New Books: Transatlantic Footholds: Turn-of-the-Century American Women Writers and British Reviewers

Author: Stephanie Palmer

Transatlantic Footholds: Turn-of-the-Century American Women Writers and British Reviewers

Routledge 2019

Transatlantic Footholds: Turn-of-the-Century American Women Writers and British Reviewers analyses British reviews of American women fiction writers, essayists and poets between the periods of literary domesticity and modernism. The book demonstrates that a variety of American women writers were intelligently read in Britain during this era. British reviewers read American women as literary artists, as women and as Americans. While their notion of who counted as “women” was too limited by race and class, they eagerly read these writers for insight about how women around the world were entering debates on women’s place, the class struggle, religion, Indian policy, childrearing, and high society. In the process, by reading American women in varied ways, reviewers became hybrid and dissenting readers. The taste among British reviewers for American women’s books helped change the predominant direction that high culture flowed across the Atlantic from east-to-west to west-to-east. Britons working in London or far afield were deeply invested in the idea of “America.” “America,” their responses prove, is a transnational construct.

Available for purchase from the publisher website:

CFP: Women Afrofuturists for the 2020 CLA Conference (Deadline: 9.1.19)

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers  will sponsor a panel or roundtable  at the 2020 College Literature Association Conference.

The conference theme is Afrofuturism: Diasporic Visions.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Memphis and will take place in Memphis on April 1-4, 2020.

Proposals for papers, a panel, or a roundtable should be submitted by September 1, 2019 to SSAWW President Sandra Zagarell at

For information about the conference go to the CLA website

CFP: “Invisible” Labor and the Business of Print, C19 Conference, (Deadline: 8.19.19)

CFP:“Invisible” Labor and the Business of Print in C19 

This proposed panel investigates conceptions of labor and business in commercial publishing, focusing on the (in)visibility of the working people, practices, and spaces that supported literary production in the long nineteenth century. How was the nature and value of such labor imagined? To what extent does that imagination emerge in the archives, and to what extent has it remained invisible to scholars or across disciplinary boundaries? In seeking to illuminate unseen or unappreciated types of work in the business of print as the publishing industry rapidly expanded, we aim to trace new contexts concerning the very foundations of C19 literature and culture, highlight dissenting figures and modes of production, and reexamine relationships among labor, value, and art in the period. 

We welcome submissions from scholars in all fields, including literature, book history, and material culture studies. Papers might explore representations of literary labor, the cultural work of print/publishing workers, the (in)visibility of raced, gendered, and/or classed labors, intellectual and creative labor, business and marketing practices, copyright, etc.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and short bio to Blevin Shelnutt ( and Kristen Highland ( by Monday, August 19.

CFP: Edith Wharton’s New York, Edith Wharton Society Conference (Deadline: 8.1.2019)

Edith Wharton’s New York: A Conference Sponsored by the Edith Wharton Society

New Yorker Hotel June 17th-20th 2020

Please join the Edith Wharton Society for its upcoming conference marking the centennial anniversary of the publication of Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence. We will celebrate this momentous year in New York, the setting not only of so many of Wharton’s works but also of much of her life.

While all topics are welcome, we are particularly interested in whole panels and individual papers that focus on New York as a geographical and thematic element in Wharton’s life and works. Papers could explore the role of New York City and/or the Hudson River Valley in Wharton’s works, Wharton’s own history with the region, or Wharton’s relationship to place and space more generally. Papers that offer new readings of The Age of Innocence—such as new historical approaches or legacies of The Age of Innocence, the novel’s relationship to other works by Wharton and/or her peers, and adaptations of the novel (for film, theater, etc.)—are also welcome.

Since 1920 marks the beginning of what many consider the “later years” of Wharton’s career, examinations of Edith Wharton’s works in the shifting literary and political foundations of post-WWI society are also of interest. The 20s mark the centennial of other significant Wharton texts, and essaysthat examine these later works are of particular interest.

In addition, there will be a keynote speaker and opportunities for tours of local attractions. Further details forthcoming. We welcome submissions for full panels of 4-5 participants and roundtablesof 6-7 participantsas well as individual paper submissions. Please submit proposals no later than August 1st, 2019 to

For full panel and roundtable proposals, please submit 200-350-word summaries of each presentation included in the panel or roundtable as well as a brief 50-word bio and A/V requests for each presenter.

For individual paper proposals, please submit a 350-500-word abstract, a brief 50-word bio,and A/V requests as one Word document.

All conference participants must be members of the Edith Wharton Society at the time of registration.For additional information, contact co-directors at email address above or individually:

Margaret Toth (Meg), Manhattan College

Margaret Jay Jessee (Jay), University of Alabama at Birmingham

CFP: Women’s Resistance to Feminism(s) in the United States since the 19th century (CP Conference Aix-Marseille University, France) Deadline: 10.15.2019

CFP Conference Aix-Marseille University, FranceApril 3-4, 2020
Women’s Resistance to Feminism(s) in the United States since the 19th century

From the 1911 National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage to Phyllis Schlafly’s “STOP-ERA” campaign in the 1980s and governor Kay Ivey’s recent signing into law of House Bill 314 criminalizing abortion in Alabama, women have played a prominent role in opposing feminism in the US. Yet these visible forms of anti feminism are but the tips of a much larger iceberg of women’s resistance to feminism that this two-day conference, organized by the “Women and the F-Word” team (, proposes to explore.    The notion of women’s resistance to feminism includes—but is not reduced to—organized antifeminism, a countermovement which has been the object of pioneering work (A. Dworkin, Right Wing Women, 1983, T. Jablonsky, The Home, Heaven, and Mother Party, 1994, S. Marshall,Splintered Sisterhood, 1997). Resistance is understood as a broad set of negative reactions experienced and/or expressed by women or groups of women when they are faced with self-styled feminist behaviors, ideas or actions. As feminism is conceived as a flexible and evolving ideology, which the plural “feminisms” more adequately reflects, the modes and mechanisms of resistance will be examined from a diachronic and dialogical perspective that always takes into account the particular historical moment. This interdisciplinary conference means to bring together contributions shedding light on the specific features of women’s resistance to feminisms in the United States since the 19th century. 

Papers addressing the following issues will be welcome:

 How did/do women perceive the first women’s rights advocates?

What precise term initially triggers resistance?: Rights? Suffragism?  Feminism? Modern/Radical feminism? White? Elite? Abortion? Etc.. 

How do women (de)construct their own (non) feminism through those terms? 

What sort of discourses/actions did/do they produce or perform and how did/do they spread them?

How did/do women evolve from a position of “feminist” to “anti “or “non feminist”?

How did/do they (re)negotiate their identification to womanhood? 

How important are the binaries feminism/femininity, feminism/individualism?

How does intersectionality shape resistance and how, in turn, does resistance strengthen intersectional identities?

How did/do women contest the boundaries of mainstream feminism?

How does globalization affect the mechanisms of resistance?

Are there cases of transnational resistance?

How has resistance evolved over the centuries? (persistence and change)

How does women’s resistance impact feminism? 

Can indifference be considered a form of resistance? 

Please send a 300- word abstract and a brief bio to, and

Deadline: October 15, 2019. Place and date of the conference: Aix-Marseille University29 avenue Robert Schuman13621 Aix-en-ProvenceFrance April 3-4 2020

Keynote Address : Dr Ronnee Schreiber (San Diego State University), author of Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics (OUP, 2008)

CFP: Carson McCullers Society MSA 2020 (Deadline: 1.5.2020)

CFP: Carson McCullers Society MSA 2020 (Deadline January 5, 2020)Call for papers for two-part roundtable at the next MSA meeting in Brooklyn, New York, October 22-25, 2020.

MSA 2020: Southern Modernist Women Writers and the Topographies of the Street
The Carson McCullers Society is soliciting abstracts for a two-part roundtable series on southern modernist women writers and the topographies of the street for the Modernist Studies Association (MSA) conference in Brooklyn, NY, on October 22-25, 2020. This two-part series goes with the MSA conference theme of “the street” and is intended to spark conversation and collaboration among Welty, O’Connor, McCullers, Porter, Petrie, Chopin, and Hurston scholars, among others, about the innovations and interventions of southern modernist women writers in creating street scenes, situations, and characters. Interested parties should send a 300 word abstract and a short bio to Isadora Wagner, Carson McCullers Society President ( and Sarah-Marie Horning, Society Vice President (, by January 5, 2020.