CFP: American Literature Association Symposium: The City and American Literature (6.30.15)

American Literature Association Symposium: The City and American Literature
New Orleans, LA

September 10-12, 2015 

Keynote Speaker: Ed Folsom, University of Iowa

 ALA symposia provide opportunities for scholars to meet in pleasant settings, present papers, and share ideas and resources. The September 2015 symposium will focus on representations of the city in American literature. We welcome proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on any aspect of this important subject. Thematic possibilities include (but are by no means limited to):  City on a Hill, the ideal city, the city as nightmare, the architecture of the city, the racial city, the city in science fiction, the city of crime fiction, the gendered city, the sexualized city, the city and economics, the city and reform, suburbia and the city, urbanization, alienation, community, the urban landscape, etc.  Continue reading


Assistant Professor 20th Century Literature and Cultural Studies (University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley)

The Department of Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to teach, conduct research, present and publish in the area of 20th Century Literature and Cultural Studies to begin Fall 2015. The position may also include teaching introductory courses in literature, survey of American, British, or World literature, and specialized courses at the undergraduate and graduate (MA) levels. 

 To view a full job description and to apply for this position, go to 

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Part-Time American Literature Instructor (The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics)

Part-Time American Literature Instructor: The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics has an opening for a part-time literature instructor. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in American Literature. Requirements: minimum masters, doctorate preferred. For detailed description of position requirements, please see posting on our website: Send letter of interest, resume, and three references to: President, OSSM, 1141 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104, or EOE

CFP SAMLA 87–Edith Wharton Society (Deadline 6.15.15)

CFP SAMLA 87–Edith Wharton Society

Writing (of) Women’s Bodies: Wharton and Early Twentieth-Century Feminism

In keeping with the SAMLA theme, “In Concert: Literature and other Arts,” this panel seeks papers which consider Edith Wharton’s work in the context of the growing voice of feminism of her time. In this panel, we are interested in papers which explore the connections between Wharton’s treatment of female bodies and the context of early twentieth century feminism. We encourage a broad interpretation of this theme, including (but not limited to) the role of sexuality in her work, to her work as a war correspondent, to even the material realities of her characters’ lives. By June 15, 2015, please submit a 250-300 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Monica Miller,

CFP: Nineteenth-Century American Studies in the Twenty-First Century (7.17.15)

Nineteenth-Century American Studies in the Twenty-First Century
University of Warwick, 6-7 November 2015

Keynote Speaker: Susan Gillman (University of California, Santa Cruz)

The second biennial BrANCA symposium aims to be a ‘state-of-the-field’ event that brings together researchers, writers, teachers and students to discuss the most pressing topics and concepts currently animating nineteenth-century American literary and cultural studies.

SSAWW at ALA 2015

Reposted from ssaww-l:

SSAWW hopes to see many of our members at ALA, especially at our two panels and the business meeting (listed below).

Please encourage potential members to attend the business meeting. You do not need to be a current dues-paying member to attend the meeting. The ALA panels will be a great warm up to our conference in Philadelphia: Nov. 4 – 8, 2015, The Sheraton Society Hill (details: 

If the membership has any proposed agenda items to address at SSAWW’s ALA business meeting, please send them to me (Kristin Jacobson):

Best, Kristin

SSAWW at ALA 2015

Thursday May 21, 2015: 1:30 – 2:50 pm, Session 4-B

Liminal Spaces in American Women’s Writing (Essex North East 3rd Floor)

Organized by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Co-Chairs: Kristin Allukian, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Kristin Jacobson, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

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

Friday May 22, 2015: 11:10am – 12:30pm, Session 9-D

Hybrid Lives in American Women’s Writings (St. George D 3rd Floor)

Organized by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Co-Chairs:  Kristin Allukian, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Kristin Jacobson, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

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

Friday May 22, 2015, 12:40 – 2:00 pm, Session 10-O 

Business Meeting: Society for the Study of American Women Writers (Defender 7th Floor)

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position: American Literature to 1865, North Dakota State University

The English Department at NDSU Invites Applications for Assistant Professor of American Literature

The English department at North Dakota State University seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in American literature to 1865, beginning January 2016. We seek a colleague with teaching/research expertise from the earliest period of contact and exploration through the antebellum period; expertise in Transatlantic and/or Hemispheric American studies is especially welcome. The successful candidate will join a vibrant department offering BA, BS, MA, and PhD degrees in a supportive, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere for faculty and students at all levels. Please see full description at for a full list of hiring criteria and procedures for applying.