CFPs: Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society

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    April Logan

    <p align=”center”><b>Call for Papers</b></p>
    <p align=”center”><b>American Literature Association</b></p>
    <p align=”center”><b>25th Annual Conference</b></p>
    <p align=”center”>May 22-25, 2014</p>
    <p align=”center”>Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill</p>
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    <p align=”center”><b>Sessions Sponsored By</b></p>
    <p align=”center”><b>The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society</b></p>

    <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Panel 1: Pauline Hopkins and Washington D.C.</span>

    As a writer with a keen interest in national politics at a crucial moment in American history, Pauline Hopkins frequently referred to the District of Columbia in her writings, both journalistic and literary. From the historical fiction of <i>Hagar’s Daughter</i>, which incorporates the built environment and the political milieu of the antebellum United States in its dramatic action, to comments on American domestic and foreign policy in the <i>Colored American</i>, Washington D.C.’s location as the center of an emergent modern world and the liminal space between southern antiquity and northern modernity figures significantly in Hopkins’s work. This panel seeks contributions that address any aspect of Washington D.C. in Pauline Hopkins’s writing, including but not limited to discussions of built environment, material culture, historical fiction, political protest, geography, and temporality.


    <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Panel 2: Open Forum on Hopkins Scholarship</span>

    The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society invites scholars to submit proposals for an open panel on any aspect of Pauline Hopkins’s work. In recent publications, Hopkins has been cast as a “black exaltada,” a revolutionary (but figuratively motherless) daughter, an anti-imperialist or internationalist, a mystic, and a writer of the American Dream. Papers that discuss, extend, or engage with this new scholarship are welcomed, as are papers that emphasize other approaches including but not limited to performance studies, visual culture, indigenous studies, environmental studies and media studies.

    One-page proposals in Microsoft Word or PDF format should be submitted to Colleen O’Brien, Program Committee Chair, at by 1/7/14. Please include a brief bio (200 words) or one-page CV with your proposal. Panelists should plan for a presentation lasting no more than fifteen minutes. Reference “ALA: Hopkins Panel” in the subject line. Membership in the PEHS is required in order to present a paper. Please contact Eric Gardner, Membership Officer, at for membership information.

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