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Legacy Panel: Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Writing: Alternatives to Seduction in Early America (SEA; Deadline 9.1.14)

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Writing:  Alternatives to Seduction in Early America

CFP for a Legacy-sponsored panel at the Society of Early Americanists (SEA) Conference in Chicago, June 18-21, 2015

Seduction has provided a powerful lens for thinking about gender and early American women’s writing.  This is particularly true for early American novels, but models of sexual predation, transgressive desire, and titillated-moralistic readership have proven to wield considerable explanatory power for a range of genres.  To what degree this is due to the power of an age-old story form rooted in sexual mores and social hierarchies and to what degree it is a projection of post-Freudian reading habits and critical assumptions about earlier periods is open to debate.  For this panel we seek papers that investigate the limits of or consider alternatives to seduction as a paradigm for thinking about gender, sexuality, and the works of women writers in early America.  Please send a one-page proposal and one-page c.v. to Tamara Harvey at tharvey2@gmu.edu by September 1.

CFP: LEGACY special issue: “Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the 21st Century” (journal issue; Deadline 9.30.14)

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Special issue, “Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the 21st Century”

Guest Editors: Sandra Zagarell, Katherine Adams, Caroline Gebhard

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers solicits papers for a special issue devoted to writing by Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Best known today as the author of regionalist short fiction set in her native New Orleans, Dunbar-Nelson was also an essayist, poet, playwright, newspaper columnist and editor, diarist, anthologist, educator, and activist engaged in the suffrage movement and African American political and social advancement.

Neither Dunbar-Nelson’s oeuvre nor her life fits comfortably into the ways of thinking that have traditionally shaped Americanist, African Americanist, and feminist criticism. For example, while some of her short stories openly engage racial inequity, much of the New Orleans fiction seems to hew to an aesthetic that prizes polish over politics. It takes considerable knowledge of the city’s racialized cultural geography and history to recognize how artfully Dunbar-Nelson’s fiction…

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Readers needed for SSAWW 2015 Awards (Respond by 6.1.14)

From SSAWW VP for Development Kristin Jacobson:

I am seeking volunteers to read for SSAWW’s 2015 Awards:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: 5 readers
  • Book Award: 3 readers
  • Edition Award: 3 readers

If you already volunteered to serve (I have two volunteers in my records), I have sent you an individual email for confirmation about your availability. If you volunteered to read but did not receive a separate email from me, please let me know.

Readers should represent SSAWW’s range of scholars and scholarship and be available to read submissions during a seven month period (between the closing date for the awards, 1 January 2015, and 1 August 2015). Awards will be announced at SSAWW’s 2015 conference. The initial call for the awards is pasted below.

Readers for SSAWW Awards (including the VP of Development) are not eligible to submit their own work for consideration of a 2015 award in which they are directly involved.

If you are interested in serving as a reader for one of the awards, please email me (jacobsok@stockton.edu) noting the award you would like to read for and your area(s) of specialty, academic rank (independent scholars are welcome), and publications by June 1, 2014.

If you have any questions about the awards, please let me know.

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The Society for the Study of American Women Writers

 2015 Awards

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers was founded in 2000 to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. The followingthree awards were established in 2011 to honor the work and legacies of the Society’s founding members and to further SSAWW’s goal to support and broaden knowledge among academics as well as the general public about American women writers.

Book Award

The SSAWW Book Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the field. The award recognizes the monograph’s significant contribution to scholarship related to American women writers published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline.

Eligibility for 2015 award: Eligible books must contribute to the field of American women writers, have been published between December 2011-November 2014, and mailed to all committee members by the submission deadline, January 1, 2015. Edited collections are not eligible for the award.

Edition Award

The SSAWW Edition Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the recovery of American women writers. The award recognizes an edition published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline.

Eligibility for 2015 award: Eligible books must contribute to the field of American women writers, have been published between December 2011-November 2014, and mailed to all committee members by the submission deadline, January 1, 2015. Print and digital collections are welcome.

Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award

The Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize a scholar’s career achievement in the study of American women writers. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the field as demonstrated in his/her teaching, mentoring of students, scholarship and service.

The award is named in honor of Karen Dandurand, who passed away in 2011. She was one of the founding editors of Legacy and was an active member of SSAWW, serving as Vice President of Development (2004-2009).

Nomination Deadline for 2015 AwardJanuary 1, 2015.

This week: SSAWW Panels and Business Meeting at ALA on 5/22

If you’re heading to ALA in Washington, D.C.,  this week, don’t forget to attend the SSAWW Panels and Business Meeting on Thursday, May 22.

