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CFP: Transatlantic Girlhood in Nineteenth-Century Literature Collection

Although often dubbed “domestic” novelists, nineteenth-century women writers often featured girl protagonists who travelled, and much of the time this travel wasn’t relegated to a local or even national scale.  Rather, like Amy in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, fictional girls on both sides of the Atlantic often journeyed abroad, usually with the intent of learning more about themselves, their relationships with others, and even their country.  This collection will interrogate both literal and metaphorical exchanges of culture that happened in nineteenth-century girls’ fiction.  Creative approaches to thinking about transatlantic travel and how it had an impact on girl culture in both Europe and America are invited.  For instance, contributors could explore novels like Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, Maria Susanna Cummins’s The Lamplighter, and E.D.E.N. Southworth’s The Hidden Hand, all of which earned popularity in both Europe and America.  Likewise, the editors are eager to read submissions centering on girls’ magazines, journals, and etiquette books, so long as these were read in both Europe and America.

The book will comprise three sections: girl characters travelling, books travelling, and girl readers travelling. The first section will focus on how young female characters in novels approach and respond to travelling abroad, the second will consider how books were received and responded to on both sides of the Atlantic by the masses and critics alike, and the third section will examine how the books inspired their young readers to travel themselves and critically examine their cultural mores.

Interested contributors should send abstracts of 500 words (as an attachment in Word) and brief CV to Robin Cadwallader and LuElla D’Amico at Abstracts are due by June 30, 2018, and authors will be notified of acceptance quickly after the deadline for submissions. Note that acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee acceptance of the article. First full drafts will be due January 15, 2019.


North American Victorian Studies Association Conference CFP

The North American Victorian Studies Association is currently accepting proposals for the NAVSA 2018 conference to be held in St. Petersburg, FL Oct. 11-14, 2018.

From the NAVSA Website:

“The call for papers for NAVSA 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida is now available on the conference website ( The deadline to submit proposals and panels is March 4, 2018. On the website, you will also find detailed information about St. Pete, the conference hotel, local activities, and conference updates.

The conference theme, “Looking Outward,” asks: What did the Victorians see, feel, and think as they looked beyond the borders of their time and place? We welcome broad interpretations of this theme. Our three plenaries: Erika Rappaport, Belinda Edmondson, and Sally Shuttleworth anchor three foci of the conference, and we hope there will be lively conversations on Caribbean Studies, Global Victorians, and Science/Medicine, even as the conference overall ranges more widely.

The conference will be held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel. The hotel is located in downtown St. Pete’s waterfront district and is only a short drive or bus ride to the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. The St. Pete waterfront district features several museums, restaurants, and cultural attractions.

Questions can be directed to Sarah Kniesler, conference graduate student assistant:

Finally, a reminder that all delegates must be NAVSA members, in addition to paying conference registration costs, at the time of the St. Pete conference. Please join or renew your NAVSA membership if necessary. “

Announcement: Transatlantic Anglophone Literatures, 1776-1920

Dear colleagues in transatlantic teaching,

We are excited to share the news that Edinburgh University Press will be continuing to support growth in this exciting field of scholarship and pedagogy with publication of an anthology of primary texts.

A five-person editorial team has recently signed a contract to prepare Transatlantic Anglophone Literatures, 1776-1920. Andrew Taylor of Edinburgh University, along with Linda K. Hughes and Sarah R. Robbins of TCU, with associate editors Heidi Hakimi-Hood (a current TCU Ph.D. student) and Adam Nemmers (Lamar University) are already at work, with much-appreciated guidance from a talented advisory board of scholars.

Heidi and Adam were both enrolled in the 2013 seminar offering of  Linda and Sarah  (see our 2013 syllabus here). Students in the 2017 seminar—including our new web manager Sofia Prado Huggins—have given very helpful input to our planning for the project, which has also benefited from having Andrew Taylor visit with us at TCU in spring 2017, thanks to funding from two TCU internal grants.

In addition to familiar literary texts from the Caribbean, Canada, Great Britain, and the US, less well-known genres, authors, and media will be represented, including periodical and newspaper articles, letters, and illustrations.  In all cases, selections will feature not only a transatlantic topic but also an intersection across national borders.

We’ll keep you updated on our progress in the months ahead. We are all well aware that the preparation of anthologies is ambitious and time-consuming work, but we feel fortunate in having an active network of colleagues to offer encouragement, along with our board members. We anticipate a 2020 publication date.

Meanwhile, do visit this web space for updates and, via expanded sections of the website, digital, ready-for-teaching texts that will supplement those to be included in the eventual print anthology.

Advisory Board Members:

Jocelyn Almeida-Beveridge, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Susan Castillo Street, King’s College, London
Clare Elliott, Northumbria University
Christopher Gair, University of Glasgow
Barbara McCaskill, University of Georgia
Ifeoma Nwankwo, Vanderbilt University
Clare Pettitt, King’s College, London
Jessie Reeder, Binghampton University
Joseph Rezek, Boston University
Fiona Robertson, St. Mary’s University, Twickenham
Marjorie Stone, Dalhousie University
Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia
Tom Wright, University of Sussex

New Address: “Two Brave Women’s Tales During the Mexican Revolution”

The Faculty Forum Series at Midwestern State University presents Associate Professor of Spanish Dr. Claudia Montoya at 7 p.m. Feb. 17, 2016, in Dillard 101. Montoya’s topic will be Two Brave Women’s Tales During the Mexican Revolution, Edith O’Shaughnessy and Rosa E. King.”

Montoya says that the history of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917) has been as diverse and abundant as the voices that were willing to narrate it, either through historical or fictional texts. The history and fiction were often mistaken for one another.

One group whose voice was marginalized in the history was that of the foreign nationals – particularly the Americans and the British – who had somehow managed to send word to their country of what had been happening in Mexico during that time.

Montoya will present a comparative analysis of the journey of two female travelers during the time of the Mexican Revolution. American Edith O’Shaughnessy (1870-1939) traveled with her husband, the diplomat Nelson O’Shaughnessy. Rosa E. King (1867-1955), a British citizen, became a widow right before the Revolution, and had to find the means to sustain herself and her two children during those difficult times.

The Faculty Forum is an interdisciplinary lecture series presented by MSU to provide faculty the opportunity to have their scholarship recognized in the community and to promote the exchange of ideas among colleagues. Committee members are Drs. Catherine Stringfellow, Suhua Huang, and Jonathan Price.

New Book: Transatlantic Romanticism by Andrew Hemingway and Alan Wallach, Eds.

From the University of Massachusetts Press:transatlantic.romanticism.cover That the Romantic movement was an international phenomenon is a commonplace, yet to date, historical study of the movement has tended to focus primarily on its national manifestations. This volume offers a new perspective. In thirteen chapters devoted to artists and writers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, leading scholars of the period examine the international exchanges that were crucial for the rise of Romanticism in England and the United States.

In the book’s introduction, Andrew Hemingway—building on the theoretical work of Michael Lowy and Robert Sayre—proposes that we need to remobilize the concept of Weltanschauung, or comprehensive worldview, in order to develop the kind of synthetic history of arts and ideas the phenomenon of Romanticism demands. The essays that follow focus on the London and New York art worlds and such key figures as Benjamin West, Thomas Bewick, John Vanderlyn, Washington Allston, John Martin, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Cole, James Fenimore Cooper, George Catlin, Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Herman Melville. Taken together, these essays plot the rise of a romantic anti-capitalist Weltanschauung as well as the dialectic between Romanticism’s national and international manifestations.

In addition to the volume editors, contributors include Matthew Beaumont, David Bindman, Leo Costello, Nicholas Grindle, Wayne Franklin, Janet Koenig, William Pressly, Robert Sayre, William Truettner, Dell Upton, and William Vaughan. – See more at: