Deadline approaching: 2020 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship (Deadline: 2.28.2020)

There is still time to submit an application for the 2020 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship.

This competitive fellowship of $2,000 will be offered for research conducted in summer 2020.


The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020. The application form and additional information are available on the MDAH website at http://www.mdah.ms.gov/welty/resources/welty-fellowship.php.

David M. Pilcher Director, Archives and Record Services Mississippi Department of Archives and History

CFP: Edith Wharton Review Special Issue (Deadline: 8.31.2020)

The Age of Innocence at 100  

The Edith Wharton Review invites submissions for a Special Issue celebrating the centenary of The Age of Innocence.   We welcome essays on any aspect of Wharton’s acclaimed novel, from the historical to the queer, from the architectural to the gastronomic. We are especially interested in essays that interpret The Age of Innocence in relation to our contemporary historical moment from the perspective of current critical theories, new reading practices, political climates, and global contexts. One hundred years since its publication, the novel remains relevant, and we seek comparative and cross-disciplinary efforts including engagements with age, temporalities, embodiment and dis/ability.


Instructions for submission at http://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_EWR.html

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Please send requests for information to paul.ohler@kpu.ca

New Books: Modern Sentimentalism by Lisa Mendelman

Author: Lisa Mendelman

Modern Sentimentalism: Affect, Irony, and Female Authorship in Interwar America

Oxford University Press, 2020

Modern Sentimentalism examines how American female novelists reinvented sentimentalism in the modernist period. Taking up icons such as the New Woman, the flapper, the free lover, the New Negro woman, and the divorcée, the book argues that these figures embody aspects of a traditional sentimentality while also recognizing sentiment as incompatible with ideals of modern selfhood. These double binds equally beleaguer the protagonists and shape the styles of writers like Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Anita Loos, and Jessie Fauset. “Modern sentimentalism” thus translates nineteenth-century conventions of sincerity and emotional fulfillment into the skeptical, self-conscious modes of interwar cultural production.


“Mendelman’s book may be one of the most important studies of a generation of American literary scholarship. Mendelman’s method is rich, complicated, and nuanced: a fascinating combination of psychoanalytic, archival, print cultural, deconstructive, and formalist analyses.” — Mary Chapman, University of British Columbia


“Lisa Mendelman’s Modern Sentimentalismoffers a fresh, dynamic, and thoroughly convincing recasting of early twentieth-century fiction. In her retelling, formal moves associated with modernism such as irony and fragmentation bespeak not a rejection of the sentimental, but an analytic disposition toward it, shot through with unresolved attachment. This project makes room for a genuinely new and powerful category in literary criticism.” — Jennifer Fleisser, Indiana University 

This book is available for purchase from Oxford University Press, and you can use the code: AAFLYG6 for 30% off your purchase. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/modern-sentimentalism-9780198849872?cc=us&lang=en&#

Library Company of Philadelphia – NEW FELLOWSHIP (Deadline: 3.1.2020)

The Davida T. Deutsch / American Trust for the British Library/ Library Company of Philadelphia fellowship supports a research project drawing on the collections of both the British Library (in any of its departments) and the Library Company.  The fellow will be in residence at each library for at least two weeks (not necessarily consecutive) and will receive a stipend of $5,000, which may be applied to transportation and lodging expenses.  Applicants must be US citizens and graduate students or recipients of a doctoral degree within the previous year.  Preference will be given to women who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and working in the fields of women’s history or African American history.  For details and application instructions, see https://librarycompany.org/academic-programs/fellowships/

CFP: Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society Symposium June 2020 (EXTENDED Deadline: 2.24.2020)

Revolutionary Legacies: The Ninth Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society Symposium

June 24-27, 2020

Union College, Schenectady, New York

The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society invites submissions for its ninth symposium, titled Revolutionary Legacies. The Symposium will take place June 24-27 on the beautiful campus of Union College in Schenectady, New York, and will honor both the Sedgwick family’s ties to the Albany and Hudson River regions and the area’s role in America’s many revolutions.

