CFP: Emily Dickinson Panels (MLA; Deadline 3.15.14)

Emily Dickinson Panels at MLA 2015

1. Sounding Dickinson

We seek papers on Dickinson’s engagements with contemporary soundscapes; her meditations on sound; and the sonic properties of her writings. Possible topics include voices, noise, song, hearing, listening, rhyme, rhythm, etc.  Please send 300-word abstracts by March 15th to Eliza Richards (


2. New Work on Dickinson: Flash Talks.

We invite abstracts from anyone breaking new ground in Dickinson studies for 4-5-minute presentations accompanied by a single slide, if desired. Time limits will be strictly enforced to accommodate as many new perspectives as possible: 8 brief talks. Please send 300-word abstracts by March 15th to Eliza Richards (


CFP: Disabled Slaves in American Literature (MLA; 3.10.14)

CFP for MLA 2015

Disabled slaves figure repeatedly in nineteenth-century American literature. What do their representations tell us about disability, race, and slavery in the long 19th-century? 250 word abstracts/CV by 10 March 2014; George Gordon-Smith ( and Heather Chacon (

CFP: “Women, Work, and Hawthorne” (Journal Issue; Deadline 7.15.14)

Call for Papers

Spring 2015 Special Issue of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review:

“Women, Work, and Hawthorne”


“It is odd enough, that the kind of labor which falls to the lot of women is just that which chiefly distinguishes artificial life—the life of degenerated mortals—from the life of Paradise. Eve had no dinner-pot, and no clothes to mend and no washing day.”  So says Miles Coverdale, as he contemplates gendered divisions of labor in The Blithedale Romance. If for Coverdale, women’s work connotes spiritual corruption and class degeneration, elsewhere in Hawthorne’s writings, women’s labor is associated variously with agency, authority, transgression, exploitation, oppression, order, duty, art, power, and magic.  Indeed, when one calls to mind Hawthorne’s well-known statements about women authors—one type of working woman—and the public exposure attendant upon work for women, it is remarkable how many working women populate his texts:  seamstresses, lace-makers, shop-keepers, house-keepers, commercialized spiritualists, and, yes, writers and artists.  The spring 2015 special issue of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review invites fresh examinations of the topic of women and work in Hawthorne’s fiction, journals, letters, and life.

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CFP Update: Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination (Deadline: 2.21.14)

Updated Call for Papers:  Great Excursions: Travel and the Antebellum Literary Imagination

A symposium sponsored by the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

Deadline for Proposals Extended to Feb. 21
Hilton St. Louis Downtown, St. Louis, MO
June 5-8, 2014

In honor of Sedgwick’s 225th birthday and her 1854 Midwestern trip (the farthest west she ever traveled), the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society will convene its 7th symposium in St. Louis, featuring plenary speakers Melissa Homestead, Professor of English at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kate Culkin, Associate Professor of History at Bronx Community College.

The Society invites proposals that consider the work of Sedgwick or her close contemporaries through the lens of the “excursion” broadly construed—literal or imaginary or stylistic “travel” away from, toward, or through any of topics addressed in her “Great Excursion to the Falls of St. Anthony” sketch or other works. Continue reading

CFP Update: Food and Utopia (Journal issue; 4.30.14)

Call for Papers:  Food and Utopia

Utopian Studies, the interdisciplinary journal of the Society for Utopian Studies, seeks essays for a special issue on utopian foodways, broadly conceived.  Essays which employ or revise theories of utopia and/or food practices of the last decade are especially welcome. 

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Food in intentional communities: production, preparation, consumption, clean up, and/or disposal   
  • Food practices in literary works
  • Food author studies (e.g.  Michael Pollan, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver)
  • School gardens
  • Food and waste:  alternative production, consumption, and/or disposal
  • Urban food production:  allotments, rooftop gardens, aviary and apiary practices
  • Utopian/dystopian diets: whole foods, slow foods, raw foods, supplements, GMOs, heirlooms
  • NGOs and global food concerns

Essays should be no more than 7000 words, inclusive of citations according to Chicago Manual of Style, and submitted by April 30, 2014, to each of the special issue editors:  Etta Madden, Professor of English, Missouri State University,; Timothy Miller, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Kansas,; and Lyman Tower Sargent, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, St. Louis,