Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society – Call for nominations

Call for Nominees: Upcoming Elections – Nominations due by Friday, 11 Nov. 2022 

We will be holding elections this November for all Executive Board member positions, and we strongly encourage self-nominations. Participation on the Sedgwick Society board is not only personally rewarding, but also an excellent way to expand your service to the profession at the national level and to develop contacts and build relationships with other scholars and educators in the field. For this election cycle, Ellen Foster has agreed to serve as the Sedgwick Society election coordinator. People who are interested in serving as officers must send their candidate statements to Ellen via email——by Friday, 11 Nov. 2022. Candidate statements will be distributed with a link to a ballot. Once the link is distributed, voting will remain open until Friday, 9 Dec. 2022. 

All officers are elected to three-year terms by simple majority of the members who vote via the official ballot. If you have questions or would like more information about a particular position, or about serving on the Executive Board more generally, we encourage you to contact any of the current executive board members ( The officer team consists of the following positions, and you can view descriptions on our website:


First Vice-President, Programs

Second Vice-President, Programs

Vice-President, Communications and Newsletter

Vice-President, Membership and Finance

Vice-President, Digital Resources

Membership Updates

If you’re not sure whether your CMS Society membership is up to date, then please see this linked spreadsheet, which lists our 2022-2023 members. Remember that you can renew or join anytime at the Sedgwick Society membership page.

Thank you, everyone, and wishing you the best from the CMSS Officer Team!

Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group – Saturday, October 1st, 2022

Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend! 

The Fall 2022 meeting of the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group will be on Saturday October 1, 2022 at the University of Texas Dallas, hosted by Dr. Ashley Barnes. Our common reading will be Texas: The Great Theft, by Carmen Boullosa, a highly acclaimed contemporary Mexican writer. We will be reading the 2014 English translation of this novel, translated by Samantha Schnee and published by Dallas-based independent publisher, Deep Vellum Press, which is offering a discount code for purchase of the book. Ms. Schnee will be a special guest participant. 

Please RSVP to Ashley Barnes by September 15 and please indicate whether you plan to stay for dinner. 

About the novel: Boullosa’s Texas: The Great Theft is about the 1859 Mexican invasion of what had recently become US territory, a work of contemporary historical fiction that promises to be of interest to scholars/teachers of American literature, as a complement or rebuttal to other accounts of nineteenth-century expansionism. It will also be of interest to scholars/teachers of Latino/a/x literature, offering a global lens on a pivotal moment of geo-political change and cultural formation. Samantha Schnee’s translation of Boullosa’s Texas: The Great Theft was shortlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize. 

More details regarding the schedule, location, dining, etc. will be available on our website:  

 The Study Group is an informal gathering of professors, graduate students, and independent scholars who share an interest in American women’s writing. We share a lunch (provided by the host campus), spend the afternoon discussing the common reading, and have dinner at a local restaurant (paid individually). We welcome new participants to join the conversation, which is always rich and stimulating, and often touches on larger professional concerns (teaching, publishing, mentoring, etc.). 

Dr. Desirée Henderson 


Department of English 

University of Texas Arlington 

CFP: Research Support Grant at The Maine Women Writers Collection (Deadline: 9.1.2022)

The Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England is excited to resume our Research Support Grant Program for 2022-23. We therefore invite proposals for research on site during the 2023 calendar year. Application deadline: 1 Sept. 2022.

MWWC Research Support Grants are intended for faculty, independent researchers, and graduate students at the dissertation stage who are actively pursuing research that requires or would benefit from access to the holdings of the Maine Women Writers Collection.

Grants range between $250 and $1,500 and may be used for transportation, housing, and research-related expenses. For more information, submission instructions, and a list of prior grant recipients, please visit and click on “Research Support.”

The MWWC is located at the University of New England’s Portland Campus at 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, Maine 04103.

Please direct any questions to the MWWC Curator, Sarah Baker, at / (207) 221-4334.

