CFP: Southern Writers and Their Professional Networks

This panel is being proposed for the 2016 Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, which is being held in Boston from March 10th to 12th. A more complete cfp is below.

Southern Writers and Their Professional Networks

During the nineteenth century, the nation’s communication and transportation systems advantaged publishers located in the northeastern United States, leading to a system of literary production primarily controlled by Northerners. To gain access to nationwide distribution systems and a national audience, antebellum Southern writers attempted to build relationships with influential Northern writers, editors, publishers, and printers. This panel examines how Southern writers attempted to develop these collaborations with Northerners by leveraging a variety of types of capital—social, political, and economic. By November 1, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a brief bio to Summar Sparks at