CFP MLA 2014

February 13, 2013

New Directions in Williams Studies

Contemporary approaches to Williams in “lightning talk” PechaKucha format to encourage substantial discussion and dialogue amongst participants & audience members. Possible topics might include: medicine/embodiment; technology; transnationalism; ecocriticism; Williams and/in archives. 200 word abstracts & CV to by March 22.

MLA 2014 will be held in Chicago, IL from 9-12 January.

CFP: Edited Collection

January 23, 2013

William Carlos Williams and the Visual Arts: A Hundred Years after the Armory Show

Original work is sought for a collection of critical essays on William Carlos Williams and the visual arts.  As evident in his friendships with artists and his commentary about art, William Carlos Williams thought deeply about the relation of art and his poetics.  “I might easily have become a painter,” he memorably recounts in I Wanted to Write a Poem, “… except that the articulate art of poetry gave a more immediate opportunity for the attack” (3).  The 1913 Armory Show centennial provides a unique time for new study of the ways visual arts influenced Williams’s thoughts and writings; it is our hope that this volume will generate renewed interest among literary scholars and art historians about this dynamic aspect of Williams’s legacy.  By showcasing new ways of thinking about Williams’s association with the visual arts, this edition will contribute greatly to the rich history of Williams scholarship on this topic.

Though the book has not yet been contracted, it is believed an academic press will sponsor this collection. Query letters are in the process of being considered.
Completed essays will range from 7,000 to 10,000 words, though provisions may be made for longer essays. The aim is to complete the manuscript by late 2013 for 2014 publication.
Interested authors are to submit a 500-word abstract, as well as a current CV, in MS Word format by April 15, 2013.

For submission of proposals and/or inquiries, please contact:
Dr. Dan Morris, Professor of English, Purdue University:
Dr. Paul Cappucci, Professor of English, Georgian Court University:

Wednesday 12 December 2012 Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford



  • Suzanne Churchill (Davidson College)
  • Alan Golding (University of Louisville)
  • Andrew Thacker (De Montfort University)

The remit of this conference is to celebrate the publication of the second volume of the Oxford Critical & Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: North America 1894-1960, and to explore little magazines and their broader cultural contexts across the Americas. Our intention is to stimulate a discussion of current issues, methodologies and practices, and to consider new directions for modernist periodicals studies.

This conference calls for papers (from postgraduates and from established scholars) which explore points of departure in the study of American modernist magazines. A broad range of topics and approaches will be considered for presentations of no more than 20 minutes.

Possible topics might include:

  • Magazines,
  • the city and modernity
  • Magazines and material cultures
  • Little magazines and mass media
  • Magazines and South American modernism
  • Little magazines in Canada
  • Magazines and the public sphere
  • Little magazines and canonical/non-canonical writers
  • Modernist magazines and race
  • Magazines and geographic space
  • Editorial trajectories and interfaces
  • Modernist magazines and performance
  • Little magazines, modernism, and politics
  • Magazines and digital humanities

Please send 250-word abstracts by Monday 1 October 2012 to the conference organizers:

  • Eric White:
  • Niall Munro:
  • Alex Goody:

A limited travel bursary for postgraduate presenters has been made available through the generosity of Oxford University Press. Please indicate whether you wish to be considered for a bursary.



Honoring the centennial of the Armory Show, this panel will explore William Carlos Williams’s connections with New York City and/or the visual arts. 250 word abstracts and CV by March 15 to Erin Templeton: <>.