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 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:

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.

CFP: MLA 2020 – Recovery from the Margins a Digital Poster Session (Deadline: 3.15.2019)

CFP: Recovery from the Margins a Digital Poster Session

MLA 2020, Seattle, WA

Well-funded digital archives have energized the field of scholarly editing, yet the recovery of texts by women and people of color has suffered setbacks since the 1990s; in effect, the revitalization of marginal figures has been hampered by a canon that privileges particular genres over “messy” texts, scholarly rationales and digital encoding predicated on a model of single-author agency and the existence of multiple versions of a single text, and granting agencies that favor large-scale initiatives. The Committee on Scholarly Editions solicits presentations for a digital poster session on digital recovery efforts of rare or marginalized texts, texts by women and people of color, texts that dislodge the single author model, and the exploration of the ways in which scholarly editions can avoid replicating colonization/marginalization.

300-word abstracts and bio(s) welcome by 15 March to Noelle Baker (

CFP: MLA 2020 Early American

CFP: Early American Forum

at MLA 2020, Seattle, Wa


American Settler Colonialisms 
Settler colonialism transformed American ecologies, lifeways, cultural exchange, and aesthetic forms. How can this concept in indigenous, environmental, and CRT reorient American studies?

Please send 250-word abstracts to Monique Allewaert ( by March 15


Vast Early America

How does “Vast Early America,” a historiographical orientation from the Pacific and the continental West, change the spatial, temporal, and linguistic coordinates of the field?

Please send 250-word abstracts to Kirsten Silva Gruesz ( by March 15th.


Decolonizing Pedagogies in Early American Studies

What pedagogical strategies, methodological orientations, counter-geographies, canonical interventions, digital platforms, and/or critical fabulations best position the field to decolonize the early American classroom?

Please send 250-word abstracts to Duncan Faherty ( by March 15

CFP: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society at ALA (Extended Deadline: 1.29.2019)

CFP: New Approaches to Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society

American Literature Association (ALA), 30th Annual Conference, May 23-25, 2019

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s life and work intersect a universe of historical discourses: a testament to Gilman’s rapacious reading habit, sweeping interdisciplinary curiosity, and to her sustained engagement with pressing contemporary issues, scientific discoveries, and progressive remedies embraced by feminists of her time. This session invites papers that discuss new approaches to reading the life, work, and/or literature of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and her intellectual peers, predecessors, and descendants. The panel will gather a selection of papers that help to widen our understanding of the historical, social, literary, and political movements that surrounded one of America’s most famous feminists. Topics may include theoretical approaches to Gilman, such as queer theory, critical race studies, and genre studies, alternative visions of motherhood, feminism in the socialist movement, visual art in women’s writing, reform, recovery, and the archive, and any of the broad connections springing from the life and work of Gilman. Submit a 250-500 word abstract and a CV by January 29, 2019 to Hannah Huber at

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