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

Abstracts can be submitted at:

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

CFP: NeMLA “Stages and Ages: Challenges for Women in the Academy” (Deadline 9.30.2018)

CFP: 2019 Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention Call for Proposals: “Stages and Ages: Challenges for Women in the Academy” (Roundtable)

Although much has changed in the academy in the last fifty years, many struggles related to gender and the “traditional notions” of the roles women fulfill and the roles men fulfill in the academy have remained strikingly rigid, to the detriment of individuals as well as to the collective institution. Women still bear a service burden disproportionate to that of their male colleagues, still struggle with childbearing and childrearing choices that men in the academy do not face in the same way, and still face sexism and sexual harassment that their male counterparts escape. For women of color, the burdens are magnified. This roundtable will ideally bring together women from a variety of stages and ages in their careers to discuss the unique challenges faced by women throughout their academic careers. The aim of the roundtable is to lend support to women at various stages of their careers and to provide participants in the session with tools to use in forging the paths of their own personal lives and careers.

Please submit abstracts for Session 17422 by September 30 via the NeMLA web site at

Terry Novak, Ph.D. Professor, English
Chair, University Curriculum Committee
Johnson & Wales University

CFP: International Girls Studies Association Conference, University of Notre Dame (Deadline: 7.6.2018)

CFP: International Girls Studies Association Conference, University of Notre Dame

February 28th – March 2nd, 2019

This prospective panel seeks papers for the International Girls Studies Association Conference, University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
 – 28 February – 2 March, 2019. Our panel explores girls’ reading practices and narrative sites of participation, broadly defined. We are especially interested in Web 2.0 participation. Reading online involves the consumption of texts but also the production of meaning as a real-time in-kind response, which may include comments, reviews, fan homages, and correctives. The digital reading practices of girls, for example, can tell us much not only about their role as social media conduits but it can also shed light upon the status of literature itself in this born-digital milieu.  Taking the notion that girls have value beyond their role as cultural consumers as a given, the panel maintains that girls claim their very own literature, literature with a lower-case l but literature nonetheless, that crosses genre and platform and boundaries of authorship. The possibility for girl literature arises from a combination of market-driven imperatives and the flexibility of Web 2.0 authorship. Girl literature, characterized by girl-centered narratives and protagonists in more traditional formats, includes works authored by girls on Goodreads, YouTube, Instagram, and fan fiction sites. As the girl half of the 12-26-aged YA demographic does most of the reading both on and off the screen, this panel seeks to 1) map out the Web 2.0 arenas where girls perform their hybrid or prosumer reading, and 2) offer an analysis of girls’ digital reading practices in the light of contemporary reading theory.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and short bio to Leisha Jones ( I am looking for a couple of papers to round out the panel. The deadline for submission is July 6, 11:59pm.

CFP: NeMLA 2019 “Varieties of the Monstrous Feminine in American Literature” (Deadline: 9.30.2018)

NeMLA 2019 Session: Call for Proposals

“Varieties of the Monstrous Feminine in American Literature”

The monstrous female is a staple of the literary imagination. The Medusa, the witch, the Sirens, the succubus/vampire, the she-devil, the madwoman, the coquette, the cross-dresser—these are just some versions of this trope that can be identified from the earliest periods to the present day. Some figures represent the ways women have been marginalized as “other” and the impact of that designation, while others represent ways that outsider positions can become a locus of power. This roundtable will explore various manifestations of the monstrous feminine trope, specifically in American literature and culture. It will consider questions such as: Who defines monstrosity? How can it be construed as positive as well as negative? How does the monstrous feminine manifest in different time periods and locations (urban vs. rural, east vs. west vs. midwest, north vs. south)? Does the monstrous feminine always have to be female?

Proposals of 300 words should be submitted by Sept. 30, 2018 via the NeMLA portal

On behalf of Dr. Mary M. Balkun (

CFP for SSAWW: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society, “Recovering Gilman for the 21st Century” (Panel Deadline: 1.31.2018)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society: Recovering Gilman for the 21st Century

The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society invites proposals for a panel on “Recovering Gilman for the 21st Century” for the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference in Denver, Colorado (November 7-11, 2018). This panel will explore how recovery provides new contexts and frameworks for analyzing and teaching Gilman’s work. Topics include but are not limited to

· Recovery of Gilman’s published and unpublished writing

· Digital recovery projects on Gilman’s work

· Teaching Gilman and feminist recovery practices in the classroom

Please send a brief abstract (200-300 words) and short bio to Dr. Jacqueline Emery, SUNY College at Old Westbury,, by January 31, 2018.

