CFP: Edith Wharton’s New York; Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society (Deadline: 8.1.2019)

CFP: Edith Wharton’s New York:
A Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society
New Yorker Hotel
June 17th-20th 2020


Please join the Edith Wharton Society for its upcoming conference marking the centennial anniversary of the publication of Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence. We will celebrate this momentous year in New York, the setting not only of so many of Wharton’s works but also of much of her life.

While all topics are welcome, we are particularly interested in whole panels and individual papers that focus on New York as a geographical and thematic element in Wharton’s life and works. Papers could explore the role of New York City and/or the Hudson River Valley in Wharton’s works, Wharton’s own history with the region, or Wharton’s relationship to place and space more generally. Papers that offer new readings of The Age of Innocence—such as new historical approaches or legacies of The Age of Innocence, the novel’s relationship to other works by Wharton and/or her peers, and adaptations of the novel (for film, theater, etc.)—are also welcome.

Since 1920 marks the beginning of what many consider the “later years” of Wharton’s career, examinations of Edith Wharton’s works in the shifting literary and political foundations of postWWI society are also of interest. The 20s mark the centennial of other significant Wharton texts, and essays that examine these later works are of particular interest.

In addition, there will be a keynote speaker and opportunities for tours of local attractions. Further details forthcoming.

We welcome submissions for full panels of 4-5 participants and roundtables of 6-7 participants as well as individual paper submissions. Please submit proposals no later than August 1st, 2019 to

For full panel and roundtable proposals, please submit 200-350-word summaries of each presentation included in the panel or roundtable as well as a brief 50-word bio and A/V requests for each presenter

For individual paper proposals, please submit a 350-500-word abstract, a brief 50-word bio, and A/V requests as one Word document.

All conference participants must be members of the Edith Wharton Society at the time of registration.

For additional information, contact co-directors at email address above or individually:
Margaret Toth (Meg), Manhattan College
Margaret Jay Jessee (Jay), University of Alabama at Birmingham

SSAWW Announcement: Membership Dues Increase Notice (coming June 1st, 2019)

Dear SSAWW Members and Friends,

After several discussions and research into our peer organizations, the SSAWW Executive Committee and Advisory Board have voted to increase our membership dues.  The increase comes after many years in which  dues have remained  at their current rate. As we respond to member feedback about a more frequent conference schedule and continue to grow as an organization,  adding new members, the dues increase will allow us to continue our current ventures and support  new ones.

You can renew at the current membership rates until May 31st, 2019 for the year January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. If you have already renewed your membership for 2019, then there will be no changes until you renew for 2020.

You can find the page for renewal on our SSAWW Membership site, and you can review the new membership dues rate that will go in effect for those renewing on or after June 1st, 2019.

 SSAWW Membership Dues (New – Effective – June 1st, 2019)

Student/Retired/Independent Scholar – $35.00

Regular membership, annual -$90.00

3-year Regular membership (expires 12/31/2021 if you join/renew after 6/1/2019) – $230.00 

Lifetime* – $800.00 

(*option to pay this in 4/$200 installment over one year calendar year, but you must contact the SSAWW VP of Membership and Finance in order to begin this plan)

If you have any questions, please reach out to or


Sandy Zagarell

SSAWW President

SSAWW Members – Legacy Journal

As you well know, there are many benefits to being a member of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. One of them, of course, is the ability to subscribe to Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers at a special discounted rate. The first issue of the 2019 volume will be released soon, so the time is right for those of you who are current subscribers to renew and the rest of you to consider becoming a subscriber. Information on how to receive your 20% discount can be found at . There you will learn how to order your subscription online, by phone, or by mail. Please be aware of two things:

  • University of Nebraska Press Journals will be migrating to a new website in late April. This link should redirect to you to the page on the site after that happens. If you have problems connecting, please let me know.
  • Some people are understandably bothered by the fact that our current site is http rather than the secure https. (The new site will be https.) It is safe to order from our current site, because you will be transferred to PayPal’s secure site before you enter any credit card information; no credit card information ever touches our site. But if you prefer, please do order by phone or mail or wait until after the launch of our new site, tentatively scheduled for April 23.

CFP: Margaret Fuller’s Ecologies at MLA (Deadline: 3.25.2019)

Call for Papers

Modern Language Association Convention

Seattle, 9 – 12 January 2020

Deadline for submission: March 25th, 2019


Margaret Fuller’s Ecologies

 This panel seeks contributions that explore ecology, environment, and the natural world in relation to any aspect of Margaret Fuller’s writings. We also welcome proposals that approach Fuller along with other writers, and we encourage international perspectives.

