CFP: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society at ALA (Extended Deadline: 1.29.2019)

CFP: New Approaches to Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society

American Literature Association (ALA), 30th Annual Conference, May 23-25, 2019

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s life and work intersect a universe of historical discourses: a testament to Gilman’s rapacious reading habit, sweeping interdisciplinary curiosity, and to her sustained engagement with pressing contemporary issues, scientific discoveries, and progressive remedies embraced by feminists of her time. This session invites papers that discuss new approaches to reading the life, work, and/or literature of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and her intellectual peers, predecessors, and descendants. The panel will gather a selection of papers that help to widen our understanding of the historical, social, literary, and political movements that surrounded one of America’s most famous feminists. Topics may include theoretical approaches to Gilman, such as queer theory, critical race studies, and genre studies, alternative visions of motherhood, feminism in the socialist movement, visual art in women’s writing, reform, recovery, and the archive, and any of the broad connections springing from the life and work of Gilman. Submit a 250-500 word abstract and a CV by January 29, 2019 to Hannah Huber at hhuber@email.sc.edu

For more information about the conference, please visit the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.

CFP for Graduate Studies: Beyond the Margins – A Graduate Journal of Literary Scholarship (Deadline: 2.28.2019)

CFP: Beyond the Margins.

A Graduate Journal of Literary Scholarship

University of New Orleans

Beyond the Margins is a new annual, open access, blind peer-reviewed journal, housed at the University of New Orleans, dedicated to furthering diversity in academia through the publication of graduate student scholarship in the field of English, with a focus on literary and textual studies. The journal’s aim is twofold: to broaden opportunities for graduate student scholars to contribute to academic conversations and to provide a platform for alternative forms of scholarship.

Beyond the Margins welcomes submissions from currently enrolled graduate students at the Master’s and Ph.D. level in the form of critical essays, reviews of contemporary scholarly books (published by university or trade presses), pedagogical articles, archival discoveries (including introduction and explanatory notes), and hybrid genres (such as autobiographical criticism). Students from public, urban universities are especially encouraged to submit.

Each issue of Beyond the Margins will also focus on a special theme that pushes beyond the boundaries of what is already known or assumed, although submissions on other topics are welcome as well. The theme of the first issue is “Beyond the ‘Lost Generation’: New Perspectives on American Writers Abroad.” We envision publishing a cluster of essays, archival discoveries, or other pieces that help us to reconceptualize American writers’ experiences abroad beyond the mythology and particular concerns of the “Lost Generation” in France during the 1920s. We are looking for works that take new approaches, examine American writers from a wide variety of backgrounds, and consider their travels to both well-known and lesser-known parts of the globe. Papers may consider such questions as the following, although other approaches are certainly welcome:

* How did race and/or gender impact the experience of Americans abroad?

* When American writers traveled to lesser-known parts of the world did they view these areas and their inhabitants through colonialist eyes? Did they make an effort to fully understand the culture of the areas they visited? If so, how does that effort come across in their writing?

* How do the works that authors wrote while abroad differ from what they wrote while living in the United States? In other words, how were they influenced by their new surroundings?

* How have American writers’ exposure to different artistic communities, political systems, and/or social structures, informed their writings?

* Has going abroad always been a liberatory or beneficial experience for American writers? Has it, in some cases, perhaps limited expression or caused crises of identity?

Submissions, except for reviews, should be 5,000 to 7,500 words, double-spaced, in .doc format, and follow the 8th edition of the MLA style guide. Reviews should be 1,000 words. Submissions will be accepted at http://scholarworks.uno.edu/beyondthemarginsjournal, the journal’s website. All submissions must be original and not under consideration elsewhere. Due to the journal’s blind editorial review process, submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter with the title of paper, author’s name, and a brief bio. Do not include the author’s name on the paper itself. Please also provide a one-paragraph abstract.

Beyond the Margins does not accept creative submissions, such as short stories, poems, or creative non-fiction.

Submissions will be accepted until February 28, 2019.

