Global/Emerson: Transmission, Translation, Transnational

David LaRocca in conversation with contributors to the volume A Power to Translate the World: New Essay on Emerson and International Culture.

Friday, April 29 at 4:30 pm at Cornell University, Department of English, Goldwin Smith Hall, English Lounge.

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Call for Papers: The Oak and The Acorns: Recovering the Hidden Carlyle

Call for PapersThe Oak and The Acorns:
Recovering the Hidden CarlyleJuly 6-8, 2016
To be held at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Oxford University“It is an idle question to ask whether his books will be read a century hence: if they were all burnt as the grandest of Suttees on his funeral-pile, it would only be like cutting down an oak after its acorns have sown a forest. For there is hardly a superior or active mind of this generation that has not been modified by Carlyle’s writings; there has hardly been an English book written for the last ten or twelve years that would not have been different if Carlyle had not lived.”

George Eliot, “Thomas Carlyle” (1855)

Several generations read the works of Thomas Carlyle with surprise, awe, inspiration, fervor, excitement, and occasionally anger—and they went on to shape the rest of the 19th century and much of the 20th century with the words and prophecies of Carlyle embedded in their politics, philosophy, art, literature, history, and ideals for a better world.

Some of these impacts would have pleased Carlyle; others would have greatly surprised him, and a few, perhaps, would have dismayed him. But for good and ill, Carlyle left an impact that in some ways is hard to see because it is so deeply pervasive.

This conference aims to retrieve that hidden Carlyle, and to recognize how he served, and continues to serve, as a bedrock of far-ranging ideals for several generations of readers and admirers.

For this conference, we invite proposals that explore the rich diversity of where Carlyle lies hidden in the vision and hopes of eminent Victorians, Edwardians, and Modernists throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Europe, and across the ocean in America and beyond. Because Jane Welsh Carlyle had a similar effect on the readers of her letters, both in her lifetime and afterwards, we also invite proposals that address her continuing influence as well.

We especially welcome papers that delineate how the reception of Carlyle’s works shaped critical movements in politics, art, historiography, literature, including (among many):

Socialism
Communism
Muscular Christianity
The Gospel of Work
Pre-Raphaelite Art
The New Biography
Modernism
Young Ireland/Irish Nationalism
Transcendentalism

We also welcome papers that explore individual figures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and their relation to the writings of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. A short list of significant figures influenced by the Carlyles includes:

Charles Dickens
John Stuart Mill
Karl Marx and Frederic Engels
Benjamin Disraeli
George Eliot
Erasmus and Charles Darwin
James Anthony Froude
Leslie Stephen
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Robert Browning
Elizabeth Barrett-Browning
William Morris
John Ruskin
Lady Jane “Speranza” Wilde
Oscar Wilde
W.E.B. DuBois
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Margaret Fuller
Henry David Thoreau
Friedrich Nietzsche
Virginia Woolf
James Joyce

Conference website: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/cfp-recovering-hidden-carlyle

Proposals of no more than 500 words, along with short CV, should be sent by February 15, 2016 to:
Marylu Hill (Villanova University): marylu.hill@villanova.edu
and
Paul E. Kerry (Oxford/BYU): paul.kerry@ccc.ox.ac.uk

Awards Announcements 2016

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society announces four awards for projects that foster appreciation for Emerson.

Graduate Student Paper Award
Provides up to $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at the American Literature Association Annual Conference (May 2016) or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2016). Please submit a 300-word abstract to Roger Thompson (roger.thompson@stonybrook.edu) by December 20, 2015.

Research Grant
Provides up to $500 to support scholarly work on Emerson. Preference given to junior scholars and graduate students. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, and a 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by April 1, 2016.

Pedagogy or Community Project Award
Provides up to $500 to support projects designed to bring Emerson to a non-academic audience. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, and a 1-2-page project proposal, including a description of expenses, by April 1, 2016.

Subvention Award
Provides up to $500 to support costs attending the publication of a scholarly book or article on Emerson and his circle. Submit a confidential letter of recommendation, and a 1-2-page proposal, including an abstract of the forthcoming work and a description of publication expenses, by April 1, 2016.

Send Research, Pedagogy/Community, and Subvention proposals to:
Susan Dunston (sdunston@nmt.edu) and Prentiss Clark (Prentiss.Clark@usd.edu)

Award recipients must become members of the Society; membership applications are available at http://www.emersonsociety.org

American Literature Association Call for Proposals

American Literature Association Call for Proposals

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society will sponsor two panels at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association, to be held in San Francisco, CA from May 26-29, 2015. For information about the conference, see http://americanliteratureassociation.org/calls/annual-conference/.

Emerson as Orator and Rhetor
This panel examines Emerson in his oratorical and rhetorical milieu. We welcome papers that consider the relationship between Emerson and rhetorical studies broadly considered, but we are especially interested in papers that highlight Emerson’s career as lecturer, that consider his work in the context of rhetorical history, and that investigate his connections to oratorical culture. We welcome new readings of Emerson in light of rhetorical theory, as well as presentations that consider his work in the context of various intellectual traditions, including the study of eloquence, elocution, oratory, homiletics, religious rhetoric, the rhetorical tradition, discourse theory, and speech act theory.

E-mail 300 word abstracts to Roger Thompson (roger.thompson@stonybrook.edu) by Dec. 20, 2015. Membership in the Emerson Society is required of presenters, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration. The Emerson Society also provides grants that may be of interest to presenters, including a Research Grant and a Graduate Student Paper Award. If you are a graduate student and would like to be considered for the Graduate Student Paper Award (up to $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at ALA or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2016), please indicate so when you submit your abstract.

Global Emersons
This panel examines the way that Emerson has been figured as an international (transatlantic, global) figure or been appropriated across national boundaries as relevant to local histories, politics, and culture. We are interested in Emerson as an international figure, and we welcome presentations that investigate Emerson’s travels abroad, his engagement with literatures and philosophy from across the globe, his understanding of international politics and cross-border conflicts, and his reputation–contemporary or contemporaneous–abroad. We also welcome presentations that examine Emerson in translation, and we are especially interested in presentations from international scholars whose work examines Emerson as a global figure or whose papers describe or theorize the state of Emersonian scholarship in their home country.

E-mail 300 word abstracts to Roger Thompson (roger.thompson@stonybrook.edu) by Dec. 20, 2015. Membership in the Emerson Society is required of presenters, but it is not required to submit proposals for consideration. The Emerson Society also provides grants that may be of interest to presenters, including a Research Grant and a Graduate Student Paper Award. If you are a graduate student and would like to be considered for the Graduate Student Paper Award (up to $750 of travel support to present a paper on an Emerson Society panel at ALA or the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering (July 2016), please indicate so when you submit your abstract.

RWES 2015 Special Awards

Kristina West, a PhD candidate at the University of Reading, UK, is the recipient of the Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper “#Emerson in 140 characters or less” which was part of a roundtable on Digital Emerson studies. Kristina is working on a dissertation about Emerson’s constructions of childhood.

Nicholas Guardiano, who completed his PhD in 2014 with his dissertation “Transcendentalist Aesthetics in Emerson, Peirce, and 19th Century American Landscape Painting,” received the Research Award to support archival research on the transcendentalist roots of Charles Peirce’s philosophy.

Tyson Forbes and his theater company TigerLion Arts, received the Community Project award to support his theater production of Nature, based on the writings of Emerson and his contemporaries. The show is currently in the midwest with plans for a wider tour in 2016. For more information on this innovative play, visit www.tigerlion.org..

Jean Mudge, an independent scholar, received the Subvention Award to assist with publication costs of her book Mr. Emerson’s Revolution (forthcoming Open Book Publishers).

Gillian Osborne, a PhD candidate at University of California, Berkeley, received this year’s Packer Fellowship Award to conduct archival research at the American Antiquarian Society on Thoreau and antebellum botany. RWES established this fellowship with the AAS in memory of noted Emerson scholar and professor Barbara Packer.

Distinguished Achievement Award, 2015

Dr. Sarah Wider is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award for her outstanding scholarly work and leadership in Emerson studies. Sarah is a professor at Colgate University and a past president of RWES. She also served as RWES Program chair, the book review editor for the Emerson Society Papers, and as a member of the Advisory Board. Her many publications, including her book The Critical Reception of Emerson: Unsettling All Things (Camden House, 2000), contribute to our understanding not only of Emerson’s ideas and their relevance, but also of the important role women writers had in the development of Transcendentalism. Her scholarly interests include Native American writers and Buddhist philosophy. In her latest book, The Art of True Relations: Conversations on the Poetic Heart of Human Possibility (Dialogue Path Press, 2014) co-authored with Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda, she celebrates Emerson and other writers who have inspired her work as an educator and advocate for peace.

Dr. Sarah Widner, Distinguished Achievement Award

Dr. Sarah Wider receives the 2015 RWES Distinguished Achievement Award from president Sue Dunston at the 2015 ALA conference.

New Publication: Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism

Newly published: Toward a Female Genealogy of Transcendentalism, edited by Jana L. Argersinger and Phyllis Cole. This first large-scale, collaborative study of women’s voices and their vital role in the American transcendentalist movement began as the 2011 special issue of ESQ and is now greatly expanded and published by the University of Georgia Press, 2014. The collection contains seventeen essays and an equal number of ‘primary interludes,’ newly recovered or understudied texts.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Dr. Robert Habich is the recipient of this year’s RWES Distinguished Achievement Award. Each year the Society presents the award to an outstanding scholar and leader in Emerson studies. Bob is a professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Dr. Robert Habich, Distinguished Achievement Award

Professor Habich receives his Award from RWES President Sue Dunston at the ALA conference, May 24.

He is a past president of the RWE Society, as well as a past secretary/treasurer and a former editor of the Emerson Society Papers. Bob is the author most recently of Building Their Own Waldos: Emerson’s Early Biographers and the Politics of Genre (University of Iowa Press, 2011), and he has published three other books and numerous articles about Emerson, American Romanticism and Transcendentalism, and biography. Congratulations, Bob!

Awards Announcements, 2014

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society proudly announces our 2014 special award winners. Congratulations!

Graduate Student Paper Award: Robert Rabiee, Ph.D. candidate, USC University of Southern California.

Robert Rabiee receives his award from RWES Program Chair David Dowling at the ALA conference, May 24. Continue reading “Awards Announcements, 2014”