Author Archives: Donna Campbell

About Donna Campbell

Professor of English, Washington State University. Late nineteenth- and early 20th-century Americanist and digital humanities. https://hub.wsu.edu/campbell and http://donnamcampbell.net

Howells’s “The Parlor Car” radio drama online May 9, 2020

From the Metropolitan Playhouse, specializing in reviving 19th and early 20th century plays, a WDH play, for your delectation:

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Metropolitan
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Playhouse
presents

Make your Reservation on

THE PARLOR CAR
a farce of isolation in motion, by the “Dean of American Letters”
William Dean Howells

(but no reservation is needed)

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Saturday, May 9, 2020
8:00 pm

(running time: 45 minutes, with chatter to follow)


Watch the way you wish…

Right on our Webpage
or
YouTube Channel: Metropolitan Playhouse
or
Zoom

and, for those who don’t like to watch…

Broadcast on Radio WBAI 99.5 FM

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www.wbai.org

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www.MetropolitanPlayhouse.org/virtualplayhouse

Virtual Lobby Open starting at 7:55.
Reading at 8:00 pm
(to allow for traffic we start a little late, it’s true)

Miss Galbraith and Mr. Richards, recently separated lovers
find themselves confined to the same compartment
of a railway car on the way to Schenectady.
Mortifying though it may be,
it is also a chance to look a little more closely
at the reason for their spat.
And when the car is de-coupled from its train,
stranded on the lonesome track…
well, who knows what may happen.

One of a series of his “railway car” farces, The Parlor Car is
filled with Howells’s distinctive wit and feel for polite niceties,
and his impatience for socially mandated confusions.
This one is particularly close to the circumstance of a socially distancing audience.
Originally published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1876,
the play is also particularly well suited to a “static” presentation,
though it throws down a particular gauntlet to the “Zoom drama” technique
that Metropolitan is only too glad to pick up in its evolving exploration of online drama.

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Metropolitan is delighted to present these readings as a small way of keeping the theater’s pilot lit.
They also serve to help us compensate performing artists, so particularly struck by this long “pause.”
If you would like to contribute to the fund supporting these gifted and generous friends,
click here to learn about Metropolitan Artist Relief
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Or here, simply to make a contribution.

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PLEASE STAY SAFE!
Practice Social Distancing.
Love Your Neighbors.

For current information about the virus and disease, visit the Center for Disease Control website:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

Thank you very much. We hope to see you at the theater soon!

Metrpolitan Playhouse
220 E 4th Street
New York New York 10009
United States

ALA canceled for 2020

Updated Message (March 20, 2020)

ALA Conference and Coronavirus:

I deeply regret to inform you that we have had to cancel the ALA conference scheduled for May 21-24, 2020 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The current situation in California and much of the rest of the country has made it impossible for us to hold this conference.  The hotel is suspending normal operations and has agreed to allow us to cancel without penalty.

Please cancel your travel plans and your hotel reservations. [Read the rest at http://americanliteratureassociation.org/ala-conferences/ala-2020-and-covid-19/]

CFP: W.D. Howells panels at ALA 2020

The William Dean Howells Society welcomes proposals for two sessions at the 31st annual conference of the ALA in San Diego, CA from May 21-24, 2020.

HOWELLS OUT WEST

Though born and raised in Ohio, William Dean Howells is often considered the prime shaper and protector of what Nancy Glazener terms the “northeastern urban bourgeoisie” because of his stewardship of the elite east coast literary magazines The Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s. Inspired by our transition from Boston back to the West Coast for ALA 2020, for this panel we seek presentations on Howells’s equally important relationship with the American West, broadly construed.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Howells’s upbringing in the Midwest (or the “Old Northwest”).
  • Howells’s personal and professional relationships with Western writers like Mark Twain and Bret Harte.
  • The representation of Western characters in his novels (their dialect, their worldviews, etc.).
  • Comparisons between Howells’s east coast realism and the naturalism of California writers like Frank Norris and Jack London.
  • Readings of Western settings in his novels, such as the divorce sequence in A Modern Instance, or a discussion of Howells’s lesser-known The Leatherwood God, which Edwin Cady figured as “his only true Western novel.”