Although Catharine Sedgwick is strongly associated with the Berkshires region of Massachusetts, the Albany region was important to her family as well. Her father, Theodore Sedgwick, had strong ties to Philip Schuyler, who served as a General in the Revolutionary War and whose grand mansion looms over the Hudson River, and to Alexander Hamilton, one of Schuyler’s sons-in-law. Catharine’s brother Theodore practiced law in Albany and her sister Frances lived there with her husband. Catharine herself briefly attended school in the city and as an adult visited frequently, including passing through on her way to Saratoga Springs and points west and north. Sedgwick often portrayed the Albany and Hudson River Valley region in her fiction: characters in RedwoodClarence, and The Travellers reside in or travel through it. Most significantly, in her Revolutionary War novel The Linwoods, Sedgwick locates key events in the Hudson River Valley.

The organizers of the Sedgwick Symposium invite papers that address any aspect of Sedgwick’s life and works, including but not limited to Catharine’s or her family’s ties to Albany and the Hudson River Valley. We also welcome proposals on other topics connected to the area or to the conference theme. Potential topics might include:

  • Literary engagements with the American Revolution by Sedgwick or other authors—including non-US authors
  • Women’s participation in the American Revolution, including nonwhite women’s experiences of war
  • Travel and tourism in New York and Canada in the era of the “fashionable tour”
  • Immigration, settlement, and native displacement in upstate New York
  • Abolitionism, women’s rights, and other reforms (2020 is the centennial of the 19th Amendment, with its roots in nearby Seneca Falls)
  • Religious revolutions of the Second Great Awakening, including those in New York’s “burnt-over district”
  • Dutch colonial legacies in early U.S. literature
  • Slavery and its aftermath in the state of New York
  • Women’s education in the early republic and antebellum America
  • Arts and culture of the Hudson Valley region, from the Hudson River School to today
  • The American Revolution in recent popular culture: HamiltonTurnTabooSleepy HollowPoldark, etc.
  • Strategies for teaching the works of Sedgwick and her contemporaries
  • Early American literature in the digital age

Send proposals of no more than 250 words to Ashley Reed (akreed@vt.edu) by (extended) February 24, 2020. We’re trying to get an initial head count of attendees as soon as possible, if you can email and let us know that you plan to submit a proposal by February 24th.

CFP: "Gender/Power/Twain" The Mark Twain Circle of America at MLA 2021 (Deadline: 3.16.2020)

Conference: MLA 2021 Panel CFP

Allied Organization: The Mark Twain Circle of America

Title:  “Gender/Power/Twain”

The year 2020 saw the centennials of both woman suffrage in the U.S. and the canonization of Joan of Arc in the Catholic world. In recognition of those events, the Mark Twain Circle solicits papers for a session on Mark Twain and political power, broadly defined as an individual’s ability to effectively participate in her or his governing structures. How did Twain see women fitting into the American political structure? How did he portray Joan’s relationship to the ruling structures in his Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte?   What were his own relationships to the various power structures that enmeshed him? And thinking broadly, how did he envision political power across time and place? We welcome proposals tackling these and similar topics for our 2021 MLA session in Toronto.

Proposals (300-500 words, please include a short cv) are due no later than March 16, 2020.  Please send to Susan K. Harris, address: skh5@ku.edu.   We are especially interested in proposals from emerging scholars and individuals from underrepresented groups. Graduate students selected to present may apply for the Louis Budd Travel Grant sponsored by the MTC.  Papers given at MTC sessions are often sought for development and publication in our journal Mark Twain Annual.

CFP for Reproductive Justice and Literature Handbook (Abstract Deadline: 3.15.2020)

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. Essays may consider any period, genre, or cultural context in literature, but must situate the works in the specific reproductive justice framework (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 such as (but not limited to):

Reproductive control/managing fertility
-Health care: general, prenatal, postnatal
-Access to healthcare, birth control and access to reproductive technologies
-Miscarriage and perinatal death
-Reproductive technologies
-Birth control and sterilization
-Abortion and selective abortion
-Childbirth: medicalization of childbirth; obstetric violence; birth trauma
-Maternal mortality
-Breastfeeding


Right to parent
-Infertility: who has the right to become a parent?
-Parenting, childcare
-Adoption, international adoption, and foster care
-Surrogacy and International Surrogacy
-Single mothers
-Same sex couples
-Teenage mothers
-Welfare families
-LatinX and women of color
-Rights of the children


Other possible chapters
-Reproductive Justice and ethics
-Neoliberalism and reproductive justice
-Reproductive justice in dystopian, utopian, and sci-fiction literature
-Reproductive justice in children’s and YA literature

Please send a 500 word abstract, 3-5 keywords, and a short biography by March 15, 2020 to bcapo@ic.edu and lazzari@cua.edu. We are happy to answer any questions.