[Msa-discuss] Announcing the 2014 First Book Institute

SEAN X GOUDIE sxgoudie at psu.edu
Sat Nov 9 21:49:22 EST 2013


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June 8-14, 2014

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 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. 
Eight successful applicants will be awarded $1500 stipends to defray the
costs of travel and lodging.  

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

Electronic applications, due by February 17, 2014, 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 all application materials in a single PDF file
(and any queries) to cals at psu.edu.

For more information about the First Book Institute,
including video testimony about the inaugural First Book Institute held in June
2013 from the participants and co-directors, please see:

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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