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UPDATE: [American] Ecofeminism in American Literature

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 2:13am
Andrea Campbell

*Deadline extended*

Ecofeminist theory continues to grow as environmental issues move more
into the spotlight. What this panel seeks is papers that explore
ecofeminism's presence in American literature. Why is it useful as a
tool of literary criticism? What does ecofeminist theory offer that
other theories do not? This panel is open to all time periods of
American literature and welcomes discussions of any authors. It also
welcomes discussions that explore not only the environmental aspect of
ecofeminism but also apects of race, class, gender, globalization,
sexuality etc. Abstracts of 250-500 words are due by September 17 to

CFP: [American] Transatlantic Women: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers in Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe

Monday, September 10, 2007 - 2:27pm
Brigitte Bailey

Call for Papers: International Conference

Transatlantic Women: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers in Great
Britain, Ireland, and Europe

Rothermere American Institute
Accommodations at St. Catherine’s College
Oxford University
16-20 July 2008

Sponsored by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society, the Catharine Maria
Sedgwick Society, and the Margaret Fuller Society

UPDATE: [American] Shifting Notions of Turn-of-the-Century American Lyric (9/30/07; NeMLA, 4/10/08-4/13/08)

Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 5:50pm
Elissa Zellinger

Call for Papers

Shifting Notions of Turn-of-the-Century American Lyric

39th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 10-13, 2008
Buffalo, New York

This panel will focus on the relationship between late-nineteenth-century American poetry,
naturalism, and realism. Like realist and naturalist fiction, poetry of the period engages with
radical and rapid changes; American lyric reflects these contradictions and flows in its form and
content. This panel is interested in the ways that social changes infuse vitality into the form, how
inherited traditions intersect and adjust to changing political and social circumstances.

UPDATE: [American] Justice and the Big Bad Man: Perspectives on Individual Responsibility(9/15/07, NEMLA 4/10/-4/13/08)

Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 11:12pm
Chad B. Cripe

[The deadline for abstracts has been extended to 9.15.07)

Justice and the Big Bad Man: Perspectives on Individual Responsibility

“We the People” take for granted the role of the government to provide
certain servicesâ€"administration, protection, securityâ€"in a fair and
impartial manner. Yet the impartiality of any given system of government
is often compromised. Oppression can be passive, due to red tape and
forms in triplicate that delay or deny justice, or aggressive, when
individuals within the system seek selfish rather than communal benefits.
When the system fails, what responsibilities can, should, and/or must the
individual assume?

CFP: [American] Speaking in Borrowed Tongues: An Investigation of Appropriative Literature (NEMLA. April 2008)

Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 2:13am
Michael S. Hennessey

Speaking in Borrowed Tongues: An Investigation of Appropriative Literature

Throughout the twentieth century and beyond, there has been a rich and
lively tradition of appropriative aesthetics, from the Surrealists to Pop
Art, hip-hop to contemporary mash-up artists. In the literary realm, this
mode of expression has taken forms as diverse as the cut-ups of Tristan
Tzara, the New York School poetics of John Ashbery and Ted Berrigan and
Kevin Young's Basquiat tribute-in-verse, To Repel Ghosts (the Remix), as
well as prose experimentations from William S. Burroughs to Jonathan Lethem.

CFP: [American] call for papers on Maria Cummins for 2008 ALA

Friday, September 7, 2007 - 11:58am
Steven L. Hamelman

“Maria Susanna Cummins: A ‘Scribbling Woman’ Reconsidered.” In writing The
Lamplighter (1854) Maria Cummins achieved two memorable feats: she wrote
one of the most popular novels of the nineteenth-century, and she inspired
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s notorious condemnation of the “dâ€"â€"d mob of
scribbling women” whose “trash” was devoured by the masses. Cummins’s
other three novels, while not as popular, were perhaps also less “trashy”
for Hawthorne, if by this we mean they were increasingly dark and
conflicted in psychological and political terms. While all four of
Cummins’s novels are grounded in the era’s taste for sympathy and

UPDATE: [American] Doctors, Patients, and Medical Treatments in Nineteenth-Century American Women's Writing

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 7:45pm
Dr. Georgia Kreiger

Northeastern MLA Convention
Buffalo, NY
April 10-13, 2008

This panel will focus on portrayals of doctors, patients, and medical
treatments in nineteenth-century American women’s writing. Papers may
explore 1) types of healthcare such as conventional medicine, homeopathic
medicine, mesmerism, faith healing, and others; 2) types of doctor-patient
relationships, with attention to gender-inflected interaction, domination
and submission, symbiotic interaction, masochism, or sexual exploitation;
Email 250-word proposals to Georgia Kreiger at or mail to