Presentations might consider (but are not limited to):
Fuller as ecotheorist
Enviromental justice
Animal studies
Teaching ecology with Fuller
Being human with nature

If interested, please send a 300 word paper proposal and a short Vita by March 25, 2019 to Sonia Di Loreto:

SSAWW Triennial Conference Graduate Student Paper Award – Winners Announced

SSAWW Triennial Conference

Graduate Student Paper Award

Thank you to all who submitted papers for this award and to the SSAWW reviewers who carefully read each submission.

Of the twenty-six entries received, the reviewers have awarded the following:

1st Place: Lauren Kimball, Rutgers University
2nd Place: Meagan Solomon, Texas Christian University
Honorable Mention: Hannah Champion, Universite Bordeaux Montaigne and University of Eastern Finland
Honorable Mention: Genevieve Hay, Tufts University

Congratulations to all the award recipients and honorable mentions!

Every three years, after the SSAWW Triennial Conference, we invite submissions to be considered for the SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Award, awarded to the best paper presented by a graduate student at the conference. This award brings public recognition (on the SSAWW website) as well as a monetary prize for the first-place ($250.00) and second-place ($150.00) winners. Note that this award is separate from the Legacy awards

SSAWW Election Committee – Seeking Nominations for 2 officer positions

Dear Colleagues:

The SSAWW is seeking nominations for two officer positions:

Vice President, Membership and Finances

Vice President, Development

Please consider nominating yourself and/or deserving colleagues (nominees must be current SSAWW members).  These positions are not elected offices according to the SSAWW constitution but appointed positions by the executive committee and advisory board, so there will be no general vote among the members.

The SSAWW constitution defines these positions as follows:

  • The Vice President, Membership and Finances shall be appointed by a majority vote of the Executive Committee and shall serve a three-year term. The Vice President, Membership and Finances shall maintain the membership of the Society; provide reports on finances to the President, Advisory Board, Press, and others as required; shall maintain the Society’s funds and distribute those funds as required for routine expenses, conference costs, and other expenses as approved by the President and/or the Advisory Board.


  • The Vice President, Development shall advise the Executive Committee on new, long-term projects for the Society and shall be appointed by the President, with the advice of the Advisory Board, for a three-year term in the first instance, with the option for renewal for a second three-year term.


Click on this link to record your candidates: SSAWW Nominations Form

The window for collecting nominations is three weeks. Please contact any of us if you have questions.

Thank you on behalf SSAWW!

Christine Grogan, Advisory Board,

Maria Sanchez, SSAWW Vice-President,

Sandy Zagarell, SSAWW President,

CFP: Women’s Friendships in 20th- and 21st-century Literature Culture (Deadline for abstract: 4.1.2019)

Call for Papers: Women’s Friendships in 20th- and 21st-century Literature and Culture

We are seeking scholarly essays (7000-9000 words) for an edited book collection on portrayals of women’s friendship in 20th- and 21st-century American literature and culture.

While much scholarship on women’s literature has addressed motherhood, sisterhood, and sexual relationships, less has focused on women’s friendships. The 2016 special issue of Feminist Studies devoted to women’s friendships situated literary portrayals of female friendship within the contexts of classical models of male friendship and real-world accounts of women’s relationships, but much work remains to be done. Friendship itself has been under-theorized and narratives of women’s friendships often repeat static tropes. They are romanticized as sources of always-available support, minimized as precursors to the ultimate fulfillment of heterosexual marriage, and demonized as facades masking envy and competition. Systemic patriarchal structures can impede and restrict women’s friendships and our interpretations of them. The book will explore cultural portrayals of women’s friendship in fiction, women’s life writing, nonfiction, film, poetry, and women’s popular culture and seeks to address the complexities of how 20th and 21st century cultural texts construe women’s friendships.

We seek essays that disrupt or write in opposition to patriarchal heteronormative tropes of women’s friendships extant in contemporary American literature and culture. Such tropes include the marriage plot, Boston marriages, and black women’s salons during the Harlem Renaissance. We pose the following question: What does women’s friendship look like beyond the gaze and imagination of this patriarchal heterosexist metanarrative?

  • Possible topics include but are not limited to
  • Friendships across differences of race, class, age, or politics
  • Power dynamics in women’s friendships
  • Friendship and adolescent identity formation
  • Adult women’s friendships
  • Envy and competition in women’s friendships
  • Friendships at work
  • Friendships formed through political activism
  • The role of friendship in coming-of-age stories
  • Friendship as acts of resistance
  • Friendships arising out of shared political commitment
  • The failure of the racial ally as a model of female friendship
  • How women interpret and relate to each other’s bodies

Send 500-word abstracts and a brief biographical statement (fewer than 60 words) to or by April 1, 2019. We will respond by the first week in May. Completed essays will be due September 1, 2019.