CFP: Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in the 19th Century (Proposal Deadline: 9.1.14)

CFP: Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in the 19th Century
Deadline for Proposals: Sept 1, 2014 

We are looking for essays to round out our collection. In particular, we are interested in essays that engage:

·      animal studies

·      issues of race, especially children’s abolitionist literature

·      formal female education (e.g. Sunday schools, common schools, seminaries, finishing schools etc.)

 This collection explores how texts that are written for girls, or represent girls, participate in the work of reform through an evangelical agenda.   This collection seeks to contribute to the burgeoning field of childhood studies in U.S. nineteenth-century literature and culture, which has been exploring the contours of emerging conceptions of childhood in the nineteenth-century, complicating the boundaries between adult and child, and asking what happens when we foreground the child. We are especially interested in essays that explore the cultural work this evangelical literature performs, through its representations of, for example, childhood, kinship structures, discipline, authority, disability, education, race, and class. While our focus is on the U.S., we are also interested in work by British and Canadian writers.

We are seeking essays of 6,000-7,000 words. Please submit proposals of 500 words and a brief CV to Robin Cadwallader ( and Allison Giffen ( no later than Sept 1, 2014.  We are planning a quick turn-around with this collection and the deadlines will be tight once essays are selected. We will notify you of acceptance and timeframe shortly after the deadline for submissions.