The University of Virginia Library's Electronic Text Center, with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, announces "New Frontiers in Early American Literature," a conference to be held August 8-10, 2002 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.
The "New Frontiers in Early American Literature" Conference will bring together scholars exploring the Early American literary period in all its facets. Presentations on all authors and all genres are welcome. Interdisciplinary approaches are also encouraged.
This conference is inspired by our work in creating the "Electronic Archive of Early American Fiction," an expansive on-line collection of American novels and short stories written between 1789 and 1875. The texts chosen for the project are drawn from the UVA Library's world-renowned collection in Early American materials and include works by well-known authors such as James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, and Charles Brockden Brown, as well as lesser-known writers such as Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Rufus Dawes.
Papers, poster sessions, and panel proposals from all areas of studies in Early American Literature will be considered, though possible topics include Exploring the Frontier, Popular and Domestic Fiction, the Literary Marketplace, Femininity and Masculinity, and Literature and the Civil War.
We also welcome papers related to these proposed sessions:
Creating Digital Archives
Using Digital Resources for Scholarship, Teaching, or Pleasure Reading
We encourage submissions from various constituencies, including graduate students, academic computing experts, and faculty members. Proposals for digital or multi-media presentations are welcome.
The Conference will take place in the central grounds of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. Participants and attendees will have the opportunity to attend a private tour of Jefferson's Monticello and a dinner in the University of Virginia's Rotunda.
We will be awarding 4 travel stipends of up to $250 to eligible Graduate Students. Please note on your submission that you would like to be considered for one of these travel grants.
One page abstracts are due February 15, 2002. Please e-mail to or send to the address below.
Please include your name, telephone number, e-mail address, andyour institutional and departmental affiliation.
If you require A/V equipment for your presentation, please include details in your proposal to facilitate room arrangements.
For more information about the Electronic Text Center's Early American Fiction project, please visit our website.
Electronic Text Center
University of Virginia
PO Box 400148
Charlottesville, VA 22904
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