CFP: Deadline Extended – LIT Special Issue: Intersectional Feminism and Barriers to Representation at the Turn of the Century (New Deadline: 8.31.2022)


LIT Special Issue CFP: Intersectional Feminism and Barriers to Representation at the Turn of the Century

EXTENDED DEADLINE: August 31, 2022

Full name / name of organizationLIT: Literature Interpretation Theory

Contact email:

“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?”

– Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I a Woman” (1851)

Sojourner Truth’s speech delivered at the 1851 Women’s Convention, in Akron, Ohio posed a question about inclusion that remains unresolved today. The recent resurgence of feminist and feminist-inspired activism from marches to social media campaigns has also resurrected intrinsic issues of intersectionality that pervaded first-wave feminism at the turn of the century. What was sacrificed to achieve the singular goal of suffrage? What perspectives continue to be excluded in current iterations of feminist expression? 

This special issue of LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory seeks essays that examine nineteenth- and early twentieth-century feminist contributions to literature and popular culture. We welcome essays that explore how women used creative means to debate questions of representation, inclusion, and intersectionality. We are especially interested in essays that address marginalized activists/authors, issues of representation, barriers to inclusivity, and the roots of ongoing concerns about intersectionality in feminist writing. 

Essays may explore the following genres and topics, although this list is not exhaustive: 

  • Literature from a variety of genres, including
    • Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Satire
    • Periodicals
    • Essays
    • Drama
  • Visual culture (i.e. caricatures, cartoons, illustrations)
  • The “New Woman,” gender, sexual autonomy, and/or queering identities
  • The women’s club movement
  • Settlement houses
  • Birth control
  • Pacifism and the Women’s Peace Party
  • Abolition
  • Anti-lynching campaigns
  • Dress reform
  • Temperance
  • Native Rights movements
  • Speeches and debates
  • Conventions, meetings, and conversations
  • Communal experiments
  • Connections to contemporary movements and debates including:
    • BLM
    • #metoo
    • women’s marches
    • the transgender rights movement and “anti-trans” feminists
    • the Indigenous Movement

LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory publishes critical essays that employ engaging, coherent theoretical perspectives and provide original, close readings of texts. Submissions must use MLA citation style and should range in length from 5,000-9,000 words. Please direct any questions relating to this CFP to the guest co-editors Katie Kornacki ( and Amanda Smith (

Full essay submissions should be emailed to Please also include your contact information and a 100- to 200-word abstract in the body of your email. LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory also welcomes submissions for general issues.

Guest Co-editors: Katie Kornacki, Caldwell University and Amanda Smith, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

CFP – ALA Fall 2022 Symposium – Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society – Deadline: 9.1.2022

American Literature Association – Fall 2022 Symposium

“The Historical Imagination in American Literature”

October 27-29, 2022

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, NM

The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society is seeking papers for a panel at this year’s American Literature Association’s Fall Symposium: “The Historical Imagination in American Literature.” Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a prolific writer, lecturer, and women’s rights activist. The reach and influence of Gilman’s impact can be seen across a broad range of scholarly and literary discourses. Her articles, essays, letters, papers, theory, as well as fiction is taught in a range of classroom settings from literature survey courses, introductory sociological courses, composition courses, Women and Gender Studies courses, and others. Drawing from this symposium’s broader focus on the “usable past,” this session invites papers that consider the ways that philosophical, psychological, and political factors shaped the way that Gilman was received in her own time, as well as the ways that reception has shifted over time. How has the reception of Gilman’s treatment of subjects such as race, class, and gender in her writing changed? In what ways is Gilman’s writing still useful for scholars and students as we continue to make sense of, as well as shape our own, historical realities? What obligations do scholars and educators have in wrestling with the complexity of Gilman’s writerly past? What is the future of Gilman studies and how can further examination of her past writing advance those aims?

