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Fall 2022 Meeting

The Fall 2022 meeting of the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group will be on Saturday October 1, 2022 at the University of Texas Dallas, hosted by Dr. Ashley Barnes. Our common reading will be Texas: The Great Theft, by Carmen Boullosa, a highly acclaimed contemporary Mexican writer. We will be reading the 2014 English translation of this novel, translated by Samantha Schnee and published by Dallas-based independent publisher, Deep Vellum Press. Ms. Schnee will be a special guest participant.

RSVP to Ashley Barnes ashley.barnes@utdallas.edu by September 15 and please indicate whether you plan to stay for dinner.

About the novel: Boullosa’s Texas: The Great Theft is about the 1859 Mexican invasion of what had recently become US territory, and it’s told through multiple perspectives, all of the characters more or less corrupt, and the whole story treated with a darkly comic but humane style. It is a work of contemporary historical fiction that promises to be of interest to scholars/teachers of American literature, as a complement or rebuttal to other accounts of nineteenth-century expansionism, including some that the study group read in previous years such as Villegas de Magnón’s The Rebel and Effie M. Moore’s Alone by the Sea. It will also be of interest to scholars/teachers of Latino/a/x literature, offering a global lens on a pivotal moment of geo-political change and cultural formation.

About the publisher: We are delighted to partner with Deep Vellum Press, a local independent bookstore and publisher specializing in English-language translations of international literature.

Deep Vellum is offering a discount code for 25% off the purchase of Texas: The Great Theft. The discount code STUDYGROUP will be recognized on the Deep Vellum website or in their lovely Deep Ellum bookstore. Note that paperback purchases on the website automatically receive a free eBook as well.

About the translator and special guest participant: Samantha Schnee’s translation of Boullosa’s Texas: The Great Theft was shortlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize. She’s a co-founder of Words Without Borders, an organization that (among other things) provides educational programming that gets global literature in front of students.

More information will be available soon on this site regarding: schedule of events, location, parking, dining, hotel, etc.

The Study Group is an informal gathering of professors, graduate students, and independent scholars who share an interest in American women’s writing. Attendance is free. We share a lunch (provided by the host campus), spend the afternoon discussing the common reading, and have dinner at a local restaurant (paid individually). We welcome new participants to join the conversation, which is always rich and stimulating, and often touches on larger professional concerns (teaching, publishing, mentoring, etc.).

Upcoming Meetings

Spring 2023 at Texas Women’s University, hosted by Brian Fehler. Date TBA. Common reading will be Zora Neale Hurston’s Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance, edited by Genevieve West. Dr. West will be a special guest participant.

Previous Meetings

February 2022, virtual meeting hosted James Finley, Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The common reading was Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’s The Gates Ajar (Penguin, 2019), co-edited by Elizabeth Duquette and Claudia Stokes. Dr. Stokes was a special guest participant.

February 2021, virtual meeting hosted by LuElla D’Amico, University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio TX. The common reading was Helen Louise Thorndyke’s Honey Bunch: Just a Little Girl (1923), as it appears in the digital edition The Sweet Public Domain: Celebrating Copyright Expiration with the Honey Bunch Series.

February 2020 at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, hosted by Sarah Slater. The common reading was Leonor Villegas de Magnón’s The Rebel (Arte Publico Press).

October 2019 at Texas Tech University, hosted by Elissa Zellinger. The common reading was Iola Leroy by Frances E. W. Harper, edited by Koritha Mitchell (Broadview, 2018), and Dr. Mitchell was a special guest participant.

February 2019 at the University of North Texas, hosted by John Edward Martin. The common reading was Effie M. Moore’s Alone by the Sea: The Story of Jane Wilikinson Long, Mother of Texas (Naylor Co. 1951), recently digitized by the UNT Libraries and available here.

February 2018 at Southern Methodist University, hosted by Tim Cassedy. The common reading was Constance Fenimore Woolson’s Miss Grief and Other Stories, edited by Anne Boyd Rioux (Norton, 2016). Dr. Boyd Rioux was a special guest participant.

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.