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The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World welcomes proposals for two sessions at the next meeting of the American Literature Association. The conference will be held May 25-28, 2017 in Boston, MA. For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.
1. Joint Session with the Louisa May Alcott Society: Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910) and Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) witnessed dramatic changes in American culture throughout their lifetimes. As authors, they explored a variety of genres, including realist fiction (often oriented toward reform), gothic fiction, children’s literature, essays, and journalism. Both women viewed aspects of the Civil War firsthand, were troubled by the effects of industrialization and the factory system, critiqued the position of women in nineteenth-century culture and advocated for women’s rights. They also at times examined the tension between philosophical ideals and the pragmatic demands of daily life. Both women experienced the vicissitudes of publication, recognition, and careers in authorship. Davis and Alcott met during a visit Davis made to Concord in 1862. About this meeting, Alcott wrote in her Journal for May 1862 “Saw Miss Rebecca Harding, author of ‘Margaret Howth,’which has made quite a stir, and is very good. A handsome, fresh, quiet woman, who says she never has any troubles, though she writes about woes. I told her I had had lots of troubles; so I write jolly tales; and we wondered why we each did so.”
The two authors encountered each other again years later, and Davis recorded their meeting in Bits of Gossip (1904):
Years afterward she came to the city where I was living and I hurried to meet her. The lean, eager, defiant girl was gone, and instead, there came to greet me a large, portly, middle-aged woman, richly dressed. Everything about her, from her shrewd, calm eyes to the rustle of her satin gown told of assured success.
Yet I am sure fame and success counted for nothing with her except for the material aid which they enabled her to give to a few men and women whom she loved. . . . Louisa Alcott wrote books which were true and fine, but she never imagined a life as noble as her own.
To explore the connections between these two significant 19th-century women’s voices in greater depth, the Rebecca Harding Davis Society and the Louisa May Alcott Society will offer a joint panel at the American Literature Association in May 2017. We invite papers that examine how Alcott and Davis treat or respond to any of the issues mentioned in the opening paragraph.
2. Open Topic Session: We welcome proposals that engage any aspect of Davis’s work and are especially interested in new readings of neglected texts. Presenters must be members of the Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World. For information about joining the society, please visit our website at http://scotus.francis.edu/rebeccahardingdavis/
Deadline: January 20, 2017
Please send a 200-250 word abstract to :
Middle Tennessee State University
Job Posting: Assistant Professor of English (Early Americanist), Valdosta State University. Due 1-9-2017
The Department of English invites applications for an academic tenure track faculty position. In addition to teaching a standard 4/4 load per academic year (graduate and undergraduate courses in area of expertise), responsibilities include research leading to publication and service at the department, college, and university levels.
Must have a PhD in English with a specialization in pre-1865 American literature. Preferred subspecialties include multi-ethnic American literatures (Native American, African American, and/or ethnic literature of the Americas) and global perspectives (transatlantic, transnational, and/or hemispheric).
Preferred teaching experiences include composition and world literature.
The Department of English at VSU offers a versatile major focused on the study of language and literature designed to help students develop the critical, analytical, and writing skills employers seek.
By January 9, 2017, please submit a cover letter, CV, 3 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts to https://valdosta.peopleadmin.com/postings/12058
“Where and When: Evolving Concepts of Place, Space, and Time
in the Writings of Sedgwick and Her Contemporaries”
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Sedgwick’s death in 1867
and The 20th Anniversary of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society
June 7-10, 2017 — The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
From her first novel, A New-England Tale; or Sketches of New-England Character and Manners (1822) to her last, Married or Single? (1857), much of Catharine Sedgwick’s writing, like the writing of many of her contemporaries, is geographically and historically specific. While a significant body of criticism has treated the elements of history and locality in Sedgwick’s works, far less scholarship has explored the ways in which her depictions of settings reflect changing ideas about both place and time over the course of her career. How did Sedgwick’s understanding of her native Berkshires, the larger region of New England, and the nation as a whole evolve as her physical and personal life, her professional career, and the United States advanced and matured? How did her perception of the passage of time, of cultural change, and of history itself evolve as political expansion, economic development, and technological innovation rapidly changed the look, the breadth, and the pace of American life from the 1820s to the Civil War?
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Sedgwick’s death and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society, the Society will return to Sedgwick’s home town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to convene its 8th symposium from June 7-10, 2017. The Society is thrilled to have as our keynote speaker the renowned scholar Dr. Mary C. Kelley, the Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kelley has published extensively on Sedgwick and other 19th-century American Women Writers and her works include such notable books as Private Woman, Public Stage: Literary Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century America and The Power of Her Sympathy: The Autobiography and Journal of Catharine Maria Sedgwick.
