Graduate Students – “The Year in Conferences: C19” (Deadline: 1.20.2018)

Calling graduate student writers for “The Year in Conferences: C19″:
ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture is seeking participants to cover the C19 convention in New Mexico this March for its annual “The Year in Conferences” feature.
The C19 team will cover panels of interest to ESQ‘s readers.  This project is an excellent opportunity for scholarly collaboration and professionalization. YiC has been recognized by scholars not just for its utility but also as a mentoring and networking tool. From the initial recruiting stages to panel selection and publication of the final piece, YiC creates a supportive, collaborative environment that encourages participants to do their best work.  Past YiC writers have found the experience very rewarding.
We seek a team of Ph.D. students working in nineteenth-century American literature.  If you are interested in participating, please send a C.V. and brief message describing your scholarly interests to LuElla D’Amico at by January 20th.  Applicants will be notified before the end of January

Honoring Judith Fetterley at MLA – 40th Anniversary of The Resisting Reader

Please join us at at the 2018 MLA to celebrate the

40th anniversary of  The Resisting Reader

Session 749:

         Before #Resist:  Judith Fetterley’s The Resisting Reader at Forty

Featured speaker:  Judith Fetterley

Sunday, January 07, 2018    8:30 AM – 9:45 AM  

Sheraton New York Times Square, Central Park East meeting room


Mary Jo Bona, Stony Brook University, “Fetterley’s ‘Palpable Design’: Feminist Blueprint for Resisting Scholars”

David Bleich, University of Rochester, “Immasculation in the Language Uses of Science and Philosophy”

Yung-Hsing Wu,  University of Louisiana, “Identification Matters:  One Legacy of The Resisting Reader

for more information:

link to the session description in the Program 

CFP: The Margaret Fuller Society at ALA (Deadline 1.15.2018)

The Margaret Fuller Society

invites proposals for two panels

at the American Literature Association Conference

San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018


Margaret Fuller: In the Classroom and Beyond

We invite submissions that address teaching Fuller in any academic context or in venues outside of the traditional classroom.


Margaret Fuller: Out of New England

We invite submissions that address such topics as:

  • Fuller and the West
  • Fuller and the East
  • Fuller and regionalism
  • Fuller and New York/Paris/Rome
  • Fuller and transnationalism or cosmopolitanism
  • Fuller and translation

We especiially welcome proposals that approach Fuller along with other writers.

Please send a one-page proposal to Charlene Avallone by 15 January 2018

CFP: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society at ALA (Deadline: 12.31.2017)

The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society is seeking submissions to a panel at the annual ALA conference in San Francisco (May 24-27, 2018).

“Embodiment and Charlotte Perkins Gilman”

Despite a career-spanning insistence on the spiritual value of collective humanity, the writings of Charlotte Perkins Gilman often take a turn toward the exploration of individual embodiment. In her autobiography, Gilman attests to a “life-long interest in physical culture” and recounts many of her life’s events through somatic experience. In another instance, she recalls a doctor’s praise for having depicted so thoroughly the physical experience of nervous breakdown in “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” This session invites papers that explore Gilman’s fascination with the physical body and her simultaneous investment in and resistance to individualized embodiment. This panel’s selected papers should contribute to a better understanding of themes of embodiment and corporeality in Gilman’s writings. They may also illuminate Gilman’s and/or other writers’ enmeshment in scientific, medical and popular treatments of the body in late nineteenth and early twentieth century culture. Additionally, this panel encourages pedagogical approaches to embodiment and similar themes in the works of Gilman and other contemporary authors.

Submit 250 to 500-word abstracts and a CV, by December 31, 2017, to Hannah Huber, University of South Carolina,

For more information about the conference, please visit the ALA website at

CFP: Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society at ALA, (Deadline 1.15.2018)

Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

Call for Papers

American Literature Association Conference

San Francisco, CA May 24-27, 2018

SESSION 1: Roundtable: Sedgwick and American Enchantment

The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society calls for 5-7 scholars to participate in a roundtable discussion of Michelle Sizemore’s recently published American Enchantment: Rituals of the People in the Post-Revolutionary World (Oxford UP, November 2017). Participants do not need to focus on the discussions of Sedgwick in the final chapter but instead can address Sizemore’s treatment of any of the central authors (such as Hawthorne, Irving, Brackenridge, and Brown); the significance of this scholarship on Sedgwick Studies; and/or key issues in Sizemore’s work, such as thinking of “the people” as a process rather than as a substance or understanding “enchantment” as a contingent state of embodied cognition.

