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 Tuesdays 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.

Walter Benn Michaels, University of Ilinois at Chicago and Kenneth Warren, University of Chicago are the coordinators for the 2015-2016 seminar.

Each year, the seminar accepts proposals for papers from March until May 1. The 2016-2017 call-for-proposals will be posted March 1, 2016.

To attend, please read our Registration Information. View our flyer for the complete schedule in PDF form.

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Seminar Schedule 2015-2016

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
American Literature Seminar
Bibliographic Habitats Dr. Nan Z. Da, University of Notre Dame
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
American Literature Seminar
Totaling the Damage: Revolutionary Ambition in Post-2008 American Poetry Jennifer Ashton, University of Illinois at Chicago
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Ordering the Open Sysytem Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Appraisal Literatures: Reading Race on the Mid-Century Block Adrienne Brown, University of Chicago
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Herman Melville, Literary Value, and the Commodification of the Book Philipp Löffler, University of Heidelberg