The Society invites proposals that consider Sedgwick’s legacy—how it grew over the course of her career and how it has evolved in the century and a half since her death—as well as the work of Sedgwick (or one of her male or female contemporaries with links to Sedgwick) through the lenses of place, space, and time broadly construed—including studies of setting and historicity as well as more contemporary theoretical approaches to time, space, and the environment. Papers might:
- Explore evolving ways of reading/representing the landscape in works by Sedgwick and her contemporaries
- Make connections between new technological developments, such as railroads and telegraphs, and changing perceptions of space and time in literature
- Explore the state of the union as reflected in evolving depictions of place
- Discuss the role of historic sites, cemeteries, place names in fiction and in national identity
- Rethink the “transcendental” movement in terms of space and time
- Elucidate cultural histories or popular culture representations of iconic New England scenes, such as the Concord Bridge, Ice Glen, Sacrifice Rock/Laurel Hill, Mount Holyoke, or Monument Mountain
- Envision new roles for Sedgwick’s works in the classroom or interpret ways in which the teaching of Sedgwick and her contemporaries has evolved over nearly fifty years of recovery scholarship
- Demonstrate ways in which digital humanities and online archives impact scholarly research on Sedgwick and her contemporaries
- Theorize changing perceptions of domestic life, familial relationships, and the meaning of “home”: how might the “domestic” be reframed in terms of space, place and time?
- Focus on the material distribution of texts (letters, periodicals, transatlantic republishing) in Sedgwick’s time and how these distribution methods relate to space, place and time
- Explore ways in which considerations of geographic and/or historic specificity support, reiterate, and/or challenge larger theoretical notions of geography and/or history
- Elucidate the life cycle or developmental paradigm of nonhuman entities: plants, landscapes, mountains, art, nations, communities
- Construct or deconstruct conceptual boundaries and binaries, such as country/city; past/present; colony/metropole; village/nation
- Demonstrate how places that are geographically distant become connected through narrative
- Describe ways in which concepts of space, place and/or time are constrained or distorted by gender, race, age, ethnicity or other factors
- Track a specific place or moment in time across a variety of texts by different writers
- Examine indirect experiences of geographic places or historic moments through the use of art, storytelling, monuments, news, or other forms of representation
These are among the many possibilities—as usual, all Sedgwick-related topics are welcome!
Please e-mail proposals of approximately 200-400 words by our extended deadline December 9, 2016, to Lisa West, CMSS Second Vice-President for Programs: email@example.com
To register for the symposium or get more information about the conference program or outings in the Stockbridge area, visit the CMSS website at http://cmsedgwicksociety.org
ALA Boston 2017
The American Literature Association Conference
May 25-28, 2017
The Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA
The Edwidge Danticat Society invites papers for a panel at the 28th Annual American Literature Association conference. We welcome papers that explore the expanse of Danticat’s work across many genres. As a prolific author, she has produced short stories, the collection Krik! Krak! (1996) and novel-in-stories The Dew Breaker (2004); several novels Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), The Farming of Bones (1998), and Claire of the Sea Light (2013); three young adult novels, Beyond the Mountains (2002) and Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490, which belong to series, and her latest works Untwine (2015); and Mama’s Nightingale (2015), a children’s picture book. She has embraced life writing, producing two memoirs in what might be considered the collective mode, Brother, I’m Dying (2007) and Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work (2010). She has edited several anthologies, The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora (2001), Haiti Noir (2011), and Best American Essays (2011); written a travel narrative, After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti, and is also an essay contributor for The New Yorker. Beyond this, Danticat has written and narrated two films, Poto Mitan (2009) and Girl Rising (2013).
The Edwidge Danticat Society invites proposals for 15-minute presentations, possible topics include:
- The collective memoir, testimonio, and non-traditional archives in Danticat’s memoirs
- Danticat’s role as anthology editor, promoting the literature of the Haitian dyaspora
- The literary in Danticat’s work in film
- Danticat’s op-editorial and essay contributions
By December 20, 2016, please submit a 150-word biography, 300-word abstract (including working title) and any a/v needs to Megan Feifer, firstname.lastname@example.org or Maia Butler, email@example.com.
Membership with the Edwidge Danticat Society is required for panelists, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration. Membership dues to the Edwidge Danticat Society (www.edwidgedanticatsociety.org) must be paid by March 15, 2015.
American Literature Association conference registration (www.americanliteratureassociation.org) must be paid by March 15, 2015, or papers/panels will not appear in the conference program.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Staging Lydia: Dramaturgy, Directing & Design in the Plays of Lydia Diamond
Edited by Denise J. Hart
(Northwestern Press 2018)
Staging Lydia is an anthology that seeks to contextualize the work of notable seasoned African American woman playwright Lydia Diamond for a broader academic and professional audience. This anthology will include chapters from both scholars and professional theatre practitioners. It will serve as a resource in institutions and spaces that serve undergraduate students and professional
practitioners seeking a comprehensive examination of the works of Lydia Diamond.
Written and edited by theatre scholar, educator and dramaturge Denise J. Hart, Staging Lydia positions the work of Lydia Diamond as an important African American playwright making a significant contribution to the diversification of the American Theatre canon. The volume will include an in-depth interview with Diamond and key collaborators who’ve impacted her playwriting career. Northwestern Press will release he volume in 2018.
