Rebecca Harding Davis – Comprehensive Bibliography

Rebecca Harding Davis 

A comprehensive bibliography of over 500 works published by Rebecca Harding Davis in her lifetime is now available on the REBECCA HARDING DAVIS: COMPLETE WORKS site

Rebecca Harding Davis: Complete WorksJust click on “Browse Collections” for the bibliography.

In addition, notations of reprints and excerpts are also included in the bibliography.

For additional information: Sharon M. Harris, Professor, Emerita, Dept. of English, University of Connecticut


Member Advertisements with the SSAWW Triennial Conference (Reservation Deadline: 8.31.2018; Advert Copy Due: 9.21.2018)

Member Ads with the SSAWW Triennial Conference                November 7-11, 2018 at the Westin Denver Downtown            Denver, Colorado

For the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference, we are offering the option for members to purchase ad space in the conference program. Members are often interested in advertising their books or digital projects in order to increase exposure to a broad audience of potential readers/buyers. Listed below are the prices for advertisements for members of SSAWW.

Advertisement Options:

Listed below are the different advertisement options available for purchase. Note that, in addition to helping defray costs for printing, these advertisements will also support graduate student travel to the conference, as five, ten, and twenty dollars respectively (depending upon the type of ad purchased) will be allocated to our graduate student travel fund.

Advertisement Formatting Requirements:

All advertisements must be submitted in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and should be sent E-mailed to All advertisements must be black and white only, with no color graphics or ICC profiles. For the best results, convert images to grayscale before exporting to PDF format. Do not include crop marks, color bars, registration marks, or slug lines in the file.

  • Quarter Page Advertisement: 3 5/8” x 4 1/2” at 300 dpi (no bleed)
  • Half Page Advertisement: 7 1/2” x 4/12” at 300 dpi (no bleed)
  • Full Page Advertisement: 7 1/2” x 9 5/16” at 300 dpi (no bleed)

Please send all inquiries to Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack at The deadline for advertisement reservation (and associated fees) is August 31, 2018. The deadline for submitting ad copy is September 21, 2018.

CFP: American Theatre and Drama Society at SSAWW 2018 (Deadline 4.25.2018)

CFP: American Theatre and Drama Society 

guaranteed affiliate society panel at SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference

Please see CFP below for the guaranteed ATDS panel(s) at the 2018 conference of our affiliate organization, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, in Denver,  Colorado,  November 7-11, 2018.  If interested, please send paper title and abstract (250-300 words) to Cheryl Black, by April 25.

Panel Theme #1 – Nevertheless She Resisted: Women Playwrights of the Americas Confront Social Injustice

In keeping with SSAWW’s conference theme  “Resistance and Recovery Across the Americas,” this panel invites papers that explore dramatic/performance texts by women writers of the Americas, from any era, that engage and critique oppressive social and political systems.

Panel Theme #2 – Recovery Through Performance

In keeping with SSAWW’s conference theme of “Resistance and Recovery Across the Americas,” this panel invites papers and/or performance texts by women writers of the Americas that explore the dramatization/performance of recovery from traumatic events.

Please distribute widely! Presenters must be or become ATDS members. Any questions, email Cheryl Black

Call for Nominations: 2018 Lydia Maria Child Social Justice Awards

2018 Lydia Maria Child Social Justice Awards
Call for Nominations

In keeping with our society’s goal of honoring and continuing Lydia Maria Child’s vision of and work toward social justice, the Lydia Maria Child Society is pleased to offer three awards recognizing scholarship, pedagogy, creative work, and/or activism that furthers social change: one for faculty, independent scholars, and other professionals; one for scholars/artists/activists at the graduate level; and one for high school and undergraduate students.  Child routinely wrote on behalf of the marginalized, emerging as a passionate advocate for slaves, Native Americans, prisoners, prostitutes, and even animals, among a host of others.  Our society aims to recognize academic writing, pedagogical endeavors, creative projects, and social outreach that, like Child’s work, speaks to pressing social causes and/or foregrounds the voices of (oftentimes neglected) authors who have worked to produce socially conscious writing.  Winners will receive a monetary award of $100 and may be featured in our society’s newsletter or other programming.

To apply for any of the three awards or to nominate a colleague or student, please send to by April 15 a letter detailing the ways in which your own or your nominee’s work engages with current social justice concerns, with “Social justice award” as the subject line of your email.  You are also welcome, though not required, to include a writing sample that demonstrates this engagement.  These samples may take the form of essays (or essay excerpts), course syllabi, or descriptions of projects that explore the intersections between American literature/history and social justice outside the academic classroom.  Applications should be sent as Word documents and should not exceed 15 pages.  While we will be happy to receive submissions that consider Child directly, Child need not be included in order for projects to be eligible; we welcome projects on a variety of authors, genres, periods, and/or concerns.

Winners will be recognized at the upcoming American Literature Association conference in San Francisco (May 2018), though they need not be present at the conference in order to be eligible for the award.  To read about past winners, visit  We look forward to reading your submissions.

CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society at SSAWW (Deadline: 4.15.2018) 

CFP: Constance Fenimore Woolson Society

at SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference 

In accordance with the SSAWW’s theme for the 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society is seeking paper proposals that highlight Woolson’s resistance to gendered, social, political, and environmental thought in her time. We are also interested in papers that discuss how including Woolson as a woman of conviction and an emphatic “resistor” might aid (or hinder) her inclusion in the classroom. Paper proposals could include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Woolson and American Exceptionalism
  • Woolson and the domestic sphere (or conception of motherhood)
  • Travel writing as social resistance
  • Woolson’s social realism
  • Woolson and representations of the Reconstruction South
  • Ecocritical engagement with Woolson’s texts
  • Pedagogical approaches to Woolson

We highly encourage unusual or surprising presentation formats, but are just as happy to receive traditional paper proposals. If you are interested in submitting, please email Jane Fleming at with a brief 250-word or less abstract by April 15, 2018.

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference Announcements and Updates

Member Advertisements in the Conference Program: April 3, 2018

We are offering special rates for members who want to purchase ad space in our conference program. Please find all the details and information here.

2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference: Update March 15, 2018

Preparations are underway for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference in Denver, CO, and I wanted to take a moment to update our members regarding our process and some of the exciting developments that you can look forward to later this year.

In early January, we issued a call for reviewers to help in the process of evaluating the numerous individual paper, panel, and roundtable proposals that we were beginning to receive for the 2018 conference. The incredible response from our membership resulted in nearly fifty reviewers from across the world volunteering to read and evaluate these proposals based upon the pre-established criteria provided them. Reviewers examined each proposal based upon relevance to the theme of the conference (resistance and recovery of American women writers across the Americas), the overall relevance to our SSAWW mission, the innovation of the proposal, and the quality of the writing. For each submission, at least three reviewers were assigned, providing us a depth of insight into the strengths of each proposal and their potential placement on the conference program. We would like to offer our thanks to each of the individuals who served in this invaluable role, even participating in a second round of reviews after our extended deadline. Except in the case of clear disagreement in evaluation, I accepted the suggestions of our esteemed panel of reviewers with years of dedicated service to and expertise in the field.

After the process had been completed and we had a working draft of the conference program, we had a few remaining papers that received high marks from reviewers but that did not form complete panels. In our mission for inclusivity, I elected to develop a request for specific proposals on the topics of 1) a pedagogy of resistance and care, 2) American women writers on gender, race, and religion, and 3) citizenship and resistance to oppressive regimes. The deadline for submissions is March 16, 2018. Rather than electing to add a respondent in order to complete those sessions, I wanted to once again extend the opportunity for more scholars and voices to potentially participate in the program. We are pleased to have received thus far a few new proposals as well as a few revised submissions from the original round.

At this point in time, notifications for all panel, roundtable, and individual proposal submissions have been disseminated. For anyone who has submitted a proposal and has not received a formal response, please contact me directly at; some individuals did note technical difficulties in using the Google Forms—a process that we will continue to refine for the future based upon the solid feedback that we received—so we want to ensure that no one fell through the cracks with the new submission process that we adopted this year.

In addition to the dynamic sessions that we have organized for the conference, we are pleased to have Ms. Staceyann Chin—the “Jamaican-Born, Brooklyn-Living, Woman-Loving, Writer/Poet, Political Activist, and Performance Artist”—join us as our keynote speaker for the event. Her work has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily. Her distinguished titles include The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir and “Authenticity,” featured in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. Her contribution will add a unique voice and perspective to the conversation that we hope this conference will evoke. This, along with a planned art exhibition and three film screenings, we hope will result in a stirring conference program that we can talk about for the next three years.

Ultimately, as with planning and organizing any event of this size, it has been a challenging and yet rewarding experience. Through your eager participation and innovative insights into the theme of resistance and recovery, we have been able to organize a number of commanding sessions on women writers, their lasting legacy, pedagogy, and the profession, among other important topics. We look forward to an incredible conference later this year in Denver and thank you once again for your vital contributions to an event that so many great teacher-scholars anticipate over the years. More information regarding the program, hotel accommodations, and registration are forthcoming. As always, we encourage you to check the website regularly or to sign up for the listserv to get updates regarding the conference, CFPs, job announcements, and so much more. With so many ways to still become involved in the conference program (such as volunteering to evaluate CVs in our SSAWW CV Workshop), please be on the lookout for future announcements from the SSAWW Executive Committee over the coming months.

Thank you once again for your time and for your continued support of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. It is your thoughtful contributions, after all, that enable us to advance our core mission.


Christopher Allen Varlack

Program Director, 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference

CFP: Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Call for Proposals – Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Series Editors: Dr Andrea Quaid (Bard College, USA), Dr Denise deCaires Narain (University of Sussex, UK) and Prof Gina Wisker (University of Brighton, UK)

Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing publishes literary criticism on Late Twentieth and Twenty-first Century work by women, transgender and non-binary writers. The series aims to be a focal point for critical conversations about literary works that engage with new theoretical interventions in feminist scholarship and queer and emergent discourses. We invite scholars working on contemporary writers from across the globe, including the Caribbean, anglophone African countries, Indian sub-continent and south-east Asia, Anglophone South American countries, and Australasia, as well as the USA, Canada and the UK to present their work in this series in order to extend and connect the study of contemporary women’s, transgender and non-binary writing globally.

Contact for Proposals

For further information about the series or if you would like to discuss a proposal please contact Ben Doyle, Publisher for Literature at Palgrave Macmillan: