Assistant Professor of English and Writing (University of Tampa)

Assistant Professor of English and Writing

The Department of English and Writing in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Tampa invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in 20th and 21st century Hemispheric American Studies beginning in August 2015.

The desirable area of expertise is American literary/cultural exchange (including Afro-Caribbean, Latino/Latina, African-American, Cuban, or transnational literatures) with a possible secondary area of knowledge in digital literacy, intermedia and mixed media forms, or post-print publication. Experience with editing/publishing is also ideal. Continue reading


Assistant Professor American Literature (Metropolitan State University)

Metropolitan State University and the Department of Literature and Language invites applications for a tenure track, probationary position in American Literature at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin fall 2015. The faculty member will teach up to 21 semester credits per year, including courses in American literature, in multidisciplinary humanities, and in methods of undergraduate literary study; engage in active scholarship; contribute service to the department and university; and advise students.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in English in hand by appointment date, with a dissertation in American literature
Evidence of effective teaching at the college or university level

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated expertise in diverse American literatures
Demonstrated expertise in multi-disciplinary humanities
Demonstrated expertise in literary studies methodologies for undergraduate English majors. Continue reading

Call for Papers: Centennial Study of My Ántonia, 2-page proposals due 1 February 2015

Call for Papers: Centennial Study of My Ántonia, 2-page proposals due 1 February 2015

Proposals are sought for a collection that will offer readers an in-depth study of the 100-year life and legacy of My Ántonia, in the context of up-to-date research. The collection intends to situate My Ántonia in its original sociocultural and literary context; explore the core themes and perspectives in the novel; and mark its legacy in a variety of ways. It aims to convey the full complexity of the novel and its issues by drawing upon historical and contemporary frameworks of understanding. The following list of topics is suggestive but not prescriptive. Please submit a proposal of at least two pages that both explains the topic/approach and lists the major scenes to be analyzed, so appropriate range and avoidance of repetition can be balanced in the volume. Final essays (length to be determined) will be due March 2016. Continue reading

CFP: HERA 2015 Conference

Beyond the Binary

(See HERA’s website for an expanded description.)

In keeping with HERA’s mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2015 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Education, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic. Continue reading

CFP: Girl Talk: The Influence of Girls’ Series Fiction on American Popular Culture (Essay Collection; Deadline for abstracts 10.5.14)

CFP: Girl Talk: The Influence of Girls’ Series Fiction on American Popular Culture

Since the mid nineteenth century, American girls have had books written especially for them, often featuring the same characters who begin to feel like their friends, enemies, and overall substitute social cliques. From the perfect, golden-haired Christian in Martha Finley’s nineteenth-century Elsie Dinsmore series to the imperfect high school beauties in Sara Shepard’s recent Pretty Little Liars series, the young female heroines in American series fiction have undergone dramatic changes in the past 150 years, changes which have both reflected and modeled standards of behavior for America’s tweens and teen girls. For generations, series books have helped define what it means to be an “All American Girl.” Through the use of stock characters and plotlines in these series, girls come to perceive and even enact their own experiences based on the beloved heroines and perhaps even more hated antagonists that appear in them. Critic Peter Stonely has suggested that girls’ series books present a sort of call to action to their readers—an urgent sense that girls must conform to the standards that series fiction sets out for them. He attests that these “narratives incite a strong motivation in the girl-reader: She had better make sure that she belongs” within the conventions of the fictional worlds she is reading, Continue reading