Responding Creatively to Early American Texts

We rarely get a window into our colleagues' classrooms. In preparation for the roundtable "Responding Creatively to Early American Texts," several panelists sent me sample materials. I bundled these lesson plans, syllabi, assignments and sample student papers into a workbook. (Email me if you'd like the pdf, thallock@mail.usf.edu.) The materials are wonderfully creative and thoughtful, … Continue reading Responding Creatively to Early American Texts

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Early American Studies as Public and Political Interventions

(Session #23, Thurs. 3/2 @ 3:15) We invite you to join the discussion about how we can accomplish the work of a public intellectual and activist in Early American Studies.  How might scholars and teachers engage in our own historical moment by revisiting and, in Adrienne Rich’s memorable phrase, “re-visioning” the powerful forces that shaped … Continue reading Early American Studies as Public and Political Interventions

Beyond Early, Beyond American: Part 1 of a SEA/C19 Collaboration on Period, Space, and Scholarly Turf

What counts as early, and what counts as American? How do our answers to these questions influence our scholarly and pedagogical labors along with the broader structure of our scholarly field (or fields)?   This roundtable will be the first of two thematically linked conversations that will occur at separate conferences: the 2017 biennial meeting … Continue reading Beyond Early, Beyond American: Part 1 of a SEA/C19 Collaboration on Period, Space, and Scholarly Turf

Roundtable: Altered Ecologies, Evolving Literary Forms

Please join us for a roundtable discussion on “Altered Ecologies, Evolving Literary Forms,” to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 (Directors Row 5).   This roundtable takes as its object of study the dynamic relationship between literary form and environmental transformation in early America. Participants’ position papers address a range of genres, … Continue reading Roundtable: Altered Ecologies, Evolving Literary Forms

Working Group on the History of the Novel in America

SEA attendees can begin participating in Saturday's discussion session on the early American novel and American literary history already--by visiting our blog, Working Group on the History of the Novel in America. There you'll find eight provocative posts from the session participants (with one more to come!), each of which identifies a different forgotten, neglected, … Continue reading Working Group on the History of the Novel in America

Upcoming Events for the Junior Scholar Caucus

The SEA conference in Tulsa is fast-approaching, and this will be the first conference for the Junior Scholars’ Caucus as an officially recognized group. The focus of the JSC is on providing opportunities for networking and professional guidance for students as well as those who have recently entered the profession. Any student or any scholar within three … Continue reading Upcoming Events for the Junior Scholar Caucus

Elizabeth Fergusson and the American Salon

Please join us for a nontraditional panel on 3/2 at 3:15 pm about Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson. This panel seeks to recover, clarify, and expand our current scholarship about Fergusson; recovery, however, is not the sole objective. We also hope to discuss the vital role she had in establishing a uniquely American salon culture and fostering … Continue reading Elizabeth Fergusson and the American Salon

Announcing Practicum Workshops

[Posted by Laura Stevens] Amidst an exciting array of panels, roundtable discussions, and experimental-format sessions at the upcoming biennial conference, there will also be three "Practicum Workshops".  The goal of these workshops is to introduce the attendees to a set of knowledge or a skill that they can incorporate into their research or teaching. Participants … Continue reading Announcing Practicum Workshops