Diamond is the author of 6 published plays and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In addition to being produced in regional theatre houses, her play Stick Fly was produced on Broadway by Alicia Keys in 2012 under the direction of Kenny Leon.
Breakdown of Manuscript
Foreword by Kathy Perkins
Introduction by the editor, Denise J. Hart
12 chapters (essays) ranging from 5000 to 6000 words in length
8-10 practitioner interviews for a chapter on collaborators who have worked on Diamond’s plays
The anthology will examine Diamond’s work through the lens of dramaturgy, directing and design. Authors are encouraged to form essay topics that spring from their specific interest in and relationship to Diamond’s work.
Authors are invited to submit an abstract, due no later than December 16, 2016
Each proposal submission must be in Microsoft Word format and include: title of paper; abstract (250 words maximum),
author’s affiliation(s) and email address. Email your submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor – Denise J. Hart
Denise J. Hart, a tenured Associate Professor of Theatre at Howard University. Hart is a prolific playwright, dramaturge and
educator. For the past 16 years she has served the academic population at Howard University where she founded the Playwrights-in- Process Visiting Playwrights series and where she was instrumental in the development of Obie Award Winning playwright, Nikkole Salter’s ground breaking play, “Repairing a Nation” and through a partnership with the Lark Play Development Center, she assisted with the play development and translation from French to English of award winning French playwright, Kofi Kwahule’s “Melancholy of Barbarians.”
Hart is also a founding charter member of the August Wilson Society, housed at Howard University. She is an active member of professional theatre organizations, including: American Society of Theatre Research, Dramatist Guild, Black Theatre Network, SAG, Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas, Association of Theatre in Higher Education and serves as the Secretary of the board for the Black Theatre Alliance of ATHE
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 16, 2016 Email to email@example.com
Calls for Papers
Emily Dickinson International Society
The Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2017 American Literature Association Annual Conference. ALA conference will be held in Boston, May 25-28, 2017. Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to Michelle Kohler (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Renee Bergland (email@example.com) by January 4, 2017.
Panel 1: Dickinson and Violence
We welcome papers that consider the significance of violence within Dickinson’s corpus. For example, papers might offer new approaches to Dickinson’s poetic treatment of war violence, slavery, criminality, natural disaster, violence toward or among animals, theodicy, racial or gendered violence, as well as more metaphorical forms of violence, to language, paper, syntax, decorum, etc.
Panel 2: Emily Dickinson, Open Topic
We invite papers on any aspect of Dickinson’s poems and letters, including multi-disciplinary or multi-author.
Please consider submitting a proposal for one of the two panels (including one on editors) below. Ellen Gruber Garvey has kindly agreed to act as respondent for the first panel. Thank you.
Call for Papers
Pauline E. Hopkins Society
American Literature Association
28th Annual Conference
May 25-28, 2017
The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society will sponsor two sessions at the 28th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association.
Panel One: Pauline Hopkins and Other Editors
Pauline Hopkins’s work as an author has, to a certain degree, overshadowed her work as an influential editor at The Colored American Magazine and later at the short-lived New Era Magazine. Yet, as Hanna Wallinger has pointed out, her position at the Colored American “put Hopkins at the center of crucial debates about the cultural politics of magazine editing, the cultural politics of radical activism, and the early feminist movement.” This panel welcomes papers that address any aspect of Hopkins’s work as a magazine editor, particularly in relation with other editors at the Colored American (such as Walter Wallace and Fred R. Moore), the New Era, or other periodicals. Papers on her relationships to her contemporaries, such as T. Thomas Fortune of The New York Age or the editors of mainstream publications aimed at white readers, and also later editors, such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Jessie Fauset of The Crisis, are particularly welcome.
Questions to consider might include: How did Hopkins wield her influence as editor in the pages of the magazine and behind the scenes? What is the relationship between Hopkins as author and Hopkins as editor? How is editing linked to issues of gender and/or race? How do these issues influence or drive Hopkins’s role as editor in relation to other editors? How is editing related to what Wallinger has called “the cultural politics of radical activism” in Hopkins’s work and that of other editors?
Ellen Gruber Garvey, author of Writing With Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford 2013), and The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture (Oxford UP 1996), is scheduled to serve as respondent to this panel. We ask that full drafts of papers be available by May 8th.
Panel Two: Open panel on any topic related to Pauline Hopkins’s life and work.
Especially welcome are papers on approaches to teaching Hopkins and her work.
Instructions for proposal submission:
- Abstracts for both panels should be no more than 300 words and accompanied by a brief CV.
- Proposals for both panels should be sent to Eurie Dahn, Program Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 6, 2017.
- The subject line of the email should be “Hopkins/ALA panel one (or two).”
- AV needs should be included in the proposal.
- Membership in the Pauline E. HopkinsSociety is required of presenters.