American Literature Colloquium


The American Colloquium convenes graduate students and faculty interested broadly in the study of American literature at Harvard. We meet several times each semester to hear from guest speakers on literary scholarship and to discuss works-in-progress by current graduate students.

To be added our mailing list, to ask a question, or to make a suggestion, please contact Colloquium co-coordinators Christian Schegel and Emily Silk. No matter your area of specialization, your department, or your university, we'd love to have you join us!

Fall 2016 Schedule

Thursday, September 22

Andrew Warren (Harvard University)
"David Foster Wallace and Politics"
Barker 024 @ 5:00pm

Thursday, October 13

Christopher Freeburg (University of Illinois)
"Morrison's Black Book and History"
Barker 114 @ 5:00pm
Co-sponsored with the Race and Ethnicity Colloquium

Thursday, October 27

Graduate Student Workshop
Azalina Flint (University of East Anglia)
"‘No Drop of Black Blood Marred Him in My Sight’: Reevaluating the Status of Louisa May Alcott’s Mixed Race Heroes in Her Portrayal of Interracial Relationships"

Emmy Waldman (Harvard University)
"Drawn Together: Attachment and Loss in the Graphic Novels of Art Spiegelman and Alison Bechdel"
Barker 024 @ 5:00pm

Wednesday, November 2

Graduate Student Workshop
Andy Donnelly (Harvard University)
"Slave Debates and Sex Panic: The Deployment of Sex
in the Discourse of Antebellum US Slavery"

Michelle Taylor (Harvard University)
"Reading Lolita: Imagination and Repair"
Barker 024 @ 5:00pm

Friday, December 2

Sara Blair (University of Michigan)
"Site Lines: Media History on the Lower East Side"
location TBD @ 2:00pm

Journals in the Field

American Literary History
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American Literature
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Studies in American Fiction
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American Quarterly
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Arizona Quarterly
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Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters
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Early American Literature
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ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
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Henry James Review
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J19: The Journal of the Nineteenth-Century Americanists
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Journal of American Studies
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Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers
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Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies
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Calls for Papers


Society of Early Americanists 10th Biennial Conference
Tulsa, OK, March 2-4, 2017
Deadline: August 30, 2016 (abstract submissions)

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, July 6-9, 2017
Deadline: August 31, 2016 (seminar submissions); September 23, 2016 (abstract submissions)

American Society for the Study of Women Writers
"Border Crossings: Translation, Migration, and Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, and the Transpacific"
Bourdeaux, FR, July 5-8, 2017
Deadline: August 31, 2016 (abstract submissions)

Eleventh International Melville Society Conference
"Melville's Crossings"
King's College, London, June 27-30, 2017
Deadline: September 15, 2016

"Criminal America: Reading, Studying and Teaching American Crime Fiction”
Chicago, IL, March 3-4, 2017
Deadline: December 1, 2016

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference
“Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery”
Wayne State University, June 20-24, 2017
Deadline: December 12, 2016

31st Annual MELUS Conference
"Harboring: People, Places, and Practices"
MIT, April 27-30, 2017
Deadline: December 16, 2016

11th Biennial Conference of the Charles Brockden Brown Society
"Migration, Diaspora, Translation, and Circulation"
Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin, October 5-7, 2017
Deadline: February 15, 2017

See American listings at the University of Pennsylvania CFP site.


Studies in the Novel
Special Issue, “Gender and Cultural Preoccupations of the American West”
Guest Editors: Sigrid Anderson Cordell and Carrie Johnston
Deadline: October 1, 2016

American Literature
Special Issue, “Post-Exceptionalist Puritanism”
Guest Editors: Sarah Rivett, Cristobal Silva, and Abram Van Engen
Deadline: October 31, 2016

Feb 16, 2016, 11:32 AM