American Literature

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Month: October 2015

‘Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s and 1950s’


Read the New York Times review of the new Library of America collection Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s and 1950s

29 October: Nancy Bentley on Kinship Politics

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President Obama & Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation in Iowa

Read their conversation in The New York Review of Books


Pond Scum? Kathryn Schulz on Thoreau

In this week’s New Yorker:

‘Walden is less a cornerstone work of environmental literature than the original cabin porn: a fantasy about rustic life divorced from the reality of living in the woods, and, especially, a fantasy about escaping the entanglements and responsibilities of living among other people.’

Why, given his hypocrisy, sanctimony, and misanthropy, has Thoreau been so cherished?

14 October: David Trotter on Hollywood Vamps

david trotter seminar 14 Oct-1

CFP Heidelberg Center for American Studies 2016 Spring Academy for PhD Candidates

The Call for Papers for the 13th Heidelberg Spring Academy is now available.





CFP: ‘Ideas & Transformations in the Americas’, London April 2016

April 28 – 29 2016 – UCL Institute of the Americas

Following the success of our 1st International Conference in 2015, the UCL Americas Research Network invites graduate students and early career researchers working on any aspect of the Americas to participate in our 2nd International Conference: ‘Ideas & Transformations in the Americas’ with keynote speeches by Prof Maxine Molyneux (UCL Institute of the Americas) and Prof Diane Negra (University College Dublin).

With important elections coming up across the region in 2015-16 it is essential to pause and consider how ideas can transform the political, economic, social and cultural landscape across the Americas. We welcome papers from international researchers working across the humanities, the social sciences and beyond in order to create a dynamic, interdisciplinary conference that will showcase the depth and quality of emerging research on the Americas.

This includes proposals that explore Central, South and North America and we particularly encourage participation from researchers whose focus is upon Canada and the Caribbean. Whether this is national, regional, local, comparative, transnational, or global we hope to create a hemispherically-diverse conference which will foster interdisciplinary conversations that transcend the boundaries of the nation-state.
We welcome proposals that explore any topic pertaining to the broad theme of the conference, including:

  • The interaction of social, cultural, economic and political ideas
  • Regional transformation, cooperation, integration and conflict
  • International relations and foreign policy
  • History, narratives and identity
  • Democracy, human rights and security
  • Protest, social movements and regime legitimacy
  • Urbanization, ecology, communities and agrarian movements
  • Gender and feminism

The conference will be free to attend. Please submit abstracts to: by 14 December 2015 and feel free to contact the Network at the same email address for further information.

NOTE: Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be accompanied by a short biographical note. The Network will respond to all potential participants in January 2016 and the deadline for the submission of accepted papers will be March 31 2016.

Fulbright Awards

The US-UK Fulbright Awards Programme offers opportunities for you to study, lecture, or pursue research in any academic field.

For UK citizens, the US-UK Fulbright Commission offers a variety of grants and places on special programmes to the US. Scholars are selected through a rigorous application and interview process and receive a high level of support ranging from visa processing and health insurance to a comprehensive pre-departure Orientation and re-entry session.

The Commission is also the first point of contact for US citizens coming to the UK on a Fulbright exchange organising programmes and support throughout the year including an arrival orientation in September and an annual Fulbright Forum on current political, social and cultural issues.

Fulbright also offers a variety of UK-based Summer Institutes and US-based Summer Institutes for high school students and undergraduates. These summer programmes are extremely varied and provide opportunities for students to experience academic life across the pond.

Hamilton: ‘a founding father takes to the stage’


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