Visiting Professor (MIT)

The Literature Faculty at MIT seeks to hire a visiting assistant professor for the year 2015-­16, specializing in 20th century and contemporary American or Anglophone literature and film. Candidates must hold a completed PhD by July 1, 2015. Continue reading


SSAWW Panels at ALA 2015

We are happy to announce the SSAWW panels for the 2015 ALA Conference in Boston, MA. Below, please find the complete listings of our two panels: “Liminal Spaces in American Women’s Writing” and “Hybrid Lives in American Women’s Writings.” We will update the SSAWW community with panel dates and times once ALA confirms them.

Many thanks go to our readers who helped select the papers for each of the panels: Linda Moser, Lisa Radinovsky, Faye Halpern, Barbara McCaskill, Robin Cadwallader, Carolyn Sorisio. Their contributions to SSAWW are very much appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you all at ALA 2015!

Panel 1: Liminal Spaces in American Women’s Writing

1.     “Liminal Spaces and Grace in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction,” Doreen Fowler, The University of Kansas

2.     “Affectional Direction and Liminal Spaces in Monique Truong’s The Book of Salt,” Tina Powell, Fordham University

3.     “Border Affect: Helen Hunt Jackson’s “Habeas Corpus”, Nathan Wolff, Tufts University

Panel 2: Hybrid Lives in American Women’s Writings

1.     “Ancient Wisdom, Sacred Sources: Orienting the American Cultural Hearth with Lydia Maria Child,” Jane Denison-Furness, Rock Valley College

2.     “Heteroglossia and Hybridity in Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s Black Protofeminist Nationalisms,” Elizabeth Cali, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

3.     “Maxine Kumin: Animal Cruelty and the Specter of the Holocaust,” Darla Himeles, Temple University

4.     “Sounding ‘the Indian’s share’ in Tsianina’s Where Trails Have Led Me,” Kathleen Washburn, University of New Mexico

New SSAWW Affiliate: Lydia Maria Child Society

From Kristin Jacobson:

SSAWW is pleased to welcome a new affiliate society:

Lydia Maria Child Society

Contact Person:  Sarah Olivier, University of Denver

Mailing Address:  3304 Perry Street, Denver, CO 80212

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Current list of all affiliate societies:

Native American Literature Assistant or Associate Professor (South Dakota State University)

Native American Literature Assistant or Associate Professor, English Department, South Dakota State University. Tenure-track (9-month) Assistant or Associate Professor of English to each courses in Native American Literature and Creative Writing. For a full listing of the responsibilities and qualifications, and to apply, visit, search for the position, and follow the electronic application process. Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by February 9, 2015. For questions on the electronic employment process, contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128. For questions on the position contact, Paul Baggett at (605) 688-5191 or SDSU is an AA/EEO employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Call for Nominations: SSAWW President and VP for Publications


From Koritha Mitchell, SSAWW Nominations Chair:

A friendly reminder: nominations and self-nominations by January 31. All details below

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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…

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CFP for SSAWW 2015: Liminal Bodies (2/6/15)

CFP for SSAWW 2015: Liminal Bodies (2/6/15)

How have women writers imagined liminal forms of embodiment and/ or liminal bodily experiences (ambiguously raced, sexed or gendered bodies, anomalous bodies, pregnancy and/or childbirth, death, embodied minds, knowledgeable bodies, supernatural encounters, pleasure, pain, the permeable boundary between health and illness, disability, abjection, intersubjectivity, transcendence). Submissions on all forms and periods welcome, including fiction, poetry, drama, essays and journalism. Please send 250-300 word abstracts with a 60 word bio (including affiliation) and email address to Karyn Valerius by February 6, 2015.

Assistant professor in early-American Literature to 1900 (Graceland University)

The English department at Graceland University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in early-American Literature to 1900 beginning August 2015. Ability to teach linguistics or comparative literature a plus. Ph.D. required by August 2015. The 4/4 teaching load includes composition, core English courses, and topics courses based on the candidate’s secondary interests that can appeal to both majors and non-majors. Demonstrated teaching excellence and a commitment to undergraduate teaching and service is required. Continue reading