According to poet Frances Osgood, her friend Edgar Allan Poe finds his best voice in genres hospitable to the warmth of human intercourse: “It was in his conversations and his letters, far more than in his published poetry and prose writings, that the genius of Poe was most gloriously revealed”
Call for papers for a forthcoming special issue of The New Centennial Review (Michigan State UP):
“A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.”
The recognition that archives are partial, filled with lacunae that demand scholarly attention, has fueled research engaging the epistemological, cultural, and political forces of early American materials and repositories.
For almost two centuries, poets and critics, from Algernon Swinburne to Hart Crane, Allen Ginsberg, and Harold Bloom, have recognized William Blake and Walt Whitman as kindred poets and visionaries, fellow mystics, allied writers in the prophetic tradition. […] However, only a few essays on Blake and Whitman have been published over the past 30 years. This collection of essays aims to advance inquiry into Blake and Whitman’s likenesses beyond impressionism and beyond the terms—prophecy, mysticism, and (to a lesser extent) influence– that have typically framed the rare critical considerations of the two poets in tandem.
In print since 1984, Legacy is the only scholarly journal to focus specifically on American women’s writing, broadly defined, from the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries. We are interested in projects that examine the works of individual authors; genre studies; analyses of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexualities in women’s literature; historical and material cultural issues pertinent to women’s lives and literary works; and myriad other topics.
Nationalism: Hyper and Post
The first issue of JAm It! will try to explore the intricacies of contemporary U.S. politics by addressing notions of hyper-nationalism and post-nationalism.
In the 1993 inaugural issue of Southern Cultures Harry Watson and John Shelton Reed claimed in “The Front Porch” that “although it may be said that there is one South, there are also many Souths, and many cultural traditions among them … There is one South spawned by its many cultures”