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Professor of English, Washington State University. Late nineteenth- and early 20th-century Americanist and digital humanities. and

CFP: ALA Symposium on Frontiers and Borders in American Literature (10.15.15)

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American Literature Association Symposium: Frontiers and Borders in American Literature

February 25-27, 2016
Sheraton Gunter Hotel
San Antonio, TX

Proposals are welcome for papers and panels on a range of topics related to varied conceptions of the frontier and American borderlands, including but not limited to nineteenth and twentieth-century narratives of the frontier, Western literature, the literature of nature and the environment, the literature of cultural contact, and science fiction.

Send one page proposals or abstracts to Steven Frye at by October 15, 2015.

See American Literature Association website for further details on hotel accommodations

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W. D. Howells Sessions at ALA 2015

Session 6-H A Radical Howells (Essex North West 3rd Floor)
Organized by the William Dean Howells Society

Chair: Dan Mrozowski, Trinity College

1. ‘Dynamite Talk’: William Dean Howells, The Haymarket Affair, and a Legal Theory of Literary Complicity,” Jesse W. Schwartz, LaGuardia Community College

2. “‘Our Western Friend’: William Dean Howells, John Hay, and The Bread-Winners Affair Revisited,” Andrew Ball, Lindenwood University

3. “A Woman’s “Brand” of Success in William Dean Howells’s The Rise of Silas Lapham,” Carrie Johnston, Quincy University

4. “Liberal Guilt and Social Justice: William Dean Howells and the Limits of Genteel Sympathy,” Samantha Bernstein, York University

Session 12-D Returning to the Scene of the “Crime”: Mark Twain’s “Whittier Birthday Speech” Re-enacted and Reconsidered (St. George D 3rd Floor)
Organized by the Mark Twain Circle of America
Chair: Bruce Michelson, University of Illinois-Urbana
Rather than a session of papers, this session will involve a re-enactment of Twain’s notorious Whittier Birthday Speech, delivered at Boston’s Hotel Brunswick in 1877, with a reading of the speech, readings of newspaper accounts, readings from letters between William Dean Howells and Twain, and readings of reminiscences by both Howells and Twain. A discussion will follow. The Mark Twain Players: John Bird, Winthrop University David Carkeet, Independent Scholar Kerry Driscoll, University of Saint Joseph Kathryn Dolan, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Session 14-L Business Meeting: William Dean Howells Society (Essex North East 3rd Floor)

Session 17-G New Approaches to William Dean Howells’s A Hazard of New Fortunes (Essex North West 3rd Floor)

Organized by the William Dean Howells Society
Chair: Dan Mrozowski, Trinity College
1. “The Voice of the Veteran in W.D. Howells’s A Hazard of New Fortunes,” Liam Corley, United States Naval Academy
2. “‘Dere iss no Ameriga any more’: Unintelligible Subjects in Howells’s A Hazard of New Fortunes,” Jeremy MacFarlane, Queen’s University
3. “‘Feeling like Populace’: Public Transportation and the Doctrine of Complicity in Howellsian Realism,” John Sampson, Johns Hopkins University

CFP: ALA Symposium on God and the American Writer (Deadline 12.1.14)

Dear ALA Affiliated Societies:

Many of you have heard about this ALA-sponsored symposium through postings on other sites, but I wanted to make sure that all of the ALA affiliated groups new about the upcoming symposium on “God and the American Writer.”  The symposium will be held at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, on February 26-28, 2015.  The deadline for paper proposals is December 1st.  All proposals should be sent to Jeanne Reesman at

Aside from great panels with great papers, the symposium will also feature two keynote addresses, one by Harold K. Bush on Mark Twain and one by Jonathan Cook on Herman Melville.  We’ll also have a poetry reading with the theme of women and spirituality featuring Bonnie Lyons, poet and critic, and Enedina Vasquez, poet, artist, and lay Episcopal minister.  In addition, we’ll have a screening of Terence Malik’s film The Tree of Life with an informance by Stacey Peebles.  There will be a mariachi reception and luncheons and a tour of local historic missions and the San Fernando Cathedral.

Full conference details, as well as registration forms and paper proposal forms, can be found at the ALA website and at Continue reading

The 2014 Howells Essay Prize Competition Call for Entrants (Deadline 1.16.15)

The 2014 Howells Essay Prize Competition Call for Entrants

The Howells Society Essay Prize is awarded each year for the best paper on Howells presented at the annual ALA conference. The winning essay may have been presented in any session on the program of the conference, including but not limited to panels sponsored by the Howells Society. Papers are judged by members of the Executive Committee, who have the option of appointing additional readers as neces- sary.

The author of the winning essay will receive a cash award of $250, and the winning essay will be published (with the author’s permission) in a future issue of The Howellsian. Copyright remains with the writer of the essay, so publication here does not preclude later publication elsewhere of a re- vised version of the essay.

2014 presenters who wish to enter their papers in this year’s competition must submit them by January 16, 2015 to the Society’s President, Dan Mrozowski. You are welcome to revise your paper before submitting it, but please keep in mind that the essay should be a “conference length” paper and should not exceed 12-15 pages, maximum. Please send the papers as e-mail attachments, in MS Word format, to daniel.mrozowski @