Session 1-B POLITICAL AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS

Thursday, May 22, 2014: 9:00–10:20am

Co-Chairs: Kristin Allukian, University of Florida and Kristin Jacobson, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

1. “‘people + place = politics’: Terry Tempest Williams’ Democratizing Ethos,” Jeannette E. Riley, UMass Dartmouth and Kathleen M. Torrens, University of Rhode Island

2. “‘Changing the Converse Cipők Vásárlásaation on Healthy Eating’: The White House Kitchen Garden and Michelle Obama’s Public Health Discourse,” Terre Ryan, Loyola University Maryland

3. “Benevolence and the New Left: Reimagining the Welfare State in Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time,” Brandon Gordon, Sonoma State University

Session 4-D DIGITAL AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS

Thursday, May 22, 2014: 1:30–2:50pm

Co-Chairs: Kristin Allukian, University of Florida and Kristin Jacobson, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

1. “Digital Writers/Digital Readers: Teaching and Learning With Student-Authored Digital Posters,” Stephanie A. Tingley, Youngstown State University

2. “Digital Resources and the Magazine Context of Edith Wharton’s Short Stories,” Paul J. Ohler, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

3. “Digital Images of Flowers and the Suffrage Movement in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Journals,” Gabby Serrano, Angelo State University

4. “Story Paper (Anti-)Heroines: Reading Alcott’s Potboilers in the Digital Archives,” Michael D’Alessandro, Boston University

Session 5-M BUSINESS MEETING

Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Thursday, May 22, 2014:3:00–4:20pm

 

Call for a Complete Panel for SSAWW’s Guaranteed Panel at the Western Literature Association’s Conference (Deadline: 6.1.14)

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Call for a Complete Panel for SSAWW’s Guaranteed Panel at the Western Literature Association’s Conference

SSAWW invites submissions of a complete panel for the WLA conference in Victoria, BC (5-8 November 2014).

Please submit your complete panel by June 1, 2014, following the attached guidelines from WLA, to Kristin Jacobson (jacobsok@stockton.edu).

If more than one panel is submitted, SSAWW’s executive board will select the panel to submit to WLA. Notification will be made prior to the WLA’s 15 June deadline so any panels not selected may still submit to the conference.

Note: Membership in SSAWW is required to appear on SSAWW panels, but not a requirement to submit for the guaranteed panel. Panelists must be members of SSAWW by the time of the presentation.

I look forward to your submissions, Kristin

Kristin J. Jacobson

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CFP: “Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age” (Deadline: 6.15.14)

CFP: “Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age”

April 24-26, 2015, University of Delaware and the Delaware Historical Society

http://coloredconventions.org/cfp-colored-conventions-in-the-nineteenth-century-and-the-digital-age

Beginning in 1830 and continuing past the Civil War, once captive and free African Americans came together in national and state political conventions to strategize about how to achieve legal, labor and educational justice. The delegates to these meetings include the most well-known—if mostly male— writers, organizers, church leaders, editors and entrepreneurs in the canon of early African-American leadership: Richard Allen, Frederick Douglass and Henry Highland Garnet, Abraham and Mary Ann Shadd (Cary), George Downing, Charles Ray and others as well as those who have been all but forgotten. This symposium seeks to pose questions about the ways in which scholarly paradigms shift when the decades-long colored convention movement is considered with abolition as a principal axis that orders historical understandings of nineteenth-century racial and justice movements.

The Colored Conventions Project (coloredconventions.org) will host a two and half day symposium on April 24-26, 2015. We welcome papers from a broad range of inter/disciplinary perspectives including but not limited to religious, historical, literary, gender, visual and performance studies.

We welcome papers that explore how colored conventions engage questions of:

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CFP: Edith Wharton Society Session at SAMLA 2014 (Deadline: 6.9.14)

Edith Wharton Society Session at SAMLA 2014 (Atlanta, GA, November 7-9, 2014)

Sustaining Humanity: The Abundance of Edith Wharton

The Edith Wharton Society invites papers that engage with this year’s SAMLA conference theme: “Sustainability and the Humanities.” The concept of sustainability in Edith Wharton’s writings has a multiplicity of meanings.  During this centenary of World War I, one thinks of her efforts to sustain France and its cultural heritages, work recognized by the French Legion of Honor. Or perhaps the imagination might turn to the ways in which her enduring wit uncovered the humorous and disturbing nature of humanity:  “No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity” (The House of Mirth, Chapter 10). More literally, one might consider Wharton’s planning and design of outdoor spaces.  With remarkable talent in landscape architecture, Wharton favored sustainability, as well as aesthetics. A range of creative responses to this topic is welcome, including examinations of her non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. Please send your 300-500 word abstract and a one-page CV as email attachments by June 9, 2014 to Mary Carney, University of North Georgia, mary.carney@ung.edu.

The 2014 SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 7-9, 2014. For more information, visithttps://samla.memberclicks.net/conference.