From Koritha Mitchell: SSAWW call for nominations (President, VP for Publications; Deadline 1.31.15)

Dear SSAWW colleagues:

 The time has come to begin the process for replacing officers whose terms are up at the end of 2015/start of 2016. Holding elections now will provide an opportunity for incoming officers to shadow their outgoing predecessors during 2015.

Two posts will become vacant, both vital to the success of SSAWW: the Vice President of Publications and the President.

The VP of Publications manages the website and organizes the online newsletter and its publication. The website is, of course, critical to the success of SSAWW. The current VP of Publications, Donna Campbell, has made a brilliant success of this job and has therefore helped SSAWW advance by leaps and bounds! The person elected holds the position for three years and, by mutual agreement, for a further three years. The VP of Publications enjoys the support of a graduate student, currently Jordan L. Von Cannon of Louisiana State University ( Donna Campbell has agreed to provide information about what this vital position entails. Feel free to contact her at

The second position for which we need a replacement is President of the SSAWW, a post currently held by R J (Dick) Ellis. This position lasts for three years (fixed term). Of course, Dick Ellis is happy to provide information about what being president entails. Feel free to contact him at

Nominations open for these positions on 1 December 2014 and close on 31 January 2015.

 This process is conducted by the Advisory Board’s Nominations Sub-committee, which I chair. All nominations should therefore be submitted to me via Elections, if needed, will be held during Spring 2015.

Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. When nominating someone else, please secure the agreement of the nominee. Those standing will be asked to provide a brief 500- to 750-word statement of what they will bring to the position. This statement will be used in the event of an election.


SSAWW retains its fundamental commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in all aspects of its activities.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Koritha sounds like Aretha


Koritha Mitchell, PhD

Associate Professor of English

The Ohio State University

543 Denney Hall, 164 West 17th Ave

Columbus, Ohio 43210



CFP: Harriet Beecher Stowe Society at ALA 2015 (Deadline: 1.5.15)

Harriet Beecher Stowe Society Call for Papers
American Literature Association
26th Annual Conference
May 27-30, 2015
Boston, MA

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society will sponsor to two sessions at the upcoming ALA in Boston, MA:

Stowe’s “Friendships”

Harriet Beecher Stowe once stated famously that “Friendships are discovered rather than made; there are people who are in their own nature friends, only they don’t know each other: but certain things like poetry, music, and paintings are like the Freemason’s sign—they reveal the initiated to each other.” The Stowe Society invites papers that reveal these underlying “friendships” in Stowe’s own writing: in what ways was Stowe influenced by other likeminded writers, and in what ways did she influence them? As literary scholars, what “signs” can we read to indicate Stowe’s relationship with other writers both in her day and beyond? Continue reading

CFP: ASLE-SSAWW Roundtable on Gender and the Underground (ASLE; Deadline 12.6.14)

Call for Proposals SSAWW Panel at Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) Meeting—June 23-27, 2015

ASLE-SSAWW Roundtable on Gender and the Underground

In keeping with the ASLE theme, “Notes from Underground,” this roundtable invites conversation on gender and the underground. How, for instance, can writing about (or living or working in) the world underground provide a useful frame of reference for thinking about gender? We welcome talks that examine historical, literary, or visual texts, as well as material artifacts.

We are seeking exciting and creative work-in-progress that would benefit from presentation in a roundtable format. Recognizing that discussion among roundtable participants and between participants and audience members can yield productive results, we seek abstracts of project that could be presented in brief, 5-10 minute remarks (as opposed to formal presentations) and that open themselves up to broad conversation and discussion.

Please send a 250-300 word proposal, a 2-3 sentence bio, and contact information to Tina Gianquitto ( by December 6. Please see the ASLE Conference website ( for more information.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Native American Literature and Creative Writing (South Dakota State University)

The English Department at South Dakota State University is accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track (9-month) Assistant or Associate Professor of English to teach courses in Native American Literature and Creative Writing. Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in English (or closely related field) with an emphasis in Native American Literature in hand by August 15, 2015 as well as effective written and oral communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, and the ability and willingness to collaborate within and across disciplinary lines. Continue reading

Assistant Professor in Latino/a Literature: University of Texas at Arlington, Department of English

University of Texas at Arlington, Department of English

Assistant Professor in Latino/a Literature

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in English with a PhD  focusing on Latino/a Studies.  Preference will be given to candidates who can also make contributions to the University’s Center for Mexican American Studies and to UTA’s mission as an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution).  A secondary interest in the digital humanities is desirable.

Application deadline: 20 November 2014. Salary, benefits, and privileges are competitive with other public research universities.  Faculty expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, maintain an active research program, mentor graduate students, and provide service to the department and the University as required.  Candidates should email a letter of application, cv, and dissertation abstract or statement of research plans, preferably as a single PDF, using their first and last names as the name of the document. Email to Neill Matheson, Co-Chair, Latino/a Literature Search Committee ( Letter should spell out candidate’s suitability for UT Arlington.  

UT Arlington is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists.

CFP: Margaret Fuller Society Panels (including Fuller/Alcott) at ALA (1.20.15)

The Margaret Fuller Society invites proposals for two panels for the 2015 American Literature Association Conference (Boston 21-24 May)

I.  Margaret Fuller:  Toward a New Genealogy of Genius

            The Romantic critical discourse of “genius,” as Christine Battersby documents in Gender and Genius, developed through the exclusion of women and served to promote only a single woman at a time by ranking her as exceptional, above other women.   In the judgement of antebellum cultural arbitrators, as Nina Baym’s concluded in Novels, Readers, and Reviewers, only a single woman writer– the French author George Sand– indisputably ranked as a “genius.”  Emerson agreed about Sand, but notoriously invoked the discourse to qualify that Fuller had only “genius in conversation.” Fuller herself lamented feeling that she lacked “force to be . . . a genius.” Yet nineteenth-century women widely contested the discourse of “genius” with definitions of their own and with their own opinions about the kinds and degrees of “genius” to be found among women writers and reform orators. Continue reading

Assistant Professor African-American Literature and History and Theory of Race in Literature (University of Toledo)

The University of Toledo Department of English Language and Literature invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in African-American literature and History and Theory of Race in Literature to begin August 2015. The successful candidate must have a strong grounding in African-American Literature and expertise in broader issues surrounding race in American literature and literary theory. The candidate should demonstrate commitment to excellence in research and teaching and will have earned the PhD by the time of appointment. Duties will include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in American and African-American literature and culture, as well as general English courses. Continue reading