Announcements

Commonplace Call For Submissions

Commonplace is now accepting submissions of approximately 2000 words that analyze vast early America before 1900.

They are seeking a diverse range of articles on material and visual culture, critical reviews of books, films, and digital humanities projects, poetic research and fiction, pedagogy, and the historian’s craft. They are especially interested in deep reads of individual objects, images, or documents (including in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society).

EAL Conference Reviews (January 2021)

Early American Literature seeks conference reviewers for the following conferences.  Conference reviews cover panels relevant to EAL’s readership, encompassing the overall range of the event and addressing key themes of particular interest to the reviewer. Conference reviews are generally 1500-2000 words in length, but they can be longer or shorter depending on the scope of the event. 

Richard Beale Davis Prize 2019

Modern Language Association Forum on Early American Literature 

2019 Richard Beale Davis Prize 

Award Recipients: Reed Gochberg and Ana Schwartz

Prize Committee: Jeffrey Glover, Kirsten Silva Gruesz, and Martha Elena Rojas

Incoming 2021 Editorial Board Members

EAL would like to wish everyone a happy new year!

With 2021 coming in, we'll be welcoming five new members to our editorial board:

Wendy Bellion (University of Delaware)

Lisa Brooks (Amherst College)

Sarah Chinn (Hunter College)

Andrew Newman (Stony Brook University)

Derrick R. Spires (Cornell University)

Also, a big thank you to our departing members:

Early American Literature Book Prize for 2020

Lindsay DiCuirci, Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), has been selected to receive the 2020 Early American Literature Book Prize, which is awarded in even calendar years to a first monograph published in the prior two years, and in odd years to a second or subsequent book. DiCuirci’s Colonial Revivals: The Nineteenth-Century Lives of Early American Books was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2019.

American Literature Society's 1921 Prize in American Literature 2020 Recipient

Congratulations to Ajay Kumar Batra (University of Pennsylvania) on winning the American Literature Society's 1921 Prize in American Literature for his essay in Early American Literature 55.2, "Reading with Conviction: Abraham Johnstone and the Poetics of the Dead End.” The essay appeared in a special issue of the journal, “Beyond Recovery,” guest edited by professors Lauren Coats and Steffi Dippold.

"Reading with Convicton" will be provided open-access on Project MUSE through February. Check it out!

2021 Book Prize

The journal of Early American Literature is seeking nominations for the 2021 Early American Literature Book Prize. The Book Prize is offered in collaboration with the University of North Carolina Press, the Society of Early Americanists, and the MLA’s Forum on Early American Literature. The EAL Book Prize is awarded in even calendar years to a first monograph, and in odd years to a second or subsequent book. 

Call for Conference Reviews (Fall 2020)

Early American Literature seeks conference reviewers for the following conferences. Conference reviews cover panels relevant to EAL’s readership, encompassing the overall range of the event and addressing key themes of particular interest to the reviewer. Conference reviews are generally 1500-2000 words in length, but they can be longer or shorter depending on the scope of the event.

Q&A for 55.2 “Beyond Recovery” with Lauren Coats, Steffi Dippold, and Aileen Tierney.

Volume 55.2 of Early American Literature is a special edition titled “Beyond Recovery.” In order to dive more in-depth into the volume’s theme, guest editors Lauren Coats and Steffi Dippold answered a few questions written by Digital Media Assistant Aileen Tierney to elaborate on the inspiration, theory, and impact of their project regarding archival loss.

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Q. What is "Beyond Recovery" about?

Open Access Article: Christopher Trigg's "The Racial Politics of Resurrection in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World"

Scholars specializing in early American literature have a duty to the public to raise awareness of how past events and beliefs impact our current lives-- especially in the midst of a global pandemic and nationwide protests against systemic racism. This is why EAL has decided to provide Christopher Trigg’s essay, “The Racial Politics of Resurrection in the 18th-Century Atlantic World” open-access on our website.

2020 Book Prize

The editors of Early American Literature are pleased to announce the sixth annual Early American Literature Book Prize, which will be given for an author’s first academic monograph about American literature through the early national period (roughly 1830). EAL invites work treating Native American traditional expressions, colonial Ibero-American literature from North America, colonial American Francophone writings, Dutch colonial, and German American colonial literature as well as writings in English from British America and the US.

Early American Literature Book Prize for 2019

Lisa Brooks, Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College, has been selected to receive the 2019 Early American Literature Book Prize, which is awarded in even calendar years to a first monograph published in the prior two years, and in odd years to a second or subsequent book. Brooks’s Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War was published by Yale University Press in 2018.

Early American Literature invites proposals for a special issue, “Reframing 1620.”

Its first peoples called themselves “Wôpanâak”--people of the first light. It had been their homeland for thousands of years, before Europeans began to appear along its shores. English colonists who arrived to stay, in 1620, saw it as “Plymouth.”

Deadline Extended to March 1 for the 2019 Book Prize

The deadline for our Early American Literature's 2019 Book Prize has been extended, moved from February 1 to March 1, 2019.

Nominations for second or later books will be accepted through that date. For more information regarding the nomination process, please see our original announcement on the EAL website.

Book Prize for 2018

Professor Caroline Wigginton of the University of Mississippi has been selected to receive the 2018 Early American Literature Book Prize, which is awarded in even calendar years to a first monograph published in the prior two years, and in odd years to a second or subsequent book. Wigginton’s In the Neighborhood: Women’s Publication in Early America was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2016.

Early American Literature Invites Nominations of Books for its 2019 Book Prize

The editors of Early American Literature are pleased to announce the fifth annual Early American Literature Book Prize, which will be given for an author’s second or subsequent academic monograph 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.

Monographs published in 2017 or 2018 are eligible for the 2019 prize, which carries a cash award of $2000.

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 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.

First monographs published in 2016 or 2017 are eligible for the 2018 prize, which carries a cash award of $2000. 

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.”

Early American Literature 2017 Book Prize

Professor Patricia Crain of New York University has been selected to receive the 2017 Early American Literature Book Prize, which is awarded in odd calendar years to a second or subsequent monograph, and in even years to a first book.  Crain’s book Reading Children: Literacy, Property, and the Dilemmas of Childhood in Nineteenth-Century America was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2016.

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.

Fiftieth Anniversary Special Issue

Early American Literature is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. A special issue to mark the occasion is available from the University of North Carolina Press. The issue features articles by Rolena Adorno, Wai Chee Dimock, Simon Gikandi, David Shields, and Priscilla Wald, and an introduction by editor Sandra M. Gustafson.