The creative work of historical fiction brings a prior time and place, one known but unfamiliar, into the present. Jerome de Groot considers one purpose of historical fiction is to “challenge the orthodoxy and potential for dissent [which will] challenge mainstream and repressive narratives.” Its characters and settings represent the cultural issues and struggles of their own time while also asking readers to recognize that many of the same situations still exist and need attention. The social and racial marginalization of women in the United States has been gaining that attention in popular culture outlets, including a recent Saturday Night Live cold open.
Though “posthumousness” takes a variety of forms, the texts within its ambit share a quality that Jean-Christophe Cloutier, in Shadow Archives, calls “a belated form of timeliness.” The editorial apparatus of posthumously published texts, such as Claude McKay’s Amiable with Big Teeth or Muriel Rukeyser’s Savage Coast, foregrounds these novels’ prior lostness and subsequent belated arrival in forms and contexts that their authors could not have foreseen.
Call for Papers: ACLA 2023 seminar
Call for papers
The Women’s Network of the European Association for American Studies invites contributions to the interdisciplinary symposium titled
Access to Equality: Reproductive Justice in the United States
Northeast Modern Language Association 2023 Panel: "Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man in the 21st Century"
Praised by generations of writers and thinkers, Ralph Ellison’s canonical novel Invisible Man remains deeply relevant. As we approach the thirtieth anniversary of Ellison’s passing, this panel will assess how Ellison’s landmark novel continues to be discussed, represented, and taught in the 21st Century.
How has Invisible Man taken on new meanings in the age of post-Obama, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, COVID-19, and ongoing climate change?
What influence has Ellison’s work had on later generations of writers?
How do we situate Ellison’s opus in his corpus and/or the canon of American letters?
Northeast Modern Language Association 2023 roundtable: "Teaching 20th-century African American Women's Writing"
Given the ongoing cultural assault on the history of race in the United States, now is the perfect time to discuss how we teach African American Women’s writing. This roundtable will focus on twentieth-century literature (broadly defined) and invite conversation about approaches for introducing African American Women’s writing to students and for emphasizing its vastness and power to help us understand our past, present, and future.
Roundtable participants will have between 5-10 minutes to introduce a topic, and conversation will follow.
A growing percentage of the American population is leaving the church and opting to let go of religious and spiritual frameworks to find social and personal meaning and even economic success, and this is true for African Americans who would have had no other option than to be “churched.” This development is noteworthy because much of what it means to be “black” in the United States, at least from a Western standpoint, is immersed in religious or spiritual frameworks that claim that people of African descent are inherently religious or spiritual. To be sure, it is often assumed that being religious is synonymous (ontologically) with being black and African.
Marilynne Robinson, Jesus and John Wayne, and the American Evangelical Tradition
Call for Papers:
Alabama State University
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Research and Creative Activity
2023 International Hybrid Symposium
RCAS 2nd Annual International Hybrid Symposium 2023 Topic:
Humanities Bulletin Journal - Call for papers
Submission Deadline: October 25, 2022
Vol. 5, No. 2 - November, 2022
Humanities Bulletin is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed Journal which features original studies and reviews in the various branches of Humanities, including History, Literature, Philosophy, Arts.
This journal is not allied with any specific school of thinking or cultural tradition; instead, it encourages dialogue between ideas and people with different points of view. Our aim is to bring together different international scholars, in order to promote the dialogue between cultures, ideas and new academic researches.
The Journal is hosted by London Academic Publishing, London, UK.
ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics and Consciousness is seeking contributions for a special issue entitled “Black Motion: Looking Our Way Back to Black.” This issue will examine how contemporary black people of both Africa and the African diaspora reinvent and reimagine their identities in terms that celebrate or draw attention to the body. These ways of imagining, representing the body and its various parts have historically played important roles in the lives of both Africans and peoples of African descent. Yet scholars have often neglected to study such representations and their significance in the day-to-day existence, lifestyles, hobbies, performances, and imaginations of blacks living in both the United States and abroad.
deadline for submissions:
full name / name of organization:
Dr Terence McSweeney & Dr Stuart Joy, Solent University (UK)
Reframing Hollywood series at Mississippi University Press
Transcendentalism is readily understood to have been an American—and even a transatlantic—social reform movement, having played a significant role in antislavery efforts, women’s rights, and labor and educational reform. But reform is markedly different than radicalism. For this edited collection, we are interested in what nineteenth-century radicalism looked like, and the ways in which the Transcendentalist movement was intertwined with radical social practice and thought. We are interested in, for example, the historiographic and philosophic connections between radical workers’ movements in Europe and the rise of Transcendental social critique in the United States.
