30 October 2019

MLA 2020: Panels Sponsored by the William Morris Society U.S.

The Morris Society in the United States is pleased to sponsor two sessions at the Modern Language Association Convention to be held in Seattle, WA, in January 2020. 

Our first session, “Re-evaluating the Pre-Raphaelites,” examines how in the past decade a number of exhibitions from Manchester to Moscow have reassessed Pre-Raphaelite art and design, from William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision at the Manchester Art Gallery in 2009 to the traveling exhibition Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement at venues through 2021. These displays have positioned the intersection of art, design, and literature as defining features of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement, marking them as both “avant-garde” and deeply engaged with the past. The papers in this session thoughtfully respond to these recent re-evaluations of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement. 

1: ‘I Seek No Dream . . . but Rather the End of Dreams’: Exhibiting Edward Burne-Jones
Andrea Wolk Rager, Case Western U

2: The Radical Roots of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites
Monica Bowen, Seattle U

3: Race and the Radicals: Victorian Racial Theory and the Arts and Crafts Movement
Imogen Hart, U of California, Berkeley

4: Toward a Historiography of Pre-Raphaelite (Post)Modernism and the Future of the Pre-Raphaelite Past
Julie F. Codell, Arizona State U

Presider, Anna Wager, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Our second session, "Ecosocialism and the Late Victorians" (co-sponsored with Association for the Study of Literature and Environment), addresses how the late nineteenth century saw writers, artists, and thinkers such as William Morris help plant the seeds of ecological concerns in socialist politics, leading to innovative approaches to both environmental and socialist ideas. The papers in this session explore the ways (literary, artistic, political) that resultant ecosocialist impulses influenced or grew out of late Victorian culture. 

1: Full Steam Ahead? Ecosocialist Thinking in Late-Century Women’s Fiction
Heidi Aijala, U of Iowa

2: ‘A Pretty Never-Never Land’: Ecosocialism and William Morris’s News from Nowhere
Jude V. Nixon, Salem State U

3: William Morris’s Ecosocialism, Then and Now
Frank A. Palmeri, U of Miami

Presider, Florence S. Boos, U of Iowa

For paper abstracts, panelist, and scheduling information for both sessions, please see http://www.morrissociety.org/MLA2020sessions.pdf    

Guest Passes

All MLA members and members of the profession that the MLA serves must register in order to participate in or attend sessions.

A convention speaker may obtain a pass for a guest who has no professional interest in language or literature; the pass is valid only to hear a presentation given by that speaker at a single session. The speaker must request the pass at the MLA registration and welcome center on the day of the session, before the center closes. The speaker must provide his or her name, session details (session number, room, date, and time), and the guest’s name. Passes may not be requested by guests of speakers or by MLA members who have not registered for the convention. MLA convention registrants may obtain free passes to the exhibit hall for guests they accompany in the hall. Persons who are not registered for the convention and who are not accompanied by registrants may purchase a one-day pass to the exhibit hall for $10. These passes are available at the exhibit registration booth, Washington State Convention Center (Atrium, level 4).

23 October 2019

Call for Applications - 2020 Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship (Due 12/ 1/ 19)

The William Morris Society in the United States is calling for applications for the 2020 Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship. The deadline is December 1, 2019. Applications are judged by committee, and the decision will be announced by January 15, 2020.
The Dunlap Fellowship supports scholarly and creative work about William Morris.  The fellowship offers funding of $1000 or more for research and other expenses, including travel to conferences and libraries. Projects may deal with any subject—biographical, literary, historical, social, artistic, political, typographical—relating to Morris. The Society also encourages translations of Morris's works and the production of teaching materials (lesson plans and course materials) suitable for use at the elementary, secondary, college, or adult-education level. Applications are sought particularly from younger members of the Society and from those at the beginning of their careers. Recipients may be from any country and need not have an academic or institutional appointment, nor must recipients hold the Ph.D. Although recipients are not required to be members of the William Morris Society, we encourage those applying to join and to share in the benefits of membership.
In some years the Society offers a second, smaller fellowship, the William Morris Society Award (the amount to be determined by the committee of judges).  The purpose and aims of this second award are the same as for the Dunlap Fellowship.
Applicants should send a two-page description of their projects, along with a c.v. and at least one letter of recommendation. For a translation project, please submit an additional letter from a recognized authority able to certify the applicant's competence in both languages. For teaching materials, we ask also for a cover letter describing the ways in which the materials might be used in learning situations. The Society would be pleased to publish any completed translation or teaching materials on its website, but this is not a requirement. 
Send applications by email (with the subject line "Application for the 2020 Dunlap Award") to:
Dr. KellyAnn Fitzpatrick
For more information, please see the Morris Society website.