CFP: Trans Studies and Julia Ward Howe’s “Laurence” 20 Years Later at C19 (Deadline 7.15.2023)

CFP: C19 2024 (Pasadena, CA, March 14-16 2024)

“Will you finish your story?”: Trans Studies and Julia Ward Howe’s “Laurence” 20 Years Later  

Panel Organizers: Eagan Dean (Rutgers New Brunswick) and Kadin Henningsen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Respondent: Dr. Karen Sanchez-Eppler (Amherst College)

This panel marks the 20th anniversary of the print publication of Julia Ward Howe’s famously unended “Laurence” novel as The Hermaphrodite (2004). Since then, trans and intersex studies have provided new insights, theories, and methods for revisiting Howe’s novel. We seek panelists for a proposed session that uses the novel and its anniversary as a springboard. We invite  trans and/or intersex studies approaches to exploring the unfinished nature of Howe’s “Laurence” manuscript and other texts, including papers that engage with the materiality of Howe’s “Laurence” manuscript and its later embodiment in print, topics in scholarly editing, and trans/queer, incomplete, or otherwise unruly texts. 

Please send a 200-word abstract and short bio to the panel organizers at and by July 15, 2023. We will notify selected panelists by August 1.  

CFP: Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society at SAMLA (Roundtable participants)

The Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society seeks proposals for a roundtable discussion at the next meeting of SAMLA, held in Atlanta from November 9-11, 2023.  The theme of this year’s SAMLA is “The Future of Literature and Language Studies.”  With this theme in mind, our roundtable is titled “What Does the Future Look Like for Single-Author Societies and What Will Their Place Be in the Study of Literature?”  The roundtable will ideally consist of 4-5 participants, from various author societies, who will discuss anticipated changes and relevance for author societies.

The Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society celebrates its 25th anniversary conference in the summer of 2023, but with the continued decrease in stable faculty positions in academia, the society has observed real challenges to membership and participation. Given this changing climate, what does the future look like for single-author societies? Where might societies draw new membership and encourage participation if traditional pathways in academia are no longer available?  What will be lost if single-author societies are unable to sustain themselves in the future?  What is the role for such societies as both the humanities and, even more specifically, literary studies continue to be maligned within and without higher education?  These are the kinds of questions this roundtable discussion hopes to consider and explore.

Please, contact James Stamant at if you have an interest in joining this discussion.

Emily Dickinson International Society Annual Meeting – Amherst, MA July 21-23, 2023 (Registration open)

The Emily Dickinson International Society Annual Meeting “Clasp Hemispheres, and Homes” will be held in Amherst, Massachusetts July 21-23, 2023 jointly presented with the Emily Dickinson Museum. Registration is open and the full program of events is available HERE. Come join us in Amherst! Any questions please contact

Program Committee

Emily Dickinson International Society

Oxford On-line Bibliography – Call for Writers

The Oxford On-line Bibliography is looking for authors willing to write entries. Please see the message below from Paul Lauter and reach out if you are interested in working on this important project.

There are a number of entries that we would LOVE to see completed.  Here are some, but many of you will have your own ideas about possible entries that should be done.  (I should say that the bibliography is USED—e.g., the top viewings in 2022 were of “Transcendentalism”–24,213—and Regionalism—20,044.)  

Possible entries of particular interest to your truly: Angela Davis, Carolyn Forche, Denise Levertov, Joy Harjo, Joyce Carol Oates, Lorraine Hansberry, Zitkala-Sa/Gertrude Bonnin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hisaye Yamamoto, Paule Marshall, Rita Dove, Zora Neale Hurston.  If you are interested in doing any of these, please be in touch with me or with Katie Lowry or Dana Bricken at Oxford.  There is a small payment involved—from OUP, that is.  best, Paul

Paul Lauter

Allan K. & Gwendolyn Miles Smith 
Professor of Literature (Emeritus) and Trinity College (Hartford)

Twitter: @paul_lauter

web page:


Association for Documentary Editing – Annual Meeting June 22-25, 2023 (Free in-person and virtual attendance)

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

The Association for Documentary Editing is excited to welcome you to our 2023 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.—our first in-person conference in 4 years. This year’s focus, Modalities of Text and Editing, takes in a range of presentations, roundtables, walking tours, site visits, and opportunities for fellowship that we hope you will choose to make part of your summer.

Most spectacular, participation is completely FREE for both virtual and in-person registrants. ADE believes in making knowledge accessible to everyone, regardless of their location or circumstances. So, whether you prefer to participate from the comfort of your own home or join us in person, you can do so without cost.

Those attending the Conference Banquet and Conference Breakfast can find even more value, as ADE will be covering 50% of the cost for both events. Please come hungry, eat well, and register before the June 5th deadline!

