The Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society invites proposals on any aspect of Sedgwick's short fiction or short non-fiction for the society's panel at the upcoming American Literature Association Annual Conference in Long Beach, California.
Among the many possible lines of enquiry are comparative approaches to multiple short works or among Sedgwick's short works and her novels; Sedgwick's short fiction in the context of other contemporaneous short fiction writers; narratological analyses of Sedgwick's storytelling methods; cultural studies approaches to groups frequently represented in the short fiction, such as Native Americans and Irish-Americans; readings of single short works; or consideration of Sedgwick's short works in the context of mid-nineteenth century periodical or gift annual fiction. Proposals on other topics are also welcome.
As many of Sedgwick's short works appeared in multiple outlets and editions over several decades, please indicate the source and year of publication of your primary text(s) with your proposal. Only a handful of Sedgwick's short stories are available in modern editions. "Cacoethes Scribendi" and "A Reminiscence of Federalism," are included in the most recent edition of the Norton Anthology of American Literature (vol. 1). "Cacoethes Scribendi" is also in Judith Fetterley's Provisions: A Reader from Nineteenth-Century American Women (1985). Another story, "Old Maids," appeared in Susan Koppelman's anthology Old Maids: Short Stories by Nineteenth-Century U.S. Women Writers (1984). Scores of Sedgwick's additional short works are available in microform collections, including all Sedgwick's two published collections, Tales & Sketches Vol. 1 (1835) and Tales & Sketches Vol. 2 (1844). The full texts of two short non-fictional works, "Slavery in New England" and "Our Burial Place" are available online at the Sedgwick Society website below.
Send a cover letter with your name, affiliation, and contact information (include e-mail address), and three separate copies of your proposal identified by title only (not your name), to the address below, postmarked no later than Dec. 31, 2001. Alternatively, you may submit electronically by sending a message and your proposal as a Microsoft Word attachment to the email address below.
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