Dr. Georgia R. Kreiger
Box 59
Allegany College of Maryland
12401 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21502

UPDATE: [American] Deadline Extension for Early Native American Literature (10/14/07;NEMLA, 4/10/08-4/13/08)

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 8:37pm
Drew Lopenzina

Call for Papers:
Early Native American Literature
39th convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
Dates: April 10-13, 2008
Buffalo, NY

In his recent book, The People and the Word, Robert Warrior speaks of
a "strengthening of the historical arc of Native writing" to consider how
Native American literatures of the past might be of use to us today. This
panel invites papers that focus on pre-twentieth century Native writers
(or writers on the cusp of the 20th century)examining, among other things,
how these authors negotiated their private ambitions and needs alongside
traditional concerns and the demands of print discourse.

CFP: [American] Motorcycle Life and Culture

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 5:10pm
Paul Nagy

Call For Papers:

Annual Meeting of the PCA/ACA Southwest/Texas
February 13-16, 2008 Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Popular Culture Association and American Culture
Associations is inviting papers on motorcycling
and its impact on American and other societies and cultures.

Suggested topics include:

CFP: [American] Incarceration Nation: Voices from the Early American Gaol

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 4:38pm
Richard Bell

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Library Company of Philadelphia, in
cooperation with the Department of History of the University of Maryland, College Park and the
Department of English of the College of New Jersey, will convene a conference in Philadelphia,
April 3-4 2009, on the experience of the incarcerated in jails and prisons in early America.

CFP: [American] Reading, Work, and Narrative Time (10/1/07; Narrative, 5/1/07-5/4/07)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 1:12pm
Matthew Garrett

The assumption behind this panel is that a rigorous examination of the
relation between reading and working brings us to the threshold between
“intrinsic” and “extrinsic” criticism. Thematizations of work, for example,
organize our attention within the text even as they direct us outward
toward reference to the leisure that is the precondition for literary
reading itself. Most theories of narrative time depend upon an assumed
homogenization of experience that the reality of work contradicts: social
relations in class society preclude the possibility of phenomenologically
equivalent temporalities across classes, even as “homogeneous, empty time”

CFP: [American] Claiming Space in Edith Wharton's Novels(NeMLA, 4/10-1/13/2008; 9/15/2007)

Monday, August 27, 2007 - 3:49pm
Miranda Green-Barteet

In The House of Mirth, Lily Bart, while visiting Lawrence Selden's
apartment, declares "How delicious to have a place like this all to one's
self! What a miserable thing it is to be a woman." Here, Lily speaks to
the unwritten rule that women of her set cannot live alone. Although her
declaration is somewhat flippant, it speaks to her desire to have a space,
whether physical or metaphorical, of her own, a space where she can live
according to her own desires rather than following those of society. This
panel will explore the role of physical and metaphorical spaces in Edith
Wharton's novels. The panel will specifically address Wharton's female

CFP: [American] Scientific Influences on Womenâs Religious Movements

Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 5:05pm
Michael Cadwallader

The opposition of feminine religious feeling and masculine scientific
thought in the nineteenth century is a touchstone in many critical
narratives of the period. However, a number of nineteenth-century religions
founded by women, many beginning in the postbellum United States and
flourishing in the aftermath of the Civil War, challenge this critical
narrative of the dominance of sentimental thinking in women’s religious
movements. In a number of ways, the sentimental, overwrought women whom S.
Weir Mitchell hoped to send to bed founded religious movements that
appealed to the rising faith in scientific reasoning and methods as means

UPDATE: [American] All The Kings Men (collection; 3/01/08)

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 5:49pm
Monica F. Jacobe

All The King's Men volume editor in Rodopi Press's Dialogue Series is
looking for a few additional essays to fill out the collection. Senior
and junior scholars needed for specific topics; however, new topics may
be proposed by those interested in engaging in the scholarly conversation
surrounding Robert Penn Warren's well-known novel. Potential
contributors MUST be willing to commit to the March 1, 2008 deadline for
essay drafts.

Please send queries or 500-word abstracts and a short CV to the editor
via email:

Monica F. Jacobe
Department of English
The Catholic University of America