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 are held on select Wednesdays from 5:30- 7 pm Central Time. In the 2021-2022, some meetings will take place online via zoom, while others may meet in-person at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL.
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 2021-2022 is now open. Please apply here by June 4, 2021.
To attend, please read our Registration Information.