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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 2017-2018 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 seminar’s co-coordinators are Walter Benn Michaels (UIC) and Kenneth Warren (University of Chicago).

Click here for the 2019-2020 Call for Proposals. Proposals are due June 3, 2019. 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 2018-2019

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Pinoy John Waynes: The Western in Filipino America, 1919-1956
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The Liminality of Whiteness and Its Problematics for Race Politics in the United States
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Eames, Wilder, and Total War
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Was the Corporate Person Black? George Schuyler, Intellectual Property, and Race
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Confabulating Archives: Gayl Jones’s Mother