CFP: American Women Writers and the Short Story (5.15.16)

Call for Papers: American Women Writers and the Short Story
ALA Symposium “The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre”
Savannah, Georgia
October 20-22, 2016

Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2016

For a panel on “American Women Writers and the Short Story” at the ALA Symposium on the short story in Savannah, Georgia, please send 250-word proposals and a short cv or bio to Donna Campbell, Topics might include but are not limited to the following:

  • In what ways have American women writers adapted, transformed, or subverted the short story form in the 19th-21st centuries?
  • How have women writers, especially women writers of color, expanded the boundaries of the genre or confounded audience expectations in their use of the form?
  • Does the concept of a “women’s short story” form or type retain any usefulness in the 21st century?
  • In what ways have contemporary American women writers reenvisioned 19th-century forms traditionally defined as “women’s writing,” such as regionalism or stories of domesticity?
  • What discoveries about one or more innovative but neglected women writers of the short story seem to suggest that the genre needs to be expanded or redefined?
  • How has the recent rise in memoir, ecocritical narratives, flash fiction, or other forms helped to shape an emerging aesthetic for women’s short stories?

Please contact me at if you have questions.

Awards: Lydia Maria Child Society Student Award Deadline Extended to May 8

Lydia Maria Child Society Student Award Deadline Extended to May 8

Dear colleagues,

The Lydia Maria Child Society’s executive board has so enjoyed reviewing the nominations we’ve received for our first social justice award.  While we’ve received many nominations of scholars at the professorial level, though, we have not yet received any for our student award, for high school or undergraduate scholars. 

We are extending the deadline for the student award, so if you have a student you would like to nominate, please feel free to do so by Sunday, May 8.  The original award announcement is below:

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 two awards recognizing work on American literature that furthers social change: one for literature scholars at the graduate level and beyond 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 that, like Child’s, speaks to pressing social causes, as well as pedagogical endeavors and other projects that foreground the voices of (oftentimes neglected) authors who have worked to produce such writing.  To apply for either award or to nominate a colleague, friend, or student, please send to by May 1, with “Social justice award” as the subject line of your email, a letter detailing the ways in which your own or your nominee’s literary scholarship engages with current social justice concerns.  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 and social justice outside the academic classroom.  (more…)

UPDATE: SSAWW 2017 Université Bordeaux Montaigne

We are pleased and honored that both Alice Kaplan and Sarah Rose Etter have accepted our invitation to join us and give a keynote address.

Alice Kaplan is probably best known for her 1993 memoir, French Lessons, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in biography/autobiography. Her latest book, Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, was published in 2012 by the University of Chicago Press and the Editions Gallimard. She has also translated a number of books by Roger Grenier (Piano Music for Four Hands, Another November, and The Difficulty of Being a Dog), Louis Guilloux (OK, Joe), and Evelyne Bloch-Dano (Madame Proust). Last but not least, she is a renowned historian whose first book, Reproductions of Banality (1986), was a theoretical exploration of French fascism. Since then she has published books on Céline’s anti-semitic pamphlets (Sources et citations dans ‘Bagatelles pour un massacre’), on the treason trial of Robert Brasillach (The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach), and on American courts-martial in newly liberated France (The Interpreter).

Sarah Rose Etter is a celebrated young writer whose first collection of stories, Tongue Party, won the 2010 Caketrain Chapbook Competition and has just come out in a French translation by Véronique Béghain (Hommes sous verre, Editions Do). More about Sarah Rose Etter on

SSAWW 2017 Université Bordeaux Montaigne CFP:

Northwest Region SSAWW Study Group – Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

You are invited to the Summer 2016 meeting of the Northwest Region SSAWW Study Group, which will take place at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. The meeting will be on Saturday, June 25th from 12:00-1:30pm.  Hor d’oeurves will be provided by the Whitworth English Department.  We will be meeting in Conference Room ABC in the Hixson Union Building.

The common texts for this meeting are four short pieces by Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Trials of a Housekeeper,” “What is Home,” “Servants,” and “Home Decoration.”  The readings total approximately 15 pages and will be sent out to all participants via PDF prior to the study group.  They come from The Oxford Harriet Beecher Stowe Reader, edited by Joan Hedrick.  If you would like to purchase the full book, the link to it is here:

Please send an RSVP email by May 23rd to to let us know if you plan to attend the event, so we can plan refreshments accordingly. If you would like additional information about staying in the Whitworth dorms or about the Spokane area—or if you have any general questions about the plans for this summer’s study group—please feel free to contact us at anytime. New participants are certainly welcome.

This year’s study group is being held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary Harriet Beecher Stowe Conference, which will be hosted at Whitworth from June 24-25. The conference will feature academic presentations, teaching roundtables, and even a one-person play about Stowe’s work with another abolitionist.  Our keynote is Dr. Laura Korobkin from Boston University, who will be discussing Stowe’s relationship with Charles Dickens.  More information about the Stowe conference can be found here:

You are welcome to come to the study group alone, attend the full conference, or attend the keynote dinner and the study group.  As always, the study group is free.  The conference is $55.00 for faculty and $45.00 for graduate students.  To attend the keynote dinner only, the fee is $25.00.  We’d love to have you at any or all of these events, as it promises to be an exciting time to come together to read, talk, and think about Stowe’s life and writings.

We are looking forward to an enlivening discussion.  Please let us know if you have any questions!

LuElla D’Amico (

Marlowe Daly-Galeano (

CFP: Kay Boyle Society at ALA 2017

CFP: ALA 2017 Conference

Boston, Mass.

2017:    Boston, MA.  May 25-28, 2017

Panel proposal: “Kay Boyle and Surrealism”

Kay Boyle’s life in Europe (1923-1941) brought her in close contact with the avant-gardes, including particular with French Surrealism. Through her collaboration to Eugene Jolas’s international little magazine transition, in particular, she was able to measure the influence of and resistance to Surrealism in the shaping of a new American literary avant-garde. This panel will examine the potential impact of surrealist aesthetics on Boyle’s writing, from her early stories and novels to the very intriguing Monday Night (1940).

We invite 20 minute papers on Kay Boyle’s surrealistic poetics. Suggested topics and themes include (but are not limited to):

  • Boyle/ Surrealism / transition
  • Converging or contradictory legacies: Poe or Surrealism?
  • Boyle’s “marvelous”
  • Realism and Surrealism in Boyle’s writings
  • Early vs. late surrealist elements in the work of Kay Boyle



CFP: Kay Boyle Society at SSAWW 2017 (5.30.16)

CFP: SSAWW 2017 Conference

Border Crossings: Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific

Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

5th – 8th July 2017

Panel proposal: “Women Writers and the Rise of a Transnational Modernism”

For American modernist women writers, border crossing and travel was an essential experience in reshaping their sense of self-identity, developing a consciousness of otherness, and redefining their relation to the national canon. Many even found in foreign lands a source of inspiration and creativity (e.g. Kay Boyle and Djuna Barnes in France, Evelyn Scott and Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil, Katherine Anne Porter in Mexico).

This panel will explore the possibilities generated by border crossing in light of an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and trans-geographical approach.

We welcome proposals on writers using the idea of border crossing and travel symbolically or metaphorically as well as literally.

Geographical border crossing: role of modernist women writers in the emergence of a wider notion of modernism (urban/regional, national/transnational, local/global).

Literary border crossing: symbolic or metaphorical use of the idea of border crossing and travel; interdisciplinary modernism

Gender border crossing: role of modernist women writers in the definition of a female modernism and its impact on a male modernism or perhaps a trans-sexual modernism?

Please send your submission by May 30, 2016 to Caroline Maun ( and Anne Reynes-Delobel (



19th-Century American Visiting Assistant Professor at Whitworth University

19th-Century American Visiting Assistant Professor at Whitworth University

We are seeking a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of English to teach courses in American literature before 1900. Renewable up to three years, depending on performance and university needs. Ability to contribute expertise and courses to either our Women’s and Gender Studies program or our US Cultural Studies program (or both) is desirable. Transatlantic/hemispheric approaches and interest in global literatures welcome. Teaching load normally 3-1-3 (3 courses in each regular semester and 1 during a shortened January term). –

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