Emerson Society at ALA, May 23-26, 2013

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David Dowling and Leslie Eckle/Ralph Waldo Emerson Society at American Literature Association

The Emerson Society will sponsor two panels at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association, to be held in Boston from May 23-26, 2013. For information about the conference, see www.americanliterature.org.

Emerson and the Mechanism of Fame
The rise of "Emerson mania," a phrase coined disapprovingly by the English Review, simultaneously inspired a new generation of young followers and raised the ire of the conservative Unitarian church, drawing Emerson into the limelight and eventually propelling him to fame. The Emerson Society invites new research on Emerson and the mechanism of fame, from the antebellum period to the present, and on Emerson's core ideas about literary production, promotion, and publicity. Papers might address the multiple biographies of Emerson and the construction of his reputation to serve various intellectual, literary, and political interests. E-mail 300 word abstracts to David Dowling (david-dowling@uiowa.edu) and Leslie Eckel (leckel@suffolk.edu) by Jan. 15, 2013.

Emerson and Utopianism
Emerson moved in utopian circles, keeping pace with the architects of Walden, Brook Farm, and Fruitlands, yet chose not to join a utopian community, telling George Ripley, "I think that all I shall solidly do, I must do alone." The Emerson Society welcomes papers on Emerson's ambivalence about utopian experimentalism, patterns of utopian language and thought in his poetry and prose writings, the competing demands of collectivism and self-culture, and his impact on utopian practitioners and social movements, including Thoreau, Alcott, Hawthorne, Albert Brisbane, Fourierism, and socialism. E-mail 300 word abstracts to David Dowling (david-dowling@uiowa.edu) and Leslie Eckel (leckel@suffolk.edu) by Jan. 15, 2013.

Emerson Society Graduate Student Travel Award
This award provides up to $750 of travel support to present a paper on one of the Emerson Society panels at the American Literature Association annual meeting or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering. Graduate students interested in applying should submit their abstracts by Jan. 15, 2013 to David Dowling (david-dowling@uiowa.edu) and Leslie Eckel (leckel@suffolk.edu) and indicate their desire for consideration.

All the best,

David Dowling
Program Co-Chair, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society