First Book Institute
The First Book Institute
June 5-11, 2016
Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies
at Pennsylvania State University
Penn State professors Jessamyn Abel, Hester Blum, Chris Castiglia, Tina Chen, Ariane Cruz, Jonathan Eburne, Debra Hawhee, John Marsh, Janet Lyon, Carla Mulford, Chris Reed, and Ben Schreier.
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.
The 2016 First Book Institute participants include:
- Kelly L. Bezio, Assistant Professor of English, Texas A & M—Corpus Christi
- Brianna Burke, Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities and American Indian Studies, Department of English, Iowa State University
- Danielle Christmas, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project Title: Auschwitz and the Plantation: Labor and Social Death in American Holocaust and Slavery Fiction
- Joseph Darda, Assistant Professor of English, Texas Christian University
Project Title: Empire of Defense: Racializing Violence and the Narrative Anxiety of Permanent War
- Gordon Fraser, Assistant Professor of English, North Dakota State University
Project Title: Nationalist Cosmologies: Revolution, Astronomy, and the Limits of the Universal in Nineteenth-Century America
- Kya Mangrum, Mellon Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, Cornell University
Project Title: How Deep and Dark: Photography, Slavery, and the Limits of Narrative
- Matthew Schilleman, Fellow, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Amherst College
Project Title: Typewriter Psyche: Office Media and the Techno-Inscriptive Origins of Modernism
- Lindsay Thomas, Assistant Professor of English, Clemson University
Project Title: Training for Catastrophe: Preparedness Media, Speculative Fiction, and the Management of the Future
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