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First Book Institute

The First Book Institute

June 7-13, 2015

Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies

at Pennsylvania State University


      • Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book
      • Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women's Studies, Duke University and Editor of American Literature


The stakes of successful publishing by early career professors are more urgent than ever given the current state of higher education promotion and publishing.  Responding to a glaring need in the field, the First Book Institute features workshops and presentations led by institute faculty aimed at assisting participants in transforming their book projects into ones that promise to make the most significant impact possible on the field and thus land them a publishing contract with a top university press.  Congratulations to the eight successful applicants for this summer's institute!

    • Jesús Costantino, Assistant Professor of English, University of Notre Dame

Project Title: Fighting Form: Boxing and the Violence of Aesthetic Formalism, 1880-1950

    • Sarah Ensor, Assistant Professor of English, Portland State University

Project Title: Spinster Ecology: Rethinking Relation in the American Literary Environment

    • Tara Fickle, Assistant Professor of English, University of Oregon

Project Title:  Serious Play: Race, Game, Asian American Literature

    • Douglas Guerra, Assistant Professor of Literature and Technology, Department of English and Creative Writing, SUNY Oswego

Project Title: On the Move: Games and Gaming Figures in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature

    • Phillip Maciak, Assistant Professor of English, Louisiana State University

Project Title: The Disappearing Christ: Secularism in the Silent Era

    • Shaundra Myers, Assistant Professor of English, Northwestern University

Project Title: Worlds beyond Brown: Race, Embodiment, and the Remapping of Integration in African American Literature

    • Jennifer Rhee, Assistant Professor of English, Media, Art, & Text Ph.D. Program, Virginia Commonwealth University

Project Title:  Anthropomorphic Attachments: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Literature, Art, Technology, and War

    • Andrew Rippeon, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, Hamilton College

Project Title:  Lyric Resource: Sound Technologies and Poetic Criticality

Learn more about the First Book Institute from this short video, featuring the directors and the 2013 First Book Institute participants.

"The Institute has given me a whole new perspective on my project.  
I have all kinds of ideas for how I'm going to go forward from here."
-- Samaine Lockwood, 2013 participant

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