Reconsidering Sigourney: Essays on Lydia Sigourney (edited collection)

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Mary Louise Kete and Elizabeth Petrino

The co-editors seek essays that showcase the breadth and vigor of the new scholarship on Lydia Sigourney. Though Sigourney was one of the most popular, productive and consequential authors of America's nineteenth-century (poet, entrepreneur, educational reformer, and essayist), serious critical attention to her work languished until the latter decades of the twentieth-century when the field of American literature and culture underwent the significant revision and revitalization. Her works have been critical to many of these reconsiderations --- whether of romanticism, American identity, the history of the book, disability studies, and, most recently, of the new aesthetics --- but there has yet to be a volume of essays that collects and represents this work.
Interested contributors please send a 300-400 word abstract (as an attachment in Word) and full contact information, including affiliation, to or Abstracts are due by August 1st. Final full drafts will be due January 30, 2014.