed the look, the breadth, and the pace of American life from the 1820s to the Civil War?

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Sedgwick’s death and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society, the Society will return to Sedgwick’s home town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to convene its 8th symposium from June 7-10, 2017. The Society invites proposals that consider Sedgwick’s legacy—how it grew over the course of her career and how it has evolved in the century and a half since her death—as well as the work of Sedgwick (or one of her male or female contemporaries with links to Sedgwick) through the lenses of place, space, and time broadly construed—including studies of setting and historicity as well as more contemporary theoretical approaches to time, space, and the environment. Papers might:

  • Explore evolving ways of reading/representing the landscape in works by Sedgwick and her contemporaries
  • Make connections between new technological developments, such as railroads and telegraphs, and changing perceptions of space and time in literature
  • Explore the state of the union as reflected in evolving depictions of place
  • Discuss the role of historic sites, cemeteries, place names in fiction and in national identity
  • Rethink the “transcendental” movement in terms of space and time
  • Elucidate cultural histories or popular culture representations of iconic New England scenes, such as the Concord Bridge, Ice Glen, Sacrifice Rock/Laurel Hill, Mount Holyoke, or Monument Mountain
  • Envision new roles for Sedgwick’s works in the classroom or interpret ways in which the teaching of Sedgwick and her contemporaries has evolved over nearly fifty years of recovery scholarship
  • Demonstrate ways in which digital humanities and online archives impact scholarly research on Sedgwick and her contemporaries
  • Theorize changing perceptions of domestic life, familial relationships, and the meaning of “home”: how might the “domestic” be reframed in terms of space, place and time?
  • Focus on the material distribution of texts (letters, periodicals, transatlantic republishing) in Sedgwick’s time and how these distribution methods relate to space, place and time
  • Explore ways in which considerations of geographic and/or historic specificity support, reiterate, and/or challenge larger theoretical notions of geography and/or history
  • Elucidate the life cycle or developmental paradigm of nonhuman entities:  plants, landscapes, mountains, art, nations, communities
  • Construct or deconstruct conceptual boundaries and binaries, such as country/city; past/present; colony/metropole; village/nation
  • Demonstrate how places that are geographically distant become connected through narrative
  • Describe ways in which concepts of space, place and/or time are constrained or distorted by gender, race, age, ethnicity or other factors
  • Track a specific place or moment in time across a variety of texts by different writers
  • Examine indirect experiences of geographic places or historic moments through the use of art, storytelling, monuments, news, or other forms of representation

These are among the many possibilities—as usual, all Sedgwick-related topics are welcome!

Please e-mail proposals of approximately 200-400 words by November 30, 2016, to Lisa West, CMSS Second Vice-President for Programs:   lisa.west@drake.edu

To register for the symposium or get more information about the conference program or outings in the Stockbridge area, visit the CMSS website at http://cmsedgwicksociety.org

Assistant or Associate Professor of American Studies (USC)

Job Posting Details:  http://jobs.usc.edu:80/postings/71540

SSAWW Spring 2016 Newsletter now available

The Spring 2016 SSAWW Newsletter is available here:

SSAWW 17-1 Spring 2016

Please welcome our new officers as of July 31, 2016:

Officers 

  • President: DoVeanna S. Fulton, University of Houston-Downtown, fultond@uhd.edu (single term) (term ends 2018).
  • Vice President of Organizational Matters: Sabrina Starnaman, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Leslie Allison, Temple University leslie.allison@temple.edu (single term; 2017) (supporting Conference Director)
  • Rickie-Ann Legleitner, Black Hills State University rickie.legleitner@bhsu.edu (single term; 2017) (supporting Associate Conference Director)
  • Vice President of Membership and Finances: Magda Garcia, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Vice President of Development: Christopher Varlack, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Vice President of Publications—Leslie Allison, Temple University leslie.allison@temple.edu
  • Jordan L. Von Cannon, Louisiana State University jvonca1@lsu.edu (single term; 2017) (supporting VP for Publications)

New Books: Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition. Edited by Timothy F. Jackson, with an Introduction by Holly Peppe

millaySelected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition
Edited by Timothy F. Jackson, with an Introduction by Holly Peppe

Yale University Press, 2016.

http://yalebooks.com/book/9780300213966/selected-poems-edna-st-vincent-millay

In this authoritative volume, Timothy F. Jackson has compiled and annotated a new selection that represents the full range of her published work alongside previously unpublished manuscript excerpts, poems, prose, and correspondence. The poems, appearing as they were printed in their first editions, are complemented by Jackson’s extensive, illuminating notes, which draw on archival sources and help situate her work in its historical and literary context. Two introductory essays—one by Jackson and the other by Millay’s literary executor, Holly Peppe—also help critically frame the poet’s work.

New Books: Native Women and Land: Narratives of Dispossession and Resurgence by Stephanie J. Fitzgerald

nativeNative Women and Land: Narratives of Dispossession and Resurgence.
Stephanie J. Fitzgerald

Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015
http://www.unmpress.com/books.php?ID=20000000005449

Winner of the 2015 Woodcraft Circle Honor and Award for Best Academic Book and just recently, the Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian Studies (awarded by the Native American Literature Symposium).

New Books: Emotional Reinventions: Realist-Era Representations Beyond Sympathy by Melanie V. Dawson

emotionalEmotional Reinventions: Realist-Era Representations Beyond Sympathy

Melanie V. Dawson
University of Michigan Press, 2015
Focusing on representational approaches to emotion during the years of American literary realism’s dominance and in the works of such authors as Edith Wharton, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, W. D. Howells, Charles Chesnutt, and others, Emotional Reinventions: Realist-Era Representations Beyond Sympathy contends that emotional representations were central to the self-conscious construction of high realism (in the mid-1880s) and to the interrogation of its boundaries. Based on realist-era authors’ rejection of “sentimentalism” and its reduction of emotional diversity (a tendency to stress what Karen Sanchez-Eppler has described as sentimental fiction’s investment in “overcoming difference”), Melanie Dawson argues that realist-era investments in emotional detail were designed to confront differences of class, gender, race, and circumstance directly. She explores the ways in which representational practices that approximate scientific methods often led away from scientific theories and rejected rigid attempts at creating emotional taxonomies. She argues that ultimately realist-era authors demonstrated a new investment in individuated emotional histories and experiences that sought to honor all affective experiences on their own terms.

New Books: Mary Austin, Santa Lucia: A Common Story (1908). Introduction by Maribel Morales

Mary Aaustin_cover_resizeustin, Santa Lucia: A Common Story (1908)

Introduction by Maribel Morales

Hastings College Press, 2016

Set in a small college town in California, Mary Austin’s 1908 novel Santa Lucia explores the limited options available to women in early 20th century America. Focusing on the married lives of three young women—William Caldwell, Serena Lindley, and Julia Stairs—the novel is a feminist look at marriage. Like Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel The Awakening, Santa Lucia was almost resoundingly rejected by critics in its own day for the seemingly immoral suggestion that women could find happiness and fulfillment outside their own marriages.

The Hastings College Press website is: http://www.hastings.edu/hastings-college-press

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