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The Spring 2018 meeting of the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group will take place on February 24, 2018 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, hosted by Tim Cassedy. The common reading will be Miss Grief and Other Stories by Constance Fenimore Woolson, edited by Anne Boyd Rioux (Norton 2016) and Dr. Boyd Rioux will be our special guest participant.Screen Shot 2018-01-08 at 12.09.07 PM

Although our discussion will focus on Miss Grief and Other Stories, Dr. Boyd Rioux’s biography, Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist (Norton 2016), is highly recommended as a supplement. She writes, “As for which portion of the biography to read, chapters 5, 6, 7, and 14 contain discussions of the stories in the collection, and I would also recommend chapter 11 for more on her relationship with Henry James.

RSVP by February 1 by emailing Tim Cassedy (tcassedy@mail.smu.edu), and please indicate whether you will stay for dinner.

Schedule of Events:

12pm—Lunch. Provided by SMU.

1pm-4:30pm—Discussion of Woolson’s Miss Grief and Other Stories.

4:30—Business meeting and wrap up.

5:30pm—Dinner. Paid individually. Location TBA.

Location: Southern Methodist University, Dallas

Harold Clark Simmons Hall, room 101A 6401 Airline Rd, Dallas, TX 75205

Harold Clark Simmons Hall is a new building on the eastern side of SMU’s campus.
[Warning: Harold Clark Simmons Hall is next to the similarly named Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall. Don’t be fooled. Harold has a golden cupola; Annette does not.]

Parking: SMU maps

Park in Lot U, which is directly across the street from Harold Clark Simmons Hall (i.e., on the east side of Airline Road). Parking is free.

Driving directions (GPS)

Set your GPS to 3050 McFarlin Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205. This will take you to the correct parking lot: Lot U. Harold Clark Simmons Hall is the building with the golden cupola directly across Airline Road from Lot U.

Driving directions (human)

  1. Take I-30 or I-35E to Dallas.
  2. Follow signs for US-75 North.
  3. From US-75 North, take the Mockingbird Lane exit.
  4. Continue on the access road. At the 2nd stoplight, turn left at SMU Blvd.
  5. Proceed 1⁄4 mile to the T intersection at Airline Road and turn right.
  6. In two blocks, turn right on McFarlin Blvd and then make an immediate left into parking lot U.
  7. Harold Clark Simmons Hall is the building with the golden cupola across Airline Rd from Lot U.

Air

If possible, fly into Dallas–Love Field (DAL). An Uber from Love Field to SMU is 15 minutes and about $12. An Uber from DFW to SMU is 35 minutes and about $30. Public transportation from the airports is possible but not recommended.

Lodging: There are three hotels within walking distance of campus:

Hotel Lumen [0.5 MILE WALK]
6101 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 219-2400
thelumendallas.com
$$ [for SMU rate, use promo code SMV (sic)]

Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities [0.7 MILE WALK] 6070 N. Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 750-6060
magnoliahotels.com
$$

The Highland Dallas [1.0 MILE WALK]
5300 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75206 (214) 520-7969
$$$

Other hotels will require a shuttle or an Uber to get to SMU. Any hotel with a street address in Dallas is probably no more than 15 minutes from SMU.

Here is SMU’s list of recommended hotels, including some with SMU rates:
http://www.smu.edu/Admission/Visit/WhereToStay

 

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Previous Meetings

October 2017 at University of Texas Austin, hosted by Gretchen Murphy. The common reading was Rebecca Rush’s Kelroy, edited by Betsy Klimasmith (Broadview, 2016). Dr. Klimasmith was a special guest participant.

February 2017 at Austin College (Sherman, TX), hosted by Randi Tanglen. The common reading was A. Jennie Bartlett’s Elder Northfield’s Home: or, Sacrificed on the Mormon Altar, edited by Nicole Tonkovich (U Nebraska P, 2015). Dr. Tonkovich was a special guest participant via Skype.

October 2016 at Trinity University in San Antonio, hosted by Claudia Stokes. The common reading was Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Selected Tales, Essays, and Poems, edited by Elizabeth Duquette and Cheryl Tevlin (U Nebraska, 2014). Dr. Duquette was a special guest participant.

April 2016 at University of Texas Dallas, hosted by Sabrina Starnaman. The common reading was Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction, edited by Lisa Yaszek and Patrick B. Sharp (Wesleyan UP). Dr. Yaszek was a special guest participant.

February 2015 at University of Houston-Downtown, hosted by DoVeanna Fulton. The common reading was Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge (1838), edited by Joycelyn Moody (West Virginia UP 2014). Dr. Moody was a special guest participant.

October 2014 at University of Texas Arlington, hosted by Desiree Henderson.The common reading was Cherokee Sister: The Collected Writings of Catharine Brown, 1818-1823, edited by Theresa Strouth Gaul (Legacies of Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers, U Nebraska UP, 2014). Dr. Strouth Gaul was a special guest participant.

March 2014 at University of Texas San Antonio, hosted by Joycelyn Moody. The common reading was Jane Edna Hunter’s autobiography A Nickel and a Prayer (1940), edited by Rhondda Robinson Thomas. Dr. Andreá Williams was a special guest participant.

October 2013 at Weatherford College, hosted by Sarah Lock. The common reading was Laura Curtis Bullard’s Christine, or Women’s Trials and Triumphs (U Nebraska 2011). Denise M. Kohn, editor of the edition, was a special guest participant.

February 2013 at University of North Texas, hosted by Kelly Wisecup. The common reading was DoVeanna Fulton and Reginald Pitt’s Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts: Three African American Women’s Oral Slave Narratives (SUNY 2010). Special guest participants included DoVeanna Fulton and Daphne Brooks.

February 2012 at Texas State University San Marcos, hosted by Priscilla Leder. The common reading was Mary King’s Quincie Bolliver (1941).

September 2011 at the University of Texas at Dallas, hosted by Sabrina Starnaman. The common reading was Anzia Yezierska’s  Arrogant Begger (1927).

February 2011 at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK, hosted by Laura Stevens. The common reading was Mercy Otis Warren: Selected Letters (U Georgia P) and one of the editors of the edition, Jeffrey Richards, was a special guest participant.

October 2010 at Austin College, hosted by Randi Tanglen. The topic was “Teaching American Indian Women Writers” and included selections from Kilcup’s Native American Women’s Writing, c. 1800-1924; Bross and Wyss’s Early Native Literacies in New England: A Documentary and Critical Anthology; among other readings.

February 2010 at University of Texas Austin, hosted by Gretchen Murphy. The common text was Leonora Sansay’s Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Domingo and Laura (Broadview 2007); Michael Drexler, editor of the edition, was a special guest participant.

March 2009 at University of Texas Arlington, hosted by Desiree Henderson. The common text was Jesse Alemán and Shelley Streeby, eds., Empire and the Literature of Sensation: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction (Rutgers, 2007), from which we read: The Female Warrior (1843) and Mary Denison’s The Prisoner of La Vintresse (1860). Jesse Alemán was a special guest participant.

November 2008 at Texas Christian University, hosted by Theresa Strouth Gaul. The common text was Elizabeth Stoddard’s Two Men (U Nebraska, 2008). Jennifer Putzi, editor of the edition, was a special guest participant.