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First Book Institute

The First Book Institute

June 8-14, 2014

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 to this year's First Book Institute.  They are:

Bartholomew Brinkman, Assistant Professor of English, Framingham State University

Project Title: Poetic Modernism in the Culture of Mass Print

Natalia Cecire, ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Department of English; Postdoctoral Fellow, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University

Project Title: Experimental: American Literature and the Aesthetics of Knowledge, 1880-1950

Joy A. J. Howard, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Saint Joseph's University

Project Title:  Iroquois Captive and Haudenosaunee Interpreter: Reconstructing the Borderlands Life of Rebecca Kellogg Ashley

Carrie Hyde, Assistant Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

Project Title: Literary Originalism: The Extra-Legal Development of U.S. Citizenship, 1776-1868

Molly Pulda, Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, Department of English, University of Southern California

Project Title: Sympathetic Ink: Memoirs of Family Secrets

Jillian Sayre, Associate Lecturer, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Project Title: In a Scryptural Economy: Nation, Narrative, and Necropolitics in Post-Revolutionary American Literatures

Sarah Wald, Assistant Professor of English, University of Louisville

Project Title: The Nature of Citizenship: Race, Nature, and Citizenship in Representations of Californian Agricultural Labor

Grant Wythoff, Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, and Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Project Title: Gadgetry: New Media and the Fictional Imagination

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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