New Books: Liminality, Hybridity, and American Women’s Literature Thresholds in Women’s Writing (2015 SSAWW Conference)

Editors:  Kristin J. Jacobson, Kristin Allukian,  Rickie-Anne Legleitner, and Leslie Allison

Liminality, Hyrbridity, & American Women’s Literature: Thresholds in Women’s Writing

Palgrave Macmillan, 2018

 

 

This book is available in print and digital formats: https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319738505#aboutBook

This collection grows out of the 2015 SSAWW Conference and is dedicated to the Society for the Study of American Women Writers and conference organizers, Rita Bode, Dick Ellis, Beth Lueck, Miranda Green-Barteet, Leslie Allison, and Rickie-Ann Legleitner.

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.

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor in American Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech (Deadline: 10.15.2018)

Job Posting:
Assistant Professor of Race in American Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech
Please circulate this ad widely. The Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech is highly interdisciplinary, and qualified candidates in any humanities or social science field will be considered.
The Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech announces a search for an Assistant Professor of Race in American Religion and Culture.
The position is tenure-track and includes teaching a range of courses in the Department of Religion and Culture. The expected/standard teaching load is two/two (four courses per academic year). The successful applicant will hold, by the time of appointment, a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related humanities or social scientific discipline, with an emphasis on race in the United States, will demonstrate the ability to teach courses on race in American religion and culture, will demonstrate current scholarly research activity on race in American religion and culture, and will have training in and a commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching. The position will require teaching core undergraduate courses in the department.
Preference will be given to candidates with scholarly promise, teaching excellence, and the ability to teach graduate courses in the department and/or in the interdisciplinary ASPECT PhD program.
Required Qualifications:
– Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related humanities or social scientific discipline, with an emphasis on race in the United States, in hand by August 2019
– Evidence of ability to teach courses on race in American religion and culture
– Evidence of current scholarly research activity on race in American religion and culture
– Training in and commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching about religion and culture
– Evidence of ability to teach core undergraduate courses in the department
Preferred Qualifications:
– Scholarly publications on race in American religion and culture
– Evidence of teaching excellence
– Evidence of ability to teach graduate courses in the department and/or in the interdisciplinary ASPECT PhD program
Interested persons must apply at www.jobs.vt.edu posting TR0180097, where they will submit:
• a cover letter
• a current curriculum vitae
• a 1-2 page research statement
• a 1-page statement of teaching experience
• a writing sample
• list of three references
Screening of applications will begin October 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.
All inquiries can be sent to Dr. Sylvester Johnson (saj240@vt.edu), chair, Race in American Religion and Culture Search Committee, Department of Religion and Culture, Lane Hall, Room 112 (0227), 280 Alumni Mall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Complete listing is available at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/89639

Digital Edition Update- “Rebecca Harding Davis: The Complete Works”

Thanks to the amazing work of Alicia Micha Renfroe, I am pleased to announce that a comparative text of “A Story of To-Day,” serialized in the Atlantic Monthly, and its book version, Margret Howth (1862), is now available on the “Rebecca Harding Davis: The Complete Works” website (rebeccahardingdaviscompleteworks.com/). This is the only edition of Margret Howth that is fully annotated, making it a more teachable version of the novel as well.

This comparative text reveals—for the first time—the extraordinary editing Davis did before publishing the book version of her Civil War-era novel about labor, capitalism, and mid-19th-century philosophies of reform. Nearly every paragraph was edited, revealing the philosophical and cultural issues that concerned Davis as she prepared the manuscript for book publication.

This text is also an important contribution to the broader field of book history and nineteenth-century women’s textual practices.

Again, many thanks to Micha Renfroe (editor of Davis’s A Law Unto Herself, [U of Nebraska P]), for her commitment to bringing this important work to fruition.

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference – Graduate Student Travel Awards DEADLINE APPROACHING (8.10.2018)

Reminder: Graduate Student Travel Awards deadline approaching August 10th, 2018

SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference Graduate Student Travel Awards

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is pleased to support graduate students with travel awards to our 2018 triennial conference. These awards (a minimum of fifty dollars) will be available to all graduate students whose membership with SSAWW is current, who are registered for the conference by July 31, 2018, and who are presenting on panel or roundtable at the conference. Those who apply will receive a check when they arrive to pick up their registration materials (badge, program, etc.) at the conference.

To ensure that we can provide assistance to the greatest number of graduate students possible, the SSAWW Executive Committee asks that those fortunate enough to have full support from their home institutions decline the reimbursement (please let us know as soon as possible after applying if you fall into this category).

To apply, please send the following information via E-mail to Christopher Varlack, the program director for the 2018 triennial conference, at ssaww.vpdevelopment@gmail.com:

Name:

Institution:

Year of graduate studies:

Paper/Panel Title:

In addition, please confirm the following:

Yes, I have registered for the 2018 conference.

Yes, my SSAWW membership is current.

 

Applications must be received no later than August 10, 2018. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via E-mail. Please note, however, that late applications cannot be considered.

CFP: NeMLA Panel “In Relation: Sisters and Sisterhood” (Deadline: 9.30.2018)

CFP: Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference,

March 21-24 Washington D.C.
Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2018

This pre-approved panel seeks to build on and extend the scholarship on sister relationships in literature as presented in such critical works as Sarah Annes Brown’s Devoted Sisters: Representations of the Sister Relationship in Nineteenth-century British and American Literature (2003), among other studies. The focus of the panel is on literature of the Victorian period to the 1920s, and welcomes studies from different national streams. The panel looks to position sisters and the sister relationship as central to the dynamics of their literary works, moving them from the margins to the center, and considering the ways in which a focus on the sister relationship derails and disrupts a narrative’s expected trajectories: the panel’s significance lies in attempting to explore and respond to questions such as, for instance, to what extent does the sister plot challenge or even displace the heterosexual trajectory of the traditional marriage plot? What cultural and social implications emerge when the sister relationship is interpreted as occupying a central position in a fiction’s dynamics? Other issues and topics to be considered may include but are not limited to: recognizable patterns of the sister plot and its disruptions; how rivalry, antagonism, competitiveness engage with care and intimacy; sisterly facilitations of social acceptance or social obstruction; “good” and “bad” sisters; parental relationships among sisters; sisterhood and class mobility; sisterhood as creative/destructive; sisterhood as facilitating and/or resisting the slippage into female stereotypes; sister-artists, among others. The panel is open to different perspectives and theoretical frameworks, but transnational and comparative perspectives and gender and psychoanalytic theoretical approaches are particularly welcome. Please direct queries to rbode@trentu.ca.

Abstracts can be submitted at: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17728

If accepted, presenters must become members of NeMLA by December 1, 2018. More information on NeMLA and the full call for papers are available at NeMLA.org

CFP: SSAWW Panel at the Society of Early Americanists Conference (Deadline: 8.5.2018)

CFP for SSAWW Panel at  the Society of Early Americanists Conference

Submissions are invited for a panel on women’s cultural productions in early America (before 1830).  This panel will be sponsored by the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) at the Society of Early Americanists (SEA) Conference at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Feb. 27-March 2, 2019. Papers on a variety of topics will be considered, but each should address in some way how attention to women as cultural producers disrupts, revises, or enriches the field of early American studies. Interdisciplinary and/or intersectional approaches are welcome.

Please send the following to t.gaul@tcu.edu by August 5:

                 Name

Affiliation/Dept.

Email

Title of paper

200-word abstract

50-word bio

Indicate whether you have attended previous SEA conferences

Sincerely,

Theresa Strouth Gaul.                                                                                                                                           SEA-SSAWW liaison