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CFP: [American] The History of American Bestsellers (10/31/07; collection)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 11:21am
Thomas Ruys Smith

We invite chapter proposals for an edited volume dedicated to the history
of American bestsellers.
We encourage a wide range of approaches, but chapters should be written in
a style accessible to students and non-academic readers. In general we are
soliciting chapters that focus on an individual bestselling title; as well
as close readings, chapters might address questions of audience, reception,
historicity, marketing, paratext, etc.
Chapters might also focus upon a bestselling author (author as brand or as
celebrity), or serial fiction, although where an individual book is not the
chapter's focus, a case should be made for its status as an American

CFP: [American] Literature and the African Colonization Movement, 1816-1865 (09/15/07; NEMLA, 4/10/08 - 4/13/08)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 4:51pm
Joe Webb

The recent digitization of the African Repository, the official journal
of the American Colonization Society, along with a renewed effort to
rescue several nearly-abandoned texts, such as the University of
Michigan’s historical reprint of Sarah Josepha Hale’s novel Liberia, has
allowed for an explosion of scholarship in the study of the intersections
of literature and the African colonization movement. This panel seeks to
provide a discussion forum for some of the issues raised by this new
scholarly explosion. In particular, it hopes to examine, from a variety
of perspectives, the ways in which the rhetoric and propaganda of the ACS
influenced antebellum literature: from that of the

CFP: [American] The Panorama: C19th Texts and Contexts (no deadline; scholarly edition)

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 8:44am
Laurie Garrison

Call for Contributors

The Panorama: Texts and Contexts of the Long Nineteenth Century

To be published with Pickering and Chatto


This four-volume scholarly edition in progress will make dozens of
printed texts associated with the panorama (eg, programs, handbills,
lectures, reviews) widely available for the first time. The collection
covers British and American material, stable and moving panoramas, the
Leicester Square Rotunda and various other more minor venues in England,
Scotland and America.


CFP: [American] The Louisville Conference on Literature Since 1900 2/21 - 2/23 2008

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 2:07am
Marianne Cotugno

Animals and Twentieth Century Literature

This deliberately broad panel title hopes to attract a range of innovative
papers that explore the role animals play (and the uses to which they are
put) in twentieth century literature. All theoretical approaches are

The work of scholars in ecofeminism and posthumanism (as well as other
areas) continue to demonstrate how animal representations serve a range of
purposes as well as “masters” with all that the term entails and help to
raise both epistemological and ontological questions, including the nature
of subjectivity, agency, the construction of race, gender, and culture