Assistant Professor-African American Literature (Wake Forest University)

Wake Forest University’s Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in African American literature. The department is open to candidates working in any historical period from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. We welcome all applicants with a strong grounding in African American literature and race culture. We are especially interested in scholars whose expertise includes cultural theory, sexuality studies, poetics, performance studies, black aesthetics, or literary history.


Grants and Fellowships: Woodress Scholar Archive Research Grants (Deadline 1.15.2016)

Woodress Scholar Archive Research Grants (2016)

The Cather Project of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announces the availability of a Research Grant for visiting scholars. This grant provides financial support for scholars to travel to and reside in Lincoln, NE, for four consecutive weeks, in order to conduct research on Willa Cather using Cather resources in Nebraska and at UNL.

Applications are invited from early career scholars, advanced graduate students, recent PhDs, and faculty not yet tenured. Projects should reflect the need for research at the UNL Archives and in Nebraska. Each Woodress Research Grant is $3,000 and the scholar is expected to be in residence in Lincoln for four consecutive weeks during March 1 – December 20, 2016. The Cather Project will assist with advice about travel, lodging, and a trip to the Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud, Nebraska (2 ½ hours away) to enable the scholar to research materials in the Foundation’s archives and visit the area of Cather’s childhood.

The Cather Project produces the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition and Cather Studies, both published by the University of Nebraska Press. The Archives and Special Collections of the UNL Libraries hold the largest collection of Cather letters to and from her, edited typescripts, manuscripts, multiple editions of her works, and many other Cather-associated materials.


CFP: Cather Studies 12: Willa Cather and the Arts (12.18.15)

Call for Papers:  Cather Studies 12: Willa Cather and the Arts

We invite submissions for Cather Studies 12, a peer-reviewed volume to be published by the University of Nebraska Press. The theme for the volume will be “Willa Cather and the Arts.”

Here are some of the themes and issues we hope the volume’s essays will explore:

  • Cather’s engagement with, love of, investment in, and representation of art forms beyond the fiction to which she dedicated herself;
  • Cather’s fascinations with performance (music, and especially opera). Topics for consideration might include: voice and performance; European music/American setting; classical and folk forms of music; the female performer;
  • Cather and image-making;
  • Cather and French art; photography; collecting and exhibiting; craft object; and
  • The art object, “high” art and “low” art.
  • Papers with diverse critical and theoretical perspectives are encouraged.


CFP: 2017 Berkshire Conference for the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities (deadline 1.15.2016)

CFP: 2017 Berkshire Conference for the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities (deadline 1.15.2016)

The Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities invites proposals for its 2017 conference “Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking about Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy,” which will be at Hofstra University (Long Island, NY), June 1-4, 2017. See the complete call for papers for details:  

Fall 2015 SSAWW Newsletter Now Available

The Fall 2015 SSAWW Newsletter is now available: SSAWW 16-2 Fall 2015

CFP: Evelyn Scott Society (ALA; 1.9.16)

27th Annual American Literature Association
May 26-29, 2016, San Francisco

The Evelyn Scott Society invites abstracts of 1-2 pages on the American writer Evelyn Scott (1893-1963).  Papers may focus on any of her works (novels, memoir, poetry, young adult literature), and they may take any contemporary critical approach. We are especially interested in papers that investigate the process of canonicity, the literary networks to which Scott belonged, or the role of disability in her career, but all topics will be considered.  Scott participated in various and major literary currents during her writing life, including Imagism, naturalism, and modernism, and she had a wide variety of literary mentors, including Lola Ridge, Theodore Dreiser, Waldo Frank, William Carlos Williams, and Jean Rhys, among others.  The range of her work within these currents was wide, and included lyric poetry, modernist novels, an avant garde memoir, historical fiction, and political fiction. Please send abstracts and a CV to Caroline Maun at on or before January 9th, 2016. The Evelyn Scott Society website is located at

Assistant Professor of 19th-century and African American Literature (St. Anselm College)

The Department of English at Saint Anselm College, a Roman Catholic undergraduate liberal arts college in the Benedictine tradition in Manchester, NH, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position to begin in August 2016.  The successful candidate will demonstrate both scholarly and teaching excellence in nineteenth-century American Literature with a particular emphasis in African-American Literature.  Primary teaching responsibilities will include American literature, core courses for the major, Freshman Composition and Humanities, as well as specially developed courses within the instructor’s area(s) of specialty. We plan to interview at the MLA Convention in January. Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching ability and research potential, and academic transcripts to the attention of Dr. Gary Bouchard, Department Chair via the college website at Three letters of recommendation should be submitted in PDF format via email to the department faculty assistant, Ms. Denise Reagan, at First consideration will be given to applications received by Monday, November 2, 2015.  Candidates should receive their Ph.D. by September 2016 and demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level as well as scholarly research.  Successful candidates will be able to assist the college to further its strategic goals for institution-wide diversity and inclusiveness.

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