Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers is happy to announce a contest to honor the best papers presented at the upcoming Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference (5-8 November 2015) in Philadelphia. Two prizes will be awarded: one for the best paper presented by a graduate student, and one for the best paper presented by a non-student member of SSAWW. If you attend the conference and read your paper in person, you will be eligible to submit that paper for this award. Please note that this contest is separate from the one administered by the SSAWW for best graduate student paper.
Please send conference-length papers (i.e., in the form in which they were delivered) to Susan Tomlinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 11 December 2015. If you are not using Microsoft Word, please send your file in .rtf or .pdf format. Regardless of format, please ensure that your name appears only on the title page and that any references to your own work within the essay appear in the third person. Please also indicate whether you are entering in the graduate student or non-student member category.
Subsequent to the contest, the winners will be invited to expand their papers to a length of 8,000-10,000 words, including documentation. If they are suitable for publication and in compliance with the University of Nebraska Press copyright policy, these revised essays will be published in a future issue of Legacy
The University of Nebraska Press copyright policy dictates that essays published in Legacy
may not have been published previously in any form (print or online, including as part of a dissertation chapter if the dissertation has been posted to any electronic venue, even your university’s library) or be under consideration by any other journal or publisher.
While Legacy has a historical orientation and a chronological scope that ends at approximately 1930, we make an exception to this rule for the SSAWW Best Papers Contest in order to open the competition to presenters working in all time periods.
Dear Conference Participants,
We look forward with pleasure to seeing you in Philadelphia next week and to hearing the many exciting panels and papers on the program
A note on the Library Company event on Thursday evening, 6 to 8: The Library Company sees the event as an “Open House” for those who have rsvp’d to view the current exhibition, and enjoy refreshments that they are generously providing.
Since there is no formal program, we would like to ensure the viewing pleasure of the exhibit, Fashioning Philadelphia: The Style of the City and are suggesting that we spread out the attendance over the two hours. To that end, we ask that if you present on Thursday or Friday morning, you arrive closer to 6, and if you are delivering your presentation on Friday afternoon or Saturday, that you come by the Library Company closer to 6:45. This is just a suggestion and we certainly do not wish to disrupt groups who wish to go over together or who have dinner plans together for after the exhibit.
For those who registered after capacity for this event was reached, please remember that the Library Company is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the conference from 9- 4:45 and admission is free. The exhibit’s focus is on the city’s contribution to the early fashion industry, from the mid-18th through the early-20th century; it features Sarah Josepha Hale and Godey’s, among other women.
Reminder, too, that Friday night Awards Ceremony and Keynote Reception in the Hamilton Room of the Sheraton is from 5:45 – 7, with hors-d’oeuvres and a cash bar. This will be followed by our keynote speaker, Ana Castillo.
And Saturday night is our Celebrate SSAWW reception in the Ballroom from 4:30 to 6. Refreshments will again be available with a cash bar.
And please come by for Sunday morning coffee and talk in the Flower room between 8:30 and 11.
The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for an open topic session at the American Literature Association’s Annual Conference. The conference will be held May 26-29, 2016 in San Francisco, CA. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.
We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Davis’s work and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts.
Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes to accommodate 3 or 4 presenters. Presenters must be members of the Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World. For information about joining the society, please visit our website at http://scotus.francis.edu/rebeccahardingdavis/
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Please send a 200-250 word abstract and a brief biographical sketch to:
Middle Tennessee State University
CFP: ALA 2016 – Sarah Piatt (Deadline 01.18.16)
Sarah Piatt at 180 and Palace – Burner at 15: the View from 2016
2016 will mark the 180th anniversary of Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt’s birth and the 15th anniversary of the groundbreaking publication of Paula Bernat Bennett’s Palace – Burner, the first modern anthology of the poet’s work. Since her mid-nineteenth-century arrival on America’s literary scene, Sarah Piatt has been recognized for her “womanly” subject matter and ethos, and the “feminine” quality of her poetry has been aptly characterized by nineteenth-century British author Alice Meynell “not as a grace, but as a force.”
Paula Bennett’s 2001 edited collection Palace – Burner has had formative influence on modern scholarship not only through its strong introduction but also via the editorial lens through which the poems were selected. Through Palace – Burner, Bennett emphasizes Piatt’s irony and frames the author’s poetry as gendered, cultural critique. In subsequent scholarship, Bennett argues for Piatt’s “deep commitment to her poetry’s political role in the public sphere.” While much twenty-first century criticism builds directly upon Bennett’s view from Palace – Burner, new approaches have also emerged. Zachary Finch, for example, challenges the political reading of Piatt’s work and characterizes it instead as “starkly psychological,” defining Piatt’s poetics as one of “irremediable melancholy.” Jess Roberts, questions the characterization of Piatt as a politically subversive writer and notes instead Piatt’s “conflicted and multifaceted” engagement with the poetic conventions of her day.
In celebration of the poet’s 180th birthday and Palace-Burner’s 15th anniversary, this proposed panel will explore Sarah Piatt from a 2016 vantage point. How has our understanding of the poet expanded upon or diverged from Bennett’s formative critical view? What alternatives to a political reading of Piatt’s poetry emerge? How has Piatt’s irony, ambivalence, and conventionality complicated our views of her work? What new themes and methods inform Piatt studies in 2016? What can be learned about the politics of recovery through the production of Palace – Burner? Which remnants of Piatt’s oeuvre – those not published in Palace – Burner remain to be explored? All scholarly approaches to Sarah Piatt’s poetry and recovery are welcomed.
Please submit a one page abstract and a brief CV to Mary Wearn via email (email@example.com). Submissions must be received by January 18, 2016.
The American Literature Association’s 27th annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on May 26-29, 2016. For further information, please consult the ALA website at http://alaconf.org/.
We very much look forward to seeing you soon at SSAWW 2015
Program – SSAWW 2015 Nov 4 – 8
Onsite conference registration and day passes are available here: https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/onsite-conference-registration/
For conference information on the following, please go to:
- Guest passes and single day registration for those not on the program
- Sign up for “Chat with an Editor” sessions
- Chair and Presenter Guidelines
- Transportation Information for SSAWW Conference 2015
- Keynote Speaker: Ana Castillo
- Philadelphia’s local attractions guide and Walking Tour booklet
- Hotel Updates – posted July 30 – New Updates, Sept 1 SSAWW 2015
- Student and childcare subsidies
- Student Travel Award Donations