Liminality, Hybridity, & American Women’s Literature (Palgrave)

Liminality, Hybridity, & American Women’s Literature (Palgrave)
Eds. K. J. Jacobson, K. Allukian, R. Legleitner, L. Allison 

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This book highlights the multiplicity of American women’s writing related to liminality and hybridity from its beginnings to the contemporary moment. Often informed by notions of crossing, intersectionality, transition, and transformation, these concepts as they appear in American women’s writing contest as well as perpetuate exclusionary practices involving class, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sex, among other variables. The collection’s introduction, three unit introductions, fourteen individual essays, and afterward facilitate a process of encounters, engagements, and conversations within, between, among, and across the rich polyphony that constitutes the creative acts of American women writers. The contributors offer fresh perspectives on canonical writers as well as introduce readers to new authors. As a whole, the collection demonstrates American women’s writing is “threshold writing,” or writing that occupies a liminal, hybrid space that both delimits borders and offers enticing openings.


Staceyann Chin – Keynote Speaker – Book available for purchase and pick up at Conference

Staceyann Chin

Keynote speaker 2018 SSAWW triennial Conference
Copies of Chin’s book The Other Side of Paradise are available for purchase at the conference.  You can pay with a credit card via the link below or with cash at registration.  Ms. Chin will do a book signing following the event, so get your copy now!

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CFP: Panel on Jane Smiley at ALA Boston (Deadline: 1.20.2019)

CFP: Panel on Jane Smiley
American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA
23–26 May 2019 at the Westin Copley Place

Jane Smiley: A Great American Novelist
In her Harper’s essay “Say it ain’t so, Huck: Second Thoughts on Mark Twain (1996),” Jane Smiley questioned the critical prejudices in American literary criticism that have continually been more disposed to ascribe “major” status to male authors, while seeing their female peers as “sentimental” or “regional.”  Rumaan Alam similarly has asked why Jonathan Franzen’s novels are recognized for their scope, but Jane Smiley’s body of work — in particular her multi-volume The Last Hundred Years (2014-15) — have not received the same respect. 
This panel seeks to expand the critical exploration of Smiley’s novels, that consistently connect the domestic and the regional to the historic, economic and national. Please send 250-300 word abstracts of your proposed paper, pasted in the body of an email, to by January 20, 2019.  

CFP: Legacy Best Papers Contest – SSAWW Conference 2018 (Deadline: 12.10.2018


The editors of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers are happy to announce a contest to honor the best papers presented at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference in Denver. Two prizes will be awarded—one for the best paper presented by a graduate student and another for the best paper presented by a non-student member of SSAWW.

Please send conference-length papers (i.e., in the form in which they were delivered) to Jennifer Tuttle at by December 10, 2018. Make sure that your name appears only on a title page and that any references to your own work appear in the third person. In addition, indicate whether you are entering in the graduate student or non-student category.

The contest winners will be invited to expand their papers to a length of 8,000 to 10,000 words, including documentation. If they are suitable for publication and compliant with the University of Nebraska Press copyright policy, these revised essays will be published in a future issue of Legacy. Note that the University of Nebraska Press copyright policy dictates that essays published in Legacy may not have been published previously in any form or be currently under consideration by any other journal or publisher, including as part of a book manuscript.

Although Legacy has a historical orientation and a chronological scope that ends at approximately 1940, we make an exception to this rule for the Best Papers Contest in order to open up the competition for presenters working in all time periods.

CFP: Rebecca Harding Davis at ALA 2019 (Deadline: 1.18.2019)

CFP: Rebecca Harding Davis at ALA 2019

Deadline for Submissions: January 18, 2019

The Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World

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New Directions in Davis Scholarship (Both Panels)

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 23-26, 2019 in Boston, MA.

We are interested in proposals that engage in any aspect of Davis’s work. We welcome new readings of her most well-known work, “Life in the Iron-Mills,” as well as analyses of her numerous other neglected writings.

