SSAWW Panels and Business Meeting at ALA this week

Session 1-B Transnational Community in Multi-Ethnic American Women’s Literature (Pacific I)  Thursday, May 26, 9-10:20 a.m.

Organized by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Chairs: Emily VanDette, SUNY-Fredonia

1. “It Means Loving Someone You Don’t Know: Transculturation and Marriage in Bengali-American Fiction,” Sandra M. Cox, Pittsburg State University

2 “Joyce, Race, and (American) Empire in LeAnne Howe’s Shell Shaker,” Alyssa Hunziker, University of Florida

3 “Feminist Symptomatics in Rose Pastor Stokes’ The Woman Who Wouldn’t”: A cool and deliberate sort of madness,” Rachel Nolan, University of Connecticut

Session 5-A The Geography of Transnational Identity in American Women’s Writing (Pacific I) Thursday, May 26, 3:00-4:20 p.m.

Organized by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Chair: DoVeanna S. Fulton, University of Houston-Downtown

1. “Third Things: Tracking the Errant Productivity of Translation in Susan Choi’s The Foreign Student,” Susan Edmunds, Syracuse University

2. “Transnationalism and transgressions, borders and betrayal: the migrant woman in contemporary American literature,” Héloïse Thomas-Cambonie, Université Bordeaux Montaigne

3. “‘You speak voices hidden’: The Transnational Self in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée,” Cristina Rodriguez, Providence College

Session 6-L Business Meeting: Society for the Study of American Women Writers (Bay Level: Golden Gate Room) Thursday, May 26, 4:30-5:50


CFP: Recovering American Women Writers Roundtable (Deadline 6.1.16)

Inviting a scholar to join our roundtable at the Western Literature Association meeting in Big Sky, MT on Sept. 22-24, 2016. We are looking for someone who has worked or is currently working on the recovery of an American writer to discuss their process, resources, and future work. Given the audience, it would be preferable if it were a Western American writer but the generic process would be informative as well. Represented so far is Willa Cather and Sanora Babb; the former a success story and the latter one that is currently ongoing. Babb received a big boost when Ken Burns featured her and her novel, Whose Names Are Unknown, in his Dust Bowl documentary but the momentum needs to be sustained. I’d be interested to hear from anyone working on Sanora Babb.

With the roundtable format no paper is needed but we’ll have an outline and starter questions for the discussion. Please submit a CV and description of your recovery project to Joanne Dearcopp at Submission deadline is June 1st.

CFP: Dystopic Dickinson for SAMLA 2016 (Deadline 06.01.16)

CFP: South Atlantic Modern Language Association convention; Jacksonville, Florida; November 4-6, 2016

Dystopic Dickinson. Or Is It Utopic Dickinson?

Decades of criticism have revealed many—often contradictory—Dickinsons: a skeptic or a devout Christian? A Civil War poet or an isolated genius ahead of her time? A poet who truly believed “Publication” to be the “Auction / Of the Mind of Man” or a manuscript poet guided by Emerson’s notion of “Verses of the Portfolio”? A writer of intensely personal lyrics or a master manipulator of assumptions regarding the poetic “I”? Dickinson’s ability to explore, convey, and develop such opposing spheres leaves us all always dwelling in Possibility.” The Emily Dickinson International Society panel invites creative and critical projects that explore the contradictions—the dystopias and the utopias—that live within Dickinson’s work. By June 1, 2016, please submit a CV, a description of your project, and any A/V requirements to Trisha Kannan at

Lydia Maria Child Society Website Launch

The Lydia Maria Child Society is pleased to announce the launch of our website

We will  expand this site in the coming months to include resources and other materials relevant to Lydia Maria Child, her writing, and her social justice mission. We welcome your input and suggestions.
Please follow us, and if you are not a member yet, please visit our *Join Us* page and become one; we welcome you.

And we look forward to see you in San Francisco soon.

Visiting Assistant Professor, American Literature (Rollins College)

The Department of English at Rollins College invites applications for a one-year replacement position for a specialist in American Literature beginning Fall 2016. The teaching schedule of    six courses over two semesters will include literature electives in the candidate’s area of specialization, an upper-level class in American literature after 1850, and at least one section of first-year writing. Courses include traditional and non-traditional students. A Ph.D. in American Literature is preferred; ABD may be considered.

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CFP: American Women Writers and the Short Story (5.15.16)

Call for Papers: American Women Writers and the Short Story
ALA Symposium “The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre”
Savannah, Georgia
October 20-22, 2016

Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2016

For a panel on “American Women Writers and the Short Story” at the ALA Symposium on the short story in Savannah, Georgia, please send 250-word proposals and a short cv or bio to Donna Campbell, Topics might include but are not limited to the following:

  • In what ways have American women writers adapted, transformed, or subverted the short story form in the 19th-21st centuries?
  • How have women writers, especially women writers of color, expanded the boundaries of the genre or confounded audience expectations in their use of the form?
  • Does the concept of a “women’s short story” form or type retain any usefulness in the 21st century?
  • In what ways have contemporary American women writers reenvisioned 19th-century forms traditionally defined as “women’s writing,” such as regionalism or stories of domesticity?
  • What discoveries about one or more innovative but neglected women writers of the short story seem to suggest that the genre needs to be expanded or redefined?
  • How has the recent rise in memoir, ecocritical narratives, flash fiction, or other forms helped to shape an emerging aesthetic for women’s short stories?

Please contact me at if you have questions.

Awards: Lydia Maria Child Society Student Award Deadline Extended to May 8

Lydia Maria Child Society Student Award Deadline Extended to May 8

Dear colleagues,

The Lydia Maria Child Society’s executive board has so enjoyed reviewing the nominations we’ve received for our first social justice award.  While we’ve received many nominations of scholars at the professorial level, though, we have not yet received any for our student award, for high school or undergraduate scholars. 

We are extending the deadline for the student award, so if you have a student you would like to nominate, please feel free to do so by Sunday, May 8.  The original award announcement is below:

In keeping with our society’s goal of honoring and continuing Lydia Maria Child’s vision of and work toward social justice, the Lydia Maria Child Society is pleased to offer two awards recognizing work on American literature that furthers social change: one for literature scholars at the graduate level and beyond and one for high school and undergraduate students.  Child routinely wrote on behalf of the marginalized, emerging as a passionate advocate for slaves, Native Americans, prisoners, prostitutes, and even animals, among a host of others.  Our society aims to recognize academic writing that, like Child’s, speaks to pressing social causes, as well as pedagogical endeavors and other projects that foreground the voices of (oftentimes neglected) authors who have worked to produce such writing.  To apply for either award or to nominate a colleague, friend, or student, please send to by May 1, with “Social justice award” as the subject line of your email, a letter detailing the ways in which your own or your nominee’s literary scholarship engages with current social justice concerns.  You are also welcome, though not required, to include a writing sample that demonstrates this engagement.  These samples may take the form of essays (or essay excerpts), course syllabi, or descriptions of projects that explore the intersections between American literature and social justice outside the academic classroom.  Continue reading