In-person and Virtual Information – REGISTER HERE –

Other conference highlights include:

  • Recently graduated public history fellow at American University, Mia Owens, will share her research on the “History of Slavery and its Legacies in Washington DC.”
  • Behind-the-scenes tour opportunities at the National Gallery of Art archives and the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate/Conservation Division.
  • A keynote plenary and discussion with Shelly Lowe, incumbent Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Linh Anh Moreau, Asia-Pacific Coordinator for Indigenous Languages with UNESCO. Please don’t miss out on this exceptional conference. Register now to secure your spot and take advantage of the enriching sessions, interactive discussions, and unparalleled networking opportunities. Whether you join us virtually or in person, we guarantee an engaging and rewarding experience. To register or learn more about the conference, please visit our website []. We look forward to welcoming you to Washington, D.C. for the 2023 annual meeting,

Hope to see you there!

Christopher Brick
ADE 2023 Local Arrangements Committee

The Winnifred Eaton Conference 2023

Onoto Watanna’s Cattle at 100: Indomitable Women in the West During Chinese Exclusion

July 27-29, 2023

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“Onoto Watanna’s Cattle at 100: Indomitable Women in the West During Chinese Exclusion” is a public-facing scholarly conference about the first Asian North American novelist, Winnifred Eaton, organized by the Winnifred Eaton Archive.

Winnifred Eaton Babcock Reeve (1875-1954) was a popular early Chinese North American fiction-writer, journalist, screenwriter, and playwright whose best known works were published under the pen-name “Onoto Watanna,” a controversial Japanese persona that she assumed for over two decades. Eaton was also the sister of Edith Eaton (“Sui Sin Far”), author of Mrs. Spring Fragrance.

This gathering seeks to explore Winnifred Eaton’s transnational and multi-genre career beyond her problematic Japanese phase in response to newly recovered and newly digitized works by her and to situate her within new contexts, including the Canadian west, Canadian literature, middlebrow fiction, film, and Indigenous studies on the centenary of the publication of her powerful naturalist novel Cattle.

2023 is also the centenary of the passage of Canada’s Chinese Immigration Act, sometimes referred to as Canada’s Chinese Exclusion Act. Presenters and attendees will consider Eaton’s controversial masquerade and representations of race against the backdrop of over a century of anti-Asian racism and violence in North America and within a history of the Chinese diaspora. 

Conference Program –

Recent articles on Eaton –

Edith Wharton Review

Edith Wharton Review, the peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed, scholarly journal of the Edith Wharton Society, welcomes submissions on Edith Wharton, Wharton in the context of other authors, and literary and cultural trends, and Wharton in relation to other writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from a broad range of theoretical perspectives including transmedial approaches.

The Review also invites shorter contributions to a “Teaching Notes” section that includes both traditional and digital methodologies, archival notes, review essays (for example, on little-read works by Wharton, or considerations of her status in contemporary culture) and book reviews pertaining directly to Wharton or contextualizing her work in some way. For these shorter articles, please query the editor as listed below.

The journal strives to include work by scholars across all stages of academic careers (including independent scholars).

The Review is published twice a year and accepts submissions on a rolling basis, but end of August and end of February submission dates will ensure consideration for the next issue.

Please contact Rita Bode ( with queries, and see  for submission details.

SSAWW at ALA 2023 (Business Meeting, Panels, and Open Dinner)

For those attending the 2023 American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA, please join us at the SSAWW-sponsored panels below. Our business meeting is open to everyone, so please attend.

If you will be in Boston through Sunday, SSAWW is also hosting an open dinner Saturday evening following the business meeting and ALA closing reception. If you’d like to attend, please send us your information using the form below, and we’ll send you the details.

RSVP to SSAWW Open Dinner – Saturday, May 27th

Thursday, May 25, 2023 2:30 pm – 3:50 pm

Session 5-E Women Writing Activism (Empire)

Organized by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Chair: Kristin Allukian, University of South Florida

  1. “‘They hate! hate! hate! Us’: Anna E. Dickinson’s Southern Tour,” Sarah Chinn, Hunter College
  2. “Archiving Abortion Knowledge in Josephine Herbst’s Fiction and Family Correspondence,” Jeannette Schollaert, University of Maryland, College Park
  3. “A Seat at the Welcome Table: Fannie Lou Hamer and Voting Rights,” Jennie Kassanoff, Barnard College, Columbia University

Saturday, May 27, 2023 2:30 pm – 3:50 pm

Session 19-D Women’s Editing, Women’s Activism (Great Republic)

Organized by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Chair: Ellen Gruber Garvey, New Jersey City University, Emerita

  1. “The Un-Sung Activism of the Voice of Industry: Lowell’s Forgotten Factory Periodical,” Amber Shaw, Coe College
  2. “Editing as Feminist Activism: Audre Lorde at Amazon Quarterly and Chrysalis,” Meredith Benjamin, Barnard College
  3. “’Sister in Struggle’: Women’s Prison Zines and Feminist Anti-Prison Organizing,” Olivia Wright, Leeds Beckett University

Saturday, May 27, 2023 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Session 21-G Business Meeting: Society for the Study of American Women Writers (St. George C) – all are welcome to attend!

