UPDATE: SSAWW 2017 Université Bordeaux Montaigne

We are pleased and honored that both Alice Kaplan and Sarah Rose Etter have accepted our invitation to join us and give a keynote address.

Alice Kaplan is probably best known for her 1993 memoir, French Lessons, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in biography/autobiography. Her latest book, Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, was published in 2012 by the University of Chicago Press and the Editions Gallimard. She has also translated a number of books by Roger Grenier (Piano Music for Four Hands, Another November, and The Difficulty of Being a Dog), Louis Guilloux (OK, Joe), and Evelyne Bloch-Dano (Madame Proust). Last but not least, she is a renowned historian whose first book, Reproductions of Banality (1986), was a theoretical exploration of French fascism. Since then she has published books on Céline’s anti-semitic pamphlets (Sources et citations dans ‘Bagatelles pour un massacre’), on the treason trial of Robert Brasillach (The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach), and on American courts-martial in newly liberated France (The Interpreter).

Sarah Rose Etter is a celebrated young writer whose first collection of stories, Tongue Party, won the 2010 Caketrain Chapbook Competition and has just come out in a French translation by Véronique Béghain (Hommes sous verre, Editions Do). More about Sarah Rose Etter on http://www.caketrain.org/tongueparty/

SSAWW 2017 Université Bordeaux Montaigne CFP: https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/conferences/ssaww-2017-universite-bordeaux-montaigne/


Northwest Region SSAWW Study Group – Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

You are invited to the Summer 2016 meeting of the Northwest Region SSAWW Study Group, which will take place at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. The meeting will be on Saturday, June 25th from 12:00-1:30pm.  Hor d’oeurves will be provided by the Whitworth English Department.  We will be meeting in Conference Room ABC in the Hixson Union Building.

The common texts for this meeting are four short pieces by Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Trials of a Housekeeper,” “What is Home,” “Servants,” and “Home Decoration.”  The readings total approximately 15 pages and will be sent out to all participants via PDF prior to the study group.  They come from The Oxford Harriet Beecher Stowe Reader, edited by Joan Hedrick.  If you would like to purchase the full book, the link to it is here:


Please send an RSVP email by May 23rd to ldamico@whitworth.edu to let us know if you plan to attend the event, so we can plan refreshments accordingly. If you would like additional information about staying in the Whitworth dorms or about the Spokane area—or if you have any general questions about the plans for this summer’s study group—please feel free to contact us at anytime. New participants are certainly welcome.

This year’s study group is being held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary Harriet Beecher Stowe Conference, which will be hosted at Whitworth from June 24-25. The conference will feature academic presentations, teaching roundtables, and even a one-person play about Stowe’s work with another abolitionist.  Our keynote is Dr. Laura Korobkin from Boston University, who will be discussing Stowe’s relationship with Charles Dickens.  More information about the Stowe conference can be found here:  https://stowespokane16.wordpress.com/

You are welcome to come to the study group alone, attend the full conference, or attend the keynote dinner and the study group.  As always, the study group is free.  The conference is $55.00 for faculty and $45.00 for graduate students.  To attend the keynote dinner only, the fee is $25.00.  We’d love to have you at any or all of these events, as it promises to be an exciting time to come together to read, talk, and think about Stowe’s life and writings.

We are looking forward to an enlivening discussion.  Please let us know if you have any questions!

LuElla D’Amico (ldamico@whitworth.edu)

Marlowe Daly-Galeano (hmdalygaleano@lcsc.edu)

CFP: Kay Boyle Society at ALA 2017

CFP: ALA 2017 Conference

Boston, Mass.

2017:    Boston, MA.  May 25-28, 2017

Panel proposal: “Kay Boyle and Surrealism”

Kay Boyle’s life in Europe (1923-1941) brought her in close contact with the avant-gardes, including particular with French Surrealism. Through her collaboration to Eugene Jolas’s international little magazine transition, in particular, she was able to measure the influence of and resistance to Surrealism in the shaping of a new American literary avant-garde. This panel will examine the potential impact of surrealist aesthetics on Boyle’s writing, from her early stories and novels to the very intriguing Monday Night (1940).

We invite 20 minute papers on Kay Boyle’s surrealistic poetics. Suggested topics and themes include (but are not limited to):

  • Boyle/ Surrealism / transition
  • Converging or contradictory legacies: Poe or Surrealism?
  • Boyle’s “marvelous”
  • Realism and Surrealism in Boyle’s writings
  • Early vs. late surrealist elements in the work of Kay Boyle



CFP: Kay Boyle Society at SSAWW 2017 (5.30.16)

CFP: SSAWW 2017 Conference

Border Crossings: Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific

Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

5th – 8th July 2017

Panel proposal: “Women Writers and the Rise of a Transnational Modernism”

For American modernist women writers, border crossing and travel was an essential experience in reshaping their sense of self-identity, developing a consciousness of otherness, and redefining their relation to the national canon. Many even found in foreign lands a source of inspiration and creativity (e.g. Kay Boyle and Djuna Barnes in France, Evelyn Scott and Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil, Katherine Anne Porter in Mexico).

This panel will explore the possibilities generated by border crossing in light of an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and trans-geographical approach.

We welcome proposals on writers using the idea of border crossing and travel symbolically or metaphorically as well as literally.

Geographical border crossing: role of modernist women writers in the emergence of a wider notion of modernism (urban/regional, national/transnational, local/global).

Literary border crossing: symbolic or metaphorical use of the idea of border crossing and travel; interdisciplinary modernism

Gender border crossing: role of modernist women writers in the definition of a female modernism and its impact on a male modernism or perhaps a trans-sexual modernism?

Please send your submission by May 30, 2016 to Caroline Maun (av4495@wayne.edu) and Anne Reynes-Delobel (anne.reynes@univ-amu.fr)



19th-Century American Visiting Assistant Professor at Whitworth University

19th-Century American Visiting Assistant Professor at Whitworth University

We are seeking a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of English to teach courses in American literature before 1900. Renewable up to three years, depending on performance and university needs. Ability to contribute expertise and courses to either our Women’s and Gender Studies program or our US Cultural Studies program (or both) is desirable. Transatlantic/hemispheric approaches and interest in global literatures welcome. Teaching load normally 3-1-3 (3 courses in each regular semester and 1 during a shortened January term). –

(More at https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000312938-01)

CFP: Society for the Study of the American Short Story (7.1.16)

Call for Papers: The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre

Keynote Speaker: J. Gerald Kennedy (Boyd Professor of English at Louisiana State University) “National Strangeness in the Antebellum Tale”
Special Event: A Reading by Judith Ortiz Cofer

The Society for the Study of the American Short Story (SSASS) requests proposals for papers and presentations at an international symposium on the short story to be held in Savannah, October 20-22, 2016, at the Hyatt Hotel.

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American Literature Society Announces The 1921 Prize in American Literature

American Literature Society Announces The 1921 Prize in American Literature

We are pleased to announce The 1921 Prize in American Literature, a new prize awarded to the best article in any field of American literature. The prize is named for the year the organization was initially founded “to promote and diversify the study of American Literature.” Judged by a panel made up of members of the American Literature Society Advisory Board and other scholars in the field, the competition will be divided in two categories: one for graduate students, scholars in contingent positions, and untenured faculty members; one for tenured faculty. The winner will be announced at the 2017 MLA American Literature Society panel.
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