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Spring 2015 SSAWW Newsletter Now Available

The Spring 2015 SSAWW Newsletter is now available: SSAWW 16-1 Sp 2015

Postdoc Early American Literature (University of Groningen)

Vacancy number 215106

Applications are invited for 1 postdoc researcher (0.8 fte), who will have no teaching responsibilities and who will work on the federally-funded project No More Heroes: Violence and Resistance in New World Poetry. For more information on the project, please see: http://www.rug.nl/staff/joanne.van.der.woude/projects

Eligible candidates have a PhD in Spanish-American literature or history and are expert readers of classical Nahuatl. For the duration of 1 year, the successful candidate will work on indigenous sources from (shortly before) the Spanish conquest.


SSAWW welcomes The Society for American Travel Writing

SSAWW is thrilled to have another affiliate member, The Society for American Travel Writing.


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.



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