Call for Papers — SCSSAWW at the 2013 American Literature Association

“Aesthetics and Sentiment, Early and Late.”
Call for Papers for a Panel at the American Literature Association, May 23 – 26, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts – EXTENDED DEADLINE: JANUARY 28, 2013

The Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers will host a panel at the 2013 American Literature Association conference. The title of our panel is “Aesthetics and Sentiment, Early and Late.” Aesthetics and sentiment have received significant attention in relation to the “middle” years of American literature, i.e., the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. This panel looks at the “outside” periods—works published prior to 1800 and after 1950 (approximate dates)—to examine the workings and interactions of aesthetics and sentiment within and between these two periods. We seek proposals focused on American women writers working in any language or genre.

Please email proposals (250 words) or papers of no more than 10 double-spaced pages by January 28, 2013, to:

Denise MacNeil

Confirmation of receipt of your proposal will be sent to you within 3 business days.

The American Literature Association’s 24th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 23-26, 2013 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2013. For further information, please consult the ALA website at or contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield via email ( with specific questions.


Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers

Welcome to the webpage for the Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers.

The Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SCSSAWW) is a collegial, non-hierarchical study group, founded in 2008. We are affiliated with the Society for the study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), the American Literature Association (ALA), and the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA). Our primary meeting format is focused, moderated discussions of research topics related to the study of texts written by American women in the nineteenth century.  We welcome all who are interested.

Upcoming Meeting:  We are in the process of planning our next meeting, tentatively scheduled for mid-February.  Please check back or contact us at

Previous Meeting on March 11, 2012, as California State University, Dominguez Hills, noon to 3:30 p.m.
Our last meeting took place at CSUDH on Sunday, March 11, 2012.  We discussed Clarence by Catharine Maria Sedgwick (recommended edition: Melissa J. Homestead and Ellen A. Foster, eds., Broadview Press, 2011).

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