3 Prizes – The Edith Wharton Society (early scholar, archival research, and undergraduate research prize) – Deadline: 6.30.2023

The Edith Wharton Society is delighted to announce three prizes for 2023: the Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar, the Edith Wharton Society Award for Archival Research, and the Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Research Prize. Below please find all calls for submissions. All submission materials should be sent via email by June 30, 2023 to current EWS President, Myrto Drizou, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul,

The Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar  

This award, formerly known as the “Edith Wharton Society Prize for a Beginning Scholar,” established in 2005, recognizes the best unpublished essay on Edith Wharton’s work by a beginning scholar, advanced graduate student, independent scholar, or faculty member who has held a full-time appointment for four or fewer years. All entries will be considered for publication in The Edith Wharton Review, published by Penn State University Press. The author of the prize-winning essay will receive an award of $250.  

How to apply:  

  • Submissions should be 20-30 double-spaced pages long and follow the 9th edition MLA style, using endnotes rather than footnotes.  
  • Submissions should include two attached files: an anonymized MS Word version of your paper and a separate cover letter containing the applicant’s name, essay title, academic status, e-mail address, postal address, and the award name.  
  • Please use the subject line: “EWS Elsa Nettels Prize for a Beginning Scholar.”  
  • Submissions are due to by June 30, 2023

The Edith Wharton Society Award for Archival Research   

The archival award, in the amount of $500, enables a scholar to conduct research at one of the Edith Wharton archives at Wharton’s library at The Mount in Lenox, MA, the Wharton Collection at Yale University’s Beinecke Library, or the Wharton papers at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.  

Funds must be used for transportation, lodging, and other expenses related to archival research. Notification of the award will take place by August 15, 2023. The award can be used between August 15, 2023 and August 14, 2024. A brief report detailing some aspect(s) of the research (not intended to preempt publication in other scholarly venues) will be due to the EWS president by September 1, 2024 and will be published in the Edith Wharton Review.  

How to apply:  

  • Submissions should include a proposal (of no more than two single-spaced pages) that describes the applicant’s overarching research project, its contribution to Wharton scholarship, the applicant’s scholarly preparation, and the relevance of the archive to the project’s completion.  
  • Also include two additional attachments: a CV and a separate cover letter containing your current affiliation, rank, and mailing address.  
  • Please use the subject line: “EWS Award for Archival Research.”  
  • Submissions are due to by June 30, 2023.  

The Edith Wharton Society Undergraduate Research Prize  

First offered in 2014, the undergraduate research prize is open to students at all undergraduate levels. Papers should be no more than fifteen pages long and can address Wharton’s works in any genre. The winning essay will be published on the EWS website, and the author will receive an award of $100.  

How to apply:  

  • Please send an anonymized electronic submission as an email attachment in Microsoft Word, along with a separate attached cover letter containing your name, essay title, undergraduate institution, the name of your faculty mentor, email address (and perhaps an alternate email, if your email address is about to change), postal address, and the name of the award.  
  • Please use the subject line: “EWS Undergraduate Research Prize.”  
  • Submissions are due to by June 30, 2023.  


The Edith Wharton Society sees its commitment to Wharton’s writing as including financial support for Wharton scholarship, with two awards specifically for beginning scholars. We thank all in the Wharton society who have donated to these prizes over the years, many of whom have been award recipients; your support of this endeavor enables our generosity. If you are inclined to donate to support this year’s awards, a donation portal is linked here. 


“The Trans Nineteenth Century” – Symposium, Friday April 28th, 2023 (Zoom available)

I am delighted to announce a new symposium, “The Trans Nineteenth Century,” featuring six leading scholars on early trans studies in the United States. 

Please join us on Friday, April 28 from 10 am to 5:30 pm for a series of three panels, conversation, and refreshments. Speakers will share papers which investigate deeper histories of trans ways of being through the lens of the long nineteenth century in America, interrogating queer and trans methodologies of historicity and genealogy.

Join us in-person at 15 Seminary Pl, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, Academic Building West room 6051. Portions of the program will also be broadcast via Zoom. Please contact Eagan Dean at for parking permits and Zoom details.

Please click here for the schedule; poster is attached.

Sincerely yours,

Eagan S. Dean

he/him/his or they/them/theirs

Doctoral Candidate, TA/Lecturer

Department of Literatures in English, Rutgers University – New Brunswick