Expanding the Canon:Essays on the Minor Books of Louisa May Alcott

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Monika Elbert and Lauren Hehmeyer
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Call For Papers     submitted July 20, 2022

by Lauren Hehmeyer (co-editor of The Forgotten Alcott: The Literary Life and Artistic Legacy of May Alcott Nieriker) and Monika Elbert (co-editor of American Women’s Regionalist Fiction: Mapping the Gothic) for a proposed edited collection:

Expanding the Canon: Essays on the Minor Books of Louisa May Alcott  (working title)

Deadline for abstract submission:  November 1, 2022. Please limit your abstract to 350 words.

Scholarship on Louisa May Alcott has been focused on her master work, Little Women. However, that classic novel is just one piece of a rich canon of work. The editors hope to organize a collection that would put Alcott’s minor books under a scholarly lens, demonstrating both their variety of expression and their common themes. Papers on published works such as Eight Cousins, Hospital Sketches, The Inheritance, Jack and Jill, Little Men, Jo’s Boy’s, A Long Fatal Love Chase, A Modern Mephistopheles, Moods, An Old-Fashioned Girl, Rose in Bloom, and Work are all welcome. Themes could include gender roles, suffrage, pedagogy, education, creativity, anger and temperament, marriage, madness, the gothic, drug use, abolition/race, etc. Please send submissions to LHehmeyer@gmail.com and elbertm@montclair.edu