CFP: [Graduate] Seminar on Editing Dickinson/Whitman (3/31/08; ALSC; 10/24-10/26/08)

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Michael Gouin-Hart
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Call for Papers
2008 ALSC Conference, Philadelphia, October 24-26, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Jhumpa Lahiri,
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Interpreter of Maladies (2000)

The Conference Program Committee invites proposals for papers and
presentations to be considered for the 2008 conference at the Sheraton
Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, October 24-26. Descriptions of each
panel and seminar topic appear below, along with e-mail addresses and
other contact information for submissions. Please bear in mind that there
will be many more submissions than can be accepted, and that the criteria
may include not only the merit of the individual submission but the range
and variety of a session’s contributions. The pleasure of the conveners
is to see how much stimulating and valuable work is being done; the pain
is to be able to accommodate only part of it in panel or seminar.

Submission form and deadline. Submissions must reach the convener of the
session by March 31. They should be sent to both (1) the convener of the
panel or seminar and (2) the Association’s office at On your
e-mail’s “subject” line, please give your name and other information in
the following form: “ALSC 2008, [Name of Session] abstract by [First
Name, Last Name].” For details regarding submission length, please refer
to the individual instructions for each session.

• If you do not send copies to both the convener and the ALSC, we
cannot guarantee that you will receive an e-mail notice acknowledging
receipt of your proposal.

• For details regarding submission length, please refer to the
individual instructions for each session.

• You must be a member of the ALSC in good standing to participate
in the conference program as a panelist or seminarian. ALSC members
receive a discount on conference registration.

• For a complete listing of session topics and information about
how to join the ALSC, visit our website at


The 2008 Conference in Chicago will continue the tradition established in
2004 of offering seminars designed to increase participation of the
membership in the conference and giving them another excellent reason to
attend. Modeled on what has worked successfully for such organizations as
the Shakespeare Association of America and the Modernist Studies
Association, these three seminars will each be led by a distinguished
member of the Association.
Each seminar will have fifteen (15) guaranteed places, and each person
accepted for a seminar will receive an official letter of invitation to
the conference and will be listed in its program. Seminar participants
will write brief position papers (2-4 pages maximum, double-spaced), and
will circulate their papers to the other participants and read all the
papers prior to the conference. The listing of the titles in the
conference program should help participants obtain travel funding for the
conference from their home colleges and universities. Senior scholars are
eligible to apply for these seminars, but graduate students and junior
faculty especially are encouraged to do so; we hope that senior scholars
and others will spread the word and encourage their graduate students and
junior colleagues to apply. The three seminars will run concurrently.
Those admitted as participants in each seminar will participate in the
actual discussion, but anyone at the conference is welcome to attend one
of the seminars as an auditor—not a participant—provided there is
sufficient room. Details on submission of abstracts are given above and
on the topics of the seminars below.

Seminar One: Editing Dickinson and/or Whitman
Convener: Virginia Jackson (Tufts University)
Can Dickinson’s poetry be properly edited? What is one to do with all of
those manuscripts attached to flowers or bees? What are modern editors to
do with successive editions of Leaves of Grass? And why are there no
modern editions of, say, Drum Taps? In this seminar, we will discuss
various historical approaches to problems associated with editing
Dickinson and Whitman. We will then try to come up with some new
solutions (or perhaps we will decide that there are not any). Please
send half-page abstracts or short papers (2-4 pages) as Word attachments
to All perspectives welcome; we hope to
include participants who have lots of experience in editing these poets
as well as participants who have none.

Michael Gouin-Hart
Executive Director
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC)
650 Beacon Street, Suite 510
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Phone: 617-358-1990 / Fax: 617-358-1995
Email: / Internet:

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