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CFP: Edith Wharton in Washington 2016 (Deadline: 7.15.15)

Wharton in Washington: A Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society

June 2016 (specific dates TBA)

Conference site: http://whartoninwashington2016.wordpress.com

Please join the Edith Wharton Society for its upcoming Conference in Washington, DC. The conference directors seek papers focusing on all aspects of Wharton’s work. Papers might offer readings of any of Wharton’s texts, including the short fiction, poetry, plays, essays, travel writing, and other nonfiction, in addition to the novels.

While all topics are welcome, the location of the conference in the U. S. capital invites readings related to nationalism, cosmopolitanism, transatlanticism, seats of power, Americana, museum cultures in the 19th C, material cultures, and the work of preservation. Further, given the centennial years of World War I, papers offering new examinations of Wharton’s relationship to the war are particularly invited. Proposals might also explore Wharton’s work in the context of such figures as Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Adams or Wharton’s work in relation to that of her contemporaries, such as Gertrude Stein, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Nella Larsen, Anita Loos, Henry James, and more. All theoretical approaches are welcome, including feminist, psychoanalytic, historicist, Marxist, queer studies, affective studies, disability studies, and ecocritical perspectives. (more…)

CFP: Black Women’s Poetry and the Color Line (MLA; 3.15.15)

Black Women’s Poetry and the Color Line

Reevaluating relationships between racial politics, aesthetics, and (non)canonicity in African American women’s poetry from Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance.  Topics might include, but are not limited to: thematic or aesthetic divisions within a poet’s oeuvre and/or in contemporary scholarship, negotiations of audience and/or publishing venues, poetry of social protest, etc.

Please send a 250-word abstract and short bio to Heidi Morse (hemorse@umich.edu) by March 15.

CFP: ALA Symposium on The City and American Literature (Deadline 6.30.15)

Call for Papers: American Literature Association Symposium on The City and American Literature 

New Orleans, LA
September 10-12, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Ed Folsom, University of Iowa

ALA symposia provide opportunities for scholars to meet in pleasant settings, present papers, and share ideas and resources.  The September 2015 symposium will focus on representations of the city in American literature. We welcome proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on any aspect of this important subject. (more…)

CFP: C19 Conference 2016 (Deadline 9.1.15)


State College, Pennsylvania

March 17-20, 2016

Hosted by Penn State University

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists seeks paper and panel submissions for its fourth biennial conference, which will take place March 17-20, 2016 at the Nittany Lion Inn at Penn State University in State College. We invite individual paper or group proposals on U.S. literary culture—broadly conceived—during the long nineteenth century.


CFP: Adrienne Rich (Journal issue; Deadline 4.30.15)

Women’s Studies Journal CFP

American poet Adrienne Rich died on March 27, 2012. The response, nationally and internationally, to this loss was immediate and speaks to her place and import in American literature and culture. As Katha Pollit wrote, “The death of Adrienne Rich marks not only the end of a long and transcendent literary career—thirty books of poetry and prose, prizes beyond counting—but the end of a kind of poetry that mattered in the world beyond poetry.” The Poetry Foundation claims Rich as “one of America’s foremost public intellectuals,” while the New York Times wrote that Rich was “a poet of towering reputation and towering rage, whose work — distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity — brought the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse and kept it there for nearly a half-century.”

For over 60 years, Adrienne Rich has mapped who we are and what we believe in five essay collections, sixteen poetry collections, and three editions of collected poems. Her volumes of writings address a diverse range of issues including, gender, class, sexuality, nationalism, poverty, violence, racism, and our individual and collective responsibilities to our local, national, and international communities. In doing so, she emerged as not just one of the foremost women writers in the United States, but also one of our foremost poets. She is often cited as one of our most important poets of the post-World War II era, a significant feminist theorist of the 20th century, a groundbreaking poet who has shaped our understandings of political and social movements, particularly the women’s movement, since the 1960s, and a powerful essayist who has consistently examined the intersections of poetry and politics.


CFP: Emily Dickinson International Society (MLA; 3.15.15)

The Emily Dickinson International Society invites submissions for their guaranteed session at next year’s MLA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas:

Title of session:      Lyrical Ecologies

Description: This session focuses on Dickinson’s relation to human and non-human eco-systems. We invite 300-word abstracts for presentations engaging Dickinson’s textual and material ecologies, including her interrogation of anthropomorphism; her stakes in human-non-human crossings; her creation of “soundtopes”; her imagination of a post-human “world without us”; her investment in the sociality of poetic form,  her continued existence in a new digital ecology, etc.

Please submit cvs and abstracts by March 15 to:

Eliza Richards (eliza_richards@unc.edu ) and Marta Werner (wernerm@dyc.edu )

SAMLA 2015– Call for Papers

Originally posted on The Edith Wharton Society:

Writing (of) Women’s Bodies: Wharton and Early Twentieth-Century Feminism

In keeping with the SAMLA theme, “In Concert: Literature and other Arts,” this panel seeks papers which consider Edith Wharton’s work in the context of the growing voice of feminism of her time. In this panel, we are interested in papers which explore the connections between Wharton’s treatment of female bodies and the context of early twentieth century feminism. We encourage a broad interpretation of this theme, including (but not limited to) the role of sexuality in her work, to her work as a war correspondent, to even the material realities of her characters’ lives. By June 15, 2015, please submit a 250-300 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Monica Miller, monica.miller@lmc.gatech.edu.

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