Announcements

Early American Literature Invites Nominations of First Books for Its 2018 Book Prize

The editors of Early American Literature are pleased to announce the fourth annual Early American Literature Book Prize, which will be given for a first academic monograph about American literature in the colonial period through the early republic (roughly 1830). The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2018.

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Call for Submissions: Special Issue “Beyond Recovery”

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. While powerful, positivist recovery work—efforts to fill gaps and hear silenced voices— has theoretically and materially expanded early American studies, the archive remains yet and always incomplete. This special issue of Early American Literature seeks essays that work around, across, or beside missing or marginalized records. 

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Call for Submissions: Special Issue of Early American Literature on "Fictionality"

The decade since the publication of Catherine Gallagher’s landmark essay “The Rise of Fictionality” (2006) has witnessed an increasing concern with overturning well-established theories of the rise of the novel and the development of literary realism through a re-examination of the axiomatic values underpinning contemporary attitudes toward the concept of “fiction.” This special issue on "Fictionality and Early American Literature” seeks to consolidate and connect emerging modes of literary interpretation as they apply to the issues raised by Gallagher and her respondents, as well as extending the debate to include work drawing on other key approaches to fictionality: among them, the narratological, the rhetorical, the philosophical, and the linguistic. 

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Inviting Nominations of Second or Subsequent Books for the 2017 EAL Book Prize

The editors of Early American Literature are pleased to announce the third annual Early American Literature Book Prize, which is given for the best newly released academic book about American literature in the colonial period through the early republic (roughly 1830). The prize is offered in collaboration with the University of North Carolina Press, the Society of Early Americanists, and the MLA's Forum on American Literature to 1800.

 

This year's prize will be awarded to an author's SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT book. Monographs published in 2015 or 2016 are eligible for the 2017 prize, which carries a cash award of $2,000.

 

The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2017. 

 

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Early American Literature Book Prize for 2016

The Early American Literature Book Prize, which in even years recognizes a first monograph, has been awarded in 2016 to Professor Robert Gunn of the University of Texas at El Paso, for Ethnology and Empire: Languages, Literature, and the Making of the North American Borderlands, published by New York University Press in 2015.

The committee has also awarded an honorable mention to Professor Kathleen Donegan, of the University of California at Berkeley, for Seasons of Misery: Catastrophe and Colonial Settlement in Early America from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Call for Submissions:  Special Issue on "The Spanish Americas"

This special issue of Early American Literature seeks to continue discussions on the linguistic and geographic resituating of the field through an emphasis on Spanish – as a language, an empire, a spatial conception, and an ideological stand-in for an “America” that is not English.  We seek essays on topics from the period of early contact through the Spanish American independence movements, engaging materials from textual, oral, or performance traditions. Read More

Early American Literature Invites Nominations of First Books for Its 2016 Book Prize

The editors of Early American Literature are pleased to announce the second annual Early American Literature  Book Prize, which is given for the best newly released academic book about American literature in the colonial period through the early republic (roughly 1830). The deadline for nominations is February 2, 2016. Read More

Early American Literature Announces Winners of Inaugural Book Prize

The editors of the journal Early American Literature are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural EAL book prize: Anna Brickhouse for The Unsettlement of America: Translation, Interpretation, and the Story of Don Luis de Velasco, 1560-1945 (Oxford University Press); and Wil Verhoeven for Americomania and the French Revolution Debate in Britain, 1789-1802 (Cambridge University Press). Read More

Inviting Nominations for the 2015 Early American Literature Book Prize

In celebration of Early American Literature’s fiftieth anniversary, the first annual Early American Literature Book Prize will go to a monograph by an established scholar.  Scholarly monographs published in 2013 or 2014 that are an author’s second (or later) are eligible for the 2015 prize. Read more

Early American Literature Book Prize

The editors of Early American Literature are pleased to announce a new award to be given annually for the best new academic book about American literature in the colonial period through the early republic (roughly 1830).  The prize is offered in collaboration with the University of North Carolina Press, the Society of Early Americanists, and the MLA’s Division on American Literature to 1800. Read more

Call for Submissions: Early American Literature Special Issue on “Early American Disability”

This special issue of Early American Literature seeks to identify the contributions that early American scholars can make to the field of disability studies, and to consider how critical attention to disability reframes our relationship to early America and the Atlantic World. Read More

Call for Submissions: “On Loyalty,” Special Issue of EAL

This special issue of Early American Literature seeks submissions exploring the diverse and dynamic cultures of loyalty and modes of affiliation in British North America and the Atlantic world. To what extent does renewed attention to the British American Loyalists also call for further exploration of the many contexts and occasions for the rubric of “loyalty” in British America during the long eighteenth century? We are interested in essays dealing not only with the political thought and literature of the American Revolution but also with scholarship on questions of deference, affiliation, social relations, and local cultures. Read More