A description of the book is as follows: The demise of the monarchy and the bodily absence of a King caused a representational crisis in the early republic, forcing the American people to reconstruct the social symbolic order in a new and unfamiliar way. Social historians have routinely understood the Revolution and the early republic as projects dedicated to and productive of reason, with “the people” as an orderly and sensible collective at odds with the volatile and unthinking crowd. American Enchantment rejects this traditionally held vision of a rational public sphere, arguing that early Americans dealt with the post-monarchical crisis by engaging in “civil mysticism,” not systematic discussion and debate. By evaluating a wide range of social and political rituals and literary and cultural discourses, Sizemore shows how “enchantment” becomes a vital mode of enacting the people after the demise of traditional monarchical forms. In works by Charles Brockden Brown, Washington Irving, Catharine Sedgwick, and Nathaniel Hawthorne–as well as in Delaware oral histories, accounts of George Washington’s inauguration, and Methodist conversion narratives–enchantment is an experience uniquely capable of producing new forms of popular power and social affiliation. Recognizing the role of enchantment in constituting the people overturns some of the most common-sense assumptions in the post-revolutionary world: above all, that the people are not simply a flesh-and-blood substance, but also a mystical force.

Please send a brief abstract (200 words) outlining your intended focus in the roundtable to Lisa West,, by January 15, 2018.



Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

Call for Papers

American Literature Association Conference

San Francisco, CA May 24-27, 2018

SESSION 2: Panel: Sedgwick (and others) Beyond Unitarianism

The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society seeks papers that invite discussion of religion in Sedgwick’s life and writing. In particular, the society hopes to complicate an understanding of Sedgwick’s Unitarian beliefs; call attention to her use of a variety of religious affiliations and doctrines; consider the role of secularism in her work; and investigate connections between religion, education, morality, and fiction. Papers that address contemporaries of Sedgwick, particularly other women writers or religious theorists, will also be considered. Please send an abstract of 250 words to Lisa West,, by January 15, 2018.

CFP: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Sessions at ALA 2018 (Deadline: 1.15.2018)

CFP for the Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Sessions at ALA 2018

The Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco (May 24-27, 2018). Please see the topics below and send 250-word abstracts and brief vitae to Program Chair Myrto Drizou ( by January 15, 2018.

Session 1: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Race

Though she is often labeled as a New England regionalist, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman is becoming increasingly recognized as an author who has engaged with a range of geographical contexts, generic conventions, and sociopolitical discourses. Scholars have widely discussed her challenging representations of gender, particularly in the context of turn-of-the-century ideas about marriage, economy, social class, and material culture. Although Freeman is radical in her representations of gender, she is often silent on issues of race. For instance, her historical romance The Heart’s Highway (1900), offers conventional, exoticizing descriptions of black subjects in a 17th-century Virginia plantation. This panel will include papers that explore the discussion of race (or lack thereof) in any aspect of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s work, including her children’s stories, Gothic fiction, novels, and plays. Comparative studies with her contemporary (or later) authors are welcome.

Session 2: Open Topic

This session invites proposals for presentations concerned with any aspect of Freeman’s life and oeuvre. Discussions (and examples) of teaching Freeman’s works are particularly welcome.


For more information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at

Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor of Race in American Religion and Culture, Virginia Tech (Deadline 1.29.2018)

Please circulate this announcement for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Race in American Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech.

The Department of Religion and Culture is a highly interdisciplinary unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; scholars in the department hold terminal degrees in a variety of fields including Religious Studies, Anthropology, American Studies, History, Music, and Literature. Qualified candidates in any humanities or social science discipline with expertise in Race in American Religion and Culture are encouraged to apply.

Complete position information can be found at:
Position Summary:
The Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech announces a search for
an Assistant Professor of Race in American Religion and Culture. The position is
tenure-track and includes teaching a range of courses in the Department of
Religion and Culture. The expected/standard teaching load is two/two (four
courses per academic year). The successful applicant will hold, by the time of
appointment, a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related humanities or social
scientific discipline, with an emphasis on race in the United States, will evidence
the ability to teach courses on race in American religion and culture, will
demonstrate current scholarly research activity on race in American religion and
culture, and will have training in and a commitment to interdisciplinary research
and teaching in the area of religion and culture. The position will require
teaching core undergraduate courses in the department. Preference will be
given to candidates who demonstrate scholarly promise, who have
demonstrated teaching excellence, and who evidence the ability to teach
graduate courses in the department and/or in the interdisciplinary ASPECT PhD
Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2018.