SSAWW-DH listserv for Digital Humanities discussions of American Women Writers

Because of the tremendous response to our initial inquiry about a DH discussion, we’ve decided to change course a bit. Because we had intended this to simply be a venue for conversation about DH projects, we are afraid this number of participants would be unwieldy. In its place, we have created (thanks to Donna Campbell) a listserv focused on this topic. If you’re interested in being a part of this listserv, please follow this link to subscribe:

We’d also like to call your attention to a previously-planned discussion at Friday’s mentoring breakfast. We hadn’t realized this was in the works, and it sounds like a great opportunity to discuss DH projects. Participants need to sign up for this; watch for more information on the main listserv. Remember that this costs $20 for faculty and is free for graduate students.

All of this interest is exciting and will surely lead to some great DH projects!


Cari Carpenter and Carolyn Sorisio


re: SSAWW 2015, please remember . . .

All conference participants must be SSAWW members.

SSAWW treasurer, Heidi Hanrahan, has asked that we remind all conference participants that SSAWW membership registration is in addition to the conference registration. Conference registration does not provide SSAWW membership. Here is the conference registration site again:

And here is the SSAWW membership page:

Questions about membership can be directed to Heidi:

Thanks, everyone.

SSAWW 2015 Conference – Draft Schedule, and Information on Conference Registration, and Hotel Reservations

Dear SSAWW conference participants,

The draft schedule is now available: SSAWW 2015 Draft Schedule, August 26th

We are in the process of assigning panel chairs, and may be in further touch about chairing. Thanks to those of you who have already indicated a willingness to chair.

We look forward with pleasure to November – to seeing / meeting you in Philadelphia and engaging with the superb on-going scholarship on American women writers.

Here are the conference registration and hotel reservation links.

Conference registration:

Because we are a little behind in posting this information, the deadline for early conference registration has been extended to July 31st. Please be sure to register for the conference before then to receive the lower rate.

Sheraton Society Hill Hotel reservations: SSAWW – Society for the Study of American Women Writers – 2015 C    OR    copy and paste the following link into a web browser:

We also remind you that conference participants must be SSAWW members (please see membership page).

Questions about conference registration can be directed to Beth Lueck (

Questions about hotel registration can be directed to Rita Bode ( or

Questions about membership can be directed to Heidi Hanrahan (

All other queries can be directed to We will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

Please continue to check the website in the coming months for updates:

We wish you all creative and fulfilling summers.

Rita, Dick, Beth, Miranda, Leslie and Rickie-Ann

CFP: Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference (Deadline11.15.15)

Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference

Boston, March 10‐12, 2016

The South in the North

Taking place for the first time in a non-Southern venue, SSSL’s conference next year in Boston will focus on challenges to and reconfigurations of North/South binaries in regional, national, hemispheric, and transatlantic literary and cultural studies.  The foundation of traditional US Southern literary studies on domestic regional difference and distinctiveness has been expanded over recent decades to encompass broader study of Southernness within national and global rubrics.  We welcome innovative scholarship on a wide spectrum of research within our intentionally flexible topic: for example, on the imagining of region as it figures in the imagining of nation, on the construction and consequences of Southern exceptionalism, on the continued expansion of analytical concepts of Southernness (and Northernness) in hemispheric, transatlantic, and global contexts.  We are especially interested in having scholars join us who work in literary fields involving Southern content (colonial plantation literature, race studies, the literatures of slavery, migration, transatlantic studies, and so on) but who may not identify as Southernists. Continue reading

New Books: African American Travel Narratives from Abroad: Mobility and Cultural Work in the Age of Jim Crow by Gary Totten

9781625341600African American Travel Narratives from Abroad: Mobility and Cultural Work in the Age of Jim Crow
Gary Totten

University of Massachusetts Press

In this book, Gary Totten examines the global travel narratives of a diverse set of African American writers, including Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, Matthew Henson, Jessie Redmon Fauset, and Zora Neale Hurston. While these writers deal with issues of identity in relation to a reimagined sense of self—in a way that we might expect to find in travel narratives—they also push against the constraints and conventions of the genre, reconsidering discourses of tourism, ethnography, and exploration. This book not only offers new insights about African American writers and mobility, it also charts the ideological distinctions and divergent agendas within this group of writers. Totten demonstrates how these travelers and their writings challenged dominant ideologies about African American experience, expression, and identity in a period of escalating racial violence. By setting these texts in their historical context and within the genre of travel writing, Totten presents a nuanced understanding of both popular and recovered work of the period.

New Books: Apocalyptic Sentimentalism Love and Fear in U.S. Antebellum Literature by Kevin Pelletier

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Kevin Pelletier

University of Georgia Press

Focusing on a range of important antislavery figures, including David Walker, Nat Turner, Maria Stewart, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism illustrates how antislavery discourse worked to redefine violence and vengeance as the ultimate expression (rather than denial) of love and sympathy. At the same time, these warnings of apocalyptic retribution enabled antislavery writers to express, albeit indirectly, fantasies of brutal violence against slaveholders. What began as a sentimental strategy quickly became an incendiary gesture, with antislavery reformers envisioning the complete annihilation of slaveholders and defenders of slavery.

“Kevin Pelletier’s Apocalyptic Sentimentalism makes an important and original contribution to critical debates about the structure and logic of sympathy in the antebellum period. Through careful readings of abolitionist literature from David Walker through Maria Stewart, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, he reveals just how significant the threat of apocalypse and its concomitant production of fear worked in concert with appeals to sympathy and, as Stowe put it, ‘feeling right.’”
—Cindy Weinstein, author of Family, Kinship, and Sympathy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

New Books: The Newspaper Warrior: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’s Campaign for American Indian Rights, 1864-1891, by Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, Edited by Cari M. Carpenter and Carolyn Sorisio

hopkinsThe Newspaper Warrior: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’s Campaign for American Indian Rights, 1864-1891

Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins
Edited by Cari M. Carpenter and Carolyn Sorisio

University of Nebraska Press,676064.aspx

Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (Northern Paiute) has long been recognized as an important nineteenth-century American Indian activist and writer. Yet her acclaimed performances and speaking tours across the United States, along with the copious newspaper articles that grew out of those tours, have been largely ignored and forgotten.

The Newspaper Warrior presents new material that enhances public memory as the first volume to collect hundreds of newspaper articles, letters to the editor, advertisements, book reviews, and editorial comments by and about Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins. This anthology gathers together her literary production for newspapers and magazines from her 1864 performances in San Francisco to her untimely death in 1891, focusing on the years 1879 to 1887, when Winnemucca Hopkins gave hundreds of lectures in the eastern and western United States; published her book, Life among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims (1883); and established a bilingual school for Native American children.