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2014 First Book Institute

The 2014 First Book Institute was co-directed by CALS Director Sean X. Goudie and Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University. Institute faculty included Penn State professors Jonathan Abel, Hester Blum, Chris Castiglia, Tina Chen, Eric Hayot, Janet Lyon, John Marsh, Shirley Moody-Turner, Carla Mulford, Scott Smith, and Susan Squier, as well as Penn State University Press director Patrick Alexander.

2014 First Book Institute Participants and Projects

Back row: Carrie Hyde, Bart Brinkman, Jillian Sayre, Grant Wythoff
Front row: Sarah Wald, Molly Pulda, Natalia Cecire, Joy Howard, Priscilla Wald, Sean Goudie

  • 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

Photos from the 2014 First Book Institute

Co-Directors Sean Goudie and Priscilla Wald lead a workshop on introductions.

Co-Director Priscilla Wald and Molly Pulda during an afternoon workshop session.

Bart Brinkman takes notes during a session on drafting book proposals.