CFP: Mark Twain Circle at SAMLA in Atlanta, GA (November 8-10, 2019)

South Atlantic Modern Language Association — NOVEMBER 8th – 10th, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia
Call for Papers

Power: Elements, Aspects, and Instances in Mark Twain Studies

The Mark Twain Circle invites papers for a panel at the SAMLA 2019 convention that analyze elements, aspects, and instances of power in Mark Twain’s works, including but not limited to his fiction, essays, or autobiography. This panel seeks papers that explore how power is presented in Twain’s works, who holds power, how it is maintained, how power is reinforced, challenged, subverted, or undermined. Other areas of interest include how power is determined or denied based on wealth, occupation, political advantages or disadvantages, gender, race, social status, or other factors, and how characters who lack power navigate within, around, or under powerful characters or institutions. Additional inquires might explore questions regarding the extent to which power contributes to a sense of personal, regional, or national identity, or whether language functions as an indication of power or powerlessness? Other inquiries regarding power are welcome as well.

Send 150-250 word abstracts (electronic submissions are welcome) by May 1st, 2019 to: 
Gretchen Martin
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
1 College Avenue
Wise, VA 24293 [email protected]

Join (or Renew) Your Membership in the Mark Twain Circle of America

One hundred and fifty years ago, a wise man said:

   …nothing pleases a child so much as to be a member of something or other. Your rightly-constituted child don’t care shucks what it is, either.

-Mark Twain, Letter to the San Francisco Alta California, May 20, 1867; published July 7, 1867.

However, you don’t have to be a child to see the merits of membership in the Mark Twain Circle. Founded in 1986, the Mark Twain Circle has brought together a diverse group of people with a shared interest in Mark Twain.

We’re looking to add to the fold. So if you’re not yet a member – and you’re reading this, so you know you’re one of us unofficially – it’s time to make it official.

Go to the Mark Twain Circle of America homepage, where you can download a printable membership form, or even more convenient, you can complete an online form and pay dues by credit card, debit card, or via PayPal account.

Dues are very affordable. Students and K-12 educators can join for a mere $15; general membership is $30, and joining for three years is discounted to $75.

The benefits of membership include subscriptions to

  1. The Mark Twain Circular, our bi-annual newsletter, (electronic distribution), and
  2. The Mark Twain Annual, our literary journal published by Pennsylvania State University Press every fall.

The cover price for these publications (Mark Twain Annual alone is $68) makes membership a bargain.

We also sponsor panels at two academic conferences: American Literature Association (ALA), in May each year; and Modern Literature Association (MLA) in January each year. In addition to holding our own quadrennial conference jointly with the American Humor Association, the Mark Twain Circle supports and participates in the quadrennial conferences held at Elmira College and at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, MO (held two years apart).

Your membership dues help support our publications, conferences, and the website where you can keep up with all things Twain.

If you’re already a member, it’s clear to us that you are our best resource.  So we’re asking members to nominate anyone who you think would be interested in becoming a member – a friend, a colleague, a teacher, a student – anyone with an appreciation for Twain.

Please forward the names and email contacts for those who you think would like to receive our invitation to join by using the form below. Our invitation will tell them that they have been nominated for membership, so indicate to us if you would like us to identify you as a nominator or if you would prefer to remain anonymous.

Thank you for helping us to grow the Mark Twain Circle.

Best,

Kerry Driscoll, President
Larry Howe, Vice-president

[contact-form to=’[email protected]’ subject=’Mark Twain Circle Membership’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]