 

READING W.D. HOWELLS (1837-1920) A CENTURY LATER

With the 100th anniversary year of William Dean Howells’ death falling a few weeks before this year’s ALA conference, the William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions on any aspect of Howells’ life, career, influence, and writing, including but not limited to his novels, short stories, plays, poems, travel writing, and literary and cultural criticism. Papers that situate their particular topics within the history and possible futures of the reading and study of Howells are especially welcome.

 

Please send 250-500 word proposals to jsampso5@jhu.edu by *January 30 2020. *Please note if you will require A/V for your presentation.

CFP: READING W.D. HOWELLS (1837-1920) A CENTURY LATER (NEMLA; deadline 9.30.19)

CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS:

READING W.D. HOWELLS (1837-1920) A CENTURY LATER

NEMLA, Boston, MA, March 5-8, 2020

In the 100th anniversary year of William Dean Howells’ death, NEMLA will hold its annual convention in the city that hosted the Ohioan’s rise to literary success and cultural celebrity. From very early in his career, Howells’ literary achievement has been inextricably intertwined, for better and for worse, with his public reputation and cultural influence. Accordingly, this panel welcomes submissions on any aspect of Howells’ life, career, influence, and writing, including but not limited to his novels, short stories, plays, poems, travel writing, and literary and cultural criticism. Papers that situate their particular topics within the history and possible futures of the reading and study of Howells are especially welcome. The panel is offered in cooperation with the W.D. Howells Society.

Submit paper abstracts of no longer than 500 words by September 30 via the NEMLA website, here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18089. The abstract submission interface opens on June 15. If you do not have a NEMLA account, open one for free here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/login.

If you intend to use media for your presentation, be sure to include that information in your user account when you submit your abstract. See the information under “Audiovisual Requests and Wireless Internet” for more information about available AV media, here: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/chair.html#title_1622008448.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified in early October; finalization of panel, with confirmed participants, will be completed by October 15. Presenters’ NEMLA membership/registration must be completed by December 7 for their names and paper titles to be included in the conference program.

 

 

Howells Queries: Poem about Margaret Garner?

I was wondering if someone could answer a question for me; I’m assisting a faculty member at Northern Kentucky University.  We are interested in a poem W.D. Howells wrote about Margaret Garner (but the poem may not contain her name).  We think it could have been published in either The Ohio State Journal or perhaps the Ashtabula Sentinel, around 1856 (neighborhood).  Are you aware of any poem that fits this description?  Can you offer any citation information so that we may attempt to find it?

Thank you for your time and assistance,

 

Danny Lovell

Northern Kentucky University

CFP: William Dean Howells Society – ALA 2019

William Dean Howells Society – ALA 2019

deadline for submissions:
January 15, 2019
full name / name of organization:
William Dean Howells Society
contact email:

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

In her recent work, Emotional Reinventions: Realist Era Representations Beyond Sympathy, Melanie V. Dawson argues that Howells and other realists introduced a new approach to the analysis and portrayal of affect. This new method, she contends, departed from sentimentalist conventions and anticipated the modernist emphasis on alterity and insular subjectivity.  For this panel, we seek presentations on matters of feeling, emotion, or embodiment in the work of William Dean Howells, as well as those that examine his writing from the perspective of affect theory. How did Howells’s treatment of affects diverge from earlier American literature? How have the critical reorientations of the affective turn shed new light on Howells and American literary realism?

2. New Approaches to The Rise of Silas Lapham

In honor of the recent publication of Paul R. Petrie’s new Norton Critical Edition of The Rise of Silas Lapham, we seek presentations that respond to the topics addressed in its selections, including (but not limited to) gender and genre, the politics of realism, and representations of class antagonism in the novel. We are also interested in presentations on teaching the novel, as well as new critical approaches to The Rise of Silas Lapham.

Please send abstracts to Andrew Ball (ball@math.harvard.edu) by January 15.