[Msa-discuss] Announcing The First Book Institute

SEAN X GOUDIE sxgoudie at psu.edu
Sat Dec 8 23:57:13 EST 2012


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June 10-14, 2013

To be hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies
(CALS) 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
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 will
feature 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.   Eight successful applicants
will be awarded
$1500 stipends to defray the costs of travel and lodging.  

Applications to the inaugural First Book Institute are
invited from scholars working in any area or time period of American literary
studies who hold a PhD and a tenure track position or postdoctoral
fellowship.  Scholars should be in the
process of writing their first book (whether a revised and expanded
dissertation or other project) and should not have negotiated a formal
agreement of any kind with a press to publish their manuscript.   

Electronic applications, due by February 18, 2013, should include the following:

Application letter describing the project and
anticipated timeline for completion 

C. V.

Project abstract, including chapter summaries

Introduction or sample chapter 

Please send applications (and any queries) to sxgoudie at psu.edu

Sean X. Goudie
Director, Center for American Literary Studies
Associate Professor of English
153 Burrowes
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-3945

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