In a 1968 interview, John Dos Passos commented on what he saw as the growing marginalization of his work by recalling a conversation he once had with Ernest Hemingway. “He always used to bawl me out for including so much topical stuff,” Dos Passos remembered. “He always claimed that was a great mistake, that in fifty years nobody would understand. He may have been right; it’s getting to be true.”
Call for Papers
Normativity and Resilience
in Translation and Culture
27 – 29 May 2019
Lorraine López is a powerful emerging voice in Latinx literature. She has published six books of fiction, including Soy la Avon Lady (winner of the inaugural Miguel Mármol prize for fiction) and Call Me Henri (awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature), and she has edited or coedited three essay collections. Her work reflects a variety of concerns, specifically regarding the complex cultural practices of Mexican American communities; it confronts issues of identity and representation, gender, sexuality, class, race, culture, and place, among others. Yet, despite her popular success, there is very little scholarship that exists on her work.
Marilynne Robinson has written widely-acclaimed novels and essays that explore the relationship between religion and culture. Marilynne Robinson Society at the 2019 American Literature Association (ALA) Conference is soliticing proposals that examine how recent developments in post-secular studies can illuminate Robinson’s religious vision. Jurgen Habermas, Talal Asad, Charles Taylor, Jared Hickman, Tracy Fessensden, among other scholars, have led us to reconsider the secularization thesis and the ways in which it has shaped narratives of modernity. We ask how Robinson’s investigation of faith is especially relevant to the growing field of postsecular studies.
The 2019 First Book Institute
June 2-8, 2019
Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) at Pennsylvania State University
Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book
Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Duke University, and Co-Editor of American Literature
TREES IN/AND/AROUND LITERATURE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
University of Turin, Italy
21st May 2019
Call for Papers for an Edited Volume
Call for Papers for an Edited Volume
Title: Drone Warfare and Post-9/11 Cultural Practices
A major US-based, academic publisher has expressed interest in an edited volume on the representation of drone warfare in post-9/11 visual and graffiti art, film and documentaries, plays and stage performances, and poetry, memoirs and fiction.
Reading with and against the Grain: New Perspectives on Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Editors: Stephanie Palmer (Nottingham Trent University, UK, President of the Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Society), Myrto Drizou (Boğaziçi University, Turkey), Cécile Roudeau (Université Paris-Diderot, France)
Call for Submissions
Studies in American Culture welcomes the submission of essays on all aspects of American culture, including studies of literature, film, language, visual and performing arts, and history from all scholarly and critical approaches.
Queries are encouraged.
The Editorial Board welcomes studies of the arts, music, theatre, digital humanities, political science, sociology, literature, history, or any other area related to American Studies. We will consider any essay that explores an interesting dimension of American culture but are particularly eager to see submissions that approach their subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The William Dean Howells Society will host two panels at the upcoming American Literature Association Conference in Boston, May 23-26, 2019.
1. William Dean Howells and the Affective Turn