We encourage contributors to utilize some of the new resources that have become available on Davis, including the books Rebecca Harding Davis: A Life Among Writers by Sharon Harris (2018) and Stories for Boys, collected and edited by Robin Cadwallader (2018) as well as the Complete Digitized Works collection, which can be accessed at:

Please send a 200-250 word abstract to: Sarah Gray ( and Aaron Rovan (

Presenters must be members of the Society for the Study of Rebecca Harding Davis and Her World. For information about joining the society, please contact Robin Cadwallader, president of the society, at

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CFP: ALA 2019 Joint Panel of the Lydia Maria Child + Louisa May Alcott Societies (Deadline: 1.20.2019)

CFP: Joint Panel of the Lydia Maria Child + Louisa May Alcott Societies
“Notorious Women, Sensational Texts: The Lives, Writings, and Reforms of Louisa May Alcott and Lydia Maria Child”

Organized jointly by the Lydia Maria Child and Louisa May Alcott Societies, this session will examine the lives, writings, and reforms of two enormously popular and prolific nineteenth-century women writers.

Child founded the nation’s first children’s magazine, The Juvenile Miscellany, which she edited from 1826 – 1834, a generation ahead of Alcott’s bestselling books for young people. Child’s conduct manuals, such as The Frugal Housewife, enjoyed wide attention as well. Championing disenfranchised peoples, however, triggered critical backlash. At the age of twenty-two, Child portrayed a marriage between a white woman and a Native American man in her first novel, Hobomok (1824), an audacious choice that reviewers largely disparaged (the book’s poor sales left her deeply in debt). Yet her career suffered its most devastating setback after she published An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans (1833), the first complete history of slavery by an American writer. Here Child calls for the immediate emancipation of US slaves, a radical stance that she shared with infamous abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. Although Child wrote and edited until she died, her career never recovered from public reaction to her political views. Undeterred, she tirelessly advocated social reforms in writings such as Letters from New York (beginning in 1841) and A Romance of the Republic (1867).

Writing a generation later, Louisa May Alcott divided her authorial time between books for children, which paid handsomely, and the lurid, anonymously authored fiction that she preferred. In these sensational stories and novels, Alcott (writing as A. M. Barnard) spun tales like Beneath the Mask and “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment,” in which notorious women take revenge on the men who have wronged them and often claim control over their own lives. Like Child, Alcott was an outspoken advocate for antislavery and women’s rights, with poems, essays, and fiction depicting unsung social reformers as the nation’s true heroes. Similar to Child’s controversial marriage in Hobomok, in Moods, Alcott also deliberately challenges notions of the conventional marriage plot.

We seek abstracts that consider literary, historical, and biographical connections across the lives and literary outputs of Child and Alcott. What kind of role model did Alcott find in fellow Bostonian Lydia Maria Child? Is Alcott’s choice to mask the women in her sensational fiction a deliberate effort to avoid Child’s fate at the hands of readers and critics? Given that both Child and Alcott edited children’s magazines and wrote specifically for child and adult audiences, how might we compare their stated approaches to or philosophies about writing for children versus adults? In which literary texts do Alcott and Child’s cross-generational reform-mindedness seem to play a similar role? What differences emerge from an analysis of Alcott and Child’s reformist views on topics such as white supremacy, native peoples, American slavery, immigration, women’s physical fitness, and women’s rights?

Send abstracts of 250-300 words by January 20, 2019, to Sandy Burr at; and to Sandy Petrulionis at

CFP: Adventures in Alcott Scholarship at the Concord Free Public Library
Organized by the Louisa May Alcott Society

Over decades, William Munroe Special Collections Curator Leslie Perrin Wilson and her predecessors and colleagues at the Concord Free Public Library have amassed a distinguished collection of materials by and about the Alcotts. Among those archival holdings are literary manuscripts, personal papers, microfilmed diaries and letters, newspaper clippings, reprints, and research papers by or about Louisa May Alcott and Amos Bronson Alcott, as well as Abigail May “Abba” Alcott and Abby May Alcott Nieriker (“Alcott Holdings in the Special Collections,” CFPL, ). The collection includes manuscript pages for two chapters of Little Women and two chapters of Little Men, copies of the first edition of Little Women (featuring May Alcott’s original illustrations), portions of the manuscript pages for Eight Cousins and Under the Lilacs, Alcott’s handwritten comments on Frank Merrill’s pen and ink drawings for the 1880 Roberts Brothers edition of Little Women, and other rare and wonderful materials—making the Concord Free Public Library an essential and one-of-a-kind research facility.

Building on Wilson’s informative presentation about the Alcott archives at the 2017 Alcott Society business meeting, and the Society’s subsequent commitment to encourage scholars to visit and study this unique collection, “Adventures in Alcott Scholarship at the Concord Free Public Library” will feature presentations from scholars who have recently conducted research in the CFPL’s Alcott holdings.

Send abstracts of 250-300 words by January 20, 2019, to Anne Phillips at