All topics are welcome. Examples include:

  • papers incorporating historical and biographical data
  • Gilman’s influence and impact on other writers, society, fields of study
  • Comparative approaches between Gilman’s work and her contemporaries and/or 20th/21st century contemporary writers
  • Gilman’s writings and lectures addressing race
  • new approaches in the fields of intertextuality, materialist studies, ecofeminism, and gender studies as they relate to Gilman
  • pedagogical approaches to Gilman in the non-literature classroom  

Please email abstracts by September 1, 2022 to Danielle Cofer at

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

CFP: Expanding the Canon: Essays on the Minor Books of Louisa May Alcott (Deadline: 11.1.2022)

Call For Papers   Expanding the Canon: Essays on the Minor Books of Louisa May Alcott  (working title)

by Lauren Hehmeyer (co-editor of The Forgotten Alcott: The Literary Life and Artistic Legacy of May Alcott Nieriker) and Monika Elbert (co-editor of American Women’s Regionalist Fiction: Mapping the Gothic) for a proposed edited collection:

Deadline for abstract submission:  November 1, 2022. Please limit your abstract to 350 words.

Scholarship on Louisa May Alcott has been focused on her master work, Little Women. However, that classic novel is just one piece of a rich canon of work. The editors hope to organize a collection that would put Alcott’s minor books under a scholarly lens, demonstrating both their variety of expression and their common themes. Papers on published works such as Eight Cousins, Hospital Sketches, The Inheritance, Jack and Jill, Little Men, Jo’s Boy’s, A Long Fatal Love Chase, A Modern Mephistopheles, Moods, An Old-Fashioned Girl, Rose in Bloom, and Work are all welcome. Themes could include gender roles, suffrage, pedagogy, education, creativity, anger and temperament, marriage, madness, the gothic, drug use, abolition/race, etc.

Please send submissions to and

New Book: Arranging Stories: Framing Social Commentary in Short Story Collections by Southern Women Writers

Author: Heather A. Fox

Arranging Stories: Framing Social Commentary in Short Story Collections by Southern Women Writers

University Press of Mississippi, 2022


Between the 1880s and the 1940s, opportunities for southern white women writers increased dramatically, bolstered by readers’ demands for southern stories in northern periodicals. Confined by magazine requirements and social expectations, writers often relied on regional settings and tropes to attract publishers and readers before publishing work in a collection. Selecting and ordering magazine stories for these collections was not arbitrary or dictated by editors, despite a male-dominated publishing industry. Instead, it allowed writers to privilege stories, or to contextualize a story by its proximity to other tales, as a form of social commentary. For Kate Chopin, Ellen Glasgow, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Katherine Anne Porter—the authors featured in this book—publishing a volume of stories enabled them to construct a narrative framework of their own.

Arranging Stories: Framing Social Commentary in Short Story Collections by Southern Women Writers is as much about how stories are constructed as how they are told. The book examines correspondence, manuscripts, periodicals, and first editions of collections. Each collection’s textual history serves as a case study for changes in the periodical marketplace and demonstrates how writers negotiated this marketplace to publish stories and garner readership. The book also includes four tables, featuring collected stories’ arrangements and publication histories, and twenty-five illustrations, featuring periodical publications, unpublished letters, and manuscript fragments obtained from nine on-site and digital archives. Short story collections guide readers through a spatial experience, in which both individual stories and the ordering of those stories become a framework for interpreting meaning. Arranging Stories invites readings that complicate how we engage collected works.

Available for purchase:

CFP: Wharton and Ecology, Special Issue of EWR (Deadline: 9.15.2022)

On behalf of the Edith Wharton Review:

Wharton and Ecology

Special Issue of the Edith Wharton Review

Call for Papers

Guest editors Melanie Dawson and Jennifer Haytock seek contributions for a special issue of the Edith Wharton Review focusing on “Wharton and Ecology.” Essays may cover any aspect of Wharton’s writing about the natural world, gardening, surrounding environmental contexts/histories, deep time, animal nature(s), healthy and unhealthy ecosystems, and travel to and within specific environmental systems. “Ecologies” may also encompass systems and networks that include but also extend beyond the natural world. We welcome attention to all aspects of Wharton’s work (fiction, poetry, travel writing, plays, letters, gardens).