The Editor of Beyond the Margins is Dr. Anne Boyd Rioux, and the Managing Editors for the first issue are Toria Smith and Renee Vincent, graduate students in English at the University of New Orleans. Questions should be directed to beyondthemargins@uno.edu.

SSAWW Texas Regional Study Group (RSVP by 2.1.2019)

SSAWW Texas Regional Study Group

The Spring 2019 meeting of the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group is fast approaching! We will be gathering on February 23, 2019 at the University of North Texas in Denton, hosted by John Edward Martin and Angie Calcaterra. The common reading will be Effie M. Moore’s Alone by the Sea: The Story of Jane Wilkinson Long, Mother of Texas (San Antonio: Naylor Company, 1951) [ebook and print-on-demand versions available]. This book is part of an exciting digitization project hosted by UNT Libraries, which we will have the opportunity to learn more about.
RSVP by February 1 to John Edward Martin at john.martin@unt.edu — and please indicate if you will need a parking pass, any dietary restrictions, and whether or not you plan to stay for dinner.
More information about the Spring meeting is available on our website: https://txssaww.wordpress.com/
The Study Group is an informal gathering of professors, graduate students, and independent scholars who share an interest in American women’s writing. We share a lunch (provided by the host
campus), spend the afternoon discussing the common reading, and have dinner at a local restaurant (paid individually).
We welcome new participants to join the conversation, which is always rich and stimulating, and often touches on larger professional concerns (teaching, publishing, mentoring, etc.). Please circulate this announcement to your colleagues and grad students.

New Books: Chicago and the Main of American Modernism

Author: Michelle E. Moore

Chicago and the Making of American Modernism: Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald in Conflict

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

 

 

Chicago and the Making of American Modernism is the first full-length study of the vexed relationship between America’s great modernist writers and the nation’s “second city.” Michelle E. Moore explores the ways in which the defining writers of the era-Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald-engaged with the city and reacted against the commercial styles of “Chicago realism” to pursue their own, European-influenced mode of modernist art. Drawing on local archives to illuminate the literary culture of early 20th-century Chicago, this book reveals an important new dimension to the rise of American modernism.

The book contains chapters that reexamine the creation of the Little Room and explores Elia Peattie’s relationship to young Willa Cather. Chapter two tells the story of Harriet Monroe’s fight to create the “Columbian Ode.” It reveals Monroe’s battle to obtain and protect her copyright based on new archival evidence and contextualizes the fight against the backdrop of Chicago history.

Available in print and digital formats: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/chicago-and-the-making-of-american-modernism-9781350018037/

 

CFP: Lydia Maria Child Society at ALA (Deadline: 1.20.2019)

REMINDER:  20 JAN. 2019 DEADLINE!

CFP: Lydia Maria Child Society
American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA
23–26 May 2019 at the Westin Copley Place

(URL: https://americanliteratureassociation.org/ala-conferences/ala-annual-conference/)

The Lydia Maria Child Society welcomes proposals for a panel co-organized with the Louisa May Alcott Society and for a social-justice pedagogy roundtable!

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 asLetters 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. In Moods (1864), for example, Alcott deliberately challenges notions of the conventional marriage plot, just as Child does with a controversial marriage in Hobomok.

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 250-300 word abstracts by January 20, 2019, to Sandy Burr at sburr@nmu.edu; and to Sandy Petrulionis at shp2@psu.edu. 

Social-Justice Pedagogy Roundtable

The Lydia Maria Child Society seeks participants for a roundtable on pedagogy, social justice, and American literature. Considering contemporary social justice concerns ranging from the Black Lives Matter movement to the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy to persistent gender inequities and xenophobia made all too apparent by the 2016 presidential election and the resulting anti-woman and anti-immigrant policies, the Child Society feels strongly that many of the issues for which Child fought so passionately remain deeply relevant today. To honor her lifelong commitment to both education and writing as ways to attain social change, we ask that our selected panelists prepare briefpresentations (approximately 10 minutes) on how they address the above issues and/or others within the literature classroom, before engaging in what we hope will be a fruitful and wide-ranging open discussion on social justice pedagogies and American literature. What texts and social issues have proved particularly pertinent to your students’ lived experiences of activism, marginalization, etc.? How do you productively draw parallels between the concerns of the literary works you teach and those we are facing in the world outside the classroom? What specific lesson plans, textual pairings/groupings, and/or other pedagogical approaches might you recommend to colleagues striving to make their syllabi and classrooms more socially conscious and engaged?

Please send 200-word abstracts of your proposed presentation, as Word documents, to lydiamariachildsociety@gmail.com by January 20, 2019.  Note that while we, of course, welcome proposals that engage with Child’s work, Child need not be included for your proposal to be considered.

LMC Society
Sarah Olivier, President
Sandy Burr, VP of Programs
Tracey-Lynn Clough, VP of Communications & Digital Development
Lucy Sirianni, VP of Inclusive Excellence & Social Action

CFP: Charlotte Perkins Gilman at ALA (Deadline: 1.26.2019)

CFP: New Approaches to Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society

American Literature Association (ALA)
30th Annual Conference
May 23-25, 2019

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s life and work intersect a universe of historical discourses: a testament to Gilman’s rapacious reading habit, sweeping interdisciplinary curiosity, and to her sustained engagement with pressing contemporary issues, scientific discoveries, and progressive remedies embraced by feminists of her time. This session invites papers that discuss new approaches to reading the life, work, and/or literature of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and her intellectual peers, predecessors, and descendants. The panel will gather a selection of papers that help to widen our understanding of the historical, social, literary, and political movements that surrounded one of America’s most famous feminists. Topics may include theoretical approaches to Gilman, such as queer theory, critical race studies, and genre studies, alternative visions of motherhood, feminism in the socialist movement, visual art in women’s writing, reform, recovery, and the archive, and any of the broad connections springing from the life and work of Gilman. Submit 250 to 500-word abstracts and a CV, by January 26, 2019, to Hannah Huber at hhuber@email.sc.edu.

For more information about the conference, please visit the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.

CFP: Special Issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly (Deadline: 3.1.2019)

INHERITANCE

Spring 2020 Issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly (WSQ)

Guest Editors:
Maria Rice Bellamy, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
Karen Weingarten, Queens College, City University of New York

Priority Submission Deadline: March 1, 2019

To inherit is to receive, to gain, to be left with more. The term “inheritance” first brings to mind the bequeathing of property by a parent to a child. The exclusion of women from this form of inheritance has been a contested issue for millennia and figured prominently in the earliest feminist causes in the United States and other Western nations. Remarkably, women in many parts of the United States won the right to own and control property (inherited or purchased, be she single, married, or divorced) before they earned the rights of citizenship, particularly the right to vote. While this call for papers begins with these most conventional understandings of inheritance, the goal of the Inheritance issue of WSQ is to facilitate a conversation on the many meanings and complications of the term “inheritance” and of the processes and experiences of inheriting, including the multiplicity of things that can be inherited and the varied ways these things can be transmitted and received across generations.

We are seeking papers that take a critical and transgressive approach to any and all aspects of inheritance, which in its most basic form involves one who bequeaths, items passed down, and one who receives. Our consideration of inheritance then questions first who has the power to decide what is worthy to be passed down and who is worthy to receive? How is this power granted, questioned, and subverted? How do people divested of this power find alternative ways of leaving a legacy? Second, what gets passed down and what gets left out of the process of inheritance? What forms of inheritance are recognized—given significance—or not? What histories or memories are remembered—preserved, passed down—or not? What inheritances are lost and how do we reckon those losses? Finally, who receives and who is excluded from inheriting? Who are the winners and losers in generational transfers? What economic and social repercussions are experienced by persons excluded from inheritance, particularly women, people of color, immigrants, people without property, and persons with disabilities? How do these losses continue to be felt over the generations? How do we reckon the immaterial losses, such as names never recorded, art never created, writing never published?

Advances in reproductive technologies add further complications to our understanding of inheritance in the scientific realm of genetics and reproduction. Historically, women have been held responsible for the results of their reproductive labor, suffering the consequences for their offspring inheriting less desired features (gender, skin tone, etc.). More recently, and controversially, epigenetics has renewed this line of thinking to suggest that genetic expression in fetuses can change in response to environmental pressures (Wagner 2010; Moore 2015; Richardson 2017). Assisted reproductive technologies have broadened the questions of inheritance raised by adopted children to include children born through the donation of gametes and with the help of gestational surrogates. The creation of a child requires an egg, a sperm, and a uterus, but in our brave new world of reproductive technology, inheritance may come from three (rather than two) parties, further complicating questions of nature versus nurture. Are we products of the genes we inherit, of the environments in which we are gestated and raised, or of some unknown combination of these factors?

Because Inheritance coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the Feminist Press, we also seek submissions considering the role of the archive and of feminist and reconstructionist efforts in recovering losses from more traditional and hegemonic experiences of inheritance. How have these scholarly and creative efforts redefined inheritance and engendered the language and form to represent newer and more inclusive understandings of inheritance? How has the Feminist Press’s recovery work transformed literary and creative histories so that writers and readers can inherit a canon that reflects once lost writings? How has this recovery work traced a different lineage of literary inheritance and what work is there still left to do?

We invite submissions from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences as well as interdisciplinary approaches. We welcome papers that are theoretical, conceptual, or empirical on a wide variety of topics related to inheritance, including but not limited to the following:

  • Histories and cultural understandings of inheritance and how these have changed or been subverted over time
  • Racism, sexism, classism, and ableism in the mechanisms of inheritance
  • Subversion of racial, gendered, and classed norms in inheritance
  • Citizenship and the inheritance of political privilege
  • Disenfranchisement and the inheritance of political and economic disadvantage
  • The inheritance and consequence of debt
  • Reparations for the denial of inheritance
  • Inheritance of ancestral, cultural, and traumatic memory
  • Familial inheritance, memory, keepsakes, secrets, silences
  • Generational inheritance, particularly from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s
  • Literary traditions inherited and lost
  • Historical and cultural inheritances represented in contemporary culture and society
  • Intellectual inheritance and the archive
  • Legacy preferences at elite universities and the inheritance of educational privilege
  • The role of inheritance in adoption, especially cross-cultural and cross-racial
  • Complications to inheritance in assisted reproductive technologies, donor gametes (egg, sperm), donor embryos, and gestational surrogates
  • Inheritance in nontraditional or nonheteronormative families
  • The science of inheritance and its implication in eugenics
  • The theory of epigenetics and its influence on the way we understand reproduction, pregnancy, and women’s bodies
  • The politics and popularity of genealogy and consumer DNA tests

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

PRIORITY DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2019

www.feministpress.org/submission-guidelines

Scholarly articles and inquiries should be sent to guest issue editors Maria Rice Bellamy and Karen Weingarten at WSQInheritanceIssue@gmail.com. We will give priority consideration to submissions received by March 1, 2019. Submissions should not exceed 6,360 words (including abstract, keywords, unembedded notes, captions, and works cited) and should comply with the Feminist Press’s formatting guidelines. Please send complete articles, not abstracts. We prefer Microsoft Word file formats. Please provide all contact information in the body of the e-mail. We do not accept work that has been previously published or under review at another journal.

Poetry submissions related to the issue theme should be sent to WSQ’s poetry editor Patricia Smith at WSQpoetry@gmail.com by March 1, 2019. Please review previous issues of WSQ to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting poems. Please note that poetry submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the poetry editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please paste poetry submissions into the body of the e-mail along with all contact information.

Fiction, essay, memoir, and translation submissions related to the issue theme between 2000 and 2500 words should be sent to WSQ’s fiction/nonfiction editor, Rosalie Morales Kearns, at WSQCreativeProse@gmail.com by March 1, 2019. Please review previous issues of WSQ to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting prose. Please note that prose submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the prose editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please provide all contact information in the body of the e-mail.