In a memorable scene from Questlove’s award-winning documentary, Summer of Soul about the Harlem Cultural Festival (1969), singer Nina Simone performs “Backlash Blues,” a poem by her friend Langston Hughes. Five decades later, Beyonce performed a rousing version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” for her Homecoming tour in 2019. The poem, affectionately called the Black National Anthem, was originally written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900. Across these multiple decades, (and long before) African American musicians have invoked Black Literature, while African American writers have referenced Black music.
In 2021, Nella Larsen’s novel Passing was made into a Hollywood film, before premiering on Netflix in fall of that year. The film garnered many prestigious awards, with critics praising the producer, script, and of course, the acting. Yet the film did not receive any Oscar nominations. To some, this omission is quite surprising, given the unanimous acclaim the movie has already received. To others, this exemplifies Hollywood: they often award golden statuettes to Black movies that are rooted in stereotypical Black images of slavery, violence, and the white savior complex, among many others.
CFP- The Handbook of African American Literature in the Twenty-First Century
Editors: Belinda Waller-Peterson (Moravian University) and Robert LaRue (Moravian University)
The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama solicits nominations for the 2023 Eugene CurrentGarcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship. This award is made annually to a living, outstanding literary scholar who is from Alabama or has worked primarily in Alabama or has focused mainly on Alabama writers. This year will mark ACETA’s 25th annual conferrence of this prestigious award.
Please consider submitting an abstract to my panel for the NEMLA 2023 conference which will be held March 23-26th 2023 at the Niagara Falls Convention Center. This session, "When Resilience Isn't Enough: Justice for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors" invites papers across different methodologies or methods of inquiry that address literary or media representations of sexual and domestic violence and/or global rape culture.
Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) annual convention
Niagara Falls, NY
March 23 - 26, 2023
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022 through the NeMLA portal: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/19960
CFP: Modernism and Literature: A (Re)consideration
Proposals due October 31, 2022
“Children of the Moon: Werewolves and Shape Shifters in Lore and Literature”
University of Texas Permian Basin’s Fifth-Annual Halloween Conference
The University of Texas Permian Basin (with campuses in both Odessa and Midland), will conduct its Fifth Annual Halloween Conference 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. The event, to be broadcast live from the main Odessa campus, will also be available virtually to encourage global presentations and viewer participation. This year’s theme is broad. It embraces everything from comics and graphic novels to global folklore tales of either benevolent or evil representations of those figures known as villains or victims (due to having been cursed into their lot).
While it appears to be perennially tempting to see one’s own time as exceptional and unprecedented, it is nevertheless safe to say that our present time is perceived by many as characterized by crises of different kinds (democratic, humanitarian, environmental) to an unusually high degree. As a result, the stakes are high when it comes to identifying causes and cures and the political, media and academic communities are all concerned in their different ways with constructing narratives that make sense of what is happening: Backlash, renewal, apocalypse?
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANEL PROPOSALS
3rd International e-Conference
“Gender, Culture and Society”
Date: 26th, 27th, and 28th November, 2022
To be Organized by
New Literaria- An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
Department of English and Foreign Language, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur
We seek essays of 5,000 to 6,000 words for an anthology that explores American literature through the lens of social justice. The volume will become a part of a popular literary series published by a major press.
CFP: Russian & American Short Stories & Influence, updated
Abstract: 7/8/2019; Completed Draft: 12/1/2019
UPDATE: Below follows our original CFP, which we now update slightly and with urgency. We have thus far assembled an excellent collection of promised essays, but are now looking specifically for essays that meet the requirements below as well as1) are about Russian authors OTHER than Chekhov (as you can imagine, we quickly got our share of those) and 2) about American authors who are of color and/or women. Please read on and submit your idea(s) to us. We are excited to hear from you.
UPDATE: We have a contract with Lexington Books!
But we are posting our updated CFP because we would still like one or two more excellent essays on specific authors.
CFP: Food in American Literature
Proposals due July 20, 2021
CFP: Food in American Literature
Proposals due September 1, 2021
We have accepted about 3/4 of the papers we need for an edited volume on food in American literature. We are seeking a handful of high-quality papers to complete the collection.
UPDATE: CFP: Food in American Literature
Proposals due December 24, 2021
We are well along in the peer review process with a university press with favorable evaluations. In order to further bolster our collection, however, at this point we are looking only for proposals addressing the following:
- Food and one or more contemporary (last 20 years) African American texts;
- Food and one or more queer literary texts;
- Food and a 19th century American literary text.
For more detailed information on what to send, please see our original CFP below. Thank you.
CFP: Food and the American Dream
Proposals due February 28, 2022