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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.

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.

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

SSAWW 2017 Université Bordeaux Montaigne CFP:

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




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