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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 American Literature 2018-2019 Call for Proposals is now OPEN. Proposals for 2018-2019 will be accepted until June 1, 2018. Click here to view the Call-for-Proposal flyer. 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
Spectacles of Evidence: The Warren Court, Police Power, and American Literature
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Pushing Donald Davidson’s Buttons: Agency, the Non-Human, and the Binary Switch
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Please Stay Tuned: The Televisual Poetics of Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Subjection, Abstraction, Dissent: Hybrid Forms and the Neo-slave Narrative
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
The Disappearance of Class and Political Economy into Race and Culture
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
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