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Critical Insights: Civil Rights Literature, Past & Present

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:19pm
Christopher Allen Varlack, UMBC
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

From its flawed notion of "separate but equal" to the rampant violence against black bodies throughout the twentieth century, the United States faced a clear racial divide perpetuated by its Jim Crow culture and the disenfranchisement of blacks. In response, on August 28, 1963, noted American civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, urging radical social and political change in a society marred by a rich history of segregation and discrimination. Since then, we have recognized this speech as a symbol of the enduring struggle for equal civil rights and the pursuit of the core values upon which the United States was based.

Call for Book Reviewers

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:21pm
American Indian Quarterly
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

American Indian Quarterly (AIQ) is looking for established and new scholars of Native American studies who would like to write book reviews for AIQ. In order to be considered for selection as a reviewer, please contact our book review editor, Dr. Trever Holland, with a set of research goals/interests and short CV/Resume at

Final Reminder: 2017 First Book Institute Applications Due 2/13

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:26pm
Center for American Literary Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 13, 2017


The 2017 First Book Institute


June 4-10, 2017

Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) at PennsylvaniaStateUniversity


Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book

Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Duke University, and Editor of American Literature


Analyses/Rereadings/Theories Journal

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:27pm
Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature, University of Lodz
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Analyses/Rereadings/Theories (A/R/T Journal) is a peer-reviewed journal that has been created with a view to providing a forum for analyzing and discussing issues of immediate relevance for contemporary literary and cultural studies.

The editors would like to invite submission of contributions for its seventh issue, to be published by Winter 2017. We invite original articles, reviews and interviews addressing any topics related to Anglophone literature and culture.

The contributions should be between 4000 and 6000 words long. Each contribution will be anonymously reviewed (double-blind review). The deadline for the submission of manuscripts is 16 April 2017.

Edited Collection: Handmaids, Tributes, & Carers: Dystopian Females’ Roles and Goals

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:27pm
Myrna Santos
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 17, 2017

Submissions are sought for a multi-disciplinary anthology about the role of female figures in dystopian narratives.  Thomas More’s coined term of “utopia” seems to be a Latin pun: it is used in the sense of eu-topia, a "good place" or "ideal society," which More claimed was his intended sense, but the spelling of u-topia means "nowhere" and is often taken to suggest that eutopia is impossible, as well as, nonexistent.

Edith Wharton and Religion (Special Issue)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:30am
The Edith Wharton Review
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

We invite papers exploring any aspect of religion, spirituality, and the sacred in Wharton’s work, including the afterlives of religion in gothic, aestheticism, or satire. How does Wharton conceptualize belief, spirituality, or religious tradition within modernity? What place does the sacred have in her writing, and where are the sacred spaces in her work? Are there distinctive features to Wharton’s discussions of religious architecture or sacred art? What interactions take place between Wharton’s fiction and the Bible, or religious texts and genres? How does Wharton’s anthropological eye address religious movements, practices, or characters?

MLA 2018 Roundtable on Literary Study and the Public Humanities

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 12:08pm
Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Topic for MLA 2018 Session, sponsored by the Executive Forum on the Teaching of Literature

Roundtable on Literary Study and the Public Humanities: “What should ‘Next Generation’ Humanities Education look like? What should it do?”

American Literature Conference panel in May: On Women, Poetics, and New Millennial Protest:

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:01am
Laura Hinton, Prof. of English, City College of New York (CUNY)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The upcoming Women’s March on Washington D.C. is expected to be a collaborative expression of U.S. women associated with the latest wave of a multi-cultural feminist movement. It is framed as an enormous protest of millions in D.C. and other cities, one waged against the post-Nov. 8th American political move to the right, current U.S. administrative policies at home and abroad being rewritten by PEOTUS and a Republican-dominated Congress, and particularly the new war on women—the return to a highly conservative, so-called “feminism” represented by Ivanka Trump (see New York Times article on January 14) and other women connected with the ascending Trump presidency. 


Appalachian Ecocriticism

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:11am
Jessica Cory and Dr. Laura Wright/Western Carolina University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 30, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Submissions are currently being accepted for an anthology of Appalachian ecocriticism. The Appalachian region has largely been underrepresented in ecocritical studies, and this unique volume will represent Appalachian literature and its environment to the community of ecocritics and, more broadly, the scholarly community as a whole.

Critical investigations into the ways in which Appalachian nature are portrayed in text is, of course, the central theme of the volume. However, additional intersections may include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Accessibility/Disability and the environment

-Animal studies

-Mountaintop removal

-Significance of water/Water quality