Essays are due by September 15, 2022 for publication in spring 2023. Essays should be between 20 and 30 pages long, including notes and Works Cited, in accordance with MLA guidelines. We welcome inquiries at and

CFP: Hawthorne and the environment, Hawthorne and nature (Special Issue, NHR, Spring 2023)

CFP Hawthorne and the Environment, Hawthorne and Nature: I’ve posted this on other websites but am interested in finding contributors who will focus on women and nature connected to Hawthorne’s life and works:  as, for example, the Alcotts and Hawthorne in Concord, Margaret Fuller and her views of nature as connected to Hawthorne’s (e.g. in their travels to Niagara Falls/the Great Lakes). See also, below (in bold). Contact me if you have questions.  Prof. Monika Elbert (, Editor of Nathaniel Hawthorne Review.

Environmental studies have become popular, and Steven Petersheim’s excellent recent book, Rethinking Nathaniel Hawthorne and Nature:  Pastoral Experiments and Environmentality (2020), was the first book-length study to engage completely with this topic in connection to Hawthorne.

A special issue on Hawthorne and the environment is planned for an upcoming Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. Please send proposals/abstracts of 250-400 words to Monika Elbert ( and CJ Scruton ( by July 25, 2022. Final essays should be 6,000-7,500 words, and will be due by January 15, 2023.

Essays are welcome on any topic related to the theme, including:

Hawthorne’s Gothic outdoor landscapes/Ecogothic

Hawthorne’s travels through New England and to Niagara Falls in his bachelor days

Tainted nature, as in his science fiction stories

Old Manse (honeymoon) gardening and its effect on Hawthorne’s writing; finding “home” in nature

Distrust of commercialism, as impinging on natural or national beauty, as

     Erie Canal (visit to NY State and Niagara Falls, journal entries)

Superstitions in the mountains, as in his travels in New England  (N.H., Maine)

Decaying nature, as in The Marble Faun

Hawthorne and Thoreau, farming in Concord

Imagining the life of the farmer in The Blithedale Romance/Phoebe’s life in farming in The House of the Seven Gables

Dangerous natural landscapes, Zenobia’s drowning

British factory life vs. country life, in Our Old Home

Pure vs. adulterated nature in The Scarlet Letter

Utopianism and agrarian experiments, The Blithedale Romance,

Shakers and Quakers, on nature  (See Hawthorne’s American Notebooks)

Gems, magic, great carbuncle

Creativity in nature, as in “The Artist of the Beautiful”

Nature as home to Native Americans, (H7GSL, “Young Goodman Brown”)

Hawthorne’s disagreements with Transcendentalists on Nature

Hester as maternal image in nature connected to Margaret Fuller and her views of nature goddesses

Hawthorne’s scientists’ attempts to control Nature through control of women (“The Birthmark,” “Rappaccini’s Daughter,”/ revisiting Judith Fetterley); comparison with Thoreau’s “Nature is hard to overcome, but she must be overcome”)

Hester’s natural landscape home (peninsula cottage) and her being at home in nature/the forest

Hawthorne’s bachelor-style traipses or jaunts through New England in his American Notebooks vs. his married-life travels through England (countryside and industrial sites) in the English Notebooks

 Non-Western approaches to Hawthorne’s depictions of nature and environment

The importance of nonhuman nature in Hawthorne (animals, natural resources, weather)

Black and Native relationships to land in Hawthorne’s New England.  One might think of Elise Lemire’s Black Walden as a compelling eco-literary-history of the sort that would be good to explore further in Hawthorne.

Chat with an Editor – Council of Editors of Learned Journals, Monday 6.27.2022

The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) invites early-career scholars to sign up for a 20-minute 1:1 Zoom meeting with a journal editor on Monday, June 27, 2022, 12:00-2:00pm EST. Chat with an Editor is an opportunity for authors to receive free editorial mentoring and have their publishing-related questions answered by editors who are CELJ members. Participating journal editors of particular interest to SSAWW members are Thomas Beebee (Comparative Literature Studies), Eileen Ewing (Contemporary Literature), Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle (a/b: Auto/biography Studies), Gary Totten (MELUS), and me (Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers).

To schedule a meeting, go to the SignUp Genius page:

The deadline for signing up is Friday, June 24. Come chat with one of us about your work and how to get it published!


Susan Tomlinson

Associate Professor of English

Editor, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

University of Massachusetts Boston