Legacy Best Paper Awards for Papers Presented at SSAWW 2015 (12.11.15)

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 (tomlinson.legacy@gmail.com) 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.

Library Company event at SSAWW 2015 – suggestion for spreading out attendance

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.

CFP: ALA – Rebecca Harding Davis (Deadline 01.15.16)

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:

Mischa Renfroe

Middle Tennessee State University



Sharon Harris

CFP: ALA – Sarah Piatt at 180 (Deadline 01.18.16)

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 (mary.wearn@mga.edu). 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/.

SSAWW 2015 update – October 28

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
  • Receipts
  • Hotel Updates – posted July 30 – New Updates, Sept 1 SSAWW 2015
  • Student and childcare subsidies
  • Student Travel Award Donations

James Weldon Johnson Institute Visiting Fellows Program (Emory University)

The James Weldon Johnson Institute of Emory University invites applications for its Visiting Fellows Program. Supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Visiting Fellows Program provides three fellowships for both junior and senior scholars and their career equivalents each academic year. We welcome applications from scholars in the humanities, the humanistic social sciences and law. We are interested in research projects across the spectrum of the humanities, humanistic social science, and professional disciplines that examine the origins, evolution, impact and legacy of race, difference, and the modern quest for civil and human rights. We also support research projects that examine race and ethnicity and its points of intersection with other identities and movements addressing differences along gender, class, religious, or sexual lines. Fellows will each teach one course in the spring semester. Visiting Fellows will be in residence at Emory’s Johnson Institute for the academic year 2016-2017. Candidates must hold a Ph. D. by the start of the fellowship period in August 2016.

For more on the Visiting Fellows Program, visit http://jamesweldonjohnson.emory.edu/home/fellowship/index.html

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Assistant Professor Am Lit before 1800 (Tennessee Tech University)

English: Tenure-track, assistant professor position in English is available at Tennessee Tech University. An earned Ph.D. in English from an accredited institution by start date is required, with dissertation or other significant research in American Literature prior to 1800. Preferred specializations include Puritan, Native American/Indigenous, and/or Age of Reason literatures. Interest in diverse perspectives helpful. Prior college-level teaching experience required, substantial experience preferred. Must demonstrate active research agenda. Responsibilities include a 4/4 teaching load (includes freshman composition and undergraduate and graduate literature courses), with reductions for research possible. Peer-reviewed publications and department service required for tenure and promotion. To apply, please submit electronically to https://jobs.tntech.edu: a letter of application that addresses qualifications and functions, a curriculum vitae, email contact information for three professional references who will be sent instructions for uploading letters, and transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework (official transcripts for all degrees conferred required upon hire). Screening date will be December I, 2015; open until filled. Tennessee Tech University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, age (40 and over), status as a protected veteran, genetic information or any other category protected by federal or state law. Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies should be directed to equity@tntech.edu.