CFP: Approaching Margaret Fuller (ALA; Deadline 1.20.2014)

American Literature Association, 25th Annual Conference, May 22-25, 2014
Washington D.C.  

Approaching Margaret Fuller: Revisiting Critical Traditions/ Envisioning New Directions 

The Margaret Fuller Society invites proposals for 20-minute talks that reflect on any aspect of the history of Fuller criticism and/or on new approaches for future study. 

Send 1-page proposals by 20 January to: Charlene Avallone <


CFP: Gloria Naylor: Contemporary Critical Analyses (Deadline 5.30.2014)

CFP:  Gloria Naylor:  Contemporary Critical Analyses 
Abstracts:  1 page, 250 words
 Deadline: 30 May 2014

Sharon A. Lewis, Montclair State University
Ama Wattley, Pace University

We invite essays that read Gloria Naylor’s novels as explorations into intersections of race, gender and class, and as critiques of capitalism and other systematic or individual inequities. This collection will present a challenge to the risk of Naylor’s work becoming  “secondary” or “minor.” For example, although Linden Hills (1986) enjoys a scholarly, academic audience, the novel is read mostly as a derivative companion to Dante’s Inferno.  Such readings stifle possibilities of discovering the depth and complexity of Naylor’s creative talent and sustain Naylor’s authorial status as under-rated among more celebrated and awarded U.S. and international novelists. As Naylor’s fiction is rich and multifaceted, and as the last critical collection was published by Charles E, Wilson, Jr. in 2001, preceded by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and K. A. Appiah’s collection in 1993, we seek innovative, provocative, contemporary interpretations of Bailey’s Café, Mama Day and The Women of Brewster Place, The Men of Brewster Place as well as Linden Hills.  Black womanist readings are welcomed, of course, but we also wish to place Naylor’s writing in a variety of contexts as all of her novels are situated in various socio-historical moments and regions.  Some questions for contemplation: Continue reading

New Books: Faye Halpern, Sentimental Readers, and Ferda Asya, Writers in Europe: 1850 to the Present

ImageSentimental Readers: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of a Disparaged Rhetoric. U of Iowa Press, 2013. 

Faye Halpern

How could novels like Uncle Tom’s Cabin change the hearts and minds of thousands of mid-nineteenth-century readers, yet make so many modern readers cringe at their over-the-top, tear-filled scenes? Sentimental Readers explains why sentimental rhetoric was so compelling to readers of that earlier era, why its popularity waned in the latter part of the nineteenth century, and why today it is generally characterized as overly emotional and artificial. But author Faye Halpern also does more: she demonstrates that this now despised rhetoric remains relevant to contemporary writing teachers and literary scholars.

AmericanWritersinEuropeFrontCoverWriters in Europe: 1850 to the Present. Edited by Ferdâ Asya. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

The chapters on the works of Nathaniel Parker Willis, E.D.E.N. Southworth, Gertrude Atherton, John Cournos, Edith Wharton, Muriel Rukeyser, Langston Hughes, Edwin Rolfe, John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, Richard Wilbur, Allen Ginsberg, Harriet Welty Rochefort, and Suzy Gershman, explore the impartial critical outlook that American writers acquired in different parts of Europe, from 1850 to the present, and used as a lens to view Europe and America. Focusing on some less familiar writers, they reveal intriguing aspects of the lives and works of American writers than those of the customarily anthologized expatriates. Offering a broad range of American experiences in Europe in an extensive span of time, the book widens the history of the transatlantic cultural and literary dialogue between America and Europe.

Grants and Fellowships: American Antiquarian Society (Deadline: 1.15.2014)

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) invites applications for its 2014-15 visiting academic fellowships. At least three AAS-National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships will be awarded for periods extending from four to twelve months.  Long-term fellowships are intended for scholars beyond the doctorate; senior and mid-career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Over thirty short-term fellowships will be awarded for one to two months.

The short-term grants are available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research, and offer a stipend of $1850/month.  Special short-term fellowships support scholars working in the history of the book in American culture, in the American eighteenth century, and in American literary studies, as well as in studies that draw upon the Society’s preeminent collections of graphic arts, newspapers, and periodicals. Accommodations are available for visiting fellows in housing owned by AAS.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014. For further details about the fellowships, as well as a link to our online application form, please consult our website <>

Job Posting: Native American Literature at Florida International University (Deadline: 12.13.13)

Florida Atlantic University
Assistant Professor of Native American Literature
The Department of English at Florida Atlantic University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2014. Candidates must have teaching and research interests in Native American literatures in English, but special consideration will be given to candidates whose interests also include broader indigenous literatures of the Americas and/or the world, preferably in a comparative context. The new hire will contribute substantially to FAU’s Comparative Studies Ph. D. program and to the university’s developing Human Rights Initiative.
This position will be located on FAU’s main campus at Boca Raton, along with a minor teaching assignment on the Davie campus. We seek a candidate who will balance high-quality scholarship, excellence in teaching, and committed service. Faculty typically teach a 3-2 course schedule. Faculty teach and mentor graduate students in the department’s Masters Degree programs as well as the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters interdisciplinary PhD program. Continue reading

Job Posting: Early American Literature at Florida International University (Deadline: 12.1.13)

Florida International University’s Department of English invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, specializing in Early American literature, to begin in the fall of 2014. We are looking for a Ph.D. in English, with specialty in early American literatures (from 1600s up through 1860s) and/or cultural studies; transnational perspectives welcome. Strong preference will be given to candidates who also demonstrate expertise in the digital humanities. Applications should show scholarly activity and teaching experience. Candidates should have their degree in hand by August 2014. Position is contingent upon funding.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online to Job Opening ID 506764 at and electronically attach, in a single pdf file, a letter of application, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a representative sample of scholarly work. Additionally, three or more recommendation letters should be sent to Dr. Bruce A. Harvey at–subject heading “Early American,” please–via the “Interfolio” portfolio service (for those not using “Interfolio,” have recommenders submit direct to To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by December 1, 2013. Review will continue until the position is filled.

CFP: Wharton and Masculinities (ALA; Deadline 1.15.2014)

Call for Papers, American Literature Association (ALA) Washington, D.C.
May 22-25, 2014
Wharton and Masculinities

The Edith Wharton Society invites paper proposals that consider Wharton’s interest in constructions of masculinity.  Papers might address normative and non-normative masculinities, historical approaches to men’s cultures and subcultures, male figures in relation to Wharton’s narrative technique, men’s imagined and real spaces (including, but not limited to, interiors, decors, architectural plans, and gardens), nationalized iterations of manhood, and social as well as homosocial relationships between men in Wharton’s work.  Send proposals and one-page CVs to Melanie Dawson at by January 15, 2014.