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The Newberry Seminar in American Literature

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This seminar, which debuted in 2013, provides a forum for works in progress that explore the history of American Literature. It does so at a moment when the field’s central concepts – of historicism as a mode of literary study, of national literatures, of the distinctiveness of the literary – are under some pressure. We are particularly interested in writing that in some way exemplifies, responds to, or significantly acknowledges this pressure, while at the same time engaging specific literary or critical texts.

Seminar sessions in 2017-2018 are held on Wednesdays from 5:30–7:30 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

The seminar is sponsored by the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago.The seminar’s co-coordinators are Walter Benn Michaels (UIC) and Kenneth Warren (University of Chicago).

The American Literature Seminar Call for Proposals for the AY 2020-2021 is now open. Please apply here by June 15, 2020. We are hopeful that Newberry Scholarly Seminars will be able to convene regularly in both the Fall and the Spring of AY 2020-2021. Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, some seminars may be postponed or held online. Please consult our website regularly for up-to-date information.

To attend, please read our Registration Information.

View Past Seminars in American Literature.

Seminar Schedule 2019-2020

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Pre-Philosophical Moments: American Transcendentalism, Education, and the Social Reproduction of Privilege, Clemens Spahr
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Into the Night: Reconstructing a World of Transient Labor in the Fact and Fiction of Jim Crow Era New Orleans
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
“Some bold or indelicate expression”: Reading the Asterisks in Benito Cereno, Marcy Dinius
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Battle Lines Redrawn: Old Dominions After Populism
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Due to ongoing developments related to Covid-19, this seminar has been postponed. Migrant Lots, Edgar Garcia