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The Newberry Seminar in American Literature

Midwest MS Conroy Bx.4, Fl.#189, Letter to Gladys, Feb.20, 1961

Letter from Gwendolyn Brooks to Gladys Conroy. Midwest MS Conroy Bx.4, Fl.#189, Letter to Gladys, Feb.20, 1961

Seminar sessions in 207-2018 are held on Wednesdays from 5:30–7:30 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

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.

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 American Literature 2017-2018 Call for Proposals is now CLOSED. Proposals for 2018-2019 will be accepted beginning March 1, 2018. To submit a proposal, please visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email or in hard copy.

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Seminar Schedule 2017-2018

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Spectacles of Evidence: The Warren Court, Police Power, and American Literature
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Pushing Donald Davidson’s Buttons: Agency, the Non-Human, and the Binary Switch
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
American Literature Seminar
Television, National Belonging, and Retro-Ephemerality in Tan Lin’s Insomnia and the Aunt (2011) and Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (2004)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
American Literature Seminar
Subjection, Abstraction, Dissent: Hybrid Forms and the Neo-slave Narrative
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
American Literature Seminar