CFP: Louisa May Alcott Society Roundtable at ALA (Deadline: 1.19.2018)

CALL FOR PAPERS Roundtable: Louisa May Alcott Society

American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 24-27, 2018

The Newness of Little Women

When it initially appeared in 1868, Little Women broke new ground. Fresh, lively, and distinctly American, in the eyes of its first reviewers, the novel offered up singular depictions of young women and men playing, talking, dreaming, creating, and learning in ways that embodied its era and region and that also immediately generated passionate responses. For this roundtable, we anticipate an animated conversation inspired by concise and stimulating perspectives about the newness of Little Women. Proposals might consider questions such as the following: In what ways did Alcott’s book revolutionize the novel as a genre or form? In what ways did Alcott’s slangy diction transform the language of American literary realism? What are Little Women’s most distinctive contributions to the development of literary or popular culture? How did the novel change the ways writers could represent young people, mothers and families, art and ambition? How does Little Women represent in unique or ephemeral ways its own moment in history? We would also welcome emerging approaches to Little Women: What are the newest or most innovative ways of examining and teaching the novel, and how can they help us see it with fresh eyes? Please send 300-word abstracts by email to Gregory Eiselein and Anne K. Phillips The deadline for proposals is Friday, January 19, 2018. Early submissions welcome.

CFP: SSAWW Panel at the College Language Association Convention (Deadline 9.8.17)

CFP: SSAWW Panel at the College Language Association Convention, April 2018

Hosted by DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois

“Rewrit[ing] the American Literary Landscape”: Immigrant American Women Writers across the Diaspora and Tales of Black Metropolitan Life


In the introduction to her 2002 text, Rereading the Harlem Renaissance, Sharon Lynette Jones, Professor of English at Wright State University, calls attention to the influx of immigrants into the Black metropolis with “blacks from Africa, the Caribbean, and other regions of the United States migrat[ing] to Harlem in search of the American Dream of economic prosperity and equality, often to find that the dream was elusive” (2). Despite being faced with a tense racial climate that limited the social, economic, and political opportunities afforded ethnic minorities, however, the nation’s arriving immigrants fundamentally transformed cities nationwide into epicenters of unprecedented artistic and cultural growth that forever shaped not only the literary landscape but the very notion of what constitutes the American identity. Eager to explore these critical issues in the works of a diverse range of American women writers, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers is pleased to invite proposals for a SSAWW-sponsored panel to be held at the College Language Association Convention in Chicago from April 4 to 7, 2018.

Topics for Consideration

Because of their role in expanding the ethnic diversity of the United States and contributing to the urban artistic revival nationwide, immigrant American women writers across the African diaspora have played a particularly vital role in the American literary and cultural traditions. This panel will therefore ask participants to consider the unique experience of such immigrant women or writers in the city. Presenters, for instance, might explore social, cultural, racial, and political challenges that such women had to overcome in order to survive in a society where women “sometimes faced the triple jeopardy of race, class, and gender oppression” (Jones 2). How did these women not only help “rewrite the American literary landscape” (2) but also paint a fundamentally new picture of American life—one that recognizes the multicultural mosaic emerging in the city, as they share their traditions and cultural backgrounds with the world? Presenters are asked to consider the works of authors including Paule Marshall, Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, and NoViolet Bulawayo to name a few, as they develop proposals for what is sure to be an intellectually-stimulating panel at the 2018 CLA Convention.

The deadline for proposals this year will be September 8, 2017. Please submit a 250- to 500-word abstract and a brief CV (no more than two pages) that includes rank/status (e.g. ABD, Associate Professor, etc.), institutional affiliation (independent scholars are encouraged to submit proposals as well), and past conference presentations. Proposals should be submitted to the SSAWW Vice President of Development, Christopher Allen Varlack, at and note “SSAWW at CLA Proposal” in the E-mail subject line. All proposals should be included as an attachment, preferably as a single PDF document. Confirmation of receipt will be sent within two business days of submission.

While interested participants do not need to be members of SSAWW to submit a proposal for the aforementioned panel, all presenters must be members of SSAWW and the College Language Association by February 1, 2018 in order to participate in this panel. For more information about SSAWW or CLA, please visit or respectively.

Proposed SSAWW Edited Collection and Senior Scholar to Write Preface

Call for Proposed SSAWW Edited Collection and Senior Scholar


The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is seeking abstracts (250 words) for essays (7500-8500 words, excluding notes) on American women writers and liminality for a proposed edited collection. We also seek a senior scholar in the field of American women writers to write the preface to the collection and, if interested, join the team as a co-editor.

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CFP: Critical Insights: The Harlem Renaissance (Essay Collection: Abstracts by 12.31.14)

Critical Insights: The Harlem Renaissance

under contract with Salem Press

In the course of African-American cultural history, the Harlem Renaissance, also known as the New Negro movement, has proven one of the most influential in shaping and directing black artistic expression. For this collection, Critical Insights: The Harlem Renaissance, we seek a series of essays of five thousand to six thousand words for an anthology that explores the work of some of the most influential and at times controversial authors of the time from Langston Hughes to Claude McKay, Carl van Vechten to Zora Neale Hurston, Jessie Redmon Fauset, and Nella Larsen. Seeking to examine the underlying socio-cultural criticism within their works and the intellectual projects at the heart of their artistic endeavors, this collection offers insight into the era’s most celebrated as well as under-examined authors in hopes of expanding what Miriam Thaggert terms, “the well-worn Harlem Renaissance or New Negro paradigms.” Of course the aforementioned list of authors is only a partial list of an era that also include figures such as Richard Bruce Nugent, Dorothy West, Marita Bonner, James Weldon Johnson, and more, so we urge potential authors to consider other figures not included in this list. Continue reading