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  • EDIS Calls for Papers, Announcements, and Awards

Emily Dickinson International Society at ALA

The American Literature Association will hold its twenty-fifth annual meeting in Washington, D.C., May 22-25, 2014. EDIS will sponsor two panels. The topic for the first panel is “Transatlantic Dickinson” and the topic for the second is “Dickinson and Her Male Contemporaries.” Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to Páraic Finnerty ( by January 1, 2014.

Emily Dickinson International Society at MLA

The Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2014 Modern Language Association annual conference in Chicago. MLA will be held at the Chicago Mariot and the Sheraton Chicago, January 9-12, 2014. The first session, “Language and Visuality in Dickinson’s Poetry,” will be chaired by Eliza Richards, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The panel will include presentations by Martin Greenup, Harvard University (“Dickinson’s Hypervisual Manuscripts”), Michelle Kohler, Tulane University (“Looking at This: Dickinson’s Manuscripts and the Visibility of Poetry”), and Thadious M. Davis, University of Pennsylvania (“Dickinson and the Critique of the Senses”). The second panel, “Emotion, Embodiment, and Reading in Poe and Dickinson,” a joint session with the Poe Studies Association, will also be chaired by Eliza Richards. It will include presentations by Gillian Osborne, University of California Berkeley (“Mechanical Form and Embodied Metrics in Dickinson and Poe”), Steve Rachman, Michigan State University (“Dickinson, Poe, and the Embodiment of Pain”), Julia Hansen, University of Michigan (“Enchantment and Rereading in Barrett Browning, Poe [End Page 141] and Dickinson”), and Ben Bascom, University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign (“Poe, Dickinson, and Solitude’s Queer Spaces”).

Call for Papers: Dickinson Institute

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the second EDIS “Dickinson Institute” will be held in Amherst, Massachusetts, as the first day of the Emily Dickinson Annual Meeting, which all participants are welcome to attend. The topic is “Emily Dickinson and New England Writers.” Individuals doing work on Dickinson’s relationship to writers of her region should send a 250-word abstract to Elizabeth Petrino ( and Alexandra Socarides ( by January 15, 2014. Accepted participants will be notified by February 15 and will be asked to circulate completed, conference-length (8-10 page) papers to a small seminar group by June 15. Members will meet at the Institute with this group to discuss their work in detail. The Institute will also involve a plenary speaker and a gathering of all Institute members at its close to reflect on their work and the larger themes of the Institute. [End Page 142]



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