The Newberry Seminar in American Literature | Newberry

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 are held on Thursdays from 5–7 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 OPEN. Proposals for 2017-2018 will be accepted until June 1, 2017. Click here for a pdf flyer of the American Literature Proposal brief. 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.

To attend, please read our Registration Information.

Sign up to receive email updates about the American Literature Seminar.

Seminar Schedule 2016-2017

Thursday, October 27, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Our Totalitarian Critics: Desegregation, Decolonization, and the Cold War Vaughn Rasberry, Stanford University
Thursday, December 1, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Kevin Kimura, University of Chicago A French Cathedral in the American West: Architectural Style and Place in Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop
Thursday, January 19, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Jason Gladstone, University of Colorado at Boulder Lines in the Dirt (c. 1969)
Thursday, February 23, 2017
American Literature Seminar
What “Nothing” Means: de Man and Didion after the Reader Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Thursday, March 30, 2017
American Literature Seminar
The Coloniality of Power: Identity, Inequality, Neoliberalism Charles Hatfield, The University of Texas at Dallas
Thursday, April 20, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Stealing Independence: Liberal and Late Liberal Modes